Can You Name All These British Snacks?



By: Lauren Lubas

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When you think of traveling to Britain, you probably consider the different sights you'll want to see. You'll have to add the various tourist attractions in London, the essential museums and the gorgeous countryside, but you might not think about the food that you're going to eat while you're there. Sure, you'll plan extravagant dinners and light lunches, but what are you going to eat while you're on the London Underground? You'll need some snacks to help you along, of course. 

However, as a tourist, you'll want to prepare yourself for the differences in snacks from one country to the next. If you've already done your research, you probably know a thing or two about the snacks that you're going to encounter while you're in Britain.

Now, if you've already traveled there, you may have seen Jaffa Cakes and Hula Hoops. You may have even had a crumpet or two in your travels. As a world traveler, you commend yourself on your snack know-how, but do you think that you could name all of the British snacks we've put together in this quiz? It could be a little tough, but you may find that you'll have to bring an empty suitcase on your next trip because you're gonna wanna bring some of these treats home. 

These aren't sold in the U.S. because they are considered dangerous. What are they?

Unfortunately, stuffing a tiny plastic figure into a chocolate egg results in too many dangerous moments for Americans, and we aren't allowed to have these snacks that are served all over the world because of it. Recently, however, a dumbed-down version called Kinder Joy has been approved for us in the U.S.


The British call them crisps, but can you name the chip flavor that comes in this pink bag?

Hey, we like shrimp cocktail, and we like potato chips. Why not put the two together? If you love your shrimp and tomato dust all over your potato chips, you are welcome to head across the pond to pick up a bag.


Do you know the name of this juice drink?

We have Hi-C; the British have Ribena. Yes, it's full of sugar and citric acid, just like our favorite juice boxes from childhood, so perhaps we aren't missing out on as much as we think.


Can you name this cheesy snack found in Britain?

It's a cracker that is flavored with cheese. It's basically like a Cheez-It, but with more of a crumbly texture. It might be a little hard to describe, but a Mini Cheddar is definitely worth a try.


It looks like a monster foot and tastes like pickled onions — what is it?

Who doesn't want a Cheeto that tastes like pickled onions? Obviously, if you're going to have a pickle Cheeto, it has to be shaped like a monster foot. Okay, it doesn't make sense, but if you're pregnant, you're probably gonna wanna try one. (Also available in Flamin' Hot and Roast Beef!)


Named after a system in your body, what are these biscuits called?

Sure, it's not the most appealing name of all of the British snacks you've come into contact with. However, digestives are somewhat like graham crackers. They're just a little sweet and have a great crunch.


Here's a hard cookie that's great for dipping in hot coffee. What is it?

Hobnobs are very much like frosted oatmeal cookies in the U.S., except they're really crunchy. Perhaps the thought of making a soft cookie in Britain isn't everyone's favorite choice ... maybe there just isn't a market for them.


In Scotland, you can find this soda pretty much everywhere. Do you know the name of it?

Irn Bru is an orange flavored soda that gives you a little more energy and a lot more sugar. It is comparable to Fanta in the United States, but it's a little extra on the flavor and syrup.


These wafer biscuits are really popular in Britain. What are they called?

Tunnock's Caramel Wafers have layers of wafer and caramel, coated in chocolate. They are a much loved item on the other side of the pond, and because they aren't found here, they are often smuggled across our borders.


If you're looking for a Mounds bar in Britain, this might be a good substitute. What is it?

Bound by the fact that you have to have some kind of coconut in your life at all times, you may find that a Bounty bar helps you get your fix. However, if you hate coconut, please steer clear. These things are filled with it.


These share a name with a famous American candy. Do you know what they are?

Smarties in Britain are very much like M&M's in the United States. While you can find something called Smarties in the U.S., they are a chalky, flavored candy. However, in Britain, they are candy coated chocolate pieces.


Can you identify this cookie named after an animal?

Penguin biscuits are chocolate cookies covered in even more chocolate. Why these aren't sold in the United States is beyond us. They're pretty delicious, and they inspired the Tim Tams found in Australia.


This snack food would be on a stick if it were in the U.S. What is it?

If you want to take some puff pastry and wrap it around some breakfast sausage, you may be pleasantly surprised with the results. That's what a sausage roll is, and it can be served warm or cold, depending on your mood.


Do you know what these cookies are called?

Jaffa Cakes can actually be found all across Europe. They are a dense yet soft cookie that has fruity jam on top, which is then covered in chocolate (on the jam side). They may taste a little stale, but that's part of the experience.


Can you name these swirly cookies?

This cookie might look stale and hard (and if it were made by Girl Scouts, it might be). However, the cookie is actually pretty crumbly and light. It's so delicate that it's hard to dunk.


We have these at every coffee shop in the United States. Do you know what they are?

Scones in Britain are a little different than the scones you might find at Starbucks. They have about the same texture and flavor, but they're a little plainer ... so you can add jam and other toppings to them, of course.


They may look like hot dogs, but they're actually chocolate. What are they?

A cookie crunch in the center and smothered in chocolate? We'll take it! Everyone needs to petition Cadbury to get these bad boys to the United States immediately. They are so good.


Eat these plain or with jam, or dunk them in your tea. Do you know what they are?

Very much like ginger snaps, these biscuits are full of flavor and are great with your favorite cookie (eh hem ... biscuit) topping. If you serve them with your tea, you might get a little more attention from your guests.


