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Local Snacks your Kids will Love in Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, you will find many unusual snacks, ranging from sweet yet spicy sesame rolls (thalaguli) to crunchy peanut brittle (pani kaju). It’s understandably difficult to pick out snacks that are child-friendly when in a new country, especially when you don’t know what they contain or how they taste. Below is a list of some of the nicest Sri Lankan snacks that your child will enjoy.

1. Lemon puff

Sri Lanka’s lemon puff biscuits have become somewhat of an international sensation lately, gaining traction amongst the expat community in the country who’ve spread the word that they just can’t stop eating them. Lemon puff contains a lemon cream filling sandwiched between two light but crunchy biscuits with granulated sugar sprinkled on top. There is also a chocolate puff variety that is equally delectable.

2. Tipitip

Tipitip is a type of extruded snack made from flour, usually corn or gram. It’s probably one of the most popular snacks amongst the local children. Tipitip is actually the name of a range of extruded snacks, among which are Tipitip Cheese Balls, the most popular one. They’re small light and cheesy balls that are delightfully crispy. These are guaranteed to be a hit with your kid!

3. Jujubes

Though jujubes are actually a type of fruit, in Sri Lanka, it’s the name given to gelatinous, sugar-dusted treats, quite like turkish delight. They are made with gelatine and glucose syrup, with flavouring and colouring added to make them bright and delicious.

They don’t contain rose water, but they do come in a variety of colours and flavours. The most common flavours are vanilla, mango, lime, and strawberry. They are a fun treat that can be had on the go.

4. Milk toffee

Locally referred to as kiri toppi, milk toffee is a classic Sri Lankan sweet. It’s not really a toffee, but is similar to fudge. It contains condensed milk, sugar, nuts and cardamom. As children, it was a staple dessert at festivals we looked forward to.

It’s quite sweet and a little hard to bite into, but a fantastic accompaniment to a cup of Sri Lankan tea.

5. Chocolate fingers

Chocolate fingers is a type of long, finger-like biscuit dipped in chocolate. Though versions of these are common in countries like England, the Sri Lankan version is quite different. The biscuit is harder and the chocolate coating is thicker, making it a satisfying crunchy treat. Chocolate fingers go great with ice cream and are special enough to be had on their
own, too!

6. Kokis

Kokis is a deep-fried snack made from coconut milk, eggs, and rice flour. It’s light, crispy and slightly salty. They are especially common during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. There are spicy and sweet variations to this traditional snack, with some dusted with chili powder and others glazed with sugar syrup.

Though children love these, it’s a treat for people of all ages.

7. Ice cream

Sri Lankan ice cream, regardless of flavour, is distinct from ice cream around the world both in texture and taste. The texture is slightly harder, very unlike soft serve ice cream, and the flavours are more robust. For example, Sri Lankan vanilla ice cream has a stronger vanilla flavour. Highland, Elephant House and Cargills are the popular ice cream brands in the country, and all have a wide range of flavours. For a more uniquely Sri Lankan flavour, do pick up ‘kiri pani’ ice cream, which contains nuts and treacle on vanilla ice cream.