From the time that snacks were created, they played a major role in our society. What was once something to keep you satiated between meals has now become a meal itself. Today, some people still use the occasional snack as a pick-me-up, while there are those who struggle with overindulging on these treats. Whether your craving is for salty or sweet, there's something in the snacking world to induce your cravings.
Every country creates their own snacks, and Britain is no exception. British snacks are known for being higher up on the weirdness scale than some American treats, not only because of the names of the products, but also because of the flavor combinations.
With transatlantic travel and the creation of websites like Amazon, it is becoming increasingly easier to get these snacks delivered to different countries around the world. Snacks like flakes, aeroes, Kinder surprise eggs, Walker's crisps, wine gummies and mini cheddars can now be shipped abroad, but they remain British.
How well do you know your British snack foods? Will this quiz prove that you are a real Brit, or just one in spirit? Take this quiz if you would like to find out!
Barratt Shrimps and Bananas are foam candy which come in the shape of bananas and shrimp. Despite the popular snack’s name, the shrimp name is actually raspberry-flavored rather than the fish-flavored.
Walkers crisps, a subsidiary of Walkers, which was founded in 1948, are a line of potato chips which includes flavors like cheese & onion, prawn cocktail and roast chicken. The company is responsible for creating 56% of the crisps on the British market, being able to create 11 million packets a day.
Digestive biscuits are semi-sweet biscuits which was first manufactured by McVitie’s in 1892. First developed by two Scottish doctors in 1839 to aid in digestion, the biscuits are extremely popular in Britain but can be found in stores all around the world.
Twiglets are wheat-based snacks which are known throughout Britain for their distinctive knobby shape which is reminiscent of a small twig. First invented by a French biscuit maker in 1929, the flavor of the treat has been compared to marmite.
Monster Munch is a baked corn snack which its manufacturer Walkers which has been called “one of Britain’s favorite snacks”. The ‘monster’ shaped snack is widely consumed in many parts of the United Kingdom where additional flavors like roast beef and pickled onions are made.
Flakes is a type of chocolate bar which is manufactured by Cadbury and was first introduced in 1920. The bar consists of thinly folded layers of chocolate and can now come in a variety of flavors including mint, orange, praline and dark chocolate.
Jaffa cakes, named after the Jaffa orange, are biscuit-sized cakes which were introduced to the United Kingdom in 1927 by McVitie and Price. The round cakes consist of a Genoise sponge base, a layer of orange flavored jam and a chocolate coating.
Frazzles are a bacon-flavored corn-based snack which has been in production since 1975. Because of its popularity, many companies started to create their own bacon corn snacks, giving the company some competition.
Jammie Dodgers are a type of biscuit which consists of two shortbread cookies sandwiching a raspberry or strawberry flavored jam. Produced by Burton’s Biscuit Company, the biscuits were the most popular biscuit brand in the United Kingdom in 2009.
Skips are a popular snack food which is made by KP Snacks and sold across the United Kingdom and Ireland. First launched in 1974 in the flavor prawn cocktail, the company now makes them in Caribbean spice, pickled onion, Rio Chill and Chinese spare rib.
Aero is an aerated chocolate product which was introduced to North England as in 1935 as “new chocolate”. Now produced by Nestlé, the chocolate bar is so named because of its bubbly texture which collapses as the bar melts.
Wine gums are chewy sweets which have been likened to gumdrops without the sugar coating. The wine gums which comes in the flavors red berry, strawberry, and cherry were first introduced in 1909 by the sons of the creator (Charles Maynard) and are still produced by the company today.
Mr. Kipling strawberry milkshake slices consist of strawberry flavored sponge with vanilla flavored filling and topped with strawberry icing. The company also has milkshake slices available in banana, vanilla and chocolate.
Space Raiders are a corn-based snack food which was first launched in 1987 and at the time retailed for 10 pence. The crisps, which come in a variety of flavors, are in the shape of an alien head and the packet also includes comic stories in the back of the packet.
Custard cream is a type of biscuit which consists of two flat biscuits with a custard-flavored (or sometimes vanilla) filling. Once ranked the 8th most popular biscuit in the UK to dunk into tea, it also comes in lemon, orange, strawberry, and coconut flavor.
Hula Hoops are a potato-based snack food which is very popular in the United Kingdom. The snacks which were first introduced in 1973, come in a variety of flavors and they are known for their hollow cylindrical shape.
Hobnobs is a brand of biscuits which are made from rolled and jumbo oats which were launched by McVitie’s in 1985. The biscuits were a major hit and just two years later, the milk chocolate variant was released.
Wotsits is a brand of cheesy flavored corn puffs which are sold by Walkers Crips, the makers of other popular snacks. The most common type comes in a curly shape, but over the years, many different shapes and flavors have been created.
