The Top 20 Favourite Snacks in the UK
Welcome to a culinary journey through Britain’s beloved snacks! At Lauren’s Catering, we’re passionate about delighting your taste buds with the nation’s favourite treats. Dive into our expanded list of the top 20 snacks that have captured the hearts (and stomachs) of the UK.
- Crisps: A quintessential British snack, crisps come in an array of flavours. The classic salt and vinegar and cheese and onion remain favourites, but more exotic flavours like sweet chilli and prawn cocktail are also gaining popularity.
- Chocolate Bars: A staple for the sweet-toothed, British chocolate bars range from the creamy smoothness of a Galaxy to the rich, dense texture of a Yorkie. There’s a bar to satisfy every type of chocolate craving.
- Scones: A symbol of British refinement, scones are a versatile snack. Enjoy them the Cornish way with jam first, then clotted cream, or the Devon way, cream first and then jam.
- Sandwiches: A testament to British ingenuity, sandwiches offer endless variety. The Ploughman’s sandwich, with its cheese, pickle, and salad, is a hearty favourite, while the cucumber sandwich remains a high-tea classic.
- Pork Pies: Originating from Melton Mowbray, these cold, savoury pies have a unique hot water crust pastry and a filling of seasoned, chopped pork.
- Scotch Eggs: A pub snack staple, Scotch eggs consist of a soft or hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs, and baked or deep-fried. They are perfect for a protein-packed snack.
- Cheese and Crackers: This elegant pairing can range from a simple Cheddar and Digestive biscuit to more sophisticated combinations like Stilton and oatcakes, offering a delightful mix of textures and flavours.
- Sausage Rolls: These flaky pastries filled with seasoned sausage meat are a favourite at parties, picnics, and as a quick snack. They’re equally delicious when enjoyed hot or cold.
- Nuts and Seeds: Increasingly popular for their health benefits, nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds are perfect for guilt-free snacking.
- Fruit: Fresh fruits like strawberries, apples, and grapes are not just healthy; they’re also refreshingly delicious, especially when in season.
- Flapjacks: A staple in British baking, flapjacks made from oats, golden syrup, and butter, strike the perfect balance between chewy and crunchy.
- Shortbread: This Scottish invention is a buttery delight, perfect with a cup of tea. Enjoy them plain, dipped in chocolate, or flavoured with lemon or ginger.
- Fish and Chips: Though traditionally a meal, mini fish and chips have become a popular snack-size option, especially at outdoor events and markets.
- Biscuits: A biscuit tin filled with assorted British biscuits like Bourbons, Custard Creams, and Hobnobs is a staple in many households.
- Popcorn: Not just for the movies, popcorn is a versatile snack that can be sweet, salty, or both! It’s also seen as a healthier alternative to crisps.
- Cornish Pasties: These hearty pastries filled with beef, potato, swede, and onion are a complete meal in a snack-sized package, hailing from the beautiful county of Cornwall.
- Yorkshire Pudding: Originally served as a starter with gravy to dull the appetite, Yorkshire puddings are now enjoyed in various sizes, from small popovers to large, filled ones.
- Jelly Babies: These soft, fruity, sugar-coated jellies are a nostalgic treat, loved by both children and adults alike for their unique texture and sweet taste.
- Cupcakes: The popularity of cupcakes continues to rise, with flavours ranging from the classic Victoria sponge to more adventurous options like salted caramel and lavender.
- Hummus and Veggies: Reflecting the trend towards healthier snacking, hummus paired with crunchy vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers offers a tasty and nutritious option.
These top 20 snacks are more than just food; they are a part of Britain’s culinary heritage and contemporary culture. At Lauren’s Catering, we celebrate these diverse flavours and are inspired to incorporate them into our catering services. Whether you’re planning an event or simply exploring new snack ideas, we hope this list has whetted your appetite for Britain’s best bites! You can enjoy our delicious variety of food by visiting our sandwich shop, booking a buffet or having our snack vans visit your workplace.