After you’ve spent all these weeks within the lovely nation, you’re naturally going to start out to consider what to deliver again residence. I for one am not a fan of the kitschy souvenirs you discover in each vacationer store as a result of what good friend or household actually needs one other t-shirt from a spot they’ve by no means been, paper weight, or shot glass. As an alternative, what I love to do is locate distinctive and attractive souvenirs to deliver again the place you possibly can actually convey again for them to attempt. It’s typically rather more considerate, scrumptious, and a better “style” of New Zealand.
Listed here are 5 easy presents that you simply’ll need to make room in your suitcase for. I do know a few of you’ll say that not all of those originate solely from New Zealand however for a traveller like myself from Canada, I assumed these have been impressively distinctive sufficient to deliver again.
The place to remain close to Hobbiton?
- 1 #1 Whittaker’s Chocolate
- 2 Merchandise from Amazon.com
- 3 #2 Manuka Honey
- 4 #three Particular Version Tim Tams
- 5 #four L&P
- 6 #5 Creamed Manuka
- 7 The place ought to I purchase all of these items?
#1 Whittaker’s Chocolate
Oh man how do I even begin. Whittaker’s Chocolate is the premiere chocolate model that’s been round since 1896 in New Zealand. They’re an area favorite for good cause due to their emphasis on utilizing top quality cocoa beans, extremely managed processes, and obsession in retaining the cocoa butter and mass collectively.
Apart from there being an awesome variety of kinds of flavours, mixtures, and courses, additionally they have totally different packaging sizes so that you’ll little question be scratching your head a bit if you first encounter Whittaker’s.
My suggestion? Eat plenty of chocolate whereas travelling! Use your time in New Zealand to attempt all totally different sorts of bars that talk to you so you’ll be able to slender down your favorite. What might help is when you begin with the Minimix bag.
To slender down your decisions, I’ve compiled my favourites.
That is principally crunchy chunks of sponge sweet. In the event you’re not acquainted with sponge sweet, it’s the addictive stuff we present in Buffalo’s Watson’s, or they’re present in a Canadian/British bar referred to as Crunchie.
Primarily you bought these small chunks swirled into milk chocolate and it’s such an ideal mixture of clean decadence with spongy crunch delight.
Hokey Pokey itself is a Kiwi-specific time period for sponge sweet that yow will discover far and wide whether or not it’s in gelato, ice cream, or different desserts.
The packaging for this options small birds hatching out of their shells which doesn’t actually inform you an excessive amount of however primarily it’s creamy milk chocolate with popping sweet inside. Keep in mind Pop Rocks? Yep they’ve stirred in these proper into the chocolate to convey again good reminiscences of my childhood and a twist to consuming chocolate.
Wow was this a mission to seek out. A very good pal of mine from Noel Younger Images stored raving about Whittaker’s and their L&P chocolate. To begin with, I had no clue what L&P was earlier than going to New Zealand in order that didn’t assist however the first 2+ weeks in New Zealand, we went to each single potential handy retailer and grocery retailer to search for the elusive L&P and nothing.
It wasn’t till we received to Taupo that we made an enormous breakthrough and located a bag of those within the mini-slab format. I used to be skeptical whether or not this might be as unimaginable as she made it out to be.
Oh it was!
The loopy factor is that the product doesn’t even exist on the Whittaker’s product web page as a result of it was a particular collaboration with the drink, L&P (extra on that under) years in the past however is secretly nonetheless in manufacturing if you understand the place to look.
This mash up is that this wild mixture of white chocolate with a lemon twist, topped with popping rocks to simulate the insane fizz you get from consuming L&P. It’s completely sensible!
That is my decide for prime memento to convey again house simply because is so New Zealand and actually one thing you’ll be able to’t discover bought anyplace else.
The fitting measurement to present
We purchased artisan blocks, common blocks, slabs, chunks, and minislabs and finally I feel minislabs are the best way to go for gifting as a result of it lets you combine and match if you wish to, they’re small and bite-sized, and you may pack it simply by opening the bag and stuffing them into no matter crevice of area continues to be obtainable in your suitcase or backpack.
Merchandise from Amazon.com
For those who’ve forgotten some or are simply longing for extra Whittaker’s, you’ll be able to all the time cheat and seize them off of Amazon.
#2 Manuka Honey
Internationally, that is what New Zealand has actually turn out to be recognized for. Manuka honey is a particular sort of honey that’s primarily discovered right here that comes from bees pollinating a local bush referred to as manuka.
So what’s so particular about it?
The hype round manuka honey is in its pure antibacterial qualities. With out getting all science-ey right here, there’s a massively excessive focus of the antibacterial element within the nectar of manuka flowers.
This is the reason manuka honey is far more costly than common honey.
What’s Manuka stated to deal with?
