INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to the Best Australian Food Gifts & products including the Aussie crowd pleaser, Vegemite.
Australian food culture is continuously evolving.
There’s new Australian food recipes being created every single day, but there are some Australian food traditions that will never die.
Try telling the average Aussie that there’s no such thing as typical Australian food, and you’ll have a riot on your hands.
Australia has a growing list of fabulous food products that are beloved by its’ people. There’s also some Australian recipes that cannot be replicated properly without the right Australian ingredient.
We are often asked, What are the national foods of Australia?, or What are some popular foods in Australian for gifts?, or What are your favourite Australian foods?
So we’ve collated a list of the best of the best Australian food products to buy in the supermarket.
You’ll find the best of the best:
- Australian chocolate
- Chocolate biscuits
- Australian lollies & Australian candy
- Australian snacks
- Australian cereals and desserts
There’s also 5 fun facts about Aussie food too!
Take a look.
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- 1 THE BEST AUSTRALIAN FOOD GIFTS
- 2 Popular Australian Food
- 3 Popular Australian Foods for lunch & dinner
- 4 MOST POPULAR AUSTRALIAN GROCERY FOODS
- 5 Savory Pantry Products
- 6 Sweet Pantry Supplies
- 7 Popular Australian Cereal
- 8 Popular Australian Snacks & Australian Chips
- 9 Popular Australian Chips
- 10 Popular Australian Biscuits
- 11 Popular Australian Savory Biscuits
- 12 Popular Australian Candy and Snacks
- 13 Popular Australian Chocolate
- 14 POPULAR AUSTRALIAN DRINKS
- 15 Australian Wine
- 16 Australian Beer
- 17 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN COOKBOOK
- 18 5 Fun Australian Food Facts
- 19 Looking for fun things to do in Australia with kids?
THE BEST AUSTRALIAN FOOD GIFTS
First up, let’s take a look at the most popular Australian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Below that, you’ll find a list of the best Australian food gifts & Australian snack souvenirs to buy for friends and family.
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated.
Popular Australian Food
Here’s how Aussies start their day.
Australian Breakfast Foods
- Vegemite on toast (otherwise known as the Australian brown food paste that is an acquired taste!)
- Smashed avo on toast
- Bacon, eggs, grilled tomato, baked beans, a sausage or two, toast (called a “Big Brekkie” or Fry Up)
- Nutella on toast
- Cereal, especially Weetbix, Special K, Rice Bubbles and Cornflakes
Popular Australian Foods for lunch & dinner
Have you tried any of these classic Australian foods?
- Meat pies
- Fish and chips
- A Burger with the lot (with a slice of tinned beetroot, tomato and lettuce)
- Sausage sizzle
- Barramundi and chips
- Avocados on toast
- Chicken parmigiana
- Spaghetti bolognaise is an Australian home staple (add a dash of vegemite for flavor)
- Chicko roll
- Passiona soft drink
- Sunday Roast at the pub/club
The best gifts from Australia for foodies is something from the supermarket aisles, or a hand-crafted gourmet food gift from the local markets, so you can make these classic Australian dishes and drink up the local faves.
Here’s a few ideas.
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MOST POPULAR AUSTRALIAN GROCERY FOODS
Here’s the guide to the best Australian foods to send overseas. Start here with authentic Australian food products for home cooked meals.
Savory Pantry Products
- Vegemite spread or the newish Vegemite Cheesybite spread
- Dick Smith’s Ozenuts crunchy peanut butter
- ETA original or BBQ sauce, or Masterfoods BBQ sauce
- Maggi 2 minute noodles
- Anchor chicken ‘chippy’ salt
- Masterfoods Chicken salt
- Edgell sliced beetroot in a can
- Gravox traditional gravy powder
- Byron Bay Chilli sauces
- Continental cup a soup packets
- Fountain mustard sauce, or thick mint sauce
- Bega Cream cheese spread
- Bega peanut butter
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Special mention: Campbells spaghetti sauce in a tin
I cannot live without this stuff.
It’s a childhood memory flashback of good times with the cousins.
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Sweet Pantry Supplies
- IXL jams
- John West passionfruit pulp
- Capilano squeeze honey or Capilano creamed honey pots
- Rosella fruit chutney
- Masterfoods Lemon Butter (find handmade versions of this popular Australian spread at fetes and fairs)
- Aeroplane Jelly packets in all the flavors
- Zooper Dooper Ice blocks
- Golden syrup squeeze bottle
- 100’s and 1000’s sprinkles in a shake jar (for your fairy bread!)
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Popular Australian Cereal
Pick your favourite.
