America! has finally arrived in my local supermarket in London
This is a very new thing to have an American products section in a regular Tesco supermarket. You used to have to go to expensive sort of delis, in a few very American populated areas.
Should I be excited about any of this stuff?
All I bought was Bazooka, which was OK...I think it's not what it was (what is?) and Willy Wonka gobstoppers and I thought I'd faint from the chemicals inside them.
I took a pic.
If you were an American in London would you be pleased to see any of this stuff?
What do you recommend?
If you click on the pic and then click again, it blows up so you can actually see what's going on.
Where in London is this Tesco?
I don't like any of that stuff. Maybe the mustard, hot sauce and beef jerky.
I love loads of that stuff, OP! Which Tesco is it?
Why is Tesco bringing you the worst of American food?
The A-1 Steak Sauce is a definite must, plus the grits. Sadly, though, I see no Kraft Mac and Cheese dinner, which I have to have friends either ship to me or mail to me.
Oh yes. Sweet-Tarts.
Are they selling AK47s, by any chance? Because nothing says American selection like a semi automatic weapon next to the Cool Whip.
Jif & A1 is all you need to concern yourself with. The rest as you say is shite.
Jif is shit and contains hydrogenated fat and HFCS. A1 is shit too.
There is such a thing as Jolly Rancher soda? Dear god.
The Snyders pretzels maybe. The Louisiana Gold. Candy is candy. I like Jr Mints and butterfingers. Canned pumpkin shaves off some time, but canned anything has problems.
If you are looking at these sort of products I am guessing you are not much into cooking from scratch.
So with that said, I'll second the A-1 steak sauce. Also the stove top stuffing is ok and also the hamburger helper can be ok.
Stove Top has hydrogenated fat AND HFCS.
The WORST of America.
By the way, OP, oh my God, these Chocodiles, these Chocodiles, OP, oh my God, these Chocodiles!
What, no assault rifles?
It's the 24 hr one in Kensington (West Cromwell Road).
They've also introduced all sorts of new things, including a bakery/cafe called Euphorium which is so rip-off expensive, it's absurd.
No one buys anything and who wants to sit in a fucking supermarket drinking coffee at top 'boutique' coffee shop prices...with, of course, the horrid noise that passes for pop music these days, blaring away, to attract 'the young' who wouldn't dream of paying so much.
I don't buy any of that stuff except maybe Crisco for frying chicken but only if I can't find real lard. Stove Top can be made better by adding onion, sage and celery to it but if you do that you might a well make it all from scratch.
When I live in London during the summer I have no problem finding food that is tastier than anything we have on this side of the Atlantic. I swear only in the UK can one find truly good tasting white bread. Same for deli foods. The quality in the UK is a little better than we have in the US.
With the exception of Snyder's Pretzels (from my beloved Baltimore area) I don't believe there is anything in that picture I have purchased here in the US.
Tesco's stores in the US (which are sadly closing) have a UK section and I buy several of their products, but they are really overpriced. Salad Cream, Mango Chutney, Curry powder and mustard are just a few of the items I buy at F&E.
LMAO...that's hilarious, OP. I recommend getting some peanut butter, Nerds, and Fruit Rollups.
As a Southerner, I certainly enjoy hominy grits, but those Quaker instant grits are not likely to be very good. I do eat the plain ol' French's yellow mustard, and of course the Tabasco sause. Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Butterfinger, Payday, are all good candy bars, but that Jolly Rancher stuff is just chemicals like you say about the Bazooka. The cornbread type of Stovetop Stuffing is ok if you don't have time or energy to make Chicken and Dressing or Pork and Dressing for real.
It's all gas station food.
The funny thing is, I've never even seen Jolly Rancher soda before!
R14 None of the food in that picture is even remotely healthy. Even the Quaker Oats have HFCS.
[quote] The A-1 Steak Sauce is a definite must,
Forget the A-1 and just use HP sauce. It's far superior.
Wow, US exports obesity now.
Aren't they all Karo, really?
What? No Rice-a-Roni?
Could someone explain "salad cream" to me. I heard an English friend mention it once and it looks like a cross between Ranch dressing and tartar sauce. Do you eat it on a salad and do they not appreciate a nice vinaigrette?
Almost afraid to ask: what is that round thing on the candy shelf with the Tabsaco logo?
Jesus Christ! £4.50 for grits? A silo of corn is cheaper!
Libby canned pumpkin is excellent to have on hand if your dog gets the runs... That's about the only practical product on those shelves.
That's a tabasco-infused chocolate thing, r29. I got one a couple of months ago; haven't eaten it yet. It says "Tabasco brand spicy chocolate." Sort of in the Mexican tradition, I guess. It comes in a nifty flat round tin.
Why would they bother selling American candy in the UK? Confectionary in the UK is light years better than the swill made in the US.
Is it something like Abuelita chocolate tablets R32?
Top left milk chocolate-covered "Flipz"pretzels. Straight down strawberry "Twizzlers". Three shelves down left of Bazooka "Jolly Rancher"hard candy. One shelf down to the right "Jiff"peanut butter(creamy)the best! One shelf down "A1"steak sauce.one shelf down "Hamburger Helper",and "Stove-Top"stuffing,salty comfort food. The food snobs here have already started. Ignore them! They think we don't know the difference between good home-cooked food,fancy(ridiculous) restaurant food and fun easy guilty pleasure comfort food.Beware the "make your own mayonnaise"nazis! To really upset them I'll mention that adding a cup of cut-up "velveeta"(Armageddon-proof) melt able cheese-adjacent cheese,to "Hamburger Helper" at the end of prep.(OMG)!
Nothing says American Wild West like beef jerky.
Probably, r34. The tin says "8 pieces" and the picture illustrates a triangular wedge. I haven't had them yet though, and I haven't had the Abuelita ones either.
We'uns git it! Everthang in the US is bad, and everthang in other places is good.
No, R38, but the choices there aren't the best we can offer.
Bacon-flavored popcorn? That could go either way, horrible or fabulous. Might be worth a try.
