Quick Content Guide
1. Kangaroo Meat
2. Tim Tams
Tim Tams have an iconic status in Australia– Sharon describes them as “chocolate biscuits that are loved by just about everyone.” Supposedly you can find the Pepperidge Farm version at Target stores in the US, but I haven’t seen them at my store. In any case, Australia is home to the originals, which my sources claim are far tastier than the US versions. And the huge variety of Tim Tam flavors are only available in Australia, making them an ideal Australia food souvenir.
Australia’s answer to Marmite is the yeasty, brown paste known as Vegemite. Vegemite addicts rave about the “unami” flavor but others are less convinced. You’ll have to pick some up and try it for yourself (Vegemite is best enjoyed spread over toast).
4. Weet-Bix Cereal
5. Australian Potato Chips
Sharon tells us that Australians love their potato chips, just as much if not more so than the Brits– but their flavors aren’t quite as wacky as those crazy Brits.
While that might be true, I can confirm that Australian flavors like Vegemite, Greek Feta and Herb and Cilantro chip are still leagues above the “craziest” flavor at my supermarket– mesquite barbecue.
6. British Food Favorites
Australia is part of the Commonwealth, and its close ties to the Queen can be seen in their grocery store picks. You’ll find plenty of aisles filled with British staples like baked beans and Cadbury bars, sometimes with an Australian twist.
7. Foreign Food Aisle
I love checking out other countries’ “foreign food” aisle (it can be especially entertaining to see check out the “American food” aisle). As Sharon tells us, a fair bit of the Australian supermarket is taken up by other cuisines, which for the most part, Australia does brilliantly. Well everything that is except Mexican– don’t expect to find anything beyond Ortega here. [Ed. note: In my experience, decent Mexican is one of the hardest things to find outside of North America].
8. Australian Meat Pies
Meat pies are much-loved in Australia, and while other countries may have their own version of meat pies, the ones you’ll find in Australia are truly unique. A classic Australian meat pie is hand-sized, and filled with meat, gravy and other assorted ingredients (mushrooms, onions and cheese are popular).
9. Australian Spirits
Sharon notes that the Australian supermarket is not a one-stop shop. To complete your shopping experience and load up on the finest Australian beer, wine and spirits, you’ll need to head next door to the separate alcohol section.But whatever you do, under no circumstances should you buy Fosters. As Sharon tell us, “Australians don’t drink Fosters – that’s for export as it’s disgusting. Look out for some James Squire or Beez Neez instead.”