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Aussie (Food) Rules

Tim Tams, Vegemite and Paddle Pops...

Homegrown eats we can’t live without!

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We might have all the scariest creepy crawlies in the world but our pantry is filled with the sweetest homemade treats. We couldn’t imagine growing up without these Aussie eats. 

Seriously what kind of birthday party can you have without fairy bread? It’s just not cricket. From Tim Tams to that bizarre obsession with Vegemite the Americans. Just. Don’t. Get. Here are our favourite culinary icons and everything we love about them. Aussie food rules!

Tim Tams

We’re always frothing over these mouthwatering creations. Maybe it was the genie ads from the 90s or the true fact that a whole packet could disappear before our eyes, whatever it is - they taste bloody delish. 

We are forever under this chocolate biscuit’s spell. And word on the street - so are New Yorkers and Londoners. Even though you can sometimes spot a Tim Tam packet offshore now, good luck finding the perfect flat white to dip it in other than the land Down Under. We’ll take em in any flavour...


Whether you like it melted with butter or without for an extra tangy taste - this OZ household staple is as classic as your pantry gets. 

Remember when you used to squeeze your saladas together at lunch time and make Vegemite worms? Anyone? We are ever loyal to our yellow jar of goodness. It’s still beyond us what’s not to love about this daily dose of B vitamins (“it puts a rose in every cheek”) but then again we’ve been raised on the stuff since birth. 

It’s pretty much our ultimate Aussie culinary dish, so much so everyone else in the world can’t seem to stomach it. 

Paddle Pops

Rainbow, banana, chocolate or (for all those nostalgic millennials) the limited-edition Mud Sludge! Perfect snack for our tropical climate. 

Features in our favourite schoolyard memories of swapping the half-chewed sticks for a chance to win big, you just never knew what was going to be under that delicious ice-creamy pole. Never too old for a Paddle Pop!


Don’t let the sugary details of our favourite Aussie foods fool you, we’re an active bunch. These make the perfect afternoon tea any weekend of the year. Sponge cake coated in chocolate and coconut with jam in the middle. Sounds like dessert but the locals enjoy these as casual finger food between sports games, park runs or beach walks.

Fairy Bread

Bread. Butter. Rainbow hundreds-and-thousands. They’re the perfect combo and pure genius. It is very hard to imagine a kid’s birthday party without this timeless national treasure on the table, probably next to the chocolate crackles (yet another great Aussie icon).

Meat Pie

Whether you’re coming in from a surf or digging into one at the footy - there is nothing like a hot, steamy meat pie to make your ANZAC day complete. It’s like tradition people! 

The Americans just don’t get a pie that’s not sweet AF, but here in the land Down Under it’s hot and savoury all the way. What do you call a seven course meal in Australia? A pie and a six-pack. HAHA… Dad joke. 

By: Olivia Drake