12 Weirdest Snacks in the World Slideshow
Not too far afield, lollipops come with a side of danger. In Mexico, and now in some parts of the Southwest, lollipops come with scorpions in the center. (The sucker is clear, so you can see when you're getting close to the center.) They come in banana, apple, blueberry, and strawberry flavors, and the best method is to eat all the candy first, followed by the scorpion in one final bite.
In Nicaragua, sea turtle eggs are eaten as snacks, usually with a dash of hot sauce. Roughly the size of ping pong balls, they are boiled before they're torn open just slightly at the top, so you can suck the liquid out. Then, you peel back the shell further to expose and eat the soft yolk. While they were recently declared illegal, these little snacks are still everywhere; the law has had little to no effect thus far.
Japan seems to corner the market on bizarre snack foods and delicacies, so crazy ice cream flavors should come as no surprise. One of the more popular flavors is wasabi ice cream, though Japanese ice cream makers have left no flavor behind — they have raw horse meat, chicken wing (pictured), octopus, shrimp, squid, and garlic, to name a few.
Light, creamy desserts are a welcome end to most meals, but they're usually not made with chicken. The Turkish dessert tavuk ggs, which is made with rice, sweetened milk, cinnamon, and chicken and has a rice pudding-like consistency, was one of the most popular desserts served to sultans in the Ottoman Palace and it's still considered a signature dish.
Laver is a type of salty seaweed found in Wales, Ireland, and on Britain's west coast that's often spread on toast. But the Welsh also turn it into a breakfast snack called laverbread, which is a cake made of boiled laver rolled in oats. It's often eaten with bacon or cheese on top. The boiled laver is also sometimes left on its own (no oatmeal) to accompany lamb, crab, or to make laver soup.
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Fried insects are common roadside snacks from Latin America to Asia. But in Cambodia, they've taken their deep-frying to the next level with tarantulas. They're available at street stalls throughout the country and they're often flavored with garlic, salt, and sugar. They are particularly popular with Cambodian kids, too.
The most iconic movie-theater snack (and one of the most universal) is popcorn, so movie theaters in Thailand made the addictive treat work for them. Spicy tom yum soup is made with Kaffir lime, lemongrass, fish sauce, galangal, and chile peppers. Thai movie theaters have turned those flavors into a powder that they can sprinkle over popcorn.
Herring plays a constant role in Dutch and Scandinavian cuisines, though raw herring is particularly loved in The Netherlands, where people pick up the herring by its tail and let the fish slide into their mouths. Raw herring sandwiches are an incredibly popular snack and are commonly served with pickles and raw onions in a hot dog bun.
The combination of sweet and salty is almost always successful, except when tiny fish skeletons come into play. Baked in soy and sugar, these small fish skeletons, or iwashi sembei, are eaten as crunchy, addictive snacks throughout Japan.
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Throughout night markets in Taiwan, you'll see throngs of locals munching on pig's blood cakes, or blood pudding. The chewy snacks are made by soaking sticky rice in pig's blood before rolling it around in peanut flour and cilantro, and serving it on a stick.
Of all the bizarre flavors found Down Under (read: Vegemite), fish and chips gelato has to be among the weirdest. Reportedly inspired by chef Heston Blumenthal's bacon and egg ice cream in London, a local ice creamery created their fish and chips flavor with lots of salty and tangy notes and little fried bits on top.
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In Alaska, Eskimo ice cream has little to do with ice cream as we know and love it. Eskimo ice cream is made with a type of shortening, like Crisco, mixed with berries, melted snow water, and sugar, as well as common additions like salmon, caribou, reindeer tallow, and other meats and fish. It's all mixed together and is often eaten as a snack, spread, or even dessert.