10 Items You Should Stock Up on When You Visit Britain

Is your fridge properly stocked with brown sauce? (Photo: AP/Sang Tan)

Is your fridge properly stocked with brown sauce? (Photo: AP/Sang Tan)

Sure, expats can order the stuff we miss on the Internet, or even find it on sale in the U.S. But my local supermarket prices its British imports at twice to three times what I’d pay back home. And massive delivery fees make international online shopping even less appealing. So, on trips back to Blighty, my trusty companion is a half empty suitcase. On the return leg, this is what you’ll find stashed under my jumpers.

Marmite
Two of the large squeezy bottles will last my British husband and me six months, and I get all panicky if we run out. Our lazy Sunday lunch option is several rounds of Marmite, cheese and cucumber sandwiches made with Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar — the only U.S. supermarket brand that says it’s mature and means it.

J-cloths
As far as I can tell, Americans wipe surfaces with sponges or kitchen paper, not the reusable crosshatched fabric squares we all grew up with. I get that they’re not massively hygienic — at least if you don’t rinse properly and allow food chunks to fester — but this Brit just can’t get that kitchen-clean feeling without them.

Teabags
I have a whole shelf given over to proper British tea — mostly boxes of Yorkshire Gold. But a well-trained expat will always have a selection on hand — at the very least, PG Tips and Tetley.

HP Sauce
Otherwise known as brown sauce, you’ll find that this British bacon sarnie essential is also an effective condiment for many stock American foodstuffs, from hotdogs to omelets. My fridge is never without a large bottle of the spicy, sweet gloop.

Coffee
While there’s no shortage of cafes round my way selling decent java, the cheap, store-bought stuff is undrinkable. To achieve a decent cup of home-brewed Joe, I need to spend upwards of ten bucks a packet. Meanwhile, back in Sainsbury’s, a brick of vacuum-packed Lavazza sells for around four quid and is much more palatable than anything I’ve found here. Incidentally, whoever it was that told me to investigate Dunkin’ Donuts coffee needs their taste buds spanked.

Lea & Perrins
Heinz make a version of Worcestershire sauce that they sell in most American supermarkets, but it’s not as good as this British-brewed cheese on toast and bolognese booster.

Marks and Spencer’s knickers
This stalwart British retailer makes the best reasonably priced pants (the undergarment kind, in case any American readers are confused), for men and women. I wouldn’t slide my butt into anything less.

Custard Creams, Bourbons and Jammy Dodgers
Add these, plus virtually any other cheap British biscuit, to your suitcase for an instant hit of home. Remember to wrap lovingly in clothing layers to prevent them turning to powder in transit. Inevitably, a few will crumble but plenty will survive to become tea-dunkers.

Angel Delight
The nearest American equivalent to this heavenly childhood dessert (it comes in sachets, you add milk and whisk) is what they call “pudding,” but it’s not the same. My inner eight-year-old can’t be without the Butterscotch variety for too long.

Pick ‘n’ Mix
Cheap and nasty candy in the U.K. is, I’m afraid, far more delicious than anything U.S. made. I always head back to New York heavy with chocolate covered bananas, shrimps, Drumsticks and Blackjacks.

What British items do you stock up on when you visit Britain? Tell us below:

  • http://twitter.com/samanthamcgarry Samantha McGarry

    Marmite, for sure, but my # item is Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut! I blogged recently about the products this expat cannot live with out. You can find it here http://samanthamcgarry.wordpress.com/2012/09/21/7-british-products-this-expat-cant-live-without/

    • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.krin Cheryl Krin

      You can buy Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut bars at any Walgreen’s here in the US.

      • Chrissiepooh

        The Cadbury’s chocolate you can buy in the US in not the same- or as delicious – as Cadbury’s chocolate in the UK.

        • Mike in Dallas

          That’ because Cadbury’s made the mistake of letting the disgusting Hershey company of weasels fool around with their recipes for Cadbury chocolate here in America as part of a marketing and distributing scheme. Like all Hershey products: avoid at all costs! Look for British-made Cadbury’s at import shops instead of falling for the fake Hershey versions.