Aside from that: A-1 steak sauce, Flipz milk chocolate covered petzels (skip the peanut butter chocolate ones), and Tootsie Rolls. Canned pumpkin is good for making excellent 2-ingredient brownie muffins (Weight Watchers recipe at link).
r19, for truly delish white bread, try Italian markets. By this I mean the samll, family owned grocerias which offer top-quality foods and breads. The bread will be very crusty, dense and flavorful. There is NO comparison to what is called Italian bread and the genuine thing. Sometimes it is available sliced, most often not.
[quote] Libby canned pumpkin is excellent to have on hand if your dog gets the runs... That's about the only practical product on those shelves.
What do you do with canned pumpkin? Bake your dog a pie?
Most of these products are off brands (things that are really only sold in small convenience stores)
If you've never tasted them, I suggest trying out Pop Tarts, both the fruit flavored kind (strawberry, blueberry, etc.) and the non-fruit flavored kind (s'mores, cinnamon, etc.). Make sure to pop them into the toaster but don't burn them. Very yummy but not nutritious or good for you at all.
Goober Grape is awesome but you probably have to like PBnJ and you have to not care what those chemicals do to your body. I haven't had it in years but I remember it fondly.
R32, did you get the Tabasco chocolate product in America? I've never seen it here in Calif, not even in a mercado (maybe because I never thought to look for such a thing).
3.50 for hamburger helper??? that's 7$
Boylan's soda is delish, esp. the birch beer. It is not like mainstream sodas at all.
When friends brought a guest from England to Thanksgiving, he got his first taste of pumpkin pie, and liked it. As for A1 steak sauce, I'd rather have HP sauce.
Oh, I just noticed the Snyder pretzel bits in the lower left corner. SO FING GOOD especially the jalapeno and cheddar flavors but you really can't go wrong with any flavor.
Do I type fat?
Why no M&Ms there?
Nerds .. yum.
Goober, Marshmellow fluff, syndders, junior mints, and baby ruth.
WTF is bacon pop? Bacon-flavored popcorn?
I've never even seen some of these things sold in this country, so how in the hell did they determine what they'd sell over there?
[quote]Nothing says American Wild West like beef jerky.
Absolutely. Too bad that Jack Link crap isn't beef jerky.
Also, they need far less Lucky Charms and more Cap'n Crunch.
"Why no M&Ms there?"
There were bags of peanut M&Ms.
You can have a quintessentially American childhood favorite: a fluffernutter! I loved them when I was younger, very sweet but good.
Get the Jif and the marshmallow fluff (same shelf as Jif, to the right). Use soft white bread, spread one slice with Jif, the other with Fluff, put together and slice on the diagonal. Serve with milk. You'll be pronouncing your "r"'s and applying for NRA membership in no time.
I've seen the Tabasco chocolate at World Market, I think.
Why no cracker jacks? You can't get much more American nostaligia than CJs.
There's been a run on Three Musketeer bars. There's only one left on the shelf.
Oops, I didn't see the M&Ms in the yellow bags hanging right out there in mid-air. I'd get those.
Sadly, you've gotten a wide sampling of our crap foods. The things I like:
Any of the Snyder's pretzels should be good (look for honey mustard).
Beef jerky (an acquired taste, IMO)
Stove Top stuffing -- I love stuffing. I prefer homemade with lots of veggies, but this is quick. Tends to bee too salty, though.
The candy seems to be mainly Hershey's crap (it will taste salty to European palates). I do like Junior Mints and the Payday candy bars (no fake chocolate)
Pop Tarts if you're stoned.
I remember when I lived in Italy in 1980 you could not find peanut butter ANYWHERE.
For the opposite of OP's post-- the Tesco-owned Fresh & Easy chain here in the western US (which, alas, is up for sale) has a British foods section, with Marmite, HP sauce, Heinz stuff, etc. They had even more for the holidays- Tesco brand shortbread in holiday shapes, Christmas pudding, etc.
Most of that stuff is junk. The good junk would be the Hanover pretzels and Jack Links jerky, especially if they start carrying the teriyaki beef chunks.
I hate myself for eating them, but I love Pop Tarts. If I were an expat in London, I'd need to see some Nestle's chocolate chips so I could make some fucking COOKIES. "Biscuits" are weak and have no balls.
Is that the Tesco near the Opera House?
What horrifies me is most of that stuff is CRAP!
Go for the Nerds and the Snyder's pretzels. All the rest is crap.
OP, what's on your shelves aren't the best choices of American food. I'm wondering who thought this was worth importing?
Why would Tesco import cartons of Eggnog?
I think the chocolate "shell" and Hershey's cocoa products are a waste. Fox's U-Bet, Nestle Quik or Bosco would be a better choice if you are looking to make chocolate milk or use as ice cream topping.
I think the candy is OK, but as somebody else pointed out, why would you buy American chocolate when you can get better European chocolate.
Boylan soda is ok, but I think better selections could be made. Cheer Wine (cherry soda) would be great. I didn't know there was a Jolly Rancher soda.
I would buy the Pop-Tarts because I like them. And also the grits just because I like grits with lots of butter.
The cereals are ok, but I'd rather have Cap'n Crunch or Chocolate Cheerios.
Two types of Karo syrup are not needed. How much is a person going to use that?
I would buy the Fluff. Jif maybe, although I prefer Skippy. Doesn't seem to be any jelly. You need Smuckers Grape for a peanut butter & jelly sandwich.
A1 steak sauce is ok, but I wouldn't buy it in London because I think HP Brown sauce would fit the bill just as well. I'm not sure what that is to the left of the A1, but if it's barbecue sauce, you'd do better with Sweet Baby Ray's.
If the store is going to stock Hamburger Helper then they need to stock Shake N Bake which is a coating for chicken or country fried steak.
What's missing are good potato chips. Where are the Ruffles, the Bugles, the Doritos, the Funyuns, the Pringles?
Also there could be better cookie choices. Oreos, Pepperide Farm or Little Debbie. And crackers: Club crackers, Triscuits or Chicken in a Biskit.
World Weary American
About the only thing on those shelves that I'd buy is the canned pumpkin for breads and muffins.
You might want to pick up the Pop Tarts if you need to shingle a roof.
Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts are a guilty pleasure.
