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

appledrank Jul 16, 2011 01:37 PM

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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    Nii RE: appledrank Jul 16, 2011 04:20 PM

    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.

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      JFores RE: appledrank Jul 16, 2011 05:12 PM

      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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        helen b RE: JFores Jul 17, 2011 12:40 AM

        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!

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          gembellina RE: helen b Jul 18, 2011 05:33 AM

          +1 on the maple syrup

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          Peg RE: JFores Jul 17, 2011 01:40 AM

          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.

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            deansa RE: JFores Jul 17, 2011 03:20 AM

            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. zuriga1 RE: appledrank Jul 17, 2011 05:11 AM

            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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              stilldontknow RE: zuriga1 Jul 17, 2011 05:43 AM

              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.

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                zuriga1 RE: stilldontknow Jul 18, 2011 08:38 AM

                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! :-)

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                  brokentelephone RE: zuriga1 Jul 19, 2011 06:51 AM

                  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.

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                    zuriga1 RE: brokentelephone Jul 19, 2011 07:12 AM

                    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. psycho_fluff RE: appledrank Jul 18, 2011 06:54 AM

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

              http://www.americansweets.co.uk/index... This has a shop in Aldershot.
              http://www.americansoda.co.uk/uk/Amer... This has a shop in Greater Manchester.

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                elcapitano RE: psycho_fluff Jul 19, 2011 07:05 AM

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

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                  cathodetube RE: elcapitano Jul 20, 2011 10:01 AM

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

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                    zuriga1 RE: cathodetube Jul 20, 2011 12:08 PM

                    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. :-)

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                edh5 RE: appledrank Jul 19, 2011 01:02 PM

                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

                1. greedygirl RE: appledrank Jul 20, 2011 02:02 AM

                  Please don't send anything Hersheys - it's vile! I've never met a Brit who likes it.

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                    helen b RE: greedygirl Jul 20, 2011 02:44 AM

                    The reason for that being threefold. Firstly, it's a cultural thing - we grew up with Cadburys so that taste is synonymous with chocolate in the memory of our tongues! But it's also the recipe. Hersheys has a much lower cocoa content and moreover the 'milk' they use is actually the dehydrated whey from making cheese - which is why to us, if you eat it after a bar of Dairy Milk, it tastes, well cheesy!

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                      sunshine842 RE: helen b Jul 20, 2011 03:22 AM

                      a friend of mine from Northampton referred to Hershey's as "chocolate flavoured wax", and a Belgian chocolatier referred to it as the nastiest excuse for chocolate he's ever tasted.

                      Both of which are quite apt descriptions.

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                        greedygirl RE: sunshine842 Jul 20, 2011 10:04 AM

                        Definitely waxy tasting to me.

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                          cathodetube RE: greedygirl Jul 20, 2011 10:08 AM

                          Agree and I grew up eating them. But, for some reason the Kisses with almonds are passable. They also make all sorts of other flavoured Kisses.

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                            sunshine842 RE: cathodetube Jul 20, 2011 11:17 AM

                            the one and only thing I use Kisses for is making Peanut Butter Blossoms at Christmas -- I haven't found another type of chocolate that works right for this recipe.

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                              sunshine842 RE: sunshine842 Apr 26, 2014 04:58 AM

                              I should update -- I ran out of Kisses one year, and used a bar of French milk chocolate. The chocolate ran all over the place, and they weren't as cute as the Hershey's cookies, but oh, my hell -- they were amazing.

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                        gembellina RE: helen b Jul 20, 2011 05:38 AM

                        "cheesy" is a very kind description. tastes more like vom to me...

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                          stilldontknow RE: gembellina Jul 20, 2011 02:13 PM

                          Agreed. Gives me exactly the same feel at the back of my mouth as sick. Strange!

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                            deansa RE: stilldontknow Jul 20, 2011 02:48 PM

                            I thought I was the only one!

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                        emilyjoyce RE: greedygirl Apr 25, 2014 09:26 PM

                        I'm an American and I thought it was rather funny that yinz thought Hershey's was distasteful because I've had some of my friends here say the same about Cadburys. They believed it tasted rather bland. Personally both are ok to me, though I do tend to lean toward Hershey's because it's what I grew up with. Though I think the reason why neither of them are particularly vile tasting to me is because I've always been introduced to different foods from different cultures as a part of how I was raised and was constantly trying new things of all different natures.

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                          zuriga1 RE: emilyjoyce Apr 25, 2014 11:27 PM

                          After moving here and having more chocolate from France, Belgium or Holland, I will never put Hershey's in my mouth again. :-) It really can't compete with what's made on this side of the world.

                          In America, I often used Valharona chocolate for cooking, and I think it's still one of my favorites. America has lots of imported chocolate.. why eat Hershey when those are easily available?

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                            brokentelephone RE: emilyjoyce Apr 26, 2014 01:44 PM

                            @emilyjoyce: You are a beacon of tolerance, God Bless America!