          • Douglass Abramson

            Cost Plus usually has imported Cadbury’s

        • expat going home

          That’s because they treat it with chemicals in order to ship it overseas, mostly so it doesn’t melt in transit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.krin Cheryl Krin

    We have Lea and Perrins here you know. I have a bottle in my fridge, right next to the HP Sauce I brought back from my last trip to the UK. We also have a version of J-cloths but I can’t remember what we call them, Handi-Wipes comes to mind. I just googled it and yep, Handi-Wipes it is. http://www.handiwipes.com/products/ Oh, and I find Lea and Perrins in every grocery store around, even Wal-Mart. I get my tea (PG Tips, Typhoo, Yorkshire Gold, Glengeddie, etc) at an international grocery in my city. They have many, many types from many countries but there selection of Brit brands is exceptional for the US. I also bring back lemon curd (natural, not icky chemicals like in the US brands), pickle (Branston’s), and chutneys. The customs people think I’m weird.

    • Douglass Abramson

      Yup. Lea & Perrins is the only Worcestershire sauce that my family has ever used. Easy to find in any supermarket.

    • Monny287

      I was just about to post about having Lea & Perrins in the US! The only kind in my house as a kid.

      As for J-cloths, have you tried just a regular dishcloth? My grandmother always used a dishcloth and hung it over the faucet to dry. I do the same thing, since paper towels aren’t cheap with how often I wipe my counters and using the same sponge used to wash dishes to wash your counters (as many of my friends do) grosses me out. I also use a bleach/water mixture to kill germs.

  • Clare

    Headache tablets with Codeine! ;)

    • janice

      You can still get those over the counter? Wish I knew that while I was there

      • http://twitter.com/JackieOMoleski Jacqueline O Moleski

        You can get them in Canada too. I’m extremely allergic to codeine tho’ (the stuff could kill me) so I won’t touch it. Actually, in Ireland – I had a problem trying to find a headache pill WITHOUT codeine. Isn’t anyone in the UK, Wales, or Ireland allergic to the stuff?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nelson.ricardo Nelson Ricardo

      Great idea for getting arrested by U.S. Customs.

  • expatmum

    I must be quite lucky as I can buy HP sauce (original), Marmite and Branston pickle in quite a few stores here, and we also have a British and Irish store where I can get pretty much everything else.
    The one thing I always bring back in dozens are the Schwartz or Asda packets of casserole sauces. You just can’t get anything like that here and I can’t be bothered to cook them all up from scratch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gillianlancaster Gillian Lancaster

    Real marmalade! I’ve bought Mamade and made my own with jar covers sent over from Lakeland for authenticity!

  • http://www.picturebritain.com/ Abigail Rogers

    This is also a great list for us Britophiles who have never been to the UK, but want to know what to try!

    Thanks,
    Abigail
    - http://www.PictureBritain.com

  • Pauline Wiles

    Ooh, yes, I get M&S knickers in bulk!
    As others note, HP, Branston pickle and HobNobs are available here. So I go for quirkier items: jelly babies, chocolate flakes for hubby, Thorntons toffee, tea that takes my fancy, Venos cough mix, a Christmas Pudding from Harrods at Heathrow, and blank greetings cards.

    • expatmum

      Blank greeting cards? Ha ha ha. Never thought of that!

  • lucinda

    Mixed spice
    curry powder
    germolene

  • lucinda

    Mixed spice
    curry powder
    germolene

  • ann kern

    tea bags mostly and hp fruity sauce’ I wish we could bring back Irish sausage as the sausage here are not the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pearl.wengert Pearl McManus Wengert

    Primula & Dairylea cheese, cannot bring enough of these home with me.Tea as it is so much cheaper than getting it over here.

  • Mike
  • M L

    Lavazza is widely available at grocery stores in my corner of NYS and easily obtainable from Amazon

  • Jeff in Buffalo

    Ex pats need to move to Buffalo Ny. Most everything is available in our fantastic local Grocery store Wegmans. The. Rest is available here as well from The English Pork Pie Company which is located here both for retail and mail order. Vicky and Damon make some great pies and sausages.

    • Dazz

      I can attest to the quality of The English pork Pie company too. Their sausage rolls are amazing. Still can’t get over the fact that America doesn’t ‘do’ sausage rolls lol.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1026233656 John H Harris

      Quite right about Wegmans. Even their location down here in Jamestown (West Ellicott, actually) has British foods… but they’ve stopped selling loose-leaf tea.

  • dp

    Lea and Perrins can be had with very little difficulty everywhere I’ve been in the US. Is HP sauce anything like A.1.?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eleanor.brennan.14 Eleanor Brennan

    Clarnico Mint Creams! I know silly, but I could not get enough of them.

  • Expatscouse

    McVities Dark Chocolate Digestives

    • http://www.facebook.com/finn.petersen.jr Finn Petersen

      That would be “plain” chocolate.