Jello is good too. Not really healthy either, but can satisfy a sweet tooth with relatively few calories.
I was in London in May 2011 and I went into a convenience store on the Strand and saw Krispy Kreme donuts!
Also I was talking with an American family that were living in London and I asked the 12 year old boy what he missed and he said "Cheez Whiz!" I had to laugh at that. It reminded me of something I would have said at his age. You miss a can of squirt cheese.
[quote]Beef jerky (an acquired taste, IMO)
I just found something called BACON jerky at Walgreen's. Now I can die happy.
Looks like a selection of sweets and junk food more than anything. Certain cereals, Hersheys bars and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups have already established a footing in UK supermarkets and I can't see much else there that's worth getting excited about. I've seen bigger & better Polish food sections in supermarkets in the regions too.
I'd rather eat in an authentic American restaurant than buy US groceries (speaking as someone who has done both quite often in New York in recent years). I struggle to find reasonably-priced fresh items in NY supermarkets compared to the UK, Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Germany, Portugal etc. Maybe New York is a bad point of reference though?
It's not a good selection.
They could at least have a decent Root Beer, something English people often love. They have that horrid sort of 'natural' Root Beer.
Also, I was hoping for more (exotic) Bubble Gums. Bazooka's a bore.
[quote]Jolly Rancher stuff is just chemicals like you say about the Bazooka.
I didn't say Bazooka was just chemicals, I said the Willy Wonka Gob Stoppers made me want to faint. Bazooka actually seems to be fine and I had no side effects eating it.
Also, Strawberry Fluff is pretty vile. Plain, I like, a lot.
Whowever made the selection doesn't know shit about American 'delicacies'...talking of which, they should have included at least a few more top notch high quality things, like Organic cookies etc...
I'm quite pleased to see Tootsie Rolls, but I was told a long time ago that they ruined the original recipe.
R38, you are a defensive trog. But a good argument for being an expatriate.
Except the one thing all nations have in abundance: trogs like you. Can't escape 'em.
I have a friend in the UK who buys Stove Top stuffing by the case-full and has it shipped over there. I wonder if she knows that she can buy it in Tesco now.
Nerds and Butterfinger.
[quote] I struggle to find reasonably-priced fresh items in NY supermarkets compared to the UK, Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Germany, Portugal etc. Maybe New York is a bad point of reference though?
What do you mean by fresh items? Produce? Meat, etc?
In NY, the outerboroughs are where you go for the good stuff these days because while the city now caters to tourists and wealthy transplants, the outerboroughs is where all of the various ethnic groups live and they require some quality products.
Gads, that picture shows the trashiest foods!
I'd try the peanut butter and jelly. You probably won't like it, but it's quintessentially American.
[quote]They could at least have a decent Root Beer, something English people often love.
Barqs is the only good root beer. Everything else tastes watered down to me.
I only buy all natural peanut butter that contains peanuts, peanut oil, and salt. I would never buy Jif, or anything else that contains hydrogenated fat. Mustard is good on meat sandwiches, canned pumpkin if great for baking, and Jr. Mints are fab IF they only use real sugar. Other than that I don't see anything worth eating. Much of it tastes absolutely terrible despite the pretty packaging.
[quote]I've never even seen Jolly Rancher soda before!
LOL. The [italic]only[/italic] place I've seen it is at the 99 cent store!
It's odd that there's no Rice a Roni (the San Francisco treat) and Kraft Mac and Cheese. Those are practically staples in some regions. Velveeta cheese food product is another that comes to mind. It doesn't need refrigeration, so they could stow it right by the Stove Top. They're equally salty.
So there's Aunt Jemima pancake syrup, but no pancake mix?
What's the "Pauly" stuff at the bottom?
And what on earth would the British do with corn syrup?
Just spied the McIlhenny tabasco. Highly recommended if you like to spice stuff up. I even put it on my tuna.
I'd miss peanut butter, might reach for some pretzels, and the sodas on the lower left look good.
But really: other than the peanut butter, I personally could live happily without anything in the pic for the rest of my days.
Kraft Mac n Cheese and Tabasco have been sold in UK supermarkets for many, many years r82.
All that food is for fat people, OP.
Butterfinger is the only thing I see there that I would want.
I'm eating bacon cheddar flavored Snyder's pretzel bits right now. Yum. They're definitely junk, but at least they don't have hydrogenated oil or HFCS.
Too bad they couldn't import Hebrew National hot dogs. The European version of a hot dog is a pale, skinny, glorified Vienna sausage.
[quote]And what on earth would the British do with corn syrup?
That's what I want to know. There's only so much fudge a person can make. I know that some people use it in place of syrup, but it really seems so unnecessary.
[quote]They could at least have a decent Root Beer, something English people often love.
I once treated some visiting English friends to a root beer float because they saw it on a menu and asked about it, and they thought it was the most revolting thing they ever tasted. They said it tasted like toothpaste.
It often goes in American recipes like pecan pie, r88.
British chefs interested in making a classic version might look for it, the way American chefs might hunt down some suet or clotted cream for a recipe.
"Sadly, though, I see no Kraft Mac and Cheese dinner"
It's called "Kraft Cheesey Pasta" and has been sold here for at least 30 years...
I bought some Jif because I was having trouble finding the natural stuff. I used to like it when I was a kid but, now, it tastes nasty. It isn't as peanutty, it was too sweet, and the texture was nasty. It's better when you have to stir it.
Such a pity that none of the healthy, nutritious foods that so the U.S. is so well known for are represented on this pitiful display.
This isn't a criticism, but most things American taste a bit...too sweet to my palate.
And, my god, the cheese is flavourless...
But I'm British - I now live several thousand miles away. I have no right to talk about about another nations taste...
[quote]It often goes in American recipes like pecan pie, [R88].
But don't the British have a version of corn syrup? Isn't that what treacle or golden syrup is?
[quote]And, my god, the cheese is flavourless
You are so right r94. I'm an American, and I think Europe has better cheese, bread and chocolate. Here in America they are flavorless.
Pop-tarts were run of my grocery shelves by Toaster Strudel. I wasn't aware they were still made.
Tabasco pepper sauces are obviously the only thing on these shelves that are really top quality.