- Kelloggs Corn Flakes (with a sprinkle of sugar)
- Kelloggs All Bran
- Carmen’s Muesli
- Uncle Toby’s Oats
- Special K
- Uncle Toby’s Cheerios
- Kelloggs Sustain
- Sultana Bran
- Just Right, and
- Kelloggs Crunchy Nut
Kids love Nutri-grain, Rice Bubbles, and Milo cereal, but the winner of all breakfast cereals in Australia is:
Kellogg’s COCO POPS!
Coco Pops are “Just like a chocolate milkshake, only CRUNCHY!”
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Popular Australian Snacks & Australian Chips
The best Australian snacks include:
- Sausage Sizzle (sausage in bread, alt: snag in bread)
- Vegemite toast
- Golden Gaytime ice blocks
- Freshly made scones with jam and whipped cream.
Hot tip for scones: Always put the jam first, then the cream. That’s the unspoken rule.
Special Mention: Fairy Bread
You’ll find “Fairy Bread” at every Australian birthday party for kids, except in Byron Bay.
There you’ll probably find a raw vegan cake on the table.
To make fairy bread, buy a fresh white loaf of bread, spread each slice with a good layer of butter, and generously sprinkle on the ‘100’s and 1000’s until the bread is covered.
Hot tip: Cut the bread on a diagonal, so you make four small triangles.
Popular Australian Chips
Cheese Twisties are always in the top 3 when you rank the best Australian chips.
The number one request for Australian food sought by expat Aussies with visitors on the way is TWISTIES.
Cheese flavoured Twisties and Chicken Twisties are unique Australian food gifts.
You should also buy, and TRY:
- Burger rings
- Cheetos cheese and bacon balls
- Vege chips – original, salt and vinegar
- Smiths Crinkle Cut chops – plain, chicken, salt and vinegar, cheese & onion, and salt and vinegar,
- Samboy chips – all the flavors!
- Red Rock Deli chips – artisan range
- CC’s corn chips in original, nacho cheese, or tasty cheese
- Cheetos puffs
- Cobs popcorn – the cheddar cheese popcorn is the best!
But we’ll always come back to the old favourite and say that Cheese Twisties should be in your suitcase anytime you leave these golden shores.
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Popular Australian Biscuits
Tim Tam Biscuits are by far the most well known biscuit in Australia but take a peek in any Australian trolley, and you’ll find these Aussie biccies too.
(Arnott’s is Australia’s favourite biscuit company. Don’t stand for the imitators.)
- Tim Tam biscuits in white chocolate, chewy caramel, dark chocolate, choc mint, honeycomb and double chocolate
- Arnotts Kingston
- Arnotts Royals
- Arnotts Iced Vovo biscuits – biscuit base with sweet pink fondant, topped with coconut, and a raspberry jam filling sandwiched on top
- Arnotts Mint slice biscuits (pictured above)
- Arnotts Mini Wagon Wheels
- Anzac biscuits by Unibic, the most authentic Anzac biccie from a shop
- Arnotts Hundreds and Thousands
- Arnotts Monte Carlo
- Family Assorted by Arnotts
- Arnotts Monte (my fave)
- Arnotts Teevee Snacks
- Nestle Dunkaroos
- Arnotts Scotch Finger biscuits (dipped in a hot milky cup of tea)
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Try the TIM TAM SLAM!
This is how you eat Tim Tams.
It works with any flavor Tim Tam biscuit.
Go on. It’s the Aussie way!
PS: Biscuits make great Australian food gifts so don’t be shy. Pack more Aussie treats than you think you will need. Make up a care package for your besties.
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Popular Australian Savory Biscuits
Try these savory biscuits in Australia too.
- Jatz crackers
- Salada orginal
- Sao biscuits (a staple in kid’s lunchboxes with cheese and vegemite)
- Arnotts Cheds cheese biscuit
- Arnotts Shapes biscuits
Arnotts Shapes biscuits are a party staple.
Try Arnotts Shapes biscuits in:
- Original pizza flavor
- Barbeque flavor
- Vegemite and cheese
- Nacho flavor
- Chicken crimpy flavor
- Cheese and bacon, and
- Cheddar cheese.
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Popular Australian Candy and Snacks
Australian lollies are SO good! They make wonderful Australian gifts for overseas.
FANTAILS (pictured above) are individually wrapped pieces of chewy caramel fudge cubes coated in delicious rich choc. There’s a story on each wrapper!
Try these popular Australian sweets at least once.
- Musk lifesavers
- Allens RedSkins
- Allens Minties
- Allens Snakes Alive
- Allens Cool Mints
- Allens Chicos chewy candy
- Allens Strawberries and Cream, or Ripe Raspberries
- Eucalyptus drops hard candies
- The Natural Confectionery Company – various (try them all)
- Banana lollies
- Life Savers fruit pastilles, and Life savers fruit tingles
- Uncle Toby’s Roll Ups (promoted as a lunch box food, but really a sweet treat)
Buy enough of these sweet Australian food products to share around, and a few more for late night nibbles.