  • Sue E. Generis

    Thornton’s Toffees! Branston Pickle!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathleen.allen.100 Kathleen Allen

    Amen to the coffee. I can get most of the other items in the import section of my local grocers, but I have to stock up on Kenco and other coffees whenever I hop the pond. Nothing we have here compares!

  • http://www.facebook.com/emma.swartz Emma Swartz

    I live in Ohio and I can get my hands on HP Sauce,Marmite and Heinz Baked Beans in my local supermarket oh I forgot I can also get PG Tips and Tetley tea as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.napier.14 Debbie Napier

    Hula Hoops! And Tunnock’s Caramel bars until a store here started carrying them.

  • megb

    Agree with the tea and jammy dodgers! I’d also add the pick and mix allsorts, but the coffee? umm, no. :p

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com Sue

    I’m curious to know if Jammie Dodgers in the UK taste as awful as the ones I found here in the US (imported, of course). I’m hoping they don’t – the ones here tasted very strongly of the plastic they were wrapped in and I determined quickly that a handmade shortbread cookie with some jam was going to be my family’s own “Jammie Dodgers.” Do you think it was from the import-time and all of that, or do they always take on the taste and scent of their wrappers?

  • ExpatinIL

    Paxo stuffing, Dolmio stir in pasta sauce, Dove spray deodorant, Calpol, Sudocrem, Angel Delight, Hula Hoops, Cheese & Onion, Skips Twiglets and proper Easter Eggs!

  • janice

    Daddies sauce (brown sauce)….OXO cubes. I can not do without those. I have to buy them on line if I run out. I can get the Heinz salad dressing, Marmite and several other things now in my local import section. Those two things I can not get. I get HP sauce but prefer Daddies.

    • janice

      I forgot to mention Cadbury milk flakes and Polo mints

  • Aleksandr Bismarck

    Six years since I’ve been back to the UK and the thing I miss most are Greggs Sausage Rolls.

    • ExpatinIL

      The first thing my daughter has to eat the moment we land…Gregg’s sausage rolls – yum :-) now I have to go and make some!

  • Deborah Lehman

    Did I write this column??? All the things I miss, but I shop UKGOODS.COM, Keith and his wife Donna are super people.

  • Sue

    Branston Pickle, HP brown sauce, teabags, Lem-Sip, Marmite, chocolate digestives, Aero (mint and orange), Jaffa cakes

  • Annemiek

    OXO stockcubes, any flavour, wonderful!

  • Mauidi

    Mars Bars, Twiglets, Bisto, Paxo Stuffing, Walkers Smokey Bacon and Roasted Chicken Crisps

  • Sherry

    Biscuits, biscuits, biscuits. And one more packet of biscuits even though Hob Nobs, bourbon creams and more are available here. As for tea, try Murchie’s from Canada. The original Mr. Murchie blended tea for Queen Victoria. But keep the Marmite at home!

  • MediaevalBaebe

    If you can get your hands on it I suggest you try the Four year raw milk Cheddar from the Grafton village cheese company. It beats Cabbot cheddar in my house hands down!

  • C.J. Brown

    Blancmange (makes Jello from America taste like the crap that it is)!

  • GaryD

    Lions Midget Gems and Maynards Wine Gums

  • Keith Burley

    Bisto or Sainsbury’s gravy granules, Birds Instant Custard, PG Tips, Hob Nobs, Fry’s Classic chocolate covered biscuit bars and Cadbury’s chocolate are my priorities. Although many of them can be sourced in the US, it is much more economical if you have space in your luggage.

  • Elizabeth Finfgeld

    Good news! The majority of the British treats described within this article and among the commentators below are readily available at World Market locations across the U.S. (either via their brick-and-mortar locations or via their online site). I’m a mega-anglophile and have satisfied many of my Brit-cravings thanks to that store, although I have yet to hunt down a Diamond White in my neck of the woods!

    I also recall with great fondness plowing into scotch eggs and every conceivable flavor of scone, although I realize that they’re not exactly designed to travel back across the Atlantic with the greatest of ease.

    The only other thing I really REALLY miss from my excursions to the UK are the simply fantabulous and incredibly diverse types of ready-to-eat yogurt. So many consistencies, so many fruity combinations, sooooo delish.