[quote]This isn't a criticism, but most things American taste a bit...too sweet to my palate.
It's a very legitimate criticism and I think it's revealing because people from outside the U.S. sample some of our foods that are not supposed to contain sugar and are shocked when they're sweet.
There was a point when American food manufacturers realized that adding sugar or corn syrup increases consumption. Why should tomato-based products have sugar in them? When I make a pot of sauce, I put a teaspoon of sugar in to cut acidity. However, Ragu, Prego, Spaghetti O's and other products are chock full of it. It's absolutely unnecessary for one's eating pleasure, but do you think that food manufacturers would bother adding it if it didn't do something for their bottom line?
Papa John's pizza has corn syrup in the [italic]dough[/italic]! Completely unwarranted. I can't think of other stuff off the top of my head. Point is that plenty of use here are annoyed by this very thing.
[quote]But don't the British have a version of corn syrup? Isn't that what treacle or golden syrup is?
Yes, golden syrup, but it's not a good substitute for corn syrup in American recipes like fudge or seven minute frosting.
[quote]But don't the British have a version of corn syrup?
I don't know. I doubt it.
[quote]Isn't that what treacle or golden syrup is?
Treacle and golden syrup are not the same thing as corn syrup, as neither one is made from corn. They're both by-products from the production of cane sugar, if I'm not mistaken.
Golden syrup is incredibly delicious btw and would make an incredible pecan pie, probably better than one made with corn syrup! Still, sometimes you try a new recipe and you just HAVE to have exactly what it says, you know?
[quote]American food manufacturers realized that adding sugar or corn syrup increases consumption.
Isn't sugar also a good preservative? As in old fashioned foods like evaporated milk?
An ingredient like corn syrup in a pecan pie has a lot more to contribute than taste. The make-up and consistency has to be similar or the final product won't set properly. For instance, most professional bakers insist that you must always use cane sugar when you bake because beet sugar does not behave the same way.
I don't know if it was used as a preservative, R101. It's condensed milk that's sweetened and it's used for all sorts of baking. AFAIK, evaporated milk doesn't have sugar. It's just canned milk that smells and tastes bad. I don't recall it being sweet when my mother used to buy it (in case the frig went out).
OP, that's hardly indicative of the best of America.
But then again, our stores here do the same. There's an "international" section and the British section has a few tea biscuits and Aero bars.
The only things I could recommend from that stuff:
Tootsie rolls, junior mints, payday, butterfinger, it looks like baby ruth beside the butter fingers.. all the other candy is awful.
(i like sweet tarts, twizzlers and sprees as well, but they are all sour chemical goodness)
The grits... Cook them and add a little cheddar or greyere cheese, a sprinkle of garlic powder, a slice of butter, salt and pepper.
Canned pumpkin (for making pumpkin bread and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies/biscuits (MUCH easier that dealing with it)
The Crisco is good for making things like American style biscuits, which look a bit like scones, but are soft and fluffy in the middle.
I used to make these for my british housemates, and they loved them with butter and jam with afternoon tea.
Jolly Rangers soda is in no way an American staple (and first time Ive seen it to be honest... I might avoid that)
UK/Irish pancakes are different. They're like crepes. We used to eat them until we came to visit our cousins and his mam made us American pancakes. After that, we always had those at home. You don't need a mix to make pancakes. They are very easy to make from scratch.
Pancakes are a cinch from scratch and taste much better than the boxed mixes.
However, if you've never made pancakes from scratch, good luck.
[quote]However, if you've never made pancakes from scratch, good luck.
Funnily enough, I once asked DL how to make American pancakes from scratch and had about 50 responses.
I took all the best advice & I can now make sensational American pancakes. I've become a master at it.
You don't see a lot of things like Pringles on those shelves because you can get them anywhere here.
Also, the whole venture is brand new. I should think it will improve with trial and error over the years.
Also...thanks for all the responses. I couldn't believe it when I returned to my computer this evening.
I'm going to re-read the whole thread tomorrow and then head out to Tesco with my list.
[quote] Barqs is the only good root beer. Everything else tastes watered down to me.
A&W is and always has been superior to Barqs.
[quote] Tesco's stores in the US (which are sadly closing) have a UK section and I buy several of their products, but they are really overpriced. Salad Cream, Mango Chutney, Curry powder and mustard are just a few of the items I buy at F&E.
If you have Cost Plus World Market anywhere near you they also sell most of the items that you listed, and more.
Butterfingers candy bar, or any of the candy. I like HP but A1 is pretty good.
Other than that, not much OP. Maybe the peanut butter if you like it.
Stay away from the cereal - they didn't even bring you the best of the bad stuff.
When I lived in NYC a long time ago, I used to go to Myers Of Keswick for my English stuff.
It's still there!
[quote] All that food is for fat people, OP
England is catching up to America with fat people
Yes Myers of Keswick is still there. Greenwich Village also has some British restaurants: Tea & Sympathy and A Salt & Battery (fish & chips).
Also several of the grocery stores have international sections which sell overpriced British goods. For example, the Morton Williams on Bleecker Street sells salad cream, brown sauce, tins of beans, and cheese & onion Hula Hoops among other products.
[quote]A&W is and always has been superior to Barqs.
If you like foamy water. Barqs has a nice deep flavor to it.
Payday candy bars, Lifesavers,JIF, A-1, French's mustard, Stovetop stuffing, and Lucky Charms are all good.
The English already have a wide range of insanely flavoured salt fat treats. Their potato chips (crisps) make ours seem gourmet. In London over the holidays I saw Chicken and Stuffing and Flame Broiled Steak. They were as hideous as you might imagine.
Thought the Worcestershire Sauce did actually taste like it.
I did get the Tabasco chocolate at World Market. Inspired by this thread, I've just had a couple of segments and they're pretty good—Mexican-style chocolate, very spicy and flavorful.
I think that whole display (which someone here aptly described as "gas station food") selects either junk food or ingredients that go into American recipes for which the other ingredients are already available in British food stores. So canned pumpkin for pumpkin pie, corn syrup for pecan pie (can you get pecans elsewhere in the store?). You can get the eggs and so on in another aisle. Marshmallow fluff and peanut butter for fluffernutter sandwiches; the while bread is already to hand. You can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with any jam, though grape jelly is classic. The "British section" in American supermarkets usually has chocolate bars, tinned spotted dick, Bird's custard powder, etc.