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Popular Australian Chocolate
Cherry Ripe, mushed up cherries covered in milk chocolate, is made by Cadbury but only sold in Australia. You either like it or you don’t, but if you do, buy up big.
Fill your suitcase with Australian chocolate bars like this too, and you have the perfect Australian souvenirs for everyone:
- Cherry Ripe Chocolate Bar (pictured above)
- Violet Crumble bar – the popular Australian honeycomb candy
- Cadbury chocolate block ( in all the flavours – dairy milk, peppermint, top deck, tropical pineapple, caramello, roast almond, fruit and nut, . SNACK is the best!)
- Freddo frogs
- Cadbury Flakes
- Caramello Koalas chocolates
- Curly Wurly
- Allens Jaffas
- Fry’s Turkish Delight
- Time Out
- Darrell Lea Licorice bullets (covered in chocolate) – this Australian licorice brand sells lots of different flavors.
- Allens Freckles (the kids’ favourite!)
You can also buy Aussie chocolate share packs, with 12-20 treat size pieces of your faves.
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Special mention: Clinkers
CLINKERS are pink, yellow or green crunchy candy covered with milk chocolate.
OMG kind of GOOD.
Hot tip: Make THIS Clinkers Slice.
It’s Australia’s version of the the New Zealand Lolly Cake.
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POPULAR AUSTRALIAN DRINKS
These are the most popular Australian drinks, for both summer sipping and rugging up on a winter’s night.
Take a bottle of Cottee’s cordial home for the kids, or a BIG tin of MILO and you will be a hero! Kids need Australian treats every now and then, don’t they?
- Bundaberg Ginger Beer (and also Lemon Lime Bitters, Lemonade)
- Cottee’s Cordials (apple and raspberry, apple and blackcurrant, orange, pine lime, raspberry but Cottee’s LIME cordial is the best)
- Blend 43 instant coffee
- Nesquik milk flavouring – strawberry, chocolate
- MILO chocolate malt drink (try eating it straight from the tin!)
- Cadbury Drinking Chocolate
- Twinings Australian Afternoon Tea Bags
- Bushells Blue Label Tea Bags
- Kirks Creaming Soda (and Kirks Lemon Squash cans)
- Ribena blackcurrant juice
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Here’s a link to the best 50 Australian wines of 2018, as voted by Wine Selector magazine.
This is as good a place as any to start your wine tasting journey in Australia.
These are the most popular beer brands in Australia. Stone & Wood Brewery in Byron Bay is a boutique beer brewery with a growing reputation as one of Australia’s best craft beers producers.
- Stone and Wood, Byron Bay
- Tooheys New Can & Tooheys extra dry
- XXXX Gold
- Coopers Pale Ale
- Victoria Bitter VB
- Carlton Draught & Carlton mid
THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN COOKBOOK
165 recipes, including tried and true Aussie classics as well as contemporary cuisine that showcases Australia’s multicultural heritage.
These recipes were all cooked in the kitchens and homes of the recipe makers and photographed in situ.
The Great Australian Cookbook is a joyful collaboration of more than one hundred of Australia’s finest cooks, chefs, bakers, and local heroes.
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5 Fun Australian Food Facts
Peanut butter was first released commercially in AUSTRALIA by Sanitarium Foods back in 1898, the first country in the world to taste this new spread!
The Lamington, named after Lord Lamington (a former Governor of Qld) is known as the ‘National Cake of Australia’. The vote was cast by the National Trust of Queensland.
Pavlova was first created in the 1920’s as a gesture of goodwill towards visiting Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. Australia and New Zealand fight over who made it first but we can safely say it’s a draw. It’s the national dessert in both countries! (Want to have a go at making it yourself? Start with the magic Pavlova egg – it’s the trick to a perfect meringue base. )
The famous ANZAC biscuit, made from rolled oats, butter, sugar and desiccated coconut were made famous as the biscuit of choice for the Australian and New Zealand soldiers fighting World War I. These were baked by the women at home, and sent via ship to the fellows in the front line, a welcome treat and sustenance for war-weary battlers.
There are over 5000 native food species in Australia that fed the Indigenous Australian population before white settlement, including the aforementioned Macadamia nut. You can now buy some of these bush foods in local supermarkets and deli’s, including aniseed myrtle, wattle seed, native mint, finger limes and Davidsons plum.
Now go and write your Australian Foods List so you know what to bring home from Sydney, Brisbane or the Outback!
Looking for fun things to do in Australia with kids?
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