    • expat going home

      I’ve been to the World Market here in Phoenix, but the chocolate just doesn’t taste the same. Probably because of the anti heat chemicals they use to stop it melting in transit..lol. Plus the labels don’t even say Made in the UK anymore :(

  • Debbie

    Maltesers and Alpen

    -

  • Debbie

    I forgot McVities Tea Biscuits, OXO,

  • http://www.facebook.com/fluffy.green.54 Fluffy Green

    Walkers crisps………..& Panadol…..oh and HUGE bars of Toblerone chocolate @ the pound store!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.perras.1 Donna Perras

    I always bring back tea and some biscuits and welsh cakes although we now have a grocery store that sells PG tips, biscuits, HP sauce, malt teasers, rebina, and custard powder. I still bring back packets of shepherds pie flavouring. And Scotland has the best butterscotch in the world as well as shortbread flavors that you can’t find in the US.

  • http://www.facebook.com/finn.petersen.jr Finn Petersen

    Wal*Mart (at least my local one) carries PG Tips in the coffee and tea aisle – almost half the price of the other shops’ stock in their “Brit” sections.

    Now, what I would like to find is a nice bottle of Whyte & Mackay’s!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cbgri Chris Gould

    there is only 1 british tea and that is LifeBoat Tea.

  • dixiebrit

    Migraleve PINK – the only decent over the counter migraine remedy. Oh, and Jaffa cakes! Then there are the squeezy bottles of Branston small chunk pickle. We also bring home the vintage Oxford marmalade and Tiptree seedless raspberry jam for our Victoria Sponge. I can wholeheartedly agree about butterscotch Angel Delight – with bananas! Now, if I could just smuggle in some fabulous premium M&S custard from the refrigerated section…..

  • JaimeBW

    Germolene!!!!!

    • Mary Ellen

      My husband from Yorkshire seconds that idea!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.lee.usa Jane Lee

    Has to be mince pies and Christmas pudding.

  • http://profiles.google.com/frozen01 Renee Lebbing

    Yorkshire Gold (also my favorite tea), Lavazza (also my espresso of choice), HP sauce (which is an available condiment even at some restaurants), and a variety of other items are available at the grocery store around the corner for prices comparable to the homegrown stuff. Most of the rest is available for a small premium at Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods. Ill save the room in my suitcase for things you absolutely cannot get here, like Krave cereal (not counting the somewhat weird-tasting US version).

  • Smiffy

    Boycott HP sauce. Dutch company bought them out several years ago, closed the Aston Brum factory laying off a good number and transferred all production to Holland
    The only thing British is the picture on the label
    There are plenty of made sauces still around Daddies etc
    Also be careful what you bring back through customs on food stuffs

  • angela

    I wouldn’t dream of coming back to the US without a couple of bottles of Robinson’s Fruit & Barley Juice, Cheddar Cheese, Sharwoods Chutney and shortbread biscuits.

  • livinlovinlondon

    So funny – with the exception of OTC pills containing Codeine, the vast array of wonderful teas, and those good old M&S pants, these are all the kinds of things that as an American living in the UK I am baffled by and wonder why they are so loved! I guess it’s all in how your taste buds were trained when you were little. In general I’d narrow it down to a UK liking for more tangy, vinegar-y flavors mixed in to their foods and sauces. Even now that Mexican food is getting popular over in the UK, a Tesco or M&S jar of salsa will have an tangy something in it that Americans wouldn’t like.

    I really try, but due to my US roots I’d take: A-1 sauce over Lea and Perrins any day; Jello pudding over Angel mixes, lean turkey substitute products over the ever-present greasy pork sausage rolls, have never figured out “brown sauce” or developed a liking for any kind of Marmite or Branston pickle, desperately miss the US versions of UK Heinz products (because they do taste different), and I only recently figured out what salad cream was. It is fun learning though, by eating in another country, and if you don’t try you won’t know for yourself.

    Oh, and don’t get me started on chocolate – Hershey’s all the way for my family, with super-expensive imported Swiss Miss hot choc packets as a special winter treat!

  • http://twitter.com/ARoomWithBooks Jasmine Rose

    I find it slightly amusing that a favorite British coffee is the same coffee served at Regal Theaters over here.

  • Mary Ellen

    Walker’s crisps, butter mintos, Lilt soda, Oxo cubes

  • Tom the Pom

    Marks Spencers boxer shorts

  • http://www.facebook.com/RoswellJerryJones Gerald Lee Jones

    EVERY major US city has British food shops, and the tri-state NYC metro area is rife with them! Even the local shops in the Bronx have tons of Irish/British goods at normal prices! “Tea and Sympathy” in Greenwich Village NYC send out items at US mail prices. Don’t fret or wait for a visit home – just shop smart right here in the US!

