A munchy box or munchie box is an inexpensive fast-food product sold from takeaway restaurants, primarily in the West of Scotland and Glasgow in particular, but also in the East from Aberdeen to St Boswells . It consists of an assortment of fast foods served in a large pizza box. American chain Jack in the Box has a similar "Munchie Meal" available all day, but offers a discount on the item during late-night hours.
Ingredients and nutrition
The contents of a munchy box vary but may typically include kebab meat, fried chicken, pizza, chicken tikka, samosas, onion rings, chow mein noodles, pakora, naan bread, garlic bread, coleslaw, other fast foods and sauces such as curry sauce. There is sometimes a salad item and, invariably, chips or fried rice. There have been reports of healthier options of munchy boxes. The healthy option composed of tortillas, cherry tomatoes, a salad, boiled eggs, sliced gammons, raw red onions, nachos, chicken mayo, a sprinkling of cheese and other healthy foods. Sushi is sometimes included in the healthier option.
The energy content of sample munchy boxes has been reported as 1224, 2200 and 3000 calories while their salt content was estimated to be more than double the 6g daily recommended maximum for an adult. While it is not clear whether a munchy box is actually intended to be consumed as a meal for one, there has been concern at the health implications if it is consumed in this way.
The combination of very large portions and a low price has made the munchy box popular; however, its contents, consisting mostly of deep fried or fatty foods, have led to health concerns among some Scottish politicians and health campaigners, particularly if consumed by children. Glasgow City Council has undertaken nutritional analysis of munchy boxes on sale in the west of Scotland with the intention of encouraging restaurants to include healthier ingredients and reduce portion sizes.
It has been suggested that such criticism perversely serves to boost the popularity of unhealthy foods, such as the munchy box and the deep-fried Mars bar, causing their consumption to become an act of rebellion against modern trends towards healthier eating.