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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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St Patrick’s Day

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: St Patrick's Day Title

We celebrate St Patrick’s Day every March with parades, partying and an abundance of green decorations all over the world!

Just look at these festivities in Ireland and all over the world!

Who was St Patrick?

March 17th marks the death of St Patrick, who was the Patron Saint of Ireland.  St Patrick is thought to have been born with the name Maewyn Succat in the late 4th Century Britannia. However, he used the name ‘Patricius’ in his writings.  

Neither Irish nor initially a devout Christian, Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland to become a slave.  It is said that a voice came to him in his sleep, encouraging him to escape. He did so and subsequently reunited with his family at which point he decided to train to become a priest. He spent the remainder of his life as a missionary in Ireland.

St Patrick is attributed with using the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.  He is also credited with banishing snakes from Ireland (although there is no actual evidence of their existence on the island!)  

St Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity

Why is St Patrick’s Day celebrated all over the world?

St Patrick’s Day was only a minor holiday in Ireland until the 1970s.  But, in America, where there is a large community of Irish immigrants, it has been celebrated since before the Revolutionary War when the first St Patrick’s Day parade was held in 1762 by Irish members of the Colonial army.

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: St Patrick's Day White House Green
Even the water in the fountain of the White House is dyed green in honour of St. Patrick’s Day (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Today, the holiday has evolved to become a secular celebration of Irish culture.

p.s. ever wondered why most things Irish are green?  It is partly due to Ireland’s verdant landscape. However, the colour green’s roots are in Ireland’s political history. (Fun Fact: Royal Blue used to be the national colour of Ireland!)

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National Nutrition Month

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is celebrated in March and focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

The idea behind the month is to encourage people to consume fewer calories, exercise daily and make educated, good choices. We are all urged to really know what is in our food and to make wise choices on this basis.  

Michelle Obama is passionate about helping children make healthy choices for themselves

When it comes to snacks, even thought the portions are smaller than in a full meal, the ingredients are just as important. Most children and teens need to eat every three to four hours throughout the day to fuel their growing, active bodies and to help them to stay focused at school and on homework. They need the nutrients to keep hunger at bay.   

In the UK, children’s snacking habits are setting them up for obesity and poor health. Making the right snacking choices is just as important a decision as whether to go for salad or McDonalds! PHE (Public Health England) has warned that children should have just two 100 calories snacks per day.  

At Munchachos, every one of our snacks adheres to these guidelines. We work with a nutritionist to develop our snacks, which means that we also keep salt and sugar levels low AND we don’t include any nasties.  

Munchachos Healthy Snacks Children: Munchachos Angel, No Bad Stuff
Our Munchables contain no bad stuff!

So we’re very happy to embrace National Nutrition Month which we feel shares our drive to make good eating choices whilst maintaining a happy, active, healthy life!

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