A crimson-colored quinoa crunch veiled in the thinnest blanket of chocolate. Fruity bars made from bizarre berries with Kangaroo peepers staring at me on the wrapper. Chewy squares that look like caramel but taste like lemonade. Chocolate with a crunch, a tang, and a catchy name. Fruit-shaped sticky bites that think they are exotic. And many more munchables that have traveled miles and miles to my snack-loving mouth!
Every continent, every country, every vegan loves snacks. I’m constantly talking to other vegans online from many miles and oceans away, and there seems to be quite a bit of variation in the vegan snackosphere! So out of curiosity and snack-love, my friend Kat, from the fantastic blog CurlsnChard.com, and I got together to send each other an assortment of edibles that the other has never tried. So I got a taste of Austria, and Kat got a taste of the U.S. vegan snack style.
Check out my taste testing video + and mini reviews below. I can’t pronounce any of it, but I sure can eat it!
Foodloose Bars • I got to try 3 flavors of these kinda like KIND bars. The first (in video) one was called Garden Gusto and it was super peanut-packed with big chunks of cherry. Super tasty and almost PB&J-esque. Next was the Delhi Delight, which was very tropical tasting from the mango, pineapple, and coconut with a little kick of curry. I’ve never had curry in a snack bar, so this was a new experience for me. And just when I thought I could pronounce the names of these bars, the last one messed with me. It was called Poesie Amelie and it was my favorite! With apples, figs, and cinnamon, I loved this one.
Aduna Moringa Bar • I really wanted to like this bar. Between the words “with mango” on the front and “supercharge your day” on the back it sounded like a winner…but no. Like so many other green superfood powders, I don’t think I like moringa sadly.
Roo’Bar • I’ll get to the taste in a minute, but can we just admire the adorable packaging for a minute please….okay glad we did that. It makes me think of both kangaroos and Winnie the Pooh, but I’m probably the only one who’s mind wanders there. Anyways, I tried the Inca Berry flavor, another berry I’ve never tasted, and it was very good. Mostly sweet, a little tart, a teensy taste of orange, altogether delicious!
Chufa Konfekt • I didn’t even attempt to pronounce this one, I’ll just call them Chewy Little Squares That Look Like Caramels But Taste Like Lemon. And I love lemon. And chewiness. So yeah these were awesome.
Raw Bite Bar • Now we’re getting to the chocolate! This bar is a lot like the Larabars we have here in the U.S., although this was quite a bit chunkier, which means more bites of chewy chocolate. I don’t think I have to tell you that this was yummy. But what I will tell you is that the flavor is distinguishably raw cacao, not just plain chocolate, which is neat.
Wow!Bab Bar • Wow!Bab you wowed me. I loved this bar. I want 12 more of this bar. The center is crunchy, slightly tangy, and a beautiful shade of pink. The crunch is from quinoa and amaranth. The color is from currants. And my love for this bar is from the thin coating of dark chocolate surrounding it all. Like a chocolate covered fruity rice crispy treat. I think this bar was made for me.
Pulsin Maca Bliss Bar • This little brownie-meets-bar hybrid was so rich and decadent. It looks a lot like any date and nut bar, but it really does taste more like a brownie. Let’s just say this one was gone pretty quick!
LoveChok Raw Chocolate • This bar had quite the journey from solid to melted to solid to my belly. And I’m so glad it survived that trip because it was divine! Kat sent me the ideal flavor for my tastebuds: blueberry vanilla. It was perfect. There was something crunchy in it I think. Don’t know, and don’t care what that was, I loved it!
Fruit Apps Gummies • I was
thrilled glad when Kat asked if I wanted any gummy things in my box. I tried to contain my excitement…act like an adult, but I love gummy things about as much as your average 5 year old. These mini fruit-mimics came in 3 flavors: mango, orange, and pineapple. They were sweet squishy little bite-sized delights. I loved them and savored them piece by chewy piece.
Bonus! Baobab Powder • Kat was kind enough to send me a little sample of baobab powder to try too, and I really liked it. Tangy and very much like citrus. Can’t wait to work this into a recipe!
So that was my little taste of Austria, unwrapped, up close, and with lots of sweet-sticky finger licking!
Curious to see what I sent to Kat? Check out her taste test ➙ HERE
Now you tell me, if you were going to send a box of snacks from your country to someone around the world, what would you pack inside?