Poland doesn't spring to mind as having a big snacking culture, but the snacks have evolved over the years and have been heavily influenced by neighbouring countries resulting in a range of tasty but sometimes weird snacks.
Here are our recommendations of the top 5 snacks (we will do our best to include them in the Poland box).
Prince Polo - Because Poles so often purchase them at the spur of the moment, Prince Polo chocolate wafers are said to be 'impulse buys'. Research suggests it was Poland that pioneered these wafer sweets. Why are they so popular? Some of it has to do with the era of Poland under communism, when wafers like these were produced by many small private establishments. Thus, they were readily available – and even used to prepare homemade desserts, including the very popular 'Tort a la Pischinger'.
Mleko w tubce - milk in a tube. Yes, milk in a tube!! More specifically condensed milk in a tube. These are very very sweet, very very thick and extremely sticky. Its full title is mleko zagęszczone słodzone and is a guilty pleasure of some. The most famous one is produced by a dairy co-operative in Gostyń and is very traditional in design. They typically come in 3 flavours - original, cocoa and caramel.
Andruty / Wafers - these are something that many children in Poland bought in their school shops and nibbled on during recess in the early 1990s. These round, thin, semi-sweet wafers were actually a traditional product from the city of Kalisz, baked there since the beginning of the 19th century and sold in city parks for decades.
Słone paluszki / Salty sticks - A staple at students’ parties, book club meetings and other low-budget events, słone paluszki are one of Poland’s most popular snacks. Although these pretzels weren’t invented in Poland, they became popular in Poland in the 1970s. Lajkonik, a brand in Skawina near Kraków, and Beskidzkie are now leaders of the Polish salty-snack game. These thin, crispy pretzels are also available sprinkled with sesame or poppy seeds.
Flipsy - big bags with the picture of a smiling bunny named Flips are known to most Polish children. These puffed cornmeal snacks (imagine bigger Cheetos without any flavouring) are a healthier, gluten-free alternative to most crisps, often enjoyed by smaller kids