As Americans, we tend to take our favorite foods for granted, assuming that if we enjoy it, the rest of the world must too. But you’d be shocked and saddened to walk into a Starbucks in Dusseldorf, Germany in autumn in search of your favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte because the locals wouldn’t dream of drinking something that tasted like pumpkin. While eating and snacking in other countries can be an adventure in and of itself, it’s an experience you should include on trips abroad as part of immersing yourself in another culture. After all, you can enjoy a Chicago-style hotdog or bag of boiled peanuts from Georgia once you get back home.
Tasty European Snacks
- Germany. Enjoy pretzels in Germany like you never have before. Large, soft pretzels are popular in the Bavarian region and are often served with mustard or a thick, cream cheese-like spread sprinkled with chives. In central Germany, currywurst is a popular snack consisting of sliced hotdogs in a curry-flavored tomato sauce.
- Spain. Rocky Mountain oysters — you may have heard of them in southern and eastern areas of the United States, but they’re also popular in Spain! Be forewarned, this snack has nothing to do with seafood. Rocky Mountain oysters are fried delicacies made from bull testicles.
- Scandinavia. Fish is a big part of the cuisine in the Scandinavian countries of Finland, Sweden and Norway. Lutefisk is a type of white fish cut into chunks and aged in lye. It has a strong flavor and odor, but is perfectly safe to eat and very popular in the area.
- Ukraine. In Eastern Europe and the Ukraine there’s a popular snack that tastes much better than it looks.Salo is made from cured fatback; it’s sliced thick and served alongside a bowl of Russian borscht and a vodka. [Read more…]