A visit to Europe is unforgettable in itself, but people often find themselves dreaming about all the delicious foods they tried, long after they’ve returned. From sweet to salty and every flavor in between, fondly remember your trip when you bring home a taste of Europe.
Chocolates and candies make for sweet remembrances of Europe. Make room in your luggage for smooth, rich Belgian chocolates or deliciously flaky Polish kolaczki cookies. Authentic British toffees make excellent gifts for friends or family, although you may not feel like sharing! A visit to Austria practically requires you to bring home a bag of their famous Mozartkugel chocolate balls. These treats have been one of Austria’s favorite food souvenirs since 1890.
Cookies and chocolates happen to pair well with coffees and teas, and it’s easy to bring home the makings of the perfect cup to accompany your sweet treats. Pick up a bag of expertly roasted Italian espresso beans to perk up your desserts, and enhance your morning routine back home with some Irish Breakfast Tea direct from the Emerald Isle.
For the health-minded traveler, Europe is brimming with liquid gold – olive oil. Extra virgin olive oils from the Mediterranean offer many proven health benefits, and you’ll love adding a dash of your European adventure to your own cooking at home. For another healthy treat, shop for fresh fruit in Latvia’s bustling Central Market—a must-visit for anyone traveling in Latvia.
If you’re lucky enough to visit European wineries, bringing back a few bottles is a must. A French Bordeaux, Spanish Rioja or German Riesling will taste great in your own wine glasses and serve as happy reminders of your holiday. Can’t fit everything in your suitcase? Many wineries will ship their products for a fee, leaving room in your luggage for more tastes of Europe.
Make your European excursion last a little longer by packing your suitcase with delicious memories. Many foods travel well, but don’t forget to declare all your items when you go through customs. Some edibles are restricted, such as meats, fresh produce and liquified cheeses, so it’s helpful to check your country’s list of approved foods before you start packing your bags.
From sweet treats to wine, fill up on the finest foods in Europe, and then fill your suitcase with as many savory souvenirs as it will hold. That way, your trip can continue in your own kitchen.