With over 1.2 billion people in India this country is home to the second highest population in the world. If we didn’t include delicious snacks from India we’d be missing a very large demographic. Today our Global Snack Blog is heading to one of the most diverse culinary cultures in the world.
As we tip toe into the Indian culture and it’s culinary treats we decided to start with a snack from a Parle Products. Originally the company was established in 1929 by a British Indian who set out to offer an alternative to typical British biscuits. From what I can put together there has been a split in recent history and now three separate companies out of India are operating under the Parle brand name. The snack we are reviewing today is Parle-G Original Gluco Biscuits, one of the top selling biscuits in the world with a 35% share dominance in India.
Our taste test panel for the evening was extended and that was the reason for the selection of this snack. The small package contained an abundance of cookies which made it easy to share. The packaging was simple and sort of resembled a pack of Ramen noodles in the US. The writing on the packaging included the words “Milk+Wheat” which lead me to believe there would be a cream filling. Once opened it was clear that these are simple and tradition biscuit style cookies. No filling, no frills, and an apparent lack of milk. After doing some research these biscuits are actually meant a healthy snack for tea time. But how do Parle-G Original Gluco Biscuits taste?
The cookies are crisp and slightly sweet with a foreign aftertaste. One of our testers mentioned they resemble a gram cracker flavor. I personally could see how that comparison could arise but was solely focused on coming up with a description of the aftertaste. I hate to say it but the first thought that came to mind was melted plastic, which I have not sampled but remember the smell from my mother melting Tupperware in the dishwasher when I was a child. None of the other tasters noted the aftertaste and one taster with an Indian background really enjoyed the snack. The second round of tasting including a glass of cold milk. With a quick submersion the flavor transformed into something amazing. The aftertaste was gone and the cookie rapidly absorbed the milk making it ideal for dunking. I imagine paired with tea this cookie would be phenomenal. With or without milk a majority of our taste tester concurred that this snack from Indian is a delight.
Will you be able to buy Parle-G Original Gluco Biscuits on World of Snacks? It looks like they will be a regularly featured item stocked in our international snack store. The launch of our snack store will be towards the end of this year. Be sure to visit the store now and submit your email for an opening announcement and an exclusive coupon valid towards your first purchase.
7/20/2016 Update: World of Snacks now offers Parle-G Biscuits for sale online!
The Snack Blog
Follow along as we explore cookies, cakes, candies, chips, crackers, and nuts from all across the world. Many of the international snacks that we highlight will be offered in our store over the course of the next year. We currently offer British Snacks, American Snacks, German Snacks, Mexican Snacks, Filipino Snacks, Japanese Kit Kats, Pakistani Snacks, Italian Snacks, & Korean Snacks. Each month this year we will add a new country and their best snacks inventory.