                        2. FarleyFlavors RE: appledrank Jul 20, 2011 04:50 AM

                          My guilty American import pleasure is a 2lb block of Velveeta cheese and a can of Rotel Diced Tomatoes with Chili for making Chile con Queso.

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                            brokentelephone RE: FarleyFlavors Apr 26, 2014 01:49 PM

                            I think you can get the Rotel Diced Tomatoes at Partridges and/or Whole Foods now.

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                              FarleyFlavors RE: brokentelephone May 1, 2014 11:35 AM

                              One's not much use without the other though.

                              Incidentally, if you do decide to put a large block of Velveeta in the hold you can pretty much guarantee that your bag will be searched by the TSA. It's happened every time I've done it.

                              Presumably it resembles Semtex or similar on the X-ray machine.

                              (I have a feeling that eating 2lb. of semtex would probably be less hazardous to your health).

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                                sunshine842 RE: FarleyFlavors May 1, 2014 06:33 PM

                                do make sure you send out warnings if you have to fart.

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                            Frizzaldo RE: appledrank Jul 20, 2011 05:29 AM

                            the larger Reeses peanut butter cups are on sale over here now.Apart from Peanut butter kit kats there aren't many other peanut butter flavoured bars on sale over here.

                            York Peppermint patties are always a hit when i bring them back.

                            Chocolate covered pretzels aren't that common over here either, i like the new pretzel M&M's

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                              cathodetube RE: Frizzaldo Jul 20, 2011 10:03 AM

                              I didn't know peanut butter Kit Kats were still available here. There seemed to be a run of them a couple of years ago and then they disappeared. Really, really liked them.

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                              pj26 RE: appledrank Jul 20, 2011 06:24 AM

                              Chipotle peppers! Trying to get some myself...(not sweets, I know but something that is difficult to get here)

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                                sunshine842 RE: pj26 Jul 20, 2011 09:32 AM

                                don't know if they mail to the UK or not, but you can get ground chipotle from l'Epicerie de Bruno on rue Tiquetonne in Paris.

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                                  gembellina RE: sunshine842 Jul 20, 2011 09:45 AM

                                  you can also get dried ones in tesco...

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                                  chickendhansak RE: pj26 Jul 21, 2011 06:44 AM

                                  MexGrocer in the UK sells them: http://www.mexgrocer.co.uk/Canned-Chi...

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                                    chickendhansak RE: chickendhansak Jul 21, 2011 10:49 AM

                                    This link is intentionally to the canned-in-Adobo-sauce variety as I assume that's the kind you mean.

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                                    cathodetube RE: pj26 Jul 21, 2011 07:38 AM


                                    Has a good selection of dried chillis or chiles, never know how to spell the word......

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                                    Foxeyblue RE: appledrank Apr 26, 2014 09:54 PM

                                    You can buy American food in many Tescos now (major supermarket) and that is mostly candy or cereal based stuff or things for baking. Perhaps send more region-specific snacks as we are unlikely to get the more local products.

                                    - haha, just realised the thread is very old. Oh well i shall leave this here as an update.

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                                      jerico RE: appledrank Apr 27, 2014 09:26 AM

                                      Snyder's sourdough pretzels. The plain ones that come in a box (or a bag) - not the flavored ones I see in pubs every so often. I'm told they are sold here (UK) but I've never found them. I crave them regularly!

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                                        zuriga1 RE: jerico Apr 27, 2014 11:27 PM

                                        One can get very small bags of the Snyder's onion/mustard variety at some of the online, American stores like www.americansoda.co.uk. I get a craving for those once in awhile, but the bags are so small!

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                                          Harters RE: zuriga1 Apr 30, 2014 02:25 PM

                                          I pass the end of the road that the American Soda shop is on every time I go to the farmers market at Ashton under Lyne. It's the sort of area that you would never imagine would be catering to an American ex-pat customer base. Power of t'internet, I suppose.

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                                            zuriga1 RE: Harters Apr 30, 2014 11:03 PM

                                            The internet has changed so many things and especially shopping. Who would have ever imagined the capabilities we now have? I think I remember a photo of that shop on the website, and it's probably a good thing I don't have to worry about its appearance. :-) I've always been happy with their service, although I still can't find some products on any of the many, similar sites. There's one near me in Guildford.. I wonder what that one looks like.

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                                        brokentelephone RE: appledrank Apr 30, 2014 09:46 AM

                                        It's worth popping into a Filipino supermarket sometime to check out (weird) Americanized food. There are a few around Earls Court, and they have a random selection of American goods from the Philippines.

                                        I used to get my A&W root beer there until my laziness finally trumped my hatred of Partridges.

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                                          cathodetube RE: brokentelephone Apr 30, 2014 10:42 AM

                                          There used to be/hopefully still is one near me in Camberwell so will have a look for the root beer. A Chinese supermarket in Peckham used to sell root beer but no more sadly.

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