6 Airline Snacks We Want to Eat Right Now

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Move over, peanuts. From hyper-local delicacies to iconic sweets, the best in-flight snacks deliver a sense of place, express an airline’s personality—and make a tasty souvenir.

Dried Natto, Japan Airlines

The fermented soybean known as natto is salty and crunchy just like the Planters peanut of plane rides past—just a bit less ballpark and a whole lot more sour (not to mention Japanese).

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Cherry Ripe Chocolate Bars, Virgin Australia

If a cherry and a Mounds bar joined the Mile High Club the result would be Australia’s oldest and most quintessential candy bar, the Cherry Ripe, a chewy cherry-and-coconut-filled addiction coated in a thin layer of dark chocolate. Other sugary Aussie delights include Natural Confectionery Co. jelly snakes and Spotted Cow cookies.

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Snack du Jour, Air Tahiti

The carrier’s Snack du Jour mixes up crunchy cheese sticks and sesame crackers in coach. If you’re flying first, Air Tahiti kicks the packaging up a notch and adds in premium nuts.

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Havanna Alfajores Cookies, LAN

Unwrap the colorful foil to experience a Latin American specialty: sweet dulce de leche wedged between two delicate almond-flavored cookies and dipped in either a white or dark chocolate glaze. (Argentina flights only.)

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Achiras del Huila Biscuits, Avianca

It was nearly impossible to find this thick, cheesy biscuit outside of Colombia—until LAN popularized the snack and travelers began smuggling extra bags home in their carry-ons.

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Nongshim Shrimp Crackers, Korean Air

An acquired taste for some, these French fry–looking crunchies shouldn’t be confused with your standard potato treat: Nongshim’s prawn crackers are prepared with flour and ground shrimp. (Sorry, vegans.)

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Airlines have a bad rep for crushed peanuts and Styrofoam trays of flavorless blah—if you're lucky to get fed at all. But savvy carriers still pushing the snack trolley have traded bland basics for a taste of the exotic and local.

Korean Air's shrimp crackers, piquantly salty with a briny aftertaste and shaped not unlike a giant battered prawn (if you squint hard enough), are an addictive intro to Seoul's seafood-centric cuisine. And Hawaiian Airlines's addictively bold Furikake Kona Chips, sprinkled with a Japanese condiment staple (crushed sesame, seaweed, sugar, salt, and dried fish), offer a taste of the islands' East-West cultural mash.

Some refreshments are emblems of the carriers themselves: Swiss International Air Lines distributes milk chocolate to departing guests, and Turkish Airlines delights with (what else?) sticky cubes of pistachio-studded Turkish delight. And Delta, by stamping its name into more than 90 million Biscoff cookies a year, has turned a caramel-flavored Belgium specialty into an all-American treat.

And is there anything more on-brand that JetBlue's Terra Blue potato chips? Like the unlimited seat-back entertainment, the airline's serve-yourself snack basket is an exercise in restraint. (But nobody's judging if you swipe a bag for a post-flight snack.)

Whether it's a quick regional trip or an ultra-long haul, there's something about cruising altitude—and late afternoons—that makes us want to munch. Here are the airline snacks you won't want to miss.

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