We recently signed up for Universal Yums. We will receive a monthly box with the most popular snacks from a different country.
We were doing Love With Food, and I didn't want to be a big fatty and have two boxes, so we will try this one for a while.
I am sure you have wondered what the most popular snacks from Israel are!
So here is what was in the box, and what I thought:
There is only one snack in Israel that is bought by 90% of households, and it's this peanut butter covered corn puff, called Bamba.
Scott was like:
....aaand I was like:
But in it's defense, I don't generally like peanut butter flavored things. I am a eat it straight out the jar kinda gal.
I loved these! Super high in carbs, but they ARE mini bagels.
Called Abadi Falafel Mini Bagels, what makes these special is falafel. Falafel is one of the most beloved foods in Israel. You can find it in stands all across the county selling hot, fried falafel with pickles and cabbage rolled inside a pita sandwich. Israelis claim falafel as their own invention but the Egyptians, Palestinians, and Lebanese have all countered, declaring that they invented the delicious chickpea and bean fritters.
Ya'll. Imagine one of the richest chocolate bars you have ever eaten, only .5 seconds after swallowing you get the sensation of Pop Rocks.
I ate a small piece like a good diabetic low-carber should the first night.
Then on night two, I gobbled the entire thing up.
Meh, I lived.
It is called Elite Chocolate Bar with Popping Candies.
In 1918, a man named Eliyahu Fromenchenko began making chocolate in his kitchen in Russia. He soon realized that the Soviet Union was too unstable for launching a company, so he decided to move to nearby Latvia. He named his business Leema, and remained in Latvia until Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933. He feared that Europe was becoming too unsafe for Jews, so he moved his family to Israel (then Palestine) in 1934, and it quickly became the largest chocolate company in Israel. Today, one of their most famous creations is this chocolate bar filled with popping candy.
I really loved the texture of this. Not too rich, not too bitter.
To create the razor thin folds for this smooth, crumbly milk choloclate bar, the company Elite uses a secret process. The wing of the factory where they make this car is strictly off limits to anyone without a special badge, and no photos of the manufacturing process have ever been taken.
This tiny thing had 45 carbs. I nibbled on it for 2 or 3 days, until I came home from a 16 hour shift, having been awake over 24 hours, I was tired and hangry, so I shoved what was left in my mouth.
It was fabulous.
Vanilla & Walnut Achva Halva.
Made with sesame tahini, table sugar, and glucose syrup, slowly, each batch stirred by hand.
They were indeed bittersweet.
After I ate them all without sharing!
I forgot to mention that all of the nutritional and historical info I have on these items come from a provided booklet :)
Also provided, a toy Dreidel.
With instructions on how to play.
And lastly, these little gems.
I didn't read any info on them before I popped one in my mouth, but I was expecting cinnamon.
To me they tasted like bacon and sunflower seeds.
I really hope I enjoy future boxes as much as this one!
The info pack includes trivia, info about the food, and a brief history on the county.
Next month, Austria!
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