Traveling is the best way to fulfill my endless desire for discovering new things, but another reason why I love it so much is because I get to EAT.


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You may find me doing (or more like struggling with) portion controls and calorie counting when I am home, but when I travel, I allow myself to discover the best of the food the country has to offer!

So, are you traveling to Europe soon and love food like me?

How about checking out this delicious list of European snacks that you probably didn’t know are Muslim friendly!

P.S. Do note that these listed products/food items are not certified halal. We have checked the list of ingredients to affirm that the products do not contain pork, alcohol or gelatine. We advise readers to check with the sellers and to consume at their own discretion. Information of ingredients are accurate as of the date of posting.

 1. Stroopwaffles in The Netherlands


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Stroopwaffles are sweet and chewy cookies made from butter and flour with a center of syrupy goodness made from brown sugar and cinnamon. This sweet treat comes in many sizes and best eaten when it is still hot from the oven. Perfect if you have a sweet tooth!


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Price range: 1.50 to 3 Euros

P.S. Check out other Muslim-friendly street food in Amsterdam which will definitely make you drool!

2. Waffles in Belgium

If you hit the streets of Belgium, the best snack to have is definitely Belgian waffles! To be on the safe side, choose a sweet topping for yours such as fruits, nuts, honey, whipped cream or Nutella. I can already imagine enjoying steaming hot waffles in the middle of a Belgian winter. Bliss!


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Price range: 1 to 10 Euros

3. Karjalanpiirakka in Finland


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The ingredients of this iconic Finnish snack is not as complicated as the name sounds. Otherwise known as Karelian pies, this yummy savoury treat is basically a pie with a crust made from rye flour and a filling of potatoes, rice or carrots topped with delicious spread of egg butter. Perfect for breakfast or brunch right?


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Price range: 1 to 2.50 Euros

4. Gelatos in Italy

Gelato are specially made Italian-style ice creams with a very rich flavour and yes, lower in fat compared to the conventional ice-cream! It is made with a base of milk, cream and sugar, then flavoured with all natural flavorings like fruits and nuts puree. Did you know that there is also a law in Italy that requires gelato to have at least 3.5% butterfat in it. Well, now you know!


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Note: Some flavours do have liquor or alcohol in it, so it is a good idea to check with the vendor before ordering.

Price range: 1  to 5 Euros

If you’re craving for more gelato, check out our HHWT list of Muslim-friendly gelatos you can find in Italy!

5. Fried herring sandwich in Sweden


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Fried herring sandwich, also known locally as knäckis , is a sandwich of fried herring fish topped with cucumbers, red onions and served on a crispy Scandinavian rye bread.

The herrings are caught from the Baltic Sea, which is known for its low-salt content, making them taste slightly like freshwater fish.

This snack is so Scandinavian, it has to be on top of your list when you are there!

Price range: 30 SEK (Swedish Krones)

 6. Smazeny Syr in Czech Republic


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Cheese lovers behold! Smazeny Syr, or fried cheese sandwich is a cheesy fulfilling snack made from slices of Edam or Emmental cheese sandwiched between bread and deep fried with flour, egg and bread crumbs coating .


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Usually it is served with some side salad, potatoes and also some mayonnaise or tartar sauce to make a fuller meal. I already love how it sounds and definitely will try it if I ever reach Czech Republic!

Price range: 2 Euros

7. Crepes in France


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Besides waffles, crepe is also another versatile and delicious snack to enjoy. The safest choice is to have it sweet, so think chocolate, strawberries and whipped cream. Yum😋


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 Price range: 3-7 Euros

8. Simit in Turkey


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Also known as the Turkish sesame bread, Simit is a circular bread with a texture like a bagel, typically encrusted with sesame seeds, and sometimes poppy seeds or flaxseeds. Originated since the Ottoman Empire, this delicious bread is popular for breakfast or brunch and enjoyed with fruit preserves or cheese. Turkish tea may be an excellent accompeniment too. Need I say more?


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Price range: Less than 1 Lira

9. Gromperekichelcher in Luxembourg


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How about some deep fried potato pancakes? Yes, please! Gromperekichelcher is basically grated potatoes with chopped parsley and onions, dipped in eggs and flour and then fried to perfection. You cannot miss this one if you ever reach Luxembourg!


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Price range: 1 to 3.50 Euros

10. Berenjenas con miel in Spain


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Before you cringe at the word “eggplant”, read this: Berenjenas con miel is a unique and delicious snack (or tapas, as the Spanish call it) made from thinly sliced, batter coated deep-fried eggplants and drizzled with honey or cane-sugar. Sounds good now? Vegetables for snacks, why not!


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Price range: 1 Euro

Apart from this, there are many unique dishes you have to try when in Spain!

 

So there you go, lots of choices that you can consider when you get hungry while discovering amazing Europe. Happy tummy, happy travelling!

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    Hi there, was wondering if the oil used to cook these snacks are generally vegetable cooking oil? What about the content of the butter, bread and other ingredients used to make them?Am not trying to be a party pooper here but unless you have a specific place/store mentioned and have confirmed its halalness prior to writing, I would say this piece is somewhat misleading. We wouldn't want all Muslims who read this to simply believe that halal is only about alcohol and pork, don't we? It has a much broader perspective to it that you need to consider.Thank you and keep up the good work! :)
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      Hi Len, thank you so much for your feedback! This article serves as a general guide to Muslim-friendly snacks options in Europe, as such we did not mention any specific place or seller. We've also included a disclaimer that the listed products/food items are not certified halal. We have checked the list of ingredients to affirm that the products do not contain pork, alcohol or gelatine. As sellers might have different preparation methods, we advise that readers check with them beforehand and to consume at their own discretion :)