Penguin (biscuits) are milk chocolate covered biscuit bars which have a chocolate cream filling. They were first produced by William McDonald in 1932 and later became a McVitie’s brand. Each wrapper has a fun fact or joke often involving penguins.
Sausage rolls are savory pastry snacks which are composed of a puff pastry rolled around a sausage which is then glazed with egg or milk before it is baked. The pastry which dates back to the 19th century sells approximately 140 million (by the Greggs bakery) a year.
Viennese Whirls are a type of biscuit snack which consists of buttered biscuits piped into a whirl shape. Today, the most common version of the biscuit (which is created by Mr. Kipling) consists of a buttercream or jam filling between the biscuits.
Fingers are a type of chocolate biscuit which consists of a biscuit center covered by chocolate. The modern biscuit which is produced by Cadbury was launched in 1951 and today there are many varieties including toffee, double chocolate, praline and mini fingers.
Scampi fries are a savory snack which has a characteristic scampi and lemon taste. The British pub favorite comes in the shape of a pillow and is currently created by Smith, a subsidiary of PepsiCo.
Gingersnaps, often called ginger nuts or ginger biscuits, is a popular biscuit based snack food which is flavored with spices, specifically ginger. Depending on what part of the world you are in, they are called by different names - ginger nuts in the UK, where they are extremely popular.
Kinder Surprise, also called the Kinder Egg, is a candy which was first manufactured by Ferrero SpA in 1974. The snack was created specifically for children and it contains a toy inside. The chocolate egg is very popular in the United Kingdom despite its safety concerns.
Guinness crisps are a product which resulted as a collaboration between Burts (potato chips brand) and Guinness. As the name implies, the potato chips are flavored with the main ingredients of Guinness (roasted barley and hops).
Battenberg or Battenburg is a layered sponge cake which is glued together with jam and is covered in marzipan. The cake, which was named to honor the marriage of Princess Victoria and Prince Louis of Battenberg, is now sold by Mr. Kipling and is one of their best-selling snacks.
A teacake is an English snack is essentially a yeast-based sweet bun which contains a mix of dried fruits, usually sultanas, peel, and currants. The snack is so named because it was usually served with tea.
An Eccles cake is a small round cake snack which is made from flaky pastry filled with currants and topped with demerara sugar. The cakes are named after the English town of Eccles, which is historically a part of Lancashire.
Shortbread fingers are a type of biscuit which is made from combining white sugar, butter and oat flour. The fingers are a variant of Shortbread and it is known for its crunchy yet crumbly texture.
Mini Cheddars are savory cheese-flavored crackers/biscuits which have a more granular and flaky texture than regular crackers. Mini cheddars were first introduced in 1984 and now include flavors like BBQ beef, ham and cheese, and Branston pickle.
Pork scratchings, which is equivalent to pork rinds, are a snack which is made when pork skin is fried or roasted in pork fat. There are three different types of scratchings: traditional which are made from cooking the shank rind once, pork cracklings made from the shoulder rind twice fried, and pork crunch made from the back and is twice fried.
Nik Naks are a type of corn snack which have been manufactured by Sooner Snacks since 1941 but were bought eventually by United Biscuits in 2006. The first flavor on the market was cheese which came in the yellow bag, but it's now available in other flavors.
Quavers are a British snack food which was launched in 1968 with the slogan, "You get a lovely lot of Quavers in a bag." Originally made by Smiths, the deep-fried curly potato puffs are now being made by Walkers.
Fizzy cola mini rolls are snacks which are made up of a chocolate flavored sponge with a cola flavored filling, all covered with milk chocolate. The fizzy cola mini rolls are one variety from the mini rolls line from Cadbury, which also comes in original and raspberry.
Nakd Cocoa Crunch is a chocolate bar which is made from dates, soy protein, cashews and cocoa. The company has advertised the bar as "a natural combination of fruit and nuts” and it is one of many bars created by the company.
Jumble, sometimes called jumballs, are cookie-like pastries which are made from nuts, flour, eggs and sugar, and are flavored with vanilla, caraway seeds and anise. Traditionally shaped in a loop or knot pattern, the snack is extremely common in England.
Cheese twists, sometimes called cheese straws, are a traditional English snack which comes from cutting strips of dough made with cheese (usually parmesan or cheddar) and spices. The classic shape is achieved by twisting the strips 3 to 4 times and then cooking.
Maryland cookies are a brand of cookies whose recipe was brought over to the United Kingdom from the United States back in the 1950s. Since its production began, it became one of the most popular cookies, selling over 12 billion in Europe every year.
A cherry Bakewell is a type of Bakewell tart which consists of a shortcrust pastry with a layer of cherry jam, frangipani and is topped by flaked almond fondant and glacé cherry. The tart has been mass produced by many companies, including Mr. Kipling.