Trying New Food

My First #MunchPak!

(Please note that this post is not sponsored by MunchPak.)

A few weeks ago, I had the stomach flu. Oh the joys of working with toddlers! 😉 While most people lose their appetite when they are sick, I spent my sick days watching food shows, reading food blogs and watching food-related videos on YouTube. You can’t stop a Hungry Quebbie from constantly thinking about food.

In one of the videos I watched, someone was opening a snack box containing treats from around the world. I quickly hit paused, grabbed my laptop, and googled “around the world food subscriptions”. By the end of the evening, I had picked a program named MunchPak and ordered my first monthly subscription box. For $9.95, I receive 5+ international snacks, once a month.

A week later, I picked up my first package at the post office. This is what it looked like…

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My package included the following snacks:

  • Karamucho hot chili potato sticks from Taiwan
  • Maltanki chocolate biscuits from Poland
  • Mui-Bon hazelnut-filled wafer with chocolate peanut coating, from Mexico
  • Lubisie biscuits with chocolate filling, from Poland
  • Pretz wheat cracker sticks, from Japan

Here are my thoughts on each snack…

Karamucho hot chili potato sticks from Taiwan

When I first saw this, I assumed I would end up giving them all to my husband. My tolerance for spicy food is very low and the words “hot chili” are usually a good enough sign for me to pass on a snack. Yet, I still wanted to taste them. For science. I shyly tasted a couple sticks and it tasted like BBQ flavor! I am only somewhat ashamed to say that I quickly destroyed the bag of hot chili potato sticks. It was only once the bag was empty that the burning sensation started. Oops! I guess that’s what I get for inhaling food instead of savoring it.

Maltanki chocolate biscuits from Poland

Those were plain cookies covered in chocolate. I’d say these biscuits were fairly bland, yet satisfying. As I am trying to cut down sweets, these little cookies were just enough to satisfy my sweet cravings at the end of a work day. Also, the package contained 8 cookies which was nice as I ate a couple every night.

Mui-Bon hazelnut-filled wafer with chocolate peanut coating, from Mexico

This was very tasty! While I expected it to taste like Nutella due to the hazelnut and chocolate combo, it was nothing like it! The crunchy exterior with the rich filling were incredible. I’m ready to order a box of these babies! Muy bueno, indeed!

Lubisie biscuits with chocolate filling, from Poland

For some reason, I wasn’t looking forward to this particular treat. I don’t know why. I guess it was just a gut feeling of disappointment. Well, my gut was wrong! These tasty little bear-shaped cakes were filled with chocolate cream. Did I mention how adorable they looked? Yes, the bear shape won me over.

Pretz wheat cracker sticks, from Japan

Oh, the Pretz…These were super thin sticks, with what seems to be baked potato flavoring. Buttery, salty… they were super addictive!! It took me a while to figure out what the tasty reminded me of. After much thought, I think they remind me of cheddar Pringles. Just a long and thin Pringle chip. Strange enough, but boy does it work! I’ll be on the lookout for these next time I go to the international Farmer’s Market.

 

This first box was a lot of fun and I cannot wait to receive the next one in June…I really hope to get it on time to taste it during my mom’s visit!

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