Aussie Snacks for the Summer

Midsummer has come and gone. With classes, internships, and new jobs only a month or so away, the summer feels like it will be over in the blink of an eye. Luckily, Krishna Patel has some easy and fun recipes to help us continue to celebrate summer and freedom, Aussie-style!

Everyone knows that Brits aren’t built for summer (honestly. 30 degrees Celsius is NOT a heatwave). But with the season of garden parties and bikinis upon us, why not borrow some ideas from over the pond to make a real splash at your next summer shindig? Here are some easy Aussie snack foods to try out:

Fairy bread

Before you say it, NO it is NOT ‘just a sprinkle sandwich’. The humble fairy bread has a special place in the hearts of all Australians, being a staple at every childhood birthday party and a guilty pleasure in our adult lives. The magic begins by pouring a bottle of 100s & 1000s onto a plate so that the surface is evenly covered. Then simply apply a generous layer of butter (or butter substitute) to a slice of dirt-cheap white bread, press the buttered area onto the sprinkles and shake off the excess. Voila! A culinary masterpiece.

Passion pop icy poles

Escape the heat and enjoy a cheeky frozen cocktail at home with this icy pole recipe! In a plastic or Styrofoam cup, mix equal parts pineapple juice and lemonade, add a dash of vodka and some passionfruit pulp. Stand a few skewers in the cup to create a handle for your Passion Pop. Freeze overnight and enjoy while lounging in the sun!


Cheese and vegemite scrolls

It baffles me that these swirls of yumminess are yet to make it big outside Australia – they are perfect for munching on at morning tea or on road trips. You’ll need puff pastry, Vegemite (or Marmite if you must, pffft), cheese, and a few egg whites. Start by cutting the pastry into long strips about 10 centimeters in width. Spread a layer of vegemite onto the surface along with a sprinkling of cheese and roll them up into scroll shapes. Coat the outsides with egg whites and bake for 15 minutes at 220 degrees Celsius. They should come out golden, melty, and oh-so-delicious.

Chocolate spiders

Fear not arachnophobes, this recipe does not require you to source an actual spider. It’s another classic party treat that you can make from cheap household ingredients – chocolate, pasta noodles, and a wee bit of sea salt. Simply break your noodles into small pieces and coat them in warm melted chocolate. Place tablespoons of the mixture onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper and sprinkle a touch of sea salt onto each ‘spider’ before setting overnight in the fridge. The only spiders you'll ever love, I promise.