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FlowerMoundGirl Apr 15, 2009 04:48 PM

I'm visiting friends in NZ later this year and was trying to think of something that I could smuggle in my suitcase that they might consider a real treat, something you can't get over there.. If you have any ideas please pass them on :) Maybe a particular kind of crisps or candy?

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    AussieBeth RE: FlowerMoundGirl Apr 15, 2009 10:39 PM

    I am from Melbourne, Aus, but my guess would be if we don't get it, our friends across the water probably don't either. I know that if I had a friend from the US coming over, I would love peanut butter mandms (not sold in Melbourne). A friend of mine LOVES Reese's peanut butter cups and reese's peices (also not available in Aus). One other I crave is Cherry Coke - no longer sold in Aus, but the imported American one (available like hen's teeth) is WAY too sweet - I long for good old aussie cane sugar sweetened Cherry Coke, but don't supposed you can do much about that ; )

    Enjoy your trip down south!!

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      LauraGrace RE: AussieBeth Apr 16, 2009 06:50 PM

      Yes! Reese's pieces and Sour Patch Kids were a hit with my Aussie friends. Dr. Pepper too, but that's much harder to bring in a suitcase!

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      sharhamm RE: FlowerMoundGirl Apr 16, 2009 02:25 PM

      Sent our relatives in Australia a quart of real Maple Syrup.
      They shared with their friends, most of them had never tasted it before. Needless to say, there breakfast went over very well.

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        Betzyrama RE: FlowerMoundGirl Apr 18, 2009 01:46 PM

        I'm an American, living in NZ for 7 years. We have Resse's pieces (all the different kinds except those newish "flips" things). We have things equivalent to sour patch kids and we have real maple syrup (though it's VERY expensive, and they don't have vermont maple syrup which I prefer over the canadian kind). Honestly, the stuff I long for is breakfast cereal, including cream of wheat, Life, Cracklin' Oat Bran (which everyone here loved!). And I have a secret love for velveeta (don't make fun of me, I know it's gross, but it is so nice and melty and I wasn't allowed it as a kid - sssshhh) so I often get some of that brought back. We haven't really got American wines here, and I often bring a selection of Long Island wines back with me. When I first got here, the grocery stores really lacked everything (even proper ketchup!) but they have come a LONG LONG way since. My sister just sent me some marshmallow peeps for easter and an egg colouring kit - but it's a bit late for that now. Goldfish crackers are pretty good, and anything from pepperidge farm! You can't bring in any meats or cheeses, so be careful that everything is sealed and processed. Have fun!

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          Sonia Desai RE: FlowerMoundGirl Apr 19, 2009 02:51 AM

          Brianna's Poppy Seed Salad Dressing, and the traditional making for S'mores: Hershey chocolate bars, graham crackers, and plain jet-puffed marshmallows.

          1. SydneyButton RE: FlowerMoundGirl Apr 21, 2009 04:18 PM

            As an American living in Sydney, the main thing we're always asked to bring back is BBQ sauce. There is nothing here like the variety of sauces available in the States. Jack Daniels (for the novelty I guess), anything with chipotle, buffalo wing sauce and anything locally made are normally pretty popular sauces with our friends, not to mention the customs officers at the airport. They're always intrigued by the JD ones.

            I personally cannot live without the wing sauce. :)

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              LJP123 RE: FlowerMoundGirl May 18, 2009 12:19 AM

              I'm a student studying abroad from the US and the things I really miss are mexican food (its hard to find and bad if you do find it) and good bagels. So if you could find some way to bring chips and salsa or guacamole, or even a good hot sauce that would be a treat. Or something obviously perishable but great would be fresh bagels like everything and poppy-seed. All I can find here are plain and blueberry.

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                PhilD RE: LJP123 May 18, 2009 04:14 AM

                I would assume AQIS would confiscate anything with seeds at customs, I assume this includes poppy seeds.

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                keylife RE: FlowerMoundGirl Jul 13, 2009 05:33 AM

                Great suggestions! I always ask try to get my hands on Velveeta, graham crackers, Dr. Pepper, canned chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, KC Original barbecue sauce and A1 steak sauce. I really miss good Mexican food, slow cooked barbecue, Cajun food and bagels.

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                  rarerollingobject RE: FlowerMoundGirl Jul 13, 2009 08:45 PM

                  If they like to bake..peanut butter or butterscotch chips, like chocolate chips..I was gobsmacked by these in American supermarkets and brought 4 bags back to Sydney to hoard jealously for cookies etc.

                  Other than that, agree about the hot sauce..Frank's etc. They might also be intrigued by peanut butter and jelly, Fluff marshmallow spread and so on.

                  And forgive me for saying it, but I would skip chocolate anything..American chocolate (Hershey's etc) is generally considered pretty terrible compared to even Cadbury's..no offense intended! :)

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                    fergal76 RE: rarerollingobject Jul 15, 2009 06:33 PM

                    One word:

                    Baconnaise

                    http://www.baconnaise.com/

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                    Onara RE: FlowerMoundGirl Jul 15, 2009 08:03 PM

                    Peanut Butter Cups have been available in Australia for over 20 years

                    But decent Ranch Dressing is difficult to find

                    We don't have Grape Nuts here, either

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                      attran99 RE: FlowerMoundGirl Jul 22, 2009 10:51 PM

                      If you have friends who like cinnamon, they might fancy Big Red gum...my cousin buys it by the truckloads when she comes to visit. If you know of any children, they might enjoy Lucky Charms...because according to my cousin, the Australians do not put marshmallows in their cereal. Marshmallow creme could come in handy, too...really good with nutella :)

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