- Enhance oral well being
- Sooth sore throat
- Forestall gastric ulcers
- Promote assist therapeutic
- Deal with pimples
- Deal with signs of cystic fibrosis
- Enhance digestive signs like IBS
Now it will get science-ey
Not all manuka honey is equal due to the focus of that antibacterial compound. That’s why there are score methods akin to UMF (Distinctive Manuka Issue). To be thought-about potent sufficient to be therapeutic, manuka honey must be a minimal of UMF 10. The quantity goes greater and better and that simply means extra of that lively ingredient.
This will get a bit extra difficult when there are competing grading techniques. MGO is one other and stands for the lively incredient that I’ve been talking of (methylglyoxal). 10UMF is equal to 263 MGO. In manuka that makes use of MGO, you’re often in search of round 300 MGO.
So what ought to I get?
That is in all probability what you care about. The reality is that until you’re trying to deal with one thing critical and also you’re really utilizing it for medicinal functions, all you want is UMF 10+ as a result of most probably you’re going to be stirring it into scorching water or with tea because you’ll nonetheless be utilizing common honey again at residence for normal honey issues.
Small bottles make nice presents and no have to go overboard with excessive UMF/MGO until you’re shopping for it for somebody that basically is aware of about manuka.
#three Particular Version Tim Tams
I do know, Tim Tams are Australian however in case you’re going to be on this a part of the world, I say take benefit!
Nowadays, you’ll find Tim Tams in your native grocery retailer as a result of Arnott’s has began to actually push them out and the demand for them is there as a result of they are surely addictive.
As an alternative of the common flavours on the market (unique, darkish chocolate, chewy caramel), look out for the particular ones that by no means make it out of the Asia Pacific area.
This yr, we found the newest collaboration between Tim Tams and a gelato store referred to as Gelato Messina which we went to in our 2 days in Sydney.
The 2 that we actually liked have been the Honey Comb (Hokey Pokey!) and Iced Espresso flavours. There’s additionally a Turkish Delight model that we didn’t attempt.
What is exclusive about these Tim Tams are that they’re meant to be chilled within the fridge. The “Chill Me!” a part of the packaging truly modifications color when chilly. Now do you must have these chilled? In all probability not as I really feel prefer it’s a little bit of a gimmick however it does get you questioning what Tim Tams are like when chilly and I’ve to say they’ve a pleasant additional crunch to them.
L&P stands for Lemon & Paeroa and speaks to the historical past of the way it was invented. Created in 1097, lemon juice was mixed with carbonated mineral water from the city of Paeroa, and voila, L&P was born.
I’d say as a drink, that is very a lot a like-it-or-hate-it sort of factor. I liken it to Sprite or 7-Up besides with what seems like double the quantity of carbonation.
Whereas we have been in New Zealand, it was tremendous refreshing to have particularly after a scorching day trip at Cathedral Cove however personally I discovered it too bubbly.
Additionally, in case you plan on bringing a number of of those house, I might keep away from packing these in your suitcase in case they leak/blow up. Pack them with you in your keep on the place the cabin is pressurized and you need to be okay though put it in a bag in case.
#5 Creamed Manuka
Okay perhaps I’m simply completely late to the creamed honey recreation however this was a brand new discovery from our journey to New Zealand after Jean from Touring Honeybird talked about it.
We lastly obtained round to choosing up one for our Flying Kiwi group and it’s been a revelation! Creamed honey is principally a course of to regulate crystallization of uncooked honey and leads to a clean spreadable consistency.
Take this and introduce it to honey that has manuka in it and also you get a really distinctive flavour profile that you simply gained’t discover in honey you’ll find again house.
One of the best half about these is that they’re not costly to purchase in comparison with full manuka honey and is definitely a helpful present for anybody that likes spreads on toast.
The place ought to I purchase all of these items?
Your first intuition may be the obligation free however that may be the incorrect reply.
The reply got here to us once we lastly situated the elusive L&P Whittaker’s Chocolate. From then on, we realized that the most effective costs for meals items in New Zealand is in a warehouse-style grocery retailer referred to as Pak’n’Save.
It’s wholly Kiwi owned and operated and exhausting to overlook with their big yellow warehouses in most main cities. In lots of methods it reminded us of Costco besides it’s not membership based mostly and never essentially bulk packaging.
Why store at Pak’N’Save?
- Solely retailer that carries L&P Whittaker’s Chocolate
- Considerably decrease costs on all items whether or not recent meals or packaged items
- Like most grocery shops, they carry manuka honey and when in comparison with obligation free costs, they have been additionally less expensive (you possibly can’t beat NZ$13.99 for 250g)
In order that’s it for this prime 5 record. Should you’ve been to New Zealand, what are your favorite meals that make good souvenirs? For me, ginger beer didn’t fairly make the reduce to the listing however was one other factor that I used to be fascinated with. Drop a remark under!