these are the posts tagged ‘snack’:


we’re in thailand at the moment, and this might be the “snackiest” country we’ve ever been in. everywhere there are salty and sweet bites to be had — it feels practically obligatory to carry around some form of sustenance for the idle time.

we found malkist at the breakfast table of our guesthouse in chiang mai, and became fans of this chocolaty cookie.

it looks deceptively normal, like a butter cookie with a chocolate stuffing, but when you bite into it, the cookie dissolves into flakes (that fall everywhere if you’re not careful). chocolate is chocolate, but the cookie tastes slightly “malty”, which is nice for a change.

i approve!


and since we’re on a chocolate bend, i’m long overdue in mentioning a very cute german chocolate which our friends showed us last year. isn’t the tin precious?

the secret is in the name: scho-ka-kola = chocolate (schokolade) + coffee (kaffee) cola nuts (kolanuss)!

apparently it used to be given to german troops on ww2, to keep them awake during long flights or cheer them up after defeats, and works like an energy drink… but better, because it has chocolate! the wavy triangles deliver a kick of caffeine in each bite — a very practical and welcome energy injection while hiking or going about one’s day.

i love the bitterness of coffee by itself, but the combination of the two is pretty cool sweet as well. :)


what about those milk hearts? we were acquainted with them a couple of years ago in finland, when our norwegian friends brought some to a postcrossing meetup just to tempt us. they wrote this on the box:

it reads: “norwegian chocolate! want more? come to the international meetup in oslo…” so sneaky and clever!

alas, we didn’t make it that meeting in oslo, but luckily, in the meantime more freia chocolate hearts have made it to our mouths, as we were the recipients of a couple of boxes in a lottery gift last year — jackpot!

there are those storks again, and underneath them, a neat matrix of chocolate hearts!

the chocolate is creamy and mellow, and they are so thin that they immediately melt in your mouth once they land there. i like them like that: just an itsy-bitsy sweet indulgence with coffee or as dessert.

sounds like there are some pretty sweet reasons to visit norway soon… :P

kvikk lunsj

quick lunch chocolate

when we were back in germany earlier this year, some norwegian friends introduced us to kvikk lunsj (aka “quick lunch”!), a chocolate snack from their country. we already liked the brand (freia) for their their mellow chocolate hearts, so we were curious to try other creations.

quick lunch chocolate

traditionally this is a mountain snack — something to take on your trips into the wilderness, for when you might need a pick me up. once unwrapped, it looks a lot like a kit kat bar but with cute storks stamped on each chocolate finger.

quick lunch chocolate

and when you bite into it, the interior is pretty much like a kit kat bar too, made of crispy waffers covered in chocolate. no objections here and perfect for sharing!
quick lunch chocolate

one cute detail: the norwegian mountain code is printed inside! it says things like “plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected” or “pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings“. my favourite: “don’t be ashamed to turn around” — sounds like good advice… and not just for mountain trips!


taralli was one of the best discoveries of our latest trip to italy. they are southern snacks and the version we tried was both salty and spicy, as well as extra crunchy from all the almonds in it. they look somewhat soft in the photos, but they’re actually quite hard and break into pieces when you bite into them.

it was delicious, and i wish we had the forethought to bring back a couple extra bags because the one we got was finished way too quickly… :( i shall be thinking of these rings of deliciousness until our next visit!