Food in Israel:
The Best Snacks and Stuff

If you have not yet seen my main page about food in Israel, you might as well visit it first as it has the more popular dishes you might find in the country. This page is more about snacks, candy and a bunch of other good stuff that I really like…


Bamba

La la la la la Bamba! What a great song - and an awesome snack. Seriously!

Bamba is by far the best selling snack in Israel for over 40 years, with no change in taste. What is it like?

Basically it is a puffed up corn and peanut butter snack. But it has a unique taste that is really hard to imitate. Unlike other snacks, Bamba is pretty natural – it only contains: peanuts, corn, vegetable oil and salt. Kids and babies in particular love it, and I think you would too.

By the way Bamba is exported to several countries including the U.S. (I saw and bought it at a Ralph’s supermarket in California).

Bamba - the ultimate snack food in IsraelBamba - the ultimate snack food in Israel

Sunflower Seeds

These seeds, known in Hebrew as Garinim Shorim (black seeds), are everywhere and are a strong competitor to matkot (beach bats) over the national sport title.

You can see – and hear – Israelis cracking away at these seeds at the beach, in front of the TV, or in a football (soccer) match. Sometimes it is annoying and frankly it does look strange – but it is a much better habit than smoking!

Once you start cracking away at the seeds you will be hooked as well. They taste best after being roasted and salted properly. So next time you visit Israel take a crack at some sunflower seeds – you will find them at every kiosk in every city.

Sunflower seeds - an Israeli addictionSunflower seeds - an Israeli addiction.

Krembo

Israeli snacks - KremboKrembo

The meaning of this winter ice cream is simply the 2 Hebrew words cream (krem) and inside (bo) combined. And the name sure does fit the product: cream that is coated in chocolate and sits on a round little biscuit.

For some reason (probably the amount of sugar) it tastes so good that I can eat 3-4 of those krembos back-to-back easily.

It comes both in a vanilla and mocha flavor cream, but the vanilla is far more popular. You won't find it during summer time – it is only available during winter in Israel, and is being exported as well.


Cow Chocolate - Shokolad Para

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I guess a few decades ago the best marketing idea for a chocolate was to put a picture of a cow on the wrap…

However, somehow the idea worked and you can hardly find an Israeli today who isn’t familiar with this product. It is actually a pretty tasty chocolate – nothing fancy tough. Besides the traditional milk flavor you can also find it in a few other flavors – dark chocolate, almonds, etc.


Folded or Wrinkled Chocolate – Mekupelet

This is a unique form of chocolate bar that looks wrinkled. During my military service in Israel my diet included a fair amount of this low nutrient – yet tasty – Mekupelet as it is known in Hebrew.

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שוקו / Shoko Not rated yet
this drink is my best drink in morning afternoon or even the middle of the night, it is great! Its a drink with great taste!

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