For junk food, I'd go with the Pop tarts and a fluffernutter sandwich (but Jif isn't the best peanut butter, even among the commercial brands). Boylan soda is pretty classy as soda goes. Grits are pretty innocuous. The rest of it just depends on your taste for junk food—as people are saying here, a palate trained on British or European chocolate might not like Hershey's. Have fun experimenting, OP!
R82, Regular corn syrup is used for baking, ie candy, cookies, pie, cakes, depending on the recipe.
There's nothing there that I would want to buy. As a college kid, I would have loved the Lucky Charms. Not so much now.
I like Hershey's Special Dark chocolate (I know, I know, it's not great chocolate), but I've never purchased it, always just eating the miniatures around Halloween. So, probably wouldn't buy that.
Not being a food snob. There is American junk food that I'd probably at least appreciate the option of buying. But, none of it is in that picture.
I bought a Ding Dong. I had to spit it out. Confirmed my opinion that American fast food is actually the worst on the planet. Nothing tastes natural.
There is irony in some of our crisp flavourings, R118.
I'd get the Crisco for baking.
R122 Ding Dongs, like Twinkies, haven't been good for decades. When I was a kid the filling was fluffy and light and the cake was moist and spongy. Now they are dry and the filling is made out of god knows what. I tried one a few years ago and thought it was horrible.
Crisco is awful for baking.
I love Lucky Charms - haven't had them in ages. Had no idea that there was a chocolate version.
I should take a photo of the British foods section at my local Shaw's, I think OP would think the same as we think of the Tesco American shelves.
I would want Tate's chocolate chip cookies. Trader Joes sells them as Highbrow chocolate chip cookies. They are thin and crisp.
Quaker Oatmeal maybe, if that was all there was. Fortunately, we have better choices in the US. Same with JIF peanut butter. Aunt Jemima doesn't actually have any maple syrup in it - it's just HFCS and chemicals. There's a more palatable, real version of everything on the right half of the shelves available in America so you don't have to buy shit like that.
[quote]An ingredient like corn syrup in a pecan pie has a lot more to contribute than taste. The make-up and consistency has to be similar or the final product won't set properly.
I'm not a big corn syrup fan, so I've made pecan pie with maple syrup before. It came out fine. It tasted great, set perfectly, and really you probably wouldn't even notice much of a difference. Much healthier in the end, too. imho Corn syrup is poison.
But yes for things like candy and fudge I suppose such a substitution probably wouldn't work.
R82, The Karo corn syrup is invert sugar, and it has particular properties which are needed in some recipes. But there are other invert sugars in countries where corn is not the staple---rice syrup for example. Nowadays the food factories in the USA have substituted HFCS for cane sugar in all sorts of products, and most of these products are inferior to what people of my generation grew up with. I don't know if it is as unhealthy as people claim, but the products made with it in place of cane sugar simply do not taste as good.
[quote] I bought a Ding Dong. I had to spit it out. Confirmed my opinion that American fast food is actually the worst on the planet. Nothing tastes natural.
You're confusing fast food (McDonalds, Burger King) with prepared, processed food (Twinkies, Ding Dongs).
But you're right. They're both crap.
R117, Lucky Charms is probably half sugar. Why not buy a decent whole grain flake and high quality marshmallows? My 99c store had natural chocolate and mint flavored ones. Far cheaper and healthier and tastier way to go.
R121, Have to agree with you that Hershey's special dark chocolate is a less expensive alternative, now that cocoa can be considered a health food.
R122, Hostess products today represent the worst of American food, using the worst quality fat and sweetener. Look for better tasting copycats online. Or visit Simon's Restaurant at Palms Place in Vegas, where the make top-of-the line imitations.
Corn syrup is not to be confused with High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Regular Karo (or corn) Syrup is what is used to make, among other things, hard candy, and has been used for over a century to do so.
There are trans-fat free types of shortening now but I'm not sure they are used in American fast foods. I sometimes wonder why the companies can't use plain ol' butter, which is actually healthier than many of the fats they use.
I hope the US eventually shifts to a safe natural sweetener like coconut sugar or "Zero".
[quote]There is irony in some of our crisp flavourings.
I love going to London and buying different flavors. If you put out a prawn flavored chip in the US people wouldn't even know what to make of it.
Also I wish that the US Pret a Manger stores would give us some of the sandwich flavors that the UK has. I liked the cheese and pickle sandwiches.
I'll bet it's just that one store. A lot of Americans who work for big firms live in Kensington. Nobody else would pay top dollar (pounds actually) for that shit.
"Crisco is awful for baking."
If you combine it with butter, it works better than either of them alone (especially in making cookies).
But Crisco is truly excellent for frying chicken.
[quote]I sometimes wonder why the companies can't use plain ol' butter, which is actually healthier than many of the fats they use.
I'm sure they could, but the alternatives are cheaper, and that's why they don't.
All root beers bow down to Hires, which I can no longer find in California and am very sad.
[quote] I sometimes wonder why the companies can't use plain ol' butter, which is actually healthier than many of the fats they use.
Butter has a short shelf life compared to chemically made shortening.
[quote]Golden syrup is incredibly delicious btw and would make an incredible pecan pie, probably better than one made with corn syrup! Still, sometimes you try a new recipe and you just HAVE to have exactly what it says, you know?
I'm trying to stay away from GMO-laden corn syrup. When I baked pecan and pumpkin pies over the holidays, I substituted either Lyle's Golden Syrup or homemade simple syrup for corn syrup. For dark corn syrup, I added molasses. Lyle's makes the best pecan pie I've ever eaten.
The only product in that photo I would buy is grits.
Crisco ain't just for frying. You ever get a sticky something stuck in your hair, like gum? That's right, Crisco. Spread this on a baby's bottom, you won't even know what diaper rash is. Shoot, I seen ladies rub it under they eyes and on they husband's scaly feet. Clean the goo from a price tag, take the squeak out a door hinge. Lights get cut off, stick a wick in it and burn it like a candle. And after all that, it'll still fry your chicken.
