Like a low grade world fair, in the international aisle can be found the very best that a nation has to offer the world. Disappointingly in this case, that would seem to be just Ribena and porridge.
Great post. Brightened my day with a wry smile.
I had a similar experience in Crockford Farm in Surrey. Inexplicably, their farm shop has an ‘American Store’ section. Mind you, the contrast was stark in that they had an overabundance of Nestle, M&M Mars, Hershey’s, Quaker Oats (in flavours neither the quakers nor Hershey’s ever intended, clearly mutant strains that have developed since I left, like Vanilla Almond Cappucino, with essence of Kardashian). I was so very tempted to buy the whole shelf of Reeses at first, but then something — perhaps the tempering of long exposure to British weather and continental attitudes — checked my enthusiasm and I thought, ‘this is why the rest of the world makes fun of our diet.’ I bought two tins of Libby’s pumpkin and left.
Last year I discovered that Tesco in Leith (Scotland) has an American section. (Not seen anything in any other branch of Tesco). The goods on offer change from time to time, but the majority are always high in sugar, such as Pop Tarts and Lucky Charms cereal. There are a few surprises such as Hamburger Helper and Crisco.
In Paris, I usually find peanut butter (a staple of the American diet though it originated in Canada apparently) in the British foods section. I’m mildly offended on your behalf, though I really don’t care as I just want my peanut spread.
Growing up in the Midwest in the 80s, the “foreign” section of our local grocery included such exotic items as canned tomato paste, matzoh bread and soy sauce. Just goes to show that cultural discombobulation cuts across all national borders!
No Marmite? Awww…. Fortunately the ingredients for a bacon sanny are produced locally, and Brit beers and teas are in the store with the American brands.
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