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    21 Unspoken Australian Food Rules That We All Subconsciously Follow

    Long sprinkles on fairy bread? Get lost.

    1. When you're making a glass of Milo, milk goes in first.

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    Then you stir in half of it, so you've still got that crunchy goodness on top.

    2. Pizza Shapes are undeniably the "crowd-pleaser" flavour.

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    Your personal favourite may be Nacho Cheese or Chicken Crimpy, but when you're taking a box to a party, Pizza is always the way to go. Barbecue comes in at a close second, though.

    3. Fairy bread can only be made with 100s and 1000s — not long sprinkles. Ew.

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    Long sprinkles on bread? An abomination. Offensive. A disgrace to the name of fairy bread.

    4. Party pies are always better than full-size ones.

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    What is it about mini food that is just so exciting?! Serve mini sausage rolls at my wedding, tbh.

    5. But if you're going full-size, servo pies are just as good as a fancy bakery.

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    Keep your chunky steak and fancy tomato chutney, just gimme a Four 'N' Twenty that's been in the warmer for hours.

    6. Chicken Twisties are inferior to cheese...but we'll always eat them if they're there.

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    No one goes to the supermarket and chooses chicken over cheese, let's be real.

    7. Red frogs are the best lolly in a bag of Party Mix.

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    Even though they're now smaller and thicker than they used to be...still good.

    8. And banana lollies are gross, though acceptable ONLY when dispersed through a Party Mix.

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    And even then, you'll leave them until there's nothing better left.

    9. Picnics are obviously the best options in a box of Favourites.

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    Flakes are pretty good too and Cherry Ripes have their time and place.

    10. Though NO ONE wants Turkish Delight.

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    They always just hang out in the back of the cupboard until your weird friend who likes them comes 'round to visit.

    11. Double Coat Tim Tams are far, far better than Original.

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    And they get extra melty when dunked in coffee. True food perfection.

    12. Eating mango in a neat way is a waste of time and energy.

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    If you don't end up with juice all over your face and hands, wtf is the point?

    13. Green cordial is the only time that lime flavour is good.

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    Yeah, red cordial is great, but there's something extra special about lime. Who else remembers adding it to goon as an 18-year-old?

    14. Onions go on top of a sausage sizzle, but before the sauce.

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    Sorry Bunnings' safety rules...but onions simply do not belong under a sausage.

    15. Speaking of which, tomato sauce is the superior sausage sizzle sauce and must always be chosen.

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    Mustard and BBQ sauce are fine for a bit of extra flavour, but nothing can beat good ol' tom tom.

    16. Wedges are best served with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce.

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    There's basically no point in even ordering wedges if they don't come with this iconic duo.

    17. A chook and a six-pack of dinner rolls is a gold-tier thing to bring to a barbecue.

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    Add a tub of coleslaw or potato salad and you'll be walking into the party like a king.

    18. Passion Pop is objectively disgusting, but something that we will always remember fondly from our youth.

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    Drinking this filth in a park is basically a rite of passage.

    19. Musk sticks are soap-flavoured chalk, secretly disguised as lollies.

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    They're gross and not worth the energy it takes to chew them.

    20. Jam doughnuts, Neenish Tarts and any kind of pastie are ALWAYS better from a country bakery.

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    It's worth taking a road trip just for a country bakery, to be perfectly honest.

    21. And finally, The Coffee Club has surprisingly good capps, but is only an acceptable cafe choice if you're with your nan.

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    It's safe, it's familiar, it's the good ol' Coffee Club.