The only thing we ever used Karo syrup for was my mother's sleeve Pekingese dog's seizures. The sleeve pekes were prone to hypoglycemia and Karo worked like a charm.
[quote] I remember when I lived in Italy in 1980 you could not find peanut butter ANYWHERE.
In the 1970s, my mother's best friend's daughter went to school in TX. She used to have her mother send her ingredients for Italian food. They didn't sell mozzarella, ricotta, boxed lasagna pasta, decent tomato sauce, oregano, Italian seasoning and other basics for Italo-American cooking. The only time she ever saw cooked spaghetti was in cafeteria-style restaurants and it was baked casserole-style.
I'm sure it's changed.
To the person who had to go to a British store for mango chutney --- seriously? I can buy two or three manufacturers versions of mango chutney in my local supermarkets. Also, pretty decent frozen Indian foods like samosa, tandoori chicken, saags, biryanis, nans and butter chicken are in the freezer section. But no raita, unfortunately.
We have a large Polish community in the area, so we have a whole Polish section in the supermarket. And a Goya section for Latin American immigrants.
[quote] Lucky Charms... Why not buy a decent whole grain flake and high quality marshmallows?
Why stop there? Why not grow your own wheat, puff the marshmallows from heated fresh cane sugar, milk the cow, and throw the pottery for the bowl?
Mary, it's #$%#$%# bowl of Lucky Charms, not an eagerly awaited new dish from rare terroir ingredients at Per Se.
Besides stove top stuffing and pumpkin pie filler, there's nothing really good to eat. A lot of shit.
Re-examining the shelves I'm intrigued by:-
Cookie Dough Bites
Life Saver Gummies
Nutter Butter Go packs
I want to try Hamburger Helper (or maybe not...they used to advertise a lot in America in the 70s and I never tried it)
Quaker Instant Grits.
I wish they had Count Chocula & American Variety Packs...I used to get them imported as a kiddie. I thought Cheerios were nasty though.
I also used to love Bazooka Grape Flavor in those large squares, remember?
Congratulations ingerlanders! Now your options for being your usual disgusting fat slobs have breadened greatly!
[quote] Nobody else would pay top dollar (pounds actually) for that shit.
I don't understand the pricing schemes. They don't seem to reflect the relative value of the products. The Stove Top (just cubed dried bread and a spice packet), for example, would retail for no more than $2 here and very often you can find it on sale for $1. It's 3.50 pounds (~$6, depending on the exchange rate). Yet the beef jerky retails anywhere from $6 to $8 here ($5 on sale) and it's also 3.50 pounds.
As for root beer? Nothing beats Sprecher's from Milwaukee. I have found one convenience store in my left coast city that carries single bottles.
R100, when people sneer at English food, it's generally quite justified, in my view. However, Lyle's Golden Syrup is absolute nectar of the gods -- one of the exceptions that prove the rule (Colman's Mustard is the other one).
Thanks, R119 -- I have an appointment near a Cost Plus/World Market store tomorrow & will be sure to go look for the intriguing Tabasco chocolate.
[quote]The only product in that photo I would buy is grits.
Oh, for shame! I only see instant grits there.
Well, if you absolutely needed a fix and there were no other alternatives... Just don't let me (or any other Southern cook) ever see you buying them!
Not only would I recommend none of those products (and don't buy them here in the U.S., with the possible exception of an occasional Hershey bar) but I have found that in Europe, American chocolate brands are widely available (and the product is often much better than it is here being produced for a more competitive market).
[quote] Lyle's Golden Syrup is absolute nectar of the gods
It's not all good stuff like in your picture, OP. The US also has some bad stuff.
[quote] If you put out a prawn flavored chip in the US people wouldn't even know what to make of it.
Not if you lived in NYC. Korean delis are filled with stuff like that. Unfortunately, Korean delis are disappearing. There used to be one almost on every corner. But the owners' kids are all becoming doctors, computer whizz and financial specialists. Bummer.
R151, I make regular grits here, but if I were stuck in the wilds of London I might consider instant grits.
I had them once at a friend's home. They are the same thing to regular grits as instant oatmeal is to real oatmeal, but they'll do in an absolute grits-jonesing pinch.
I grow my own grits and marshmallows.
[quote]Unfortunately, Korean delis are disappearing. There used to be one almost on every corner.
I remember this. I used to live on the stuff from their salad bars. The thought of it makes me feel sick now.
I used to to go the one on Bleeker Nr Carmine. Wonder if it's still there.
R144, your mother's friend's daughter just didn't want to spend her party money on food when she could con her mother into sending her food. In the 1970s, she could have bought all of those products in any supermarket in Texas. I often ate spaghetti and lasagna at Pizza Huts in Texas in the 1970s. If she only saw "cooked spaghetti" at a cafeteria, it would be because that was the only place she went.
I would ask then to import mallomars in winter, just in case there is a blizzard.
Nutter Butters are good cookies, OP. Give them a try.
[quote] Texas. I often ate spaghetti and lasagna at Pizza Huts in Texas in the 1970s
No you didn't.
You ate what you THOUGHT was spaghetti and lasagna at Pizza Hut,
No Sicilian would eat that rancid spooge.
[quote]I would ask then to import mallomars in winter, just in case there is a blizzard.
Strange you should say that...we're expecting a snow storm tomorrow.
[quote]Nutter Butters are good cookies, OP. Give them a try.
Yes, I will, R161 and I'll report back.
Agreed R162 - calling Pizza hut spaghetti Italian food is like going to Olive Garden.
There just weren't the variety of restaurants in the South in the 70's. Cafeterias, yes - but ethnic food? Nope.
[quote] All root beers bow down to Hires, which I can no longer find in California and am very sad.
Probably because it's now owned by the same group that makes A&W (Dr Pepper/Snapple group) and they're slowly trying to kill it off.
[bold] Killing A Product – The Demise of Hires Root Beer [/bold]
[quote]if I were stuck in the wilds of London I might consider instant grits.... They are to regular grits as instant oatmeal is to real oatmeal, but they'll do in an absolute grits-jonesing pinch.
