Things That Are Crunchy

Welcome to our list of things that are crunchy!

“Crunchiness” tends to refer to a food’s texture when eaten, but can also refer more generally to things that made a loud, crisp sound when broken. It’s similar to being crispy and brittle. We’ve tried to include as many meanings of crunchy as possible in our list of things that are crunchy.

Here’s a visual list of things that are crunchy:

Hopefully that visual list of crunchy things was useful! Here’s a longer and more descriptive list of things that are crunchy:

  • Popcorn: Also known as popped corn. A type of corn kernal that “pops” and puffs up when heated. Commonly eaten with butter and salt or caramelised sugar.
  • Chips: Potatoes that are cut into chips or sticks and deep-fried.
  • Kale Chips: Pieces of kale that are dried and oven-baked until crispy. Commonly eaten with lemon oil and salt.
  • Broccoli Chips: Broccoli that’s dried and oven-baked until crispy.
  • Crackers: A biscuit typically made with flour that is commonly used as a base for toppings like dip, hummus, avocado or fruits.
  • Dried Leaves: When leaves fall from trees and dry up, they become stiff and crunchy.
  • Almonds: A crunchy nut that is high in calcium and be used to made vegan milks, yoghurts and ice creams.
  • Walnuts: A crunchy nut that is commonly eaten in desserts and salads.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Also called pepitas. A flat, oval seed that is green and commonly eaten with salads, cereals, muesli or on top of muffins and breads.
  • Cereal: A processed, packaged food made of cereal grains. Commonly eaten with milk.
  • Roasted Chickpeas: When chickpeas are roasted in the oven they become crunchy (similar to a nut).
  • Muesli: A mix of oats, cereal, nuts and dried berries. Eaten as a breakfast food with milk.
  • Trail Mix: Similar to muesli, but with a higher ratio of nuts and dried fruits and sometimes chocolate chips. Eaten dry as a snack.
  • Frozen Grapes: Eaten as a sweet snack.
  • Asparagus: When asparagus isn’t overcooked, it has a crunchy texture.
  • Alfalfa: Also known as lucerne. A flowering plant eaten with salads or as a topping on savoury meals (like rice and noodles).
  • Bean Sprouts: A sprout commonly eaten in Asian meals.
  • Roasted Lentils: A pulse high in protein that becomes crunchy when roasted.
  • Peanuts: Also known as a groundnut, goober or monkey nut. Commonly eaten roasted and salted.
  • Sugar Snap Peas: Also known simply as a snap pea. A pea within a pod that has a crunchy texture when fried.
  • Snow peas: A type of pod pea that is crunchy when fried.
  • Cabbage: A vegetable commonly eaten in stir fries and soups.
  • Celery: A vegetable with a sharp taste that is commonly eaten as a snack, in salads, or blended in juice.
  • Bok Choy: A vegetable usually eaten in stir fries or steamed with shallots.
  • Kale: A cruciferous vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked. Usually eaten in salads.
  • Lettuce: A crunchy vegetable that is eaten in sandwiches, wraps and salads.
  • Onion: When onions are eaten raw or deep-fried, they have a crunchy texture. They soften up when steamed, boiled, or caramelised.
  • Capsicum: A sweet fruit that comes in red, green and yellow varieties. Usually eaten in salads and stir fries.
  • Carrot: A root vegetable that can be eaten raw, cooked, in cakes and in juices.
  • Cucumber: A fruit with a high water content. Is usually eaten raw in salads, sandwiches, or juiced.
  • Tomato: A red fruit with a sharp, tangy taste. Can be eaten raw or cooked in soups or stir fries. Crunchy when raw.
  • Watercress: A thin, hair-like plant eaten with salads, in sandwiches and in juice.
  • Hazelnuts: A mild nut eaten in desserts and used as a flavouring for hot drinks.
  • Coconut Flakes: Flakes of coconut that have been dried (sometimes roasted). Has a crunchy, chip-like texture.
  • Macadamia: Nuts that are commonly used in desserts and can be used to make non-dairy replacements for milk, yoghurt and ice cream.
  • Pecan: A nut that tastes like caramel. Commonly used in pies, muesli and desserts.
  • Apple: A sweet fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked in desserts.
  • Pear: A fruit that can be eaten raw or cooked. Usually eaten by itself, in salads, as a juice, or baked in cakes and tarts.
