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Big List: Strange snacks

WEIRD WORLD: If you think a Pepsi-flavoured Cheeto is strange, it's nothing compared to some of the weird snacks sold around the world. Here, some of the most revolting – though others may swear they’re delicious.

By Jean-Pierre Mestanza

Monday 2 September 2013, 05:48PM

Maggot Cheese

Maggot Cheese

Italian maggot cheese

Priced at B3,000 for a half kilo, maggot cheese has recently been outlawed in Italy, where the snack first became known. Casu Frazigu, as the cheese is called, can only be safely eaten for a few weeks. A fly called Piophila Casei drops its eggs on the cheese during the aging process and, when the maggots are born, they excrete enzymes that produce a rotten taste, pungent small, and soft texture. Interestingly, the cheese was a popular wedding dish in Italy before its ban by the authorities.

Balut (duck embryo)

For less than B30, this popular snack can be bought fresh and ready to eat. Note: it includes a bird foetus. Balut is a fertilised duck egg with a partially formed fetus inside and was first popularised in Iceland. It is usually eaten by cracking open the shell, drinking the fluid, and seasoning the foetus with salt and peper before eaten raw. Because the eggs are abundant in Southeast Asia, it has become a widely consumed snack in parts of the region, especially the Philippines, where it is called balut.

Fish and chips ice cream

Australian snack magnate George Kailis opened the first fish and chip gelato shop in Perth two years ago and, despite the odd flavour, sales are soaring. The fish and chips ice cream is said to not actually taste like fish but there is a subtle tang of salt that pokes through. The flavour was created especially for Australia Day, but has stayed on the menu simply because of the novelty. Kailis told reporters he created the flavour after being inspired by British chef Heston Blumenthal's bacon and egg ice cream.


Japanese candied crabs

The Japanese have plenty of snacks for drinking, but none are crunchier than the famed candied crabs. The snack combines salty, fishy, and sweet flavours in a tiny crab. Perfect to play around with while intoxicated. Surprisingly, this snack is very popular in New York City where several shops carry the strange Asian snack. The shell bits are sometimes coated in sesame seeds for a little extra flavour.

Black garlic chocolate

One of Japan's top garlic producing regions, Takko, has created a new Valentine's Day sweet that is sure to make your breath reek. Black garlic chocolate uses locally produced fermented black garlic, dipped in chocolate, and sprinkled with cocoa powder. Black garlic is said to taste a little like prunes. The company sells boxes containing three chocolates each for just under B200, and can be bought online.


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