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Food Souvenirs from South Africa (Johannesburg)

fudisgud Jul 6, 2010 12:01 PM


I'm going to be in Johannesburg at the end of July and was wondering if kindly chowhounders could point me in the direction of food souvenirs that I might be able to bring back. I have quite a lot of people i'd like to give a small souvenir to (close to 100),and so i thought even some unusual (to the U.S.) sweets, candies or snack items that travel well would be okay - although probably not wine. If these could be purchased at a supermarket it might be even better. I've thought about Rooibos tea and biltong (before I realised that meat products are prohibited from being brought into the U.S.),

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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    macsym RE: fudisgud Jul 11, 2010 01:24 AM

    There are koeksisters. Or perhaps easier would be a selection of dried fruit rolls eg apricot or mango. Here is a link to one such:


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      koek RE: fudisgud Jul 11, 2010 01:40 PM

      The cadbury chocolates are particularly good. The dried fruit from woolworths is also a good idea if you are allowed to bring dried fruit back home. Alternatively, there is a make of spices called 'nice 'n spicy', they have packs with all the spices together with the recipe that you need to make a traditional cape curry or traditional South African pickled fish. They are very well packaged and are flat so easy to transport back. The website is www.agnet.co.za/nicenspicy or e-mail spicy@agnet.co.za.

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        fudisgud RE: fudisgud Jul 13, 2010 11:43 AM

        Thanks so much for these suggestions - they both sound great!

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          bodessa RE: fudisgud Jul 14, 2010 08:05 AM

          As far as chocolate goes, Peppermint Crisp holds a special place in my heart. I used to pretend it was kryptonite when I was a kid...

          Agreed on the dried fruit - guava rolls are also great.

          Rusks are also a classic South African snack - either Ouma (the big brand) or other own-brand ones from Woolies, Pick n' Pay or Sandton Home Stores. They help you relive those crack-of-dawn breakfasts of strong coffee and dunked rusk before heading out to look for lions!

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            Goin2CapeTwn RE: fudisgud Jul 23, 2010 10:40 AM

            Biltong. Its THE thing. You can get it in the joburg airport (basically beef jerky but in all sorts of flavors). Also, not really a souvenir but the best chocolate croissants ever (and Im comparing to one in Paris) are at Fournos. Again, there's a branch in the joburg airport and locations throughout the city!

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              barrykm RE: Goin2CapeTwn Nov 10, 2010 01:37 AM

              Great to see the recommendation of Fournos' croissants, they are the best! Heaven to me is sitting at Fournos in Dunkeld on a Saturday morning and enjoying cofee and a croissant!

              (BTW I live in Jhb)

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              fudisgud RE: fudisgud Aug 4, 2010 01:29 PM

              Thanks to everyone - we got a little bit of everything and people appreciated it! I have to say, i am sad that i wish i had bought more peppermint crisps for myself... hoarding the last couple that i have now! Thanks again!

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