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Jul 16, 2011 01:37 PM

American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

Hello, I was just wondering what sweets/candy/snacks from America aren't available in the UK. I'm planning on sending a good friend of mine a some food and give her a taste of what we snack on. Since the world is so globalized now, I figure everything from here can be found there, but I hope not.

I hope this is in the right place to post this.


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  1. American confectionery is generally only stocked in specialist food shops or a few newsagents spotted around town. You'll be hard pressed to find a good range of U.S goodies in the average corner shop, so your friend should be pleasantly surprised by a Baby Ruth or Butterfinger.

    1. Hershey's anything (God knows why) and miniature Reese's peanut butter cups (especially the dark chocolate ones) were my two biggest requests over 3 years of delivering British friends cereal and candy.

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      1. re: JFores

        I'm a Brit but things I bring back from the US are buttermilk pancake mix, good maple syrup, tinned Boston baked beans, chowder, Old Bay seasoning, coating for fried chicken/tomatoes, and then, for comedy value, things like cheese in a can and once I found a whole chicken! Gross!

        1. re: JFores

          Hersheys is now (unfortunately) available at Asda. Chocolate in the UK is generally of a higher quality than US chocolate - so any imports would really only have novelty value, not gourmet interest.
          Peanut butter M&Ms are hard to find in the UK - and are very expensive. Maple sugar is impossible to buy here.

          1. re: JFores

            I saw Reese's peanut butter cups in Tesco recently!

            There are specialised stores such as Cybercandy which have a reasonable range, but are quite expensive, so your friend will surely appreciate the gesture!

          2. I have never found a canned tuna fish in the UK that's as good as Bumble Bee albacore in spring water. Sainsbury's makes one, but it's not in the same league at all. If your friend likes Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, that's not too easy to find here.

            Helen B.... I think I've seen Old Bay seasoning at Whole Foods, but I'm not 100% sure.

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            1. re: zuriga1

              I've noticed a real lowering in quality in canned tuna over the last 10 years. Used to see big meaty chunks in cans of tuna steak but now it seems a lot less firm and more bitty. Almost across the board.

              1. re: stilldontknow

                Hmmm.. .that's interesting. I'm not a good judge since I've only lived here 7 years. The albacore here seems darker in colour - that's one thing I've noticed. The American brands are almost white - and meaty as you said. I'm expecting a CARE package one of these days from my son. I'm now thinking that no one here is old enough to remember what a real CARE package was! :-)

                1. re: zuriga1

                  Not old enough to know, but young enough to google!!!

                  Regarding your tuna -- go to an italian store and buy theirs, either in olive oil or in brine. It knocks the socks off of any American brands, in my opinion. Callipo, Rio Mare, Ortiz (Spanish possibly) are both well known and very good, albeit far more expensive than supermarket brands.

                  1. re: brokentelephone

                    You're always so funny! Well, the Italian sounds fine, but I try to stay away from oil, and I don't much like brine either. I guess I'm just used to water. That said, I do love the peppers that come in oily jars, and the ones in brine just don't make a good dish I do with sausages and tagliatelle taste good or the same at all.

            2. I use these 2 sites, I just LOVE them!!!

     This has a shop in Aldershot.
     This has a shop in Greater Manchester.

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              1. re: psycho_fluff

                Whole foods in South Kensington stocks some things you won't commonly find in supermarkets such as Lucky Charm cereal

                1. re: elcapitano

                  My mother used to give us that for breakfast. Really don't understand why people like it.

                  1. re: cathodetube

                    My kids liked Lucky Charms for awhile when they were kids. It's just like eating candy for breakfast - not very healthy at all. I think there was also peanut butter Kix, which was popular. Then there are the squares that taste like straw... very popular here, too. :-)

              2. You may also want to try Panzer's deli in St John's Wood

                St Johns Restaurant
                24 Sir Thomas Street, Liverpool L1 6JB, GB