Culture Shock: Snack Foods

Culture Shock: Snack Foods | The Spicy Bee

One thing I remember very clearly about my time abroad was how awesome it was when I found snack foods from home (I spent a semester abroad in college). Whether it was in a corner market or in a care package from my mama, I always enjoyed every bite of–just off the top of my head–Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids, Kraft Mac & Cheese…but I never thought about the reactions my Austrian friends would have to things like Cheeseballs or Girl Scout Cookies until I shared my snack care packages. I was reminded of their faces when I found the first video below of Korea trying your run-of-the-mill American snack foods. Then I couldn’t stop searching for videos of people experiencing snacks from other countries. Brace yourself–there are a lot!

Round 1: Korea Tries American Snacks

It’s a long video but a fun look at how some Koreans see our snacks–overly salty or sour is what I hear most predominantly throughout the video. Now let’s see what Americans think of Korean snacks.

Round 2: America Tries Korean Snacks

Americans felt it was a bit …fishy for their tastes–we don’t incorporate much fish flavor do we? And let’s be honest, how many of us enjoy biting into something that looks like it should be dry and cakey on the inside only to find that it’s filled with ooze?!

Round 3: Britain Tries American Snacks

Who hates Slim Jims?! Ignore the ingredients–it’s chewy meaty goodness…among other things…
I’m curious as I see these videos which culture has the most snack food–I feel like Americans have a ton of options, but after spending time in Austria, I noticed the Austrians had their fair share too (albeit they shared many with their German and Swiss neighbors).

Round 4: America Tries British Snacks

To my British readers: send more Wine Gummies.


Nothing beats the taste of comfort food–and snack foods definitely fall within that category. While it seems that many cultures have salty and sugary treats, I think that after watching countless videos (many by Buzzfeed–thanks!) that my favorite moments are when the tasters try something that is a NEW flavor experience for them–like in the below Indian Snack episode (I’ve got to get my hands on a bag of Aloo Masala Chips).

Interested in how you can try more International snack foods? Check out Reddit’s Snack Exchange Subreddit and you could end up trading a box of goodies with someone on the other side of the world!

Enjoy more fun videos of Americans trying snack foods from other countries!

America Tries Indian Snacks

America Tries Australian Snacks

America Tries Japanese Snacks

America Tries Thai Snacks

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  • Reply Kayla January 23, 2015 at 8:46 am

    HILARIOUS! This was funny when I was in Taiwan too.
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  • Reply Bea January 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Love it!!! It is true nothing is more like the sate of home than snacks from home. Watching this I really want some delicious Paprika Chips and no, BBQ Chips do not fit the bill 😉

    Thank you for sharing.
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  • Reply Create/Enjoy January 24, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve heard about these, so funny! I like most flavors but I do always remember trying some very weird souvenir goodies from other countries a few times. Funny because I love international cuisine restaurants, but the packaged snack foods are not as appealing to my American palate! (I don’t blame other cultures for disliking Twinkies, though… some of our packaged foods are not even that tasty!)
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