Permission granted, r156.
But just don't let me see it happening. That's all.
I'm in Sacramento, R168. Fortunately, said convenience store is only a few blocks from me. Thanks for the link. I might try it for their low cal rootbeer (delicious) and Orange Creme soda which they don't stock.
I had no idea there are so many brands of root beers.
Tesco's in Sussex too. I like Tesco.
R144, I grew up in TX in the seventies and Italian products were indeed available in Houston, at least. There were several import stores as well offering high quality olive oils and cheeses. My mother cooked a lot of Italian. The daughter just didn't want to spend her money or didn't want to shop.
Once every few months, Pop Tart
Those are the only items I see that I eat
R145, Lucky Charms charges a lot for its chemical taste. Buying the 99c marshmallows I described and 99c whole wheat flakes is just as easy, far healthier, and a whole lot cheaper. Lucky Charms = poison.
R147, Hamburger Helper is also not food but chemicals. Many Americans don't know the difference. (Please see R147) Pasta or instant rice, spices, and some form of tomatoes would be better to buy.
OP, (warning--do not ingest this)
the quintessential American product to consume is called "Purple Drank" but you must make it yourself, at home.
It is a mixture of 7-UP, your choice of Jolly Roger Candies, and cough syrup. It is pure shit, and can kill you, but it is commonly imbibed amongst rappers and inner-city folk.
What I would do instead, is to make a Purple Drank-light, and just leave out the cough syrup. This way you can impress your English friends with your grasp of American ghetto culture and still be alive the next morning.
The grits are authentic and Southern. Add butter and salt, and a little milk or cream.
Oh sorry. They're INSTANT Grits. Not as good, but not horrific. If you prep them a bit and cook them a good while, they might be more like the real thing.
eeech they are selling every cliche horrible product. We have a lot of wonderful products they are not selling.
Pop Tarts are an unhealthy but decadent treat. Heat with butter on top and toast.
And I cross my heart promise I won't feed them to you, R177.
I'm laughing at the thought of trying to explain grits to someone who's never eaten them.
Wow, it's like dollar store garbage all rolled up into one delicious store isle. I'd recommend the A1 sauce on steak and maybe hamburger helper.
This saddens me. Europe will now develop fatty liver and all sorts of obesity related illnesses.
Ok they only product I would recommend is the Snyder's pretzels. If they have the Buffalo wing flavor get those. Delicous!
OMG if that's the representative choice of food products known as "american" I feel super dirty.
6 why not make your own Mac and cheese?
[quote]I'm laughing at the thought of trying to explain grits to someone who's never eaten them.
Well, admittedly grits occupy a place in Southern culture that's more than a little tough to explain, but basically they're just ground cornmeal porridge, usually eaten with savory things like butter, bacon or cheese for breakfast.
No milk in grits unless you want it to taste like cream of wheat.
The corn syrup for my fabulous pecan pie.
The jerky to eat at the beach.
The hot sauce for eggs and grits.
The A1 Sauce for steak if you don't have Pickapeppa sauce there.
They used to sell IBC in glass bottles at restaurants with a huge markup in the price.
It might be unorthodox, r186, but try making grits with buttermilk.
Especially if you're making cheese grits: Yum.
Some people use cream in grits when making cheese grits. It's absolutely wonderful. I bet buttermilk would taste wonderful too.
[quote]Wow, it's like dollar store garbage all rolled up into one delicious store isle.
I didn't see a seafood section.
Wait til Dunkin Donuts invades...
Just wondering -- how many northerners out there moved to the south in adulthood and became grits fans?
[quote]Wow, US exports obesity now.
Britain is the fattest section of Europe, hon.
For all the British snobs, allow me to remind you yet again that we Colonies kicked your ass.
It's about time you get over it.
OP: You'll need a scale to weigh yourself daily. All that crap is going to make you as fat...an an American.
OP...you have to go to expensive delis to get all that bloody junk? Good lord.
Okay, R185. Grits are like polenta only the corn meal is ground finer. They're soupy and eaten for breakfast. Some like them with butter, salt and pepper while others like to cook them in cream or buttermilk and melt cheese in them. Some consider the addition of cream or buttermilk to be a sacrilege.
I'm sure there were several cases of heart failure in the restaurant where I watched a young woman put a big pat of butter on her grits and then drown them in syrup.
If they're soupy, you're putting too much water in.
R182 only the white of the corn is used for grits, polenta is the whole grain and therefore 'healthier' as if modern corn can ever be called healthy.
[quote] For all the British snobs, allow me to remind you yet again that we Colonies kicked your ass.
Only after the French came to our assistance.
(R25), HP Sauce is just Heinz 57 with a different label....
[quote]only the white of the corn is used for grits, polenta is the whole grain and therefore 'healthier' as if modern corn can ever be called healthy.
Is there even such a thing as "the white of the corn"?!? It's corn, not eggs.
Both polenta and grits are made from ground nixitamalized corn. Polenta is yellow because it's made from yellow corn, and grits are white because they're made from white corn, though there are, of course, less familiar (but still delicious) versions of white polenta and yellow grits, respectively.
There are very small, subtle differences in the variety and grind of the corn traditionally used for polenta and grits, but these alone do not affect the nutritive qualities of either dish.
I'm a bit puzzled as to why someone would feel at liberty to invent such an explanation, but it takes all kinds, I guess.
Hominy refers to corn kernels without their germ and their hull, or bran. The germ and hull might be removed by soaking the corn in a special type of solution or by crushing the kernels and then sifting them out. It can be served whole or ground, and as a cereal or as a vegetable. The ground kernels can also be pressed into patties and fried. This dish is especially popular in the southern United States.
The hull is the outside of the corn. Thus only the white of the corn is used for grits. With polenta the hull is not removed, thus it is a whole grain.
No one made up anything these are facts..are you a Republican? They don't like facts.
What's the nutritional value in grits vs oatmeal?
Oops, I asked for grits "hot cereal" once in a restaurant; waitress said it was for mixing up with eggs.
OP, Use the A-1 and mustard to make a delicious Welsh Rabbit/Rarebit. Add pasta if you wish to make mac&cheese. Avoid chemical-laden mixes.
