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We’ve Got The Whole World In Our Hands!

Today it is World Earth Day, a day set up to shine a light on the importance of protecting our planet. This year it’s EVEN MORE relevant given the Central London ‘Extinction Rebellion’ demonstrations that have been taking place over the last week.

Where did the idea begin?

The first Earth Day was set up by peace activist John McConnell at a 1969 UNESCO conference in San Francisco.  His objective was to honour the Earth and the concept of peace.  Nowadays the day focuses on the danger we pose to the Earth and how we can act to create a better future for our planet and the generations to come.

What can you do?

The United Nations published ‘The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World’ in which it pinpoints small actions which, when carried out by many, could make a huge difference.

Here are some suggestions from the guide:

  • Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.
  • Stop paper bank statements and pay your bills online or via mobile.
  • Buy minimally packaged goods.
  • Get a rug — carpets and rugs keep your house warm and your thermostat low.
  • Take short showers. Bathtubs require gallons more water than a 5-10 minute shower.
  • Composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients.
  • Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of running a machine. If you do wash your clothes, make sure the load is full.
  • Eat less meat, poultry, and fish. More resources are used to provide meat than plants.
  • Plan meals — use shopping lists and avoid impulse buys. Don’t succumb to marketing tricks that lead you to buy more food than you need, particularly for perishable items.
  • Bike, walk or take public transport. Save the car trips for when you’ve got a big group.
  • Use a refillable water bottle and coffee cup.

Are you honouring World Earth Day today? If so, how? And do you think you could encourage your friends and family to do any of the above?

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Happy Passover!

Passover, which is known as ‘Pesach’ in Hebrew, begins this Friday.  Passover is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Israelites being freed from slavery in Egypt.

During the first two nights, Passover is celebrated with a home ritual known as the Passover seder.  The seder, which means ‘order’ in Hebrew, is celebrated around a dinner table and includes the retelling of the Passover story from the Torah (which is the Old Testament.)  The food and wine is blessed, Passover symbols are deciphered and freedom and social justice is discussed, all while singing and eating takes place.

Food is enormously important at Passover and carries much symbolism, history and culinary expression. Here are a few of the platters that are served and what they represent:


Matzah is unleavened bread eaten during Passover. When the Israelites learned that the pharaoh had given them leave to exit Egypt, they didn’t want to wait for their bread to rise in case he changed his mind.  Therefore matzah symbolised the Jewish people’s hasty transition to freedom.


Karpas is a green leafy vegetable, usually parsley, which represents the fact that the Jews initially thrived when they got to Egypt.  It was only with the commencement of the reign of a new pharaoh, who was threatened by the growing size of the Israelite community, that they were enslaved.  This turn of events is commemorated during the Seder by dipping the karpas into bitter salt water, which represents the tears shed by the Israelites.


This is a paste-like mixture of fruits, nuts and sweet wine or honey.  It is symbolic of the mortar used by the Israelite slaves when they laid bricks for the pharaohs’s monuments. 

If you have any Jewish friends, don’t forget to say ‘chag sameach’ to them which translates to ‘happy festival’ and is the Hebrew equivalent of ‘happy holidays.’

Maybe we should consider a new Israeli Munchachos snack based on one of these traditional meals? What do you think? Or do you have any suggestions for our next country of inspiration?

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April Fools’ Day

Did you see our Instagram posts about our new Belgian-inspired Brussels Sprouts flavour posted on April 1st? Well, guess what? We’re not producing any such thing! APRIL FOOL! We wouldn’t subject you to that. Brussels Sprouts are reserved for Christmas, and Christmas only! 

But what is April Fools’ Day and what are its origins?

Like so many dates in the British calendar, its roots remain a bit of a mystery. 

Some historians attribute its origins to France and the fact that April 1st used to be the first day of the year until it was changed to January 1st when the Julian calendar switched to the Gregorian calendar. Because the world was a bit of a different place in the 16th Century and information wasn’t so easy to come by, the people that didn’t know about the new system became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.  

Others consider the origins of the date to be found in the bible. It is written that Noah mistakenly sent a dove out of the ark on the 1st April before the water had abated. To mark this error, the tradition began of sending messengers out on an unnecessary errand on 1st April.

Another origin story is from Ancient Rome where people dressed up in disguises to mark the festival of Hilaria at the end of March.  

These days the date is marked with much hilarity throughout the media.  The press prints nonsense stories and social media is awash with pranks, such as the British Transport Police’s Tweet yesterday:

Did you fall for our prank? Or were you disappointed that we’re not producing a Brussels Sprouts flavoured children snack? 

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First Day of Spring

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: First Day of Spring Spring Equinox

This year, the 20th March marks the Spring Equinox, which is officially the First Day of Spring. Hooray! 

The term ‘equinox’ means ‘equal night’ and indicates that date upon which the daytime and nightime have equal lengths. From this date on the days will become longer and the nights shorter as we head towards the summertime and the warmer weather.  

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: Nowruz Spring Equinox Jumping over Fire
Nowruz Jumping Bonfre

The Spring Equinox also marks the beginning of Nowruz, a 13-day celebration of the Persian New Year. They spring clean and then celebrate with lavish feasts whilst the children pain eggs that represent fertility.  On the last Tuesday before the Equinox, they jump over bonfires which symbolises the leap into new year and the feeling of renewal that the new year offers.

Furthermore in Mexico’s Yucatan Penninsular, including at Chichen Itza which appears on our delicious Mexican snacks, people gather to celebrate the entrance of the sun god. Every year on the spring equinox, the light of the sun makes a play of light and shadow which makes it look like a serpent in slithering along the steps of the pyramid.

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: Spring Equinox Chichen itza
Can you see the snake slithering down the temple?

We are just looking forward to a bit more heat and to enjoying our tasty adventures in the sun! Welcome Spring – we salute you! 

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World Book Day

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: World Book Day Munchachos

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day takes place every year on 7th March, offering every child the opportunity to dress as their favourite character from a book. The day was designated by UNESCO and is the world’s biggest campaign to provide every child with their own book. It’s a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is marked by 100 countries across the globe.

Being big fans of reading, at Munchachos we’re huge supporters of the day. (We even shared Our 5 Favourite Books with you!) Books have a magical power to transform and transport you to different worlds and different ages; feeding the imagination and expanding the horizons of children and adults everywhere. UNESCO declares that it “stands up for creativity, diversity and equal access to knowledge…”

How Are People Getting Involved?

Schools across the country will get encourage students to dress as their favourite literary character. Bookshops around the UK and all major supermarkets will distribute cut-price books to ensure that a zest for reading is an affordable passion for everyone!

So whether you’re a classic Alice in Wonderland or a more modern Gangsta Granny, get your costumes on this Thursday to mark this fun occasion. 

And, while you’re at it, why not match your costume with a healthy snack? We can definitely see Belle from Beauty & The Beast reading whilst snacking on a Chomps Elise! And we’re pretty certain that Augustus Gloop would love to feast on a packet of Oom-Pah-Pahs! He could do with a healthier children’s snack…

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: Augustus Gloop
Time for Augustus Gloop to try a Munchable!

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