After sharing a couple of my favourite childhood snacks, we received some great feedback on the kind of snacks our readers grew up with. To reflect those snacks that were missed and to share a couple more of my favourites, we’re back for Part Two of Childhood Snacks!

As I mentioned in my previous post, a lot of these snacks were a rare treat growing up, since the only way to enjoy them was if visiting relatives from Asia brought them to Canada. Fortunately, they are pretty easy to come by nowadays, as you can find them in Asian markets, especially within Richmond like T&T, Osaka, Smart N Save and Candyland to name a few.

I hope that this post will inspire you to try some new treats or feel a bit nostalgic and want to pick up something that reminds you of your childhood. Here are 9 more snacks to try:

Koala’s March

These wonderful bite sized cookies are crispy on the outside and filled with chocolate on the inside. Each cookie has its own unique koala dressed up in a costume or doing something fun. These Japanese treats come in two different sizes – a single pack and a giant pack that have smaller packets inside. They also come in different flavours including chocolate, strawberry and matcha.

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Ramune Whistle Candy

Much to the ire of many parents, these whistle candies were pretty popular with kids. These Japanese candies come in a variety of flavours including original, grape and strawberry. They look similar to Lifesavers, but are chalkier in taste – similar to Sweet Tarts, only without the tartness. To get the full effect of the candy, hold the candy between your top and bottom teeth and blow – the hole in the middle of the candy makes the whistling noise!

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Instant Ramen

You may have seen Momofuku’s David Chang do this on his show Mind of a Chef, but this snack was universally loved by Asian children – but not by Asian parents! It’s not the healthiest of snacks and some parents think it’s wrong to eat ramen ‘raw’ (however, most instant ramen is deep-fried in oil). To make this snack, you’ll need an instant ramen pack- generally the square variety. Simply take out the flavouring packet, crush the ramen, pour in the flavour packet and shake!

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The savoury alternative to Pocky, Pretz sticks come in a large variety of flavours. The tomato flavor is one of the more popular flavours in North America. With it’s slightly salty but slightly sweet taste from the tomato, I can see why this snack is popular but also addictive. Other flavours to try include butter and salad… if you can find them!

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Dried Mangoes

Dried mangoes were one of my favourite treats that my relatives brought back from Asia. There is nothing that can compare to the Cebu dried mangoes! All the pieces are consistently sweet with a nice aroma to them. Dried mangoes are a bit on the chewy and moist side, and they make a great sugary treat. When these dried mango packs are in the house, they disappear quickly!

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Fruit Jelly Cups

Similar to Jello, fruit jelly cups are the Asian equivalent with flavours like mango, lychee, coconut and pineapple. Some fruit jelly cups have fruit bits inside, but for the most part are just a nice firm gelatin. They can be enjoyed at room temperature, or as an extra treat, you can cool them in the fridge!

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Although not Asian in origin, you can find Frutips in Hong Kong and also here in Canada. The flavours are catered to Asian tastes including lychee and mango. These flat but round shaped candies are soft jelly in the middle with a sugar sprinkling on the outside. They’re packaged in tubes that make them easy to snack on.

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Korepab Snacks

These Korean crackers are seasoned with a variety of different spices – my two favourites are Chicken and Seaweed. Similar to Pepperidge Farms’ Goldfish cracker, these salty yet crisp snacks are shaped like fish, whales, crabs and squid which make them a fun treat.

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Yan Yan

While we have the chocolate version here, you can also have Yan Yan biscuits with strawberry or vanilla flavouring. When you open up a pack of Yan Yan biscuits, half of the packaging is dedicated to cookie biscuits and the other half is the dip. However, the dip isn’t very deep – so portion your dip carefully! Each biscuit has a cute print of an animal with its name and a silly description of the animal that doesn’t translate quite well. This is part of its charm and also why I enjoy Yan Yan cream snacks.

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