R202 - No, it's not. In the same way that pasta isn't potatoes, even though they're both carbs. You're not even trying, are you?
"For all the British snobs, allow me to remind you yet again that we Colonies kicked your ass"
You mean the British Colonials kicked the German king's ass...
What's that American thing - bottled smoke? Liquid smoke?
I'd like to try that on some chicken...
The color of grits come from the color of corn used, not the part of the kernel, r204. Hence you can have white polenta and yellow hominy grits. Hominy comes in both golden or white varieties, which wouldn't be possible in the world as you imagine it where removing a yellow hull reveals a non-existent white kernel.
Feel free to ignore facts, but the fact is the hull is removed from grit corn and polenta is not made form Hominy.
Hominy uses the WHITE inside of the corn. Grits are made from this.
I don't see Ritz crackers, and isn't "gobstopper" a UK term for gumballs?
Yellow vs. White
Additionally, yellow grits use the whole kernel of corn, whereas white grits have had the hull removed. According to The Old Mill website, yellow grits have more corn flavor and a smoother texture than white grits, and northerners tend to favor yellow grits, while southerners prefer white grits. The Old Mill company operates a 175-year-old water-powered gristmill that still produces ground grains today.
eHow, r213? Really? Really?!
And Northern grits. Tee-hee.
Meanwhile, the facts: White hominy is made from white corn kernels, and the sweeter yellow hominy is made from yellow. White grits are made from ground white hominy, and the yellow grits are made from ground yellow hominy.
It's certainly possible to make a porridge from the whole-ground corn--either white OR yellow--but this is technically not really grits, and there is no regional divide when it comes to which taste a particular individual might prefer. And hominy, ie the nixtimalized corn, NOT the whole corn, is healthier.
[quote]I used to to go the one on Bleeker Nr Carmine. Wonder if it's still there.
OP, I live in this neighborhood. Most of them are gone now, replaced by high end specialty shops. It's sad to see the neighborhood become Harrod's Food Hall.
[quote]Just wondering -- how many northerners out there moved to the south in adulthood and became grits fans?
r193, I was raised in the North, but my mother was from the South. She never served us grits, always oatmeal. I guess she grew up eating grits and didn't want them anymore. I lived in the South for a few years and now I prefer grits over oatmeal. So take that Mom!
[quote]OP, I live in this neighborhood. Most of them are gone now, replaced by high end specialty shops.
I just google mapped it and I think it's still there (Green Village).
I had a look around Bleeker as well. It's much smarter than it was when I left back in '88.
Very peculiar experience looking at that street. Something about the layout of New York makes you know your local streets so well.
You're always marching up and down the same streets, whereas in London, you can vary your routes every time.
I remember buying Bazooka bubblegum many years ago when I was a child. They were called Bazooka Joe then, cost a penny a square (well, oblong really) and had a cartoon inside. You collected the cartoons and sent off for a rubbish gift depending upon how many you had. Every corner shop in Britain sold them.
The main competitor seemed to be Anglo bubblegum. Then both just disappeared.
R212, Ritz crackers are generally available in any UK supermarket and have been probably 50 years or more. The US section is presumably for stuff that isn't normally sold here.
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R221, are you off your meds again?
Jolly Rancher soda?! Never seen it. Gross.
And no, I wouldn't be excited, because I don't like any of that stuff. If I were forced to buy something, I'd take the Stove Top stuffing. But what a weird array.
A lot of restaurant food does taste different to me in other countries (England included) than in the USA, but there's really nothing one can do except get used to it.
I splurge on something from the international section here in the States every now and then. When I was a kid, I would always choose an international sweet of some sort when we went to the candy store at the mall. So fun.
[quote]I just google mapped it and I think it's still there (Green Village).
r217, Green Village closed in the Fall. Bleecker Street is totally changing. It started in the area between Hudson Street and 7th Avenue. That stretch of Bleecker is now all high end clothing stores. But now the gentrification is travelling east and everything on Bleecker between 7th Avenue and 6th Avenue is becoming high end. I think all that's left that's original are the record store, Rocco's bakery and Murray's cheese shop. The landlords know they can get high end shops and are raising the rent and the small Korean delis can't afford it anymore.
[quote]Horsemeat has been discovered in beefburgers sold by the
supermarket giants Tesco and Iceland, it emerged tonight.
Investigators said that in Tesco's Everday Value burgers, horsemeat
accounted for almost one third of the meat content
[more at link]
BE CAREFUL my lovely British brothers!
I wouldn't mind horsemeat if it were young healthy mare or gelding which was slaughtered and butchered. But healthy viable horses are extremely expensive, and if they are putting horsemeat in hamburger, you can bet that it is from an old sick horse that should be used only for dogfood.
OP, all of those items are the worst of the worst of our US junk food.
I'll admit to occasionally using A1 steak sauce, Tobasco, and Stove Top Stuffing, to which I add sauteed onions, mushrooms, garlic, and celery. I love maple syrup on American-style pancakes, but only get the 100% pure stuff from Vermont or Canada. Same with peanut butter. I couldn't live without a few Snickers bars per year, but didn't see them in your pic.
There's an aggressive rebellion against processed junk food here in California. Don't get me wrong -- fast food restaurants still thrive -- but everyone's doctor and every news article says to stay away from the middle aisles of the grocery store.
By the way, when I was in London, prices for everything were just outrageous to me, so I ended up shopping at a Tesco, which I recognized from a trip to Thailand! An affordable treat was getting pre-made tuna salad and cucumber sandwiches or prepared meals with fresh veggies from Marks and Spencer.
OP, you are so lucky to have discovered the best of America at your local Tesco.
America excels at brightly colored packaging technology. Second only to Japan.
Well, this took me too long, but here is the British foods section at the local Shaw's in New England. It pretty much sucks. And yes, many of the items are actually Irish.
6 pounds for Aunt Jemima syrup? Her big maple titties aren't worth that much. Nevertheless, I would suggest getting the syrup and the peanut butter and use them for making a peanut butter and syrup sandwich. It's a sweet, gooey, sticky load in your mouth that is almost as good as the other kind.