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Czech Children's Snacks

Published on March 26th, 2015 in Shopping

  • Granko, vintage ad (photo courtesy of http://galeriereklamy.mediar.cz)

  • Granko AND Piškoty!, vintage ad (photo courtesy of http://socikstyle.blogspot.cz)

  • Pribináček, vintage package design (courtesy of www.tn.nova.cz)

  • Termix (photo courtesy of www.bulvar.cz)

  • Piškoty (photo courtesy of www.susenky-piskoty.heureka.cz)

  • Jupik (photo courtesy of www.red-dot-21.com)

  • Brumík (photo courtesy of www.zdravopedia.sk)

  • Křupky (photo courtesy of www.futruy.com)

  • Rohlík (photo courtesy of http://byznys.ihned.cz)

  • Leros Baby Tea (photo courtesy of www.nasevyziva.cz)

 

It's always interesting to see what kids around the world are eating (I'm thinking of the recent viral articles that have showcased school lunches and children's breakfasts).

 

Now that I have my own child I'm learning about how Czech children snack and have most definitely discovered some unusual items here that wouldn't show up in the lunch boxes of American kids.

 

Some of these snack foods have survived since the Czechslovak era while others are popular modern treats, but all are beloved by parents and children for their yumminess, relative convenience and, in some though not all cases, healthfulness.

 

 

 

Pribináček

 

 

Satisfying sweet tooths since 1954, this little cup of yumminess is made with tvaroh (Czech farmer's cheese) and thick cream and resembles a single serving of cheese cake. Available in an array of fun flavors including strawberry-banana and chocolate, vanilla is the classic choice. To attest to its decadence, a version for grown-ups (in caramel and flan flavors) was recently released.

 

 

 

Termix

 

 

A less creamy dairy snack, Termix, is another truly retro treat that has been around since the 1970s and comes in pistachio, vanilla and chocolate – you can even sometimes find it in the original vintage packaging. Interestingly, it has less sugar than Pribináček which is directly marketed at kids.

 

 

 

Piškoty

 

 

 

Teething babies and peckish tots aren’t the only little ones who enjoy munching on piškoty—classic Czech cookies, made from whole-wheat flour and sweetened meringue—they are also quite popular among pets (read our blog post on the subject here)
 

The original Opavia brand of piškoty has been in production since the late 19th century, though nowadays you can even find gluten-free versions of these beloved biscuits.

 

 

Jupík

 

 

 

It's very common in the Czech Republic to add a splash of shockingly sugary, concentrated sirup to your water. One of the most popular brands of syrup is Jupí, available in a number of luscious flavors like black currant, aloe vera, and herbal. The junior version of Jupík, comes in a range of water and juice drinks with a notably modern animal design on the squeeze bottle.

 

 

Brumík

 

 

 

Czech kids adore this soft bear-shaped cereal-fortified snack cake with a fruit or chocolate-filled center which is a frequent addition to backpacks and diaper bags though truthfully, despite its cheerful packaging, Brumík is probably among the more processed snack foods you can buy.

 

 

Křupky

 

 

 

Loosely translated as “crunchies”, these are given to babies and toddlers as they tend to dissolve in the mouth. They are unsalted and made purely of puffed corn or rice and you can find them in a variety of colors and shapes including really enormous ones the size of a large carrot. (There is an unhealthy grown up version that comes in peanut flavor.) The best selection I've ever found was at the health food store we discovered on our Fun Urban Farm Excursion.

 

 

Granko

 

 

 

This is like the Czech version of Nestle Quick or Swiss Miss. It's an instant cocoa drink in powder form that can be stirred into cold milk or warmed up and served as hot chocolate. It is even occasionally sprinkled on porridge or fruit dumplings and, no joke, noodles!

 

 

Rohlík

 

 

 

A Czech mom thinks nothing of grabbing a rohlík, the crescent-shaped roll that is the country's favorite bread product, from the bakery aisle for the little one to munch on while she does the shopping. (This works on the honor system: you always pay the cashier who will likely spot the crumbs all over your child anyway!)

 

 

Baby tea

 

 

 

Giving a baby tea is fairly unheard of in the U.S. At least it was to me until I came to the Czech Republic. Czechs give fruit and herbal teas to babies as early as six months to aid digestion and help with colic; if you see a pale pink substance in bottles, don't panic it's not juice!

 

 

  

 

These are just the store-bought snacks – a traditional school room snack consists of a slice of rye bread with spreadable cheese or butter topped with anything from radishes to chives or ham with a cup of tea. My own daughter went through a serious křupky phase but now she prefers rohlík and insists on choosing her own from the bin!
 

 

 

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