  • Persimmon: An orange fruit that has a mild caramel taste and a crunchy texture when ripe.
  • Pomegranate: While pomegranate flesh is tart and crunchy, most of the texture comes from their seeds.
  • Deep-Fried Batter: This is a thin dough that is used as a crispy or crunchy coating for fried foods.
  • Beetroot Fries: Beetroot that has been cut into thin slices (similar to a potato chip) and deep fried or baked.
  • Spinach Chips: Spinach that is dehydrated and then baked. Usually eaten with salt and sometimes lemon juice and pepper.
  • Sweet Potato Chips: Similar to a usual potato chip, but with sweet potato as the main ingredient instead.
  • Corn Crackers: Crackers with corn rather than rice or wheat as the main ingredient.
  • Garlic Bread: Bread that is buttered, topped with chives and garlic flakes before being heated in the oven until crispy or crunchy.
  • Sourdough Bread: Bread that is made with fermented dough. Has a thick, crunchy crust.
  • Mozzarella Sticks: Long chunks of mozzarella cheese that are either breaded or battered before being deep-fried, giving them a crunchy crust around the gooey centre.
  • Prawn Crackers: A deep-fried finger food with a puffy, airy texture. Commonly served as an entree.
  • Fried Tapioca Crackers: Similar to prawn crackers, but with different flavouring.
  • Samosas: A pastry with a savoury filling that is either baked or deep-fried.
  • Baguette: A long, thin loaf of bread with a characteristically crunchy crust.
  • Biscotti: Also known as cantucci. Italian almond-flavoured biscuits that are twice-baked, making them very dry and crunchy.
  • Boule: A round, ball-like loaf of bread (usually sourdough).
  • Breadstick: Also known as dipping sticks, grissini, or grissino. Small, thin sticks of baked, dry bread. Usually eaten as an entree.
  • Pretzels: Baked knots of bread that can be topped with sweet or savoury toppings. Comes in hard, crispy varieties or soft, doughy knots.
  • Wafer: A sweet, crisp, dry cookie. Commonly used in desserts.
  • Rice Cracker: A cracker made from rice rather than corn or wheat.    
  • Crispbread: A flat, dry cracker made from rye flour.
  • Crouton: Small chunks of sauteed or twice-baked bread which is seasoned. Usually eaten as an accompaniment to salads.
  • Hardtack: Also spelled as hard tack. A basic cracker made from water, flour and salt.
  • Toast: Bread which is gently heated in a toaster until it’s brown and dry.
  • Fried Mantou: Asian bread dumplings that are deep-fried.
  • Melonpan: Japanese round bread filled with a sweet paste and covered with a light shell of biscuit dough.
  • Papadum: A thin flatbread generally eaten with curry.
  • Baked Tortilla: A thin, round flatbread commonly used as a wrap for rice and vegetables.
  • Anzac Biscuit: A sweet biscuit made of rolled oats, sugar, butter, golden syrup and coconut. Has a chunky, crunchy texture.
  • Gingersnap Biscuit: Also known as a ginger nut or a ginger biscuit. A biscuit flavoured with ginger, cinnamon, clove and molasses.
  • Love Letter Cookie: A long sheet of wafer rolled into a pencil shape. Commonly filled with chocolate paste (or other flavours).
  • Almond Biscuit: A hard, crunchy biscuit with almond flavouring and pieces.
  • Amaretti: Almond-flavoured biscuits.
  • Biscocho: Twice-baked bread that usually has a coating of sugar and butter.
  • Cat’s Tongue Cookie: A small, long biscuit in the shape of a paddle pop stick.
  • Charcoal Biscuit: A biscuit made with powdered willow charcoal mixed with flour, butter, sugar and eggs.  
  • Digestives: A sweet biscuit made from malt and starch.
  • Choc Chip Cookie: A vanilla biscuit with chocolate chips.
  • Cubanito: Also known as cuchufli. A sweet food made of sugar, flour, and vanilla. Usually filled with dulce de leche or other sweet pastes.
  • Macaroon: A small cookie made from ground almonds, coconut and sugar.
  • Rocky Road: A sweet treat made from lumps of chocolate, nuts, dried fruit and marshmallows mixed roughly together.
  • Florentine: Dried fruit, nuts and cherries mixed with butter and honey, coated on one side with dark chocolate.
  • Fortune Cookies: A crispy, sweet cookies with “fortunes” written on paper inside.
  • Gingerbread: A biscuit that is flavoured with ginger, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and molasses.
