Some of my Favorite International Treats

July 16, 2014
The other day, Everett convinced me to go into World Market.  Usually I don't need to be persuaded, but I knew that I would want to spend a lot of cash in there on treats that are hard to find in normal grocery stores.  While I was browsing the aisles, I found some of my favorite items that I originally discovered when I lived overseas, but I couldn't find everything that I wanted.  Here's my list of items that I wish I could find at any grocery store, accompanied by a bit of reminiscing.

1) Lindemans Kriek- My friend Hannah stayed for an extended period of time in Belgium, and when we lived in France together, she suggested I try Lindemans Kriek, which is a Belgian, cherry-flavored beer.  I ended up loving it and would frequently order a glass when I lived in Europe.  I used to be able to pick up this flavor at World Market, but when I asked a worker about it, she told me that she hadn't been able to get the cherry kind in months.  She did have Peche (peach) beer and Framboise (raspberry.)  I wasn't too disappointed since the cherry and raspberry flavors are my two favorites. There are also other flavors might be even harder to find like Pomme (apple), and Cassis which is made with black currants.  #Belgium


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2) Nutella- Practically everyone knows what Nutella is now, but back in the day it was less common.  I never knew what it was until I went to Paris in 1996.  The host family I was staying with gave me some to spread on some bread, and it was love at first bite.  I told them that I never tried it before, and they sent me home with three jars, two of which exploded out of the tops on the flight back and got all over my clothes, haha.  Years later when I lived in Italy, I had Nutella on bread for breakfast almost every single day.  I also tried Nutella flavored gelato and had the pleasure of consuming some croissants filled with the delicious hazelnut spread. Thankfully Nutella has become widely available in the United States, so I am able to enjoy it here as well.  Guess what I had for breakfast this morning?   #Italy


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3) Pepero Sticks- If you know what a Pocky Stick is, then you know what a Pepero stick is.  Pepero sticks are the Korean version of Japanese Pocky Sticks.  If that doesn't do you any good, just imagine a biscuit/cookie-like stick dipped in chocolate.  The fancier Pepero sticks can have sprinkles or nuts on top of the chocolate, and I've also seen strawberry flavored Pepero sticks.  Maybe I'm partial to these snacks because I lived in Korea and one of the (manufactured) holidays that they have is called Pepero Day.  It's celebrated on 11/11 because the 1's are long and thin and they look like Pepero sticks.  On this day, my students would come to school and bring me boxes of Pepero sticks and also would share some with their friends.  #South Korea


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4) San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water- In France, the first time I had what was described to me as "gas water," I was not impressed and made sure to say I wanted "l'eau naturelle" (regular water) every time in the future.  When I stayed with my Italian host family all they drank was sparkling mineral water, and they thought I was crazy for filling my cup up at the tap.  I eventually started drinking the sparkling water because I figured, "When in Rome..." Okay, so I wasn't actually in Rome, but close enough. :)  By the end of my time in Italy, I had sparkling water with every single meal and hardly ever had tap water. There's no way I would consume only bottled water here in the States because that would just be more money than I am willing to pay, but I will buy sparkling mineral water every so often and completely enjoy it. #Italy


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5) Steri Stumpie- When I was on my study tour in South Africa, I was at a restaurant and saw Steri Stumpie listed under the available beverages.  I asked our waitress what it was and she said it was kind of like a milkshake and that I ought to try it because it was "delicious."  While I got an actual milkshake at the restaurant, I ended up going to the grocery store and finding bottles of Steri Stumpie.  It's flavored milk!  I love regular milk and as well as chocolate, strawberry, and banana milk, but it doesn't end there with Steri Stumpie.  They also have flavors like bubble gum, cream soda, coffee, marshmallow, and toffee caramel!  #South Africa


6) Ice Berry's Patbingsu- I found most of the desserts in Korea to be tasteless, but one of the few desserts that I actually liked was patbingsu (shaved ice with milk topped with fruit and sweet red beans.)  Ice Berry is a chain that serves this delectable treat, and there was one located not far from where I lived in Seoul that you better believe I frequented regularly! #South Korea

7) Menz FruChocs- When I was paired with an Australian blogger for The Snail Mail Collective back when that was still a thing, my thoughtful partner sent me a candy made in South Australia called FruChocs.  They are chocolate covered apricot and peaches, YUM!  I was able to find a bag of Menz's Turkish Delight at World Market, but unfortunately no FruChocs.  #Australia


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8) All Gold Tomato Sauce- When my friends and I went out to eat in South Africa, we were given bottles of All Gold Tomato Sauce (like ketchup) to put on our fries.  All of us immediately noticed a difference between All Gold Tomato Sauce and the ketchup we were used to using in the United States.   The All Gold just tasted better to us, and we all left South Africa with a couple of bottles of the stuff.  I almost cried when I used the last of mine up since I don't know where to get it in the U.S. #South Africa


