Snack Packers

When Food Network stars travel abroad, here's what they bring back.

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Kasugai Gummy Candy: Japan

 "I love these gummies. They're soft and don't stick in your teeth, and they have a vivid fruit flavor." 

Ted Allen

Bahlsen Hit Cookies: Germany

"I was obsessed with these when I was a college student in Florence. I would take a pack on the train every weekend while we backpacked around Europe."

Katie Lee

Jack's Chi Charritos: Costa Rica

"We were eating these all the time on vacation. They're legit pork rinds — salty and spicy!"

Jeff Mauro

Kookaburra Black Licorice: Australia

"I love fennel and, hence, black licorice. Unlike licorice you find here, this kind is dense, with strong anise notes."

Geoffrey Zakarian

Dorayaki: Japan

"It's a palm-size sweet treat, similar to a pancake, with red bean paste sandwiched in the middle."

Masaharu Morimoto

Lu Pépito Cookies: France

"These sort of waffle-y cookies dipped in chocolate were my husband's favorite growing up."

Melissa d'Arabian

Biltong: South Africa

"South African beef jerky is spiced, salted and dried, versus smoked, and it's extra flavorful. If you're game, try the ostrich or springbok version."

Marc Murphy

Ferraro Hanuta Wafers: Italy

"When I was 18, I toured Germany with my choir — but it turned into a chocolate tour. These wafers were heaven!"

Damaris Phillips

Sherbet Lemons: United Kingdom

"I have fond memories of going to the tuck shop as a kid and buying sherbet lemons. I still love that sweet-and-sour combination."

Rachel Khoo

Cadbury Curly Wurly: United Kingdom

"It's a thin milk chocolate bar with a toffee center — sweet, light, and it reminds me of home."

Robert Irvine

Daim: Sweden

"It's Swedish, but I ate this in France originally. It harkens to a Heath Bar — salty and not overly sweet. It's great mashed into ice cream."

Alex Guarnaschelli 

Swad Farali Chivda Mix: India

"It's the ultimate party snack: deep-fried chickpea-flour shapes, nuts, fried peas, raisins and a sweet spice mix. It's addictive!"

Aarti Sequeira

Haribo Happy Cola Gummi Candy: Germany

"A friend of mine purchased these, and they taste just like cola."

G. Garvin

Arnott's Tim Tam: Australia

"These chocolate biscuits remind me of visiting my nana when I was a kid!"

Curtis Stone

Dried Okra: The Caribbean

"Okra is one of my favorite veggies, and these dehydrated versions are deeply addictive."

Roger Mooking 

Morinaga Hi-Chew: Japan

"I once filled all of the nooks and crannies of my suitcase with these. They're like a cross between Laffy Taffy and Starburst, and they come in the most-delicious flavors."

Kelsey Nixon

Haldiram's Aloo Bhujia: India

"My mom would try to limit the junk food I ate as a kid, so I'd put bhujia, a spicy noodle-like snack, in a big bowl and hide under the bed to eat it."

Maneet Chauhan

Spicy Dried Fruit: Mexico

"I love dehydrated fruits like mango or pineapple with chile-lime powder. I used to get mine in Tijuana, but now I see them on this side of the border."

Marcela Valladolid

Coca-Cola Light: Europe

"If you need to give in to a Diet Coke addiction, Europe has a better version called Coke Light. It uses a different type of sweetener and isn't technically 'diet.'"

Richard Blais

Mulino Bianco Cookies: Italy

"I purchase a couple of boxes a year, usually Galletti or Abbracci, and I stash them on the highest shelf in the pantry so the kids cannot reach or even see them."

Gabriele Corcos

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