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Italians love snacks, both savory and sweet
Historically, the once most popular snacks were natural ones, for example dried fruits and nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, peanuts and even raisins.
Today we have a great choice of products made by the best Italian Food Brands: San Carlo, Ferrero, Pavesi, Mulino Bianco, Cianciullo, Balconi and more.
Snacks in Italy are usually enjoyed between breakfast and lunch and between lunch and dinner to appease the appetite in a way that won’t weigh you down before the full meal.
Snacks are also an important source of energy that allows you to return to work after a short break or to study or do housework.
In Italy the term began to be used towards the end of the 1950s, when habits, lifestyles and words from the United States began to spread thanks to television. In the American tradition, the snack is often considered as a small meal consumed among the main ones of the day. In Italy, on the other hand, the word snack indicates a fast meal made with all kinds of packaged foods such as taralli, crackers, chips, breadsticks grissini, cookies or other sweets, while lunch and dinner are always considered as healthy meals lovingly cooked at home.
But what are the most popular snacks? Surely, the snacks offered at your disposal are many and, as they say in these cases, there really is something for everyone!
Sweet snacks are sugar-rich and irresistible foods for everyone. Cookies are among the most popular sweet snacks in Italy: Ringo biscuits, baiocchi, cantucci, pavesini, savoiardi.
Another sweet snack loved by Italians of all ages are “Merendine”.
Merendine are a typical, almost exclusive, food of the Italian market. Merendine originated from the confectionery Italian tradition; in no other Country there are products defined with this name.
When we translate this term into another language, we must, in fact, necessarily use an entire sentence to explain what it is: "small single-portion baked sweet products''. There are three different types of merendine, which reflect recipes and ingredients from the typical sweets that our grandmothers made: puff pastry, sponge cake base, shortcrust pastry base.
Among the most famous Italian “merendine” we have the “crostatine” (small tarts), and the sponge cakes like Fiesta Ferrero, Kinder Brioss, Kinder Delice, Mulino Bianco Flauti and Plumcake.
Other popular Italian snacks include the classic Italian chocolate sweets made by the most famous brands like Kinder, Venchi, Perugina, and Zaini.
Kinder chocolate bars, Kinder Bueno, Tronky, Duplo, Mon Cheri, Pocket Coffee are also some of the most appreciated chocolate sweet snacks in Italy.
Of course we also have a passion for chocolate spread like Nutella and Pan di Stelle. In fact, one of the typical afternoon snacks in Italy for kids is bread and chocolate.
Savory snacks, on the other hand, are also very popular in Italy. In general Italian savory snacks are packaged and flavored chips with many different flavors, breadsticks, taralli, olives, crackers, piadine and also focaccia and pizzas, two classics of the Italian cuisine.
Especially during the aperitifs for Italians it's impossible to resist the crunchy and thin slices of chips, along with olives, taralli, bruschetta and flavored breadsticks. In Italy the most famous chips are the one made by San Carlo, the historical company manufacturer based in Milan.
You can find the entire “la vita è buona” line in our shop with all the new shapes and flavors, from tomato to pesto, to paprika and mint & chili pepper. In conclusion, both sweet and savory Italian snacks are authentic delights that help to break the hunger of every day, recharge the energy and sometimes even celebrate some special moments like parties and birthdays.
Any time of day is good for a snack. The types available, as we have shown you, are many. Now thanks to Pinocchio's Pantry’s snacks selection you can enjoy classic Italian sweet or savory snacks, too. It's always nice to experiment and try different foods both to know which ones are your favorites and to satisfy a simple curiosity.