9) Wunderbar- I visited my friend Leann in Canada, she started questioning me about American candy bars one day.  She asked me to name a bunch to see whether or not she had heard of them.  Every single one I named she already knew about.  Then she started naming off Canadian candy bars including the Wunderbar.  When I told her I had never had a Wunderbar, Leann told me I had to try one. The wrapper on the front of the bar describes it as "a peanut butter caramel experience."  It kind of reminded me of a Butterfinger, but not quite.  #Canada

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10) Belle France's Muesli Croustillant au Chocolat Noir- Um, it's Muesli with chocolate chunks in it...need I say more?  It was my favorite cereal when I lived in France, and I would have it for breakfast or just for a dessert!  #France

Have you been able to try any of the items on my list?  

**Linking up with Bonnie for Travel Tuesday and also with Helene and Sarah for Total Social**

24 comments on "Some of my Favorite International Treats"
  1. It's always neat to see the things that other countries frequently eat and to experience that.

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    1. When I was writing this post, I came across a slideshow someone made called "The 50 Best Candies From Around the World." Now I know about more things to try!

      http://www.complex.com/city-guide/2012/10/best-candies-around-the-world/

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  2. oh I love world market, purely because i can get a lot of aussie things for like 100% mark up haha. its cheaper to buy them from home and send them to the US! i love trying things from other countries though, that choccie bar looks yum!

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    1. I knew that they raised the prices significantly, but wow...it must be by a LOT if it's cheaper to get someone to send you items all the way from Oz! My bottle of Lindemans Framboise was $10.99, and that's almost how much it is to order 1 glass in a bar after I tip, so I was okay with paying the 11 bucks.

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  3. I think I am the only person in the world to hate Nutella!? My flat mates LOVE it and literally go through a jar a week!

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    1. I have such a sweet tooth and like stuff that's sickeningly sweet to other people. I don't have it in my house all the time or else I probably would go through a jar a week!

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  4. I'm going to have to try some of these things! I fell in love with Nutella back when I went to Germany in high school...well it probably wasn't actually Nutella but it was the closest I could find back here.

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    1. They have a lot of these items at World Market, so keep your eyes peeled if you live by one.

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  5. Everything in moderation...if you can help it LOL. I had some chocolate covered almonds today which I love. I also like Nutella, I have it with strawberries!

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    1. Nutella and stawberries sounds so good...and I have both in my house. :)

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  6. Literally you have been so many places and I love it!

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    1. There's so many that I want to visit! We should go traveling together!

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  7. How could the Nutella jars explode?!! But I'm with you when it comes to international treats! When I'm in Germany I miss Scandinavian candy and when I'm in Scandinavia I miss German treats....

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    1. I don't know, but it sucked! The jars weren't broken on the sides, but lots of Nutella came out of the top and ruined some of my clothes, so maybe it's because the lids weren't screwed on tight enough. What are you favorite Scandinavian treats??

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  8. Wow you've been able to experience so many different places! We have Pepero and San Pellegrino in every grocery store here and of course Nutella too, but I haven't tried any of the other things you mentioned. Patbingsu sounds really similar to halo-halo from the Philippines - shaved ice, condensed milk, and different types of beans and jellies. A lot of us even add ice cream and slices of leche flan (a sweet custard type dessert) on top! Makes me really want one now, haha!

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    1. Sometimes they add ice cream on top of patbingsu in Korea, too!

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  9. Oh no! Nutella on clothes = no good. Nutella on anything else = perfection. :D

    I haven't tried too many of these, despite visiting Europe last year. I'll have to broaden my range!

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    1. Then you can let me know what your favorites are. :)

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  10. Nutella! The one thing that my time overseas that has been burned in my brain :) Hmmm....

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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    1. Now I'm thinking about Nutella crepes...Seriously want to make some!

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  11. ok wunderbar seriously sounds amazing, i'm going to have to keep an eye out for that the next time we go to canada! strawberry pocky are my favorite, so are hello panda, have you tried those? i see them in target now, so apparently i'm not the only one who likes them!

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    1. Out of all the Canadian candy bars I've tried, that one was the best. I think you'll like it if you like chocolate and peanut butter. I haven't tried Hello Panda cookies, but now that I know they're at Target... :)

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  12. Oh man I love that Lindemans stuff! The raspberry is my favorite, though I dont think I've tried the cherry before!

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    1. They are both soooo good!! I don't know why the cherry kind (kriek) is so hard to find now. It used to be the most common!

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