UPDATE: Due to popular demand, we have made some additions to the list.
Honourable mentions: Violet Crumble, Fantales, Saladas and vegemite, Lamb chops, Weet-Bix, Anzac biscuits, sausage rolls, Cottee’s cordial, Milo and Cheezels.
16. Chiko rolls
This deep-fried, glorified spring roll and pastie combo won fans for its mystery meat and vegetable filling and crunchy golden exterior. It is estimated that 352,000 Chiko Rolls will be sold this week in the lead up to Australia Day. A true footy match staple.
15. Samboy chips
With over 150,000 likes on Facebook, this crinkle cut delight is a clear favourite despite only retailing at a limited number of outlets. I think we can all admit that Atomic Tomato may well be the best chip flavour ever invented.
Visit your local fish and chip shop and delight in the deep-fried mish-mash of cultures that is the dim sim, affectionately known as the dimmie. Of course, the best ones come from Melbourne’s South Melbourne Market but there are plenty of other satisfying options scattered around the country.
13. Jatz crackers
The perfect base for a variety of toppings – hummus, cheddar cheese or smoked salmon – Jatz crackers are an unassuming snack food and that’s why we love them. You know the Tall Poppy Syndrome? Yeah, that applies to food too.
12. Aeroplane jelly
Who can forget the iconic retro ad, “I like Aeroplane Jellyyyy, Aeroplane Jelly for meee!” If that’s not ringing any bells, the tangy, fruity taste of the brand’s Razzle Raspberry flavour sure will. Brand mascot Bertie the plane will approve of your decision to enjoy a lighter, more summery dessert this Australia Day.
10. Caramello Koalas
9. Tiny Teddies
Hands up if you slowly dismembered your Tiny Teddies as a child by eating the legs first, then the head? Regardless of your munching style, these little bear-shaped sweet biscuits make for a great afternoon tea.
These chewy mint-flavoured lollies will ensure you have fresh breath for any Australia Day socialising and the “Minties Moments” on their iconic wrappers will keep an entire party entertained. Sort of.
7. Tim Tams
The fact that we have Tim Tams and other countries do not makes us genuinely pity the rest of the world. The double chocolate biscuit sandwich is so addictive that it’s possible to consume a whole packet in one sitting. If people judge you, just tell them you’re being patriotic.
5. Meat pies
Four’N Twenty have cornered the market on this footy fan favourite. The perfect size to fit in your hand, the humble meat pie combines meat (notionally, anyway) and pastry to provide the ultimate nourishment. Top them off with some tomato sauce (NOT “ketchup”).
4. Fairy bread
Whoever thought thought that hundreds and thousands were a legitimate sandwich filling ought to be immortalised in stone for their contribution to Australian children’s birthday parties. Fairy bread is simple to make and instantly transports people back to a time when carbs were not a concern and running under sprinklers was a daily activity.
2. The sausage sizzle
A sausage, some cooked onion and a slice of Wonder White is one of life’s greatest, simplest pleasures for an Aussie. Whack on a bit of barbecue sauce and you have the perfect companion to a beer at a summer pool party.
1. Golden Gaytime
Australia Day just so happens to fall in one of the hottest months of the year. To cool down, bypass the too-rich Magnum and too-healthy Weiss bar for the ultimate summer sweet: The Gaytime. The perfect popsicle consists of toffee and vanilla ice cream coated in chocolate and dipped in honeycomb biscuit pieces. Manufacturer Streets is all too aware of the reach of this particular ice cream – it has its own official website.
And it goes without saying..
Vegemite. It’s not a snack, it’s a way of life. Feel free to slather it on any of the above.