I've done a few parcel exchanges in my time, (usually with friends Stateside). Seldom have I given it much thought, throw in a couple of packets of Tim-Tam, a jar of Vegemite and so on.
The postage, costs three times the value of the goodies, maybe it's time I put a little effort into the task. So I ask myself, what's typical Aussie? Wine is out of the question as bottles are too heavy and likely to smash...
Here it is, my list of eight Aussie icons.
1. Lamingtons. Sponge cake dipped into chocolate and pressed into desiccated coconut.
2. Twisties. Cheese cereal snack launched in the 1950s.
3. ANZAC Biscuits. Made from rolled oats, flour and coconut, baked by anxious wives, mothers and girlfriends during World War I, packed in food parcels, and sent to the Australian soldiers in the trenches. Originally called Soldiers' Biscuits later renamed ANZAC Biscuits.
Worth noting: ANZAC is a word protected by law. One can say ANZAC day and ANZAC biscuits. ANZAC cookies, NO!!!
The Department of Veterans' Affairs say... "It should be noted that approvals for the word 'Anzac' to be used on biscuit products have been given provided that the product generally conforms to the traditional recipe and shape, is not advertised in any way that would play on Australia's military heritage, and is not used in association with the word 'cookies', with its non-Australian overtones."
4. Milo. A chocolate and malt drink developed in Australia in the 1930's. Associated with Aussie cricket and the favoured beverage for the Tim Tam Slam.
5. Tim Tams. Biscuit smothered in a coating of chocolate. Bite off the ends and suck your Milo through it... the Tim Tam Slam!
6. Whittaker's Chocolates. There is no distinct Aussie brand so I picked one from NZ. The most common chocs in Australia are made by the multinationals, Cadbury, Lindt and Toblerone.
7. Vegemite. A dark brown and salty spread made from yeast. Yum on hot toast and butter!
8. Mandura Teas. From the tea plantations in northern NSW, founded by Michael and Norma Grant-Cook in 1978.