A while back, I was standing in line at my favorite Asian supermarket. Like grocery stores everywhere, colorful snacks were placed near the checkout lanes for impulse buys. These eye-catching packets were bright and cheerful, labeled in Chinese with cryptic visual clues on content.
A little inspection showed that these were a brand of crispy rice crackers. Closer inspection didn’t reveal the flavor; that required a bit of imagination.
On this packet, a laid-back koala bear with a Hello Kitty cap relaxes in a neighborhood bar. Given the picture, I’m guessing that libations with friendly feline buddies need nothing more than plain salted crackers.
The next packet was a bit more challenging. Koala bear seems to be spitting out … a Belgian chocolate seashell? I looked for the English sticker at the back. Nope, it wasn’t chocolate flavored. It was SNAIL! If it was me and I’d read the label after tasting, I’d probably be spitting it out too.
Snail crisps notwithstanding, rice crackers in China got me thinking about salty snacks in Canada. In this part of the world, salty snacks are primarily potato or tortilla chips. Popcorn and orange colored Cheetos are second stringers.
I used to love Cheetos with their powdery fake-cheese flavor. All that stopped when I fed my baby daughter her first Cheeto bit. One diaper load later I saw its neon green remains and vowed to never feed or eat Cheetos again.
Nowadays, potato chips are a once in a while treat. High sodium and saturated fats make these guilty pleasures. When I do buy them, I’ll get Regular flavor for me and All Dressed for everyone else.
All Dressed Chips
If you’re not Canadian, you might wonder what flavor is All Dressed. It is a unique salty, sweet and tangy blend of BBQ, ketchup and vinegar which is Canada’s #1 favorite chip.
It used to be available exclusively in Canada but in 2015 Frito-Lay decided to introduce Ruffles All-Dressed chips to the US market. But first they had to explain it to the Americans.
Have you ever tried an All Dressed chip? What did you think about it? What’s your favorite salty, savory or sweet snack ? Is there a regional treat that’s unique to your part of the world? Have you ever had an encounter with a decidedly odd snack?
For the next two weeks the Friendly Friday Challenge is to tell us about UNIQUE TREATS from your (or different) part(s) of the world.
Create a post, tag it ‘Friendly Friday’ and link back here. I look forward to reading it!