When you can't find a Bugle in Britain, you can use these as a substitute. What are they?

Hula Hoops are an extremely addictive British snack item that goes well with a night of Netflix. However, they are nice and high in sodium, so watch your intake, because once you have one, you'll have the whole bag.


These cookies are very similar to lemon cremes in the United States. What are they?

Crawford's Custard Creams smell just as good as they look, and if you don't mind a hard cookie, the soft center is worth the crunch. Of course, you can always dip them in your favorite hot beverage.


Do you know what kind of cookies these are?

Jumbles are tasty cookies that are commonly found in Britain. While there are variations of the standard recipe, they all seem to include your basic butter, flour, eggs, nuts and spices.


This is a British Cup Noodles. Do you know what it's called?

Pot Noodle is the British version of plasticky noodles with a salt packet and some freeze dried veggies. You know, the standard lunch for anyone who has to eat while working. It's not good for you, but it does the job.


Do you know the name of these cookies?

Oh, look! You can find cookies being called cookies in Britain! We hardly knew. These cookie snacks are mostly found in England, but they are also sold throughout the U.K., as well as the rest of Europe.


Can you tell us what these premade sandwiches are called?

Anyone who has ever had a Jimmy Dean's hot sandwich knows that these items are mostly for if you're starving and are forced to eat gas station food. They aren't necessarily good for you, but they will fill you up until you can find a restaurant worth eating at.


This seems like a breakfast dish, but it isn't. What is it?

A Scotch woodcock consists of toast, eggs and anchovy (or anchovy paste). It doesn't sound very appetizing, but it is generally used as an hors d'oeuvre in Britain. This treat has been around since the Victorian era.


The U.K. likes bacon as much as we do. Can you name these snacks?

Frazzles give you everything you want in bacon (which is the flavor) on a crunchy corn snack that kind of looks like Fritos, but not really at all. If you're looking for a bacony crunch, you're gonna need to try a Frazzle.


They look like gummy bears coated in sugar, but do you know what they are called?

Jelly Babies aren't far off from gummy bears coated in sugar crystals. However, they look a little bit like Sour Patch Kids, although they are not sour. Children love these things. Then again, children love all sugar.


Do you know the name of this sweet snack?

A Double Decker bar is what you get when you take a Snickers bar and turn everything on the inside to chocolate. It looks absolutely delicious, but if you were thinking about getting one, you might need to buy a plane ticket.


These cookies are very popular in the U.K. Do you know what they are?

Jammie Dodgers are a simple shortbread cookie ... well, two shortbread cookies ... with jelly or jam in the middle. There's a cute heart-shaped hole in the top cookie so you can see the filling. They are often thought to be the best biscuits to have with tea, because they are sweet and sturdy.


We need this in the United States. Do you know what it is?

Lion bars are so much more than you think. Consider what would happen if you took a Krackle bar and wrapped it around a Kit Kat that was smothered in caramel. That's a Lion bar. We need to call Nestle on this one.


Can you name this candy that tastes like alcohol but doesn't have any it in?

Maynards Wine Gums are meant to mimic the taste of wine, but they do not contain any themselves. (Back in the day, they were made with fermented wine.) It's a nice way to trick yourself into thinking you had a shot.


This is one of the most popular candy bars in Britain. Do you know what it's called?

Twirl bars are pretty standard — they mix chocolate and chocolate. It's basically a Twix bar without the cookie or the caramel. Sometimes, people just crave the simple things. For those people, a Twirl bar is what you're looking for.


In America, we call these snacks Whoppers. What are they known as in Britain?

Maltesers are exactly what they sound like — malted milk balls. While there aren't many people who love these in the U.S., you can still find Whoppers at every gas station in the country, for some reason.


Do you know what this warm snack is called?

Bubble and squeak is a traditional dish that basically includes all of the leftovers from your holiday dinner. It requires leftover mashed potatoes, along with pretty much everything else that is in your fridge. Sounds delicious to us!


This is very much like a Scottish pita. What is it?

Tattie scones are basically fried potato cakes. They are excellent with pretty much any topping you can think to put on a pita or a piece of bread. They are warm and chewy and contain a lot of potatoes.


On a cold day, this soup hits the spot. What is it?

You know that ingredient they always use on cooking competition shows, and you have no idea what it is? Yeah, that's what this soup is made out of: rocket. In the U.S., it's known as arugula. This bright soup is high in vitamins and a great snack for a cold day.


Can you name this dish that can be a side or a snack?

Scottish rumbledethumps is basically mashed potatoes with all of your favorite veggies and some cheese mixed in. When it's ready, it looks very similar to a twice baked potato, but ultimately, it's pretty delicious.


It's fudgy and the Scottish like it. What is it?

A tablet is kind of like fudge ... if you make it wrong, it can be grainy and have a crumbly texture. The cool thing is, you can throw it pack in the pan, remelt it and try again. Tablets can be made in different flavors, if you like variety.


If you're in Scotland, you might come across one of these. You will buy it, but do you know what it is?

A deep fried Mars bar is exactly what you think it is: a Mars bar dipped in batter and deep fried. Of course, we have a lot of deep fried items in the United States, but we just don't usually have Mars bars prepared that way.


Do you know what this is?

Crumpets are English muffins; English muffins are crumpets. Let's all just deal with the fact that this is true. How do they make them so airy and delicious, though? That's the real question. (OK, professional bakers — the main difference is that crumpets are made with a looser batter and baked in muffin rings.)


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