New Zealand's answer to vegemite but not quite as strong tasting as vegemite, it is a yeast spread that both Kiwis and Aussies (Australians) grow up on. Not for the faint-hearted foreigner, although if you spread it very thinly on hot buttered toast, you may end up craving it. Expat Kiwi’s are always asking family and friends to bring them some when visiting.
Kiwi fruit is of Chinese origin, and used to be called Chinese goose-berry. The fruit grew well in New Zealand, and quickly became an export crop, at which time it was named Kiwi fruit.
Is an iconic New Zealand soft drink (soda) that many foreigners come to love as well. L&P is short for Lemon and Paeroa. It started off made in Paeroa from local water and lemon. Today however, sadly the company is owned by Coca Cola. In Paeroa’s main street stands a huge statue of a bottle of L& P. Paeroa township is in the North Island not far from the Coromandel.
Truly Kiwi iconic New Zealand lolly (sweet/candy). Pineapple lumps are a firm hard centred pineapple flavoured chewy sweet, with a chocolate coating. Don’t leave them in your car in the sun, very messy!
Is a famous New Zealand confectionery. Marshmallow covered with chocolate, in the shape of a fish.
Is a meringue cake with a crisp crust and soft, light inside, usually topped with fruit and, optionally, whipped cream. The dessert is believed to have been created in honour of, and then named after, the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, either during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s. The nationality of its creator has been a source of argument between the two nations for many years, but formal research indicates New Zealand as the source.
Be warned, it is extremely unhealthy and full of white sugar, and, not that easy to make.
Watties tomato sauce
Kiwi kids smother just about everything in Watties tomato sauce. It has a taste quite different to American ketchup (not as strong flavoured nor as sweet).
Fish and chips
Beloved dish traditionally bought from the nearest takeaway store. Battered and fried fish with fried potato chips (fries). Wrapped up in greaseproof paper or local newspaper, and smothered with Watties tomato sauce, eaten anywhere, on the beach is particularly popular and fun.
Hokey pokey ice-cream
Plain vanilla ice-cream containing small rounded chunks of hokey pokey (toffee) and still one of New Zealand's favourite ice-cream flavours. Japanese visitors in particular love hokey pokey.
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