As the months passed, our taste buds acclimated to the food here and I admit I am rather enjoying the Australian gastronomic experience now! Without such overpowering saltiness, the true flavors of the ingredients in our food have the opportunity to shine through. I do also feel that the produce, meats, and dairy products in Australia are less tampered with and therefore are more appetizing. I am finding new foods each day that I am falling in love with.
It seems only natural to share my food finds with friends back home. Thus, I am excited to introduce a new, regular feature on the TexStralian’s blog: Aussie Foods! I am keen to share with you those foods that are uniquely Australian; also, I find the Australian "take" on some of our American favorites to be especially interesting. We will explore the iconic Vegemite, but there is so much more that this country has to offer. Hopefully, I can give you a sample of some of its best.
The first food I will explore is ‘honeycomb’. When I first came across this word, I thought it was literally honeycomb that bees produce and live in! I thought, “Different strokes for different folks: they eat bees’ hives – whatever. No big whoop.” My naïve mind has since been educated and indeed, the Australians do not eat bees’ nests. (At least not that I know of).
‘Honeycomb’ is actually a confectionery and is a generic term for this toffee flavored, crunchy, porous stuff made from sugar, water, and bicarb (aka baking soda). According to Wikipedia, honeycomb is also known as sponge toffee : “a sugary confection with a light, rigid, sponge-like texture”
|Sponge-looking, crunchy feeling!|
Violet Crumble is one of the most popular Australian candy bars that features honeycomb. (And is actually one of the most popular brands of candy in Australia, period). It is manufactured in Melbourne by Nestle and features a chocolate-coated honeycomb center.
|Violet Crumble: best selling Aussie honeycomb candy bar|
When I first tried Violet Crumble, I was a little bit perplexed by it. The outside is chocolate which I am already on board with. The inside, though, tastes like freeze dried...sugary...salty...stuff. Actually, it reminded me of the Astronaut Ice Cream I ate as a child (a novelty purchased as a souvenir from a trip to the local science museum). The first experience was indeed a bit odd just as Astronaut ice cream is novelty not found in your usual candy store.
|Astronauts eat it in, like, space and stuff.|
|Mmmmmm...looks good enough to eat!|