  • Hundreds and Thousands: Also known as sprinkles. Multicoloured pieces of confectionery used to decorate and add texture to sweets.  
  • Meringue: A dessert made of whipped egg whites and sugar. Depending on the cooking time, it can have a chewy consistency or a hard, crunchy one.
  • Malteser: An English chocolate filled with crunchy malt.
  • Oreo: Vanilla icing sandwiched between two chocolate cookies.
  • Waffle Cone: Thin waffle rolled into a cone shape and used to hold scoops of ice cream.
  • KitKat: Crispy wafers covered with milk chocolate.
  • Hello Panda: Small cookies filled with chocolate paste.
  • Pocky: Biscuit sticks dipped in dark chocolate.
  • Pez: A hard, sugary candy in the shape of small rectangles.
  • Humbugs: A hard boiled sweet with a minty taste.
  • Roc Candy: Hard boiled sugar candy with an intensely sweet taste.
  • Sugared Almonds: Almonds roasted in caramelised sugar.
  • Smarties: Milk chocolate covered in a hard sugar shell.
  • M&M’s: Same as Smarties, but a different brand.
  • Reese’s Pieces: A peanut-butter flavoured candy coated in a hard sugar shell.
  • Candy Canes: A hard boiled minty candy in the shape of a cane. Commonly eaten during Christmas.
  • Toffee Apple: Apples covered in a hard sticky toffee.
  • Bruschetta: A light meal (sometimes considered a starter) consisting of thickly sliced toast topped with tomatoes, onion and olive oil.
  • Toasted Sandwich: A sandwich pressed between two heated metal plates, making it dry and crunchy.
  • Baked Apple Chips: Thin slices of apple baked in an oven until dry.
  • Lentil Crackers: Lentil mashed and shaped into crackers before being baked in the oven.
  • Cucumber Chips: Thinly sliced cucumber baked in the oven and eaten with salt and lemon juice.
  • Pumpkin Chips: Thin pumpkin slices that are buttered and baked in the oven.
  • Onion Rings: Onion rings that are battered and deep-fried. Eaten as a snack and commonly as a side for burgers.
  • Filo Pastry: Also known as phyllo. A very thin dough that is used to make multi-layered pastries.
  • Spring Rolls: Small, thin pieces of vegetable and noodle wrapped up in a thin pastry before being deep fried.
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter: Peanut butter with chunks of peanut stirred through.
  • Froot Loops: A sugary breakfast cereal.
  • Coco Pops: A sugary, chocolate-flavoured cereal made of puffed rice.
  • Cornflakes: A cereal consisting of toasted flakes of corn.
  • Cheerios: A cereal made of macerated oats in small ring shapes.
  • Cheetos: Cheese-flavoured chips in a ring shape.
  • Rice Cakes: Puffed rice pressed in the shape of a thin, flat cake.
  • Passionfruit Seeds: Passionfruit seeds are edible and coated with the pulp.
  • Radish: A root vegetable that ranges in colour from purple to red. Can be eaten raw in salads or cooked and a part of savoury meals.
  • Roast Potato Skins: Potato skins that are deep fried in oil.
  • Baked Pita Bread: Small pieces of pita bread baked in the oven until dry and crunchy.
  • Peanut Brittle: Hard sugar candy with pieces of nuts scattered throughout before being broken into uneven pieces.
  • Granola: A breakfast and snackfood made of a combo of oats, nuts, and sometimes dried fruit and puffed rice.
  • Roasted Edamame: Juvenile soybeans roasted in an oven and seasoned.
  • Burger Rings: A snack chip flavoured with burger seasoning.
  • Banana Chips: Slices of banana that are either dried or fried in oil and spices.
  • Ice: Water frozen in cubes.
  • Toffee: A candy made by caramelizing sugar with butter or margarine and sometimes flour.
  • Corn Nuts: Corn kernels that are roasted or deep-fried and are also known as toasted corn.
  • Kettle Chips: A brand of potato chip known for being hard and crunchy.
  • Hash Browns: Grated pieces of potato shaped into thin cakes and deep fried or pan fried.
  • Jicama: Also known as the Mexican yam bean or Mexican turnip. A vine with an edible tuberous root.  

We hope this list of crunchy things was useful and that you found what you needed!

We did our best to cover all of the varied meanings of “crunchy” with our visual gallery of crunchy things and descriptive list. But if you feel there’s something we missed, please feel free to let us know and leave a comment.

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