  • Simon

    Most things listed below you can buy at Fairway and Stop n Shop, what i miss is all the treats from Marks n spencer, as they wont ship to NY, but they will ship non perishables , so go fill your boots with knickers n pants, plus they do not charge for shipping if your order value is enough.

  • hungry for balti

    Patak’s Balti paste. Can’t buy it anywhere in the U.S.

  • A Floridian Teenager

    Seriously, you kind of need to think before writing this stuff. I enjoy your articles, but as an American, saying our food is nasty, unpalatable, and awful is quite offensive and hurtful in my opinion. If you hate America and its food so much, why did you move here in the first place? Just because our food and products are different from what you’re used to doesn’t mean they’re bad. Most of the stuff on this list sounds gross to me. And FYI, as a girl from Florida, I can safely say that no Americans reading this have a clue as to what some of the stuff is that you’re talking about.Marmite? HP sauce? Please. Have a little sensitivity. I love the U.S . And all you’re song is making me the hate the U.K. Even more for your haughtiness and self-proclaimed superiority. I’ve noticed this in other articles, as well. You put negativity on the United States and our “weird” products and habits, which hurts. I know you can write whatever you want, but keep in mind your audience is both British and American. If you don’t like our food, products, or country, then you can get the heck out. And to Mike in Dallas down below, thanks for being a chauvinistic idiot. I bet you’re surprised a dumb, fat American knew that word. At least we have good teeth and tip well. Anyway, you don’t have to say how bad American chocolate is. Though I love it since I’m an American, I have tasted Cadbury and yes, I know it’s better. You don’t have to tell me. But if you think it’s so disgusting, don’t eat it, go back to your own country where we can’t insult you with our food, get some if your special chocolate, and stuff it. All I’m asking is to have a little respect and not insult us so frankly. If we wanted to eat your British food here in the U.S ., we would. But we don’t . So stop complaining about how bad everything is here.

    • Gator, Texan, American Brit

      Hi Floridian Teenager, I am a product of British parents born on American soil which makes me a proud American and when the mood strikes, a proud Brit. I grew up in Lakeland, Florida, graduated from UF and UCF. So above all else, I am a Gator, a Knight and a Floridian! I live in Texas now.

      The funny thing is they really aren’t saying the food in the US is horrid, they are just remembering the good bits of home that are very expensive and hard to come by here in the US. I can’t find oranges from Florida they are all from California and in my opinion are not worth buying. I buy Florida orange juice NOT from concentrate and have friends send oranages, tangerines, and tangelos whenever they can. I miss my strawberries from Plant City and oysters from the Gulf Coast of Florida. After going to UCF where the Tiajuana Flats Burrito Factory originated, i have to fly back and get their hot sauce. So you see, I’m not saying that food in Texas is bad, I just like having a taste of my childhood. As for the British blood in my veins, it needs PG Tips, Lyles Golden Syrup, Maynards Midget Gems, Bourbon cookies, and Birds Custard (some I can get here but it costs a fortune ex. 128 PG tips tea bags = $15.99 at my local store; from the UK 1200 teabags = $15.11). Cut them some slack, you may end up living outside FL wanting those Oranges too one day!

    • http://twitter.com/estrellita_1103 Estrellita

      No one is saying that American food is nasty. The author is talking about things from her home that she misses. Some of the things mentioned can’t be purchased here. Others are extremely expensive in the U.S. To gain some perspective, go to the Sainsbury’s site and see how much Kool Aid and peanut butter cost in England. Tea, coffee, cheese, meat, and packaged foods do vary from country to country. You may not like the varieties of this or that sold in another country. American chocolate is awful. You will realize it once you taste decent chocolate. The Cadbury sold here is not the same as the Cadbury sold there. And, FYI, as a woman from Pennsylvania, I can safely say that most Americans know what most, if not all, of this “stuff” is. Life does not begin and end at the doors of Publix. You are the type of narrow minded, tactless blowhard that makes people believe the Ugly American stereotype. If one post about something as simple as food makes you hate the U.K., you should seek professional help. Criticism of food “hurts.” You are clearly not a rational human being.

      • Anonymous

        All she’s saying is that you are being offensive to American culture not about the differing prices, but how you say our food is unpalatable and awful. Calm down, she’s just a teenagers.And FYI, you are the type of sarcastic, haughty, chauvinist that makes people believe the unfriendly and cold British stereotype.

