German snack foods vary greatly. Some are meats and some are confections. Naturally there are plenty of candy snacks in Germany, but there are also a number of more traditional snack foods eaten. In Germany, snacks in between meals are actually encouraged because it is believed to prevent over eating at mealtime. In fact, some snacks actually resemble a mini meal.
Salzstangen are German pretzels. Pretzels in Germany come both hard and soft. Soft pretzels sold in bakeries are often split in half and buttered like a roll. Hard glazed pretzel sticks are popular too, and they are sold in packages for snacking.
Fruchtquark, or fruit quark, is similar to yoghurt. Quark is made from curdled milk and is offered in plain and fruit flavoured varieties. Quark is in actuality a cheese. The plain variety is used for cooking or spreading on bread, but fruit-flavoured quark is eaten as a German snack food.
Bockwurst, Bratwurst and Currywurst
Sausages are also popular German snacks. Bockwurst is boiled sausage, bratwurst is grilled sausage and currywurst is spiced sausage. In Germany, snack sausage can be eaten alone or on a miniroll.
Spaghetti ice is a popular German ice cream. Spaghetti ice is vanilla ice cream that is pushed through a press so it looks like spaghetti noodles.
Erdnussflips, or peanut flips, look similar to a cheese curl, but the peanut flips are light brown rather than orange. They are made primarily of cornmeal, but have peanuts in them as well.
Studentenfutter, or student feed, is like trail mix. It has nuts and dried fruits mixed together. Raisins are a common staple of the mix along with peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pine nuts, pecans and walnuts.
Schokoladenpudding is German chocolate pudding. This German snack food is made from milk, eggs, starch, sugar and cocoa. It can also be made as vanilla pudding and is called vanillepudding. The ingredients of the pudding are boiled together, then poured into moulds to cool before it is served. It is usually garnished with cherries or strawberries.
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