Marzipanstollen

Brand: Kuchenmeister Cost: $0.99 Found at: Trader Joe’s Nothing says “Christmas” like a bunch of Americans going absolutely wild over German baked goods. Like St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone suddenly seems to be Irish, at Christmas, everyone suddenly seems to be German. As soon as the Black Friday advertisements appear on TV, friends who are... Continue Reading →

Mini Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Brand: Trader Joe’s Cost: $3.99 Found at: Trader Joe’s I left these biscotti on the kitchen table, and this was a tactical error. I really should have known better. Leave anything out in the open at my house and it enters the public domain. So, just like my kindergarten diary in 1996, my family got... Continue Reading →

Dark Chocolate Honey Mints

Brand: Trader Joes Cost: $4.99 Found at: Trader Joes Suspicious.  That’s how I feel about these mints.  Deeply suspicious.  The bag claims that these little mint patties are made from only three ingredients: honey, chocolate liquor, and oil of peppermint. But I’m here to say that there’s no way. I sound like an infomercial saying... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Brooklyn Babka

Brand: Trader Joes Cost: $4.99 Found at: Trader Joe's I’ve missed you Trader Joes. Oh, how I’ve missed you.  I’ve missed your over-the-top hipster treats. I’ve missed your niche foreign foods. I’ve missed feeling like I’m saving money when I’m spending my entire paycheck on cauliflower rice. I’ve not missed the weird and borderline insensitive... Continue Reading →

Bold Wasabi & Soy Sauce Almonds

Brand: Blue Diamond Cost: 4.99 Found at: Safeway Thanks to a particularly cringy adolescence (for which I do not apologize), I have an unusual tolerance for wasabi. A very few times a year, my nerdy friends and I would take a pilgrimage to the huge Asian grocery store in Seattle. While there, we would buy... Continue Reading →

Teriyaki Beef Jerky

Brand: Hempler’s Cost: $6.89 Found at: Safeway             Being an occasional expat, I’ve been called all sorts of names by people who feel that I do not love America enough. I’ve been called a communist, a Libtard, an America-hater, a sheeple – all the usual terms of derision that become so popular during election years.... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Snacking

It's been a minute since I've written last. First there was Covid. Then there was a Graduate School thesis. Then there was the emotional recovery from writing a graduate school thesis. Every day, there was a new and different excuse not to write a snack blog and before long it had been months since I’d... Continue Reading →

Marzipan Chocolates

Brand: Anthon Berg Cost: 10KR Found at: Coop I almost never eat marzipan chocolates except for in Sweden. There are two reasons for this. The first is that Swedes, in general, love marzipan. This country has a ton of tasty almond treats for me to indulge in while I am here. But the second reason... Continue Reading →

Treacle Toffee

Brand: Buchanan’s Cost: £1.40 Found at: Tesco This candy reminds me of the classic animated film, Ratatouille. In the most famous scene in the film, Anton Ego (the sour-faced food critic voiced by Peter O’Toole) eats a gourmet version of title dish. The moment he takes his first bite, the camera pans into his iris and... Continue Reading →

Malt Loaf

Brand: Rowan Hill Cost: 55p Found at: Lidl Lanarkshire is famous for its bricks. About four hours walk Northwest of my house are the Glenboig brickworks – closed down in the mid 70s. In the 1800s, these bricks were famous: able to withstand incredible temperatures they were used in furnaces from Australia to Nova Scotia,... Continue Reading →

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