        • http://twitter.com/estrellita_1103 Estrellita

          I see you overlooked the part about me being from Pennsylvania.

      • A Floridian Teenager

        I’m sorry, you’re completely right. I was having a terrible day and took my frustration out where I shouldn’t. You’re right, I was being stupid and wasn’t thinking about what I was saying.

  • missbaa

    humbugs

  • Christine

    I am a brit living in Nashville. I am able to buy hp sauce, some British teas, birds custard powder, a good selection of biscuits plus a few more items. So that makes me happy and lucky!

  • David

    I can get most of these shopping where the large population of Indian consultants buy their stuff. Certainly my local Indai n food store has HP sauce Tetley tea, Horlicks, Ovaltine, Digestive biscuits and most of the other stuff.

    Funnily enough one thing I can’t get at all is smoked fish, like smoked haddock or mackerel. Youcan get posh smoked salmon, in fancy packs but I’d kill for a kipper.

    • Verna Challenger

      Depends on where you live. If there’s a Jamaican/West Indian grocery store anywhere in your vicinity, you’ll definitely find your kippers (herring) and brined mackerel. No need to be without your kippers. Enjoy!

  • TheWanderer22

    I’m right on board with the biscuits. A good pack of chocolate hobnobs and a few bourbons go just right with a cuppa. I’ll have no truck with double-stuffed oreos!

  • shubes61

    there are some american grocery stores that carry a few british products… i’m sure they’re not as fresh as they could be, but still… not a fan of jammy dodgers (i tried a packet because eddie izzard mentioned them)… but if i leave without fifty pounds of REAL cadbury dairy milk, i would have to kill myself.

  • neenabean

    Kleenex Balsam tissues. I have my co-workers import them for me when they visit

  • Duckie

    Tim Hortons coffee. Best coffee ever! And they even have it in NYC now. Used to be a solely Canadian place, but they’re slowly making their way south. And if you can ever get to a Wegmans, they have a whole section of British food, including most of what’s on this list.

  • Greybeard

    I worked in London for a couple years way back when. What I missed most after repatriating was Cod & Chips from the Fryer’s Delight and Doner Kebabs with real lamb freshly carved off the spit.

    Going the other way, I worked as a greengrocer featuring American specialities. We had to lay in a goodly stock of tinned cranberry sauce in September because the US Military buyers would clean every can out of every wholesaler in the country in early November.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wendy.johnson.1840 Wendy Johnson

    Agree on knickers, hovis, flakes, Catherine wheels, or any sort of allsort, fruit pastilles, typhoo decaf, I just pay the shipping charges

    • R4Fix8

      On the subject of M&S anything (except the food, unfortunately)… Go on line to their website and get free delivery to the USA with no minimum spend…

      And for those folks on the West Coast… Even after the demise later this year of Tesco’s… I mean Fresh and Easy… You can still get Yorkshire or PG Tea bags, HP Sauce, McVities Digestives (plain and chocolate), Chocolate Hob-Nobs, Oxo, Heinz baked beans and Tomato soup, Scotts Porridge Oats… to name but a few… You can get all these in Raley’s supermarkets…. In the (and I quote) Ethnic Food aisle.

      Overrrrrrr….

  • Hmong

    Branson Pickle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gill.ruehl Gill Ruehl

    Its all about what you grew up with…when I lived in London before I moved to US – I knew several Americans who would do the same thing there…then when they got Cherioes in the grocery store..the went nuts.

    Its comfort food…stuff that makes us melt inside…reminds us of home….Americans feel the same way about Hohos and DingDongs…remember when they said they were closing!!!

    By the way..I love my Baked Beans and Cadbury Chocolate…the difference in taste is the difference in milk alot of the time…plus no waxy coating…what is that on Hersheys??

  • http://www.facebook.com/liz.kumar.3 Liz Kumar

    twiglets

  • http://twitter.com/JackieOMoleski Jacqueline O Moleski

    Honestly, candy. I’ve been to the UK once and Ireland once, and both times candy and sweets made it into my suitcase to bring home. US candy shops are CHOCOLATE shops, and nothing wrong with that, but the pure variety and quality of British candy (especially anything lemon flavored or licorice toffee) or Irish liquor chocolates are to die for.

  • http://twitter.com/oboogie Jen

    You can find almost everything listed here in American stores. You might want to do some research before you write this stuff.

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