Wednesday, 16 March 2016

New Zealand Snacks!

Haribo Roulettes, The Natural Confectionary Company Sour Patch Kids, Whittaker's L&P chocolate, Cadbury Jaffas
I nicked these from the various hotels that we stayed in.......
The only freebies I received in my entire New Zealand trip - fruits pastilles from SkyCity casino, Auckland
What would a holiday be without snacks?  I was dying to go to a supermarket in New Zealand but it took a while before I managed to go to one.  That’s one of the cons of joining a tour group.   I had to make do with tiny grocery stores and hotel convenience shops for almost a week. 

This is a rocky road flavoured ice-cream.  It tasted a bit childish – strawberry ice-cream covered with nuts and chocolate, but I liked it.

L&P is a popular local soda.  I didn’t try it but I did buy Whittaker’s L&P –flavoured chocolate.  It was the weirdest chocolate I’d ever eaten.  Imagine, white chocolate that tastes like lemonade with popping candy!  Great entertainment value, though. 

I read that Pascal’s Pineapple Lumps and Cadbury Jaffas were typical New Zealand candies.  I didn’t buy the Pineapple Lumps but I did buy Cadbury Jaffas.  They’re basically dark chocolate in a hard, red shell.  A bit like giant Smarties.  They tasted good!  I tried Cadbury Chocolate Fish (marshmallow coated in chocolate) as well but it was too sweet for my taste. 

The Natural Confectionary Company is actually an Australian company and was one of my favourite sweetmakers before they got bought over by Cadbury.  These Sour Patch Kids weren’t anything great.  In fact, the texture seems to have changed and they stick to your teeth. 

I was delighted to discover many varieties of Haribo that we don’t see in Malaysia.  We got a bit lost on our way from the train station to Dress-Smart Outlet in Auckland but we passed a small candy wholesaler.  They actually sold expired candy.  And I thought Malaysian businesses were unscrupulous.  I picked up these Haribo Mega Roulette (not expired) for NZD1 each.  They taste exactly the same as the gummi bears. 

There are plenty of wholesome snacks in New Zealand, too.  I loved these hazelnut oat crackers from 180 Degrees.  They are crunchy, nutty and go well with cheese.  There is also a walnut variant.  We had first found these at a small grocer but couldn’t find them at the supermarket’s biscuit section.  They were actually located near the cheese section.  Manuka honey and products are plentiful in New Zealand.  I didn’t plan to buy any but I contracted a sore throat so I bought some. 

Dried nectarines and strawberries
I bought some fresh and dried fruit from Mrs Jones’ Fruit Stall in Cromwell.  The dried nectarines and strawberries were quite nice but I don’t think they were worth the price I paid.  The fresh strawberries and cherries I bought were unremarkable.  The macadamias that we bought weren’t very fresh, either. 
Blueberries from Countdown supermarket
In fact, the strawberries and blueberries that I bought at different supermarkets later on were far cheaper (strawberries – 4 punnets for NZD6) and were much sweeter and larger. 

The best macadamias I've ever eaten
Speaking of large, I had the largest and most delicious macadamia nuts in Rotorua.  We had wandered off to the night market and discovered this stall selling nuts and some fruit.  The roasted macadamias and walnuts were seasoned with a mix of spices.  I regret not buying more!  By far, these were the best and freshest nuts I had on this trip.  The lady running the stall was very nice and offered us lots of samples to try. 
My favourite was the chocolate cherry cake
On the flight from Auckland to Singapore, I had a variety of gluten-free breads and cakes as I had requested for gluten-free meals.  These were very tasty!  On the flight from Singapore to Christchurch, all I had were plain rice cakes and there were none of these tantalising gluten-free creations. 

Other snacks popular in New Zealand are potato chips and ice-cream.  Potato chips are quite cheap and on sale regularly at supermarkets.  The most popular brand is Bluebird (to the horror or amusement of Hokkien dialect speakers.  Imagine telling people in Hokkien what brand of chips you’re eating).  I tried them and thought they were pretty good.  A bit similar to Lays’ Ruffles.  Tip Top ice-cream is the most popular ice-cream brand in New Zealand and the most popular ice-cream flavor is hokey pokey.  Personally, I liked Kapiti ice-cream but I don’t really like hokey pokey ice-cream as the honeycomb gets stuck in my teeth.  Anyway, both brands of ice-cream are readily available in supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post!  Happy snacking!

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