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are you an immigrant ? food related sorry no bun fight!

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Frogisatwat Thu 26-Jun-14 20:06:44

If so what British thing has really excited you? I have two lovely spanish people working for me and I would like to give them a gift to take home to spain. Ideally a sweet or food treat. Something that has really excited you upon discovering and you can't get in your country of origin.
My treats in Spain are bocabits crisps matutano 3d. Pipas. I used to beg usa visitors for reeses pieces but you can get those here now
it doesn't matter where you hail from. Any suggestions welcome!

Frogisatwat Thu 26-Jun-14 20:08:59

Actually sorry no bunfight looks a bit shit. I didn't know what else to call my thread and was worried people might take it the wrong way..gah when in a hole. ..

somewherewest Thu 26-Jun-14 20:09:12

I'm Irish (not very exotic!) but I love good quality chutneys. I brought some over to German foodie friends as a present and they loved them.

ToysRLuv Thu 26-Jun-14 20:10:24

Popping Candy

Bluestocking Thu 26-Jun-14 20:14:10

I have found that really good fudge is a hugely successful present!

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Thu 26-Jun-14 20:14:49

Sloe gin. Hobnobs. Bradenham ham as a contrast to jamon iberico. A pick and mix from The World's Oldest Sweet Shop. Patak's Lime Pickle. A block of tablet. Kendal Mint Cake.

I'm an immigrant but the other way round, British in USA. I always buy licorice allsorts and aniseed balls when I'm in the uk....

Theincidental Thu 26-Jun-14 20:23:55

English tea!

TheLeftovermonster Thu 26-Jun-14 20:33:39

Beer (bitter).
Fudge is good, Eccles cakes too.
Orange marmalade (ironically).

ShakeYourTailFeathers Thu 26-Jun-14 20:35:40

Jaffa cakes

ExitPursuedByAKoalaBear Thu 26-Jun-14 20:37:33

Pontefract cakes

Liquorice tablets

hennybeans Thu 26-Jun-14 20:48:10

I always bring bags of oddly flavoured crisps to my American family. Things like roast beef, prawn cocktail and... well you know, the weird ones you can find. grin In the States we just have 'normal' crisps like salted, sour cream and onion, and I can't think what other flavours- but nothing outlandish like in the UK.

Morethanalittlebitconfused Thu 26-Jun-14 20:51:51

My family who have emigrated always miss the following

Dairy milk
Cheese and onion crisps

Morethanalittlebitconfused Thu 26-Jun-14 20:52:32

Yes as per previous post oddly flavoured crisps are missed greatly by my family!

TheSpottedZebra Thu 26-Jun-14 20:54:08

I take hot cross buns by the lorryload to my French family.

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 26-Jun-14 20:57:10

I've just asked dp (Italian) and he says cheese.

KiaOraOAotearoa Thu 26-Jun-14 21:02:20

After 8s have always been a hit.
Fantail shortbread.
The children seem to favour poppets.
Anything they sell in those silly tin boxes in shape of phone box/buckingham palace (toffees).

KiaOraOAotearoa Thu 26-Jun-14 21:03:32

Oh, and the UFO's, those rice paper discs with 'stuff' in, kids loved that too. And the necklaces and bracelets made of candy.

storynanny2 Thu 26-Jun-14 21:06:32

Far East OH says Cornish pasties, roast beef dinners, scones and chocolate fudge!

storynanny2 Thu 26-Jun-14 21:07:43

He didn't really understand my question though! Don't think you could transport a roast beef and Yorkshire pudding dinner on a 9 hour flight!

Liara Thu 26-Jun-14 21:08:11

Clotted cream! But not if they are taking hand luggage only, they are prone to considering it a liquid and confiscating it.

redexpat Thu 26-Jun-14 21:15:48

am in denmark and just gave the staff at my placement a selection of crisps from the english shop in germany, plus branston pickle.

TwoAndTwoEqualsChaos Thu 26-Jun-14 21:18:48

Ooh, I did this once! Marmite, very English jam, chutney, hard or blue cheese, crackers, Gentlemen's Relish, tea, elderflower cordial, shortbread ....

ToysRLuv Thu 26-Jun-14 21:23:48

Gentlemen's relish? Is that real? I though it was umm.. something ruder..

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Thu 26-Jun-14 21:35:09

It's real. It's made of anchovies. It's yummy.

LizLimone Thu 26-Jun-14 21:43:31

Getting great ideas here for DH to bring back to us from his trip home to Scotland - elderflower cordial, tablet, prawn cocktail crisps... mmm...I'm salivating!

I am getting occasional cravings for UK things now I'm pregnant. Ordered a huge tin of Quality Street on Amazon for about $30 and scoffed the lot of them over a period of days weeks...

ToysRLuv Thu 26-Jun-14 21:43:36

Uh, not my cup of tea, at all.. hate anything too fishy.

Fluffyears Thu 26-Jun-14 22:08:43

Definitely tablet if you are Scottish, it is 3 million times better than fudge.

Fluffyears Thu 26-Jun-14 22:09:15

Ooh sticks of seaside rock are good souvenirs.

Skinheadmermaid Thu 26-Jun-14 22:14:30

My dp whose Indian absolutely adores cornish style pasties- but you can't really take those on a plane can you...? hmm

Twistiesandshout Thu 26-Jun-14 22:15:10

Minstrels - they were a revelation when I first arrived in the uk. Also English strawberry jam. Yum smile

Hiphopopotamus Thu 26-Jun-14 22:18:38

I know this makes me incredibly immature, but finding out that Gentlemen's Relish is fishy has made me giggle blush

Sorry - as you were...

CrockedPot Thu 26-Jun-14 22:20:15

Mint sauce, Worcester sauce, piccalilli.

SanityClause Thu 26-Jun-14 22:22:50

Everything on TwoAndTwo's list, except marmite.

I am Australian, and can just about cope with it as an inferior form of Vegemite, but most other immigrants seem to hate it, I think.

Frogisatwat Thu 26-Jun-14 22:23:13

Kendal mint cake sounds good. So many different and good ideas. I love mint cake. Am I right in thinking I can get this in camping shops?
I am thinking of making a hamper. (Small obviously(

gastrognome Thu 26-Jun-14 22:26:14

Good quality smoked salmon and oatcakes.
Crackers and a pot of Stilton or farmhouse cheddar.

ShutTheFuckUpBarbara Thu 26-Jun-14 22:28:50

My parents (French) stock up on a few things when they visit: Kendal mint cake, bitter, whisky, good quality stilton and local cheeses, fudge, shortbread, Duchy originals biscuits, and naice biscuits in tins from M&S.

Mumzy Thu 26-Jun-14 23:09:49

Lemon curd
Local honey
Rose and violet cream chocolates

ToysRLuv Thu 26-Jun-14 23:34:46

Forgot Terry's Chocolate Orange!!!

ToysRLuv Thu 26-Jun-14 23:35:05

Parma violets..

GrouchyKiwi Thu 26-Jun-14 23:43:48

Agree re chutneys and local cheeses. Yum. Um, good tea, Green & Black's, shortbread (especially the chocolate and ginger ones).

AgIomparClinne Thu 26-Jun-14 23:47:53


HowsTheSerenity Thu 26-Jun-14 23:53:19

I'd kill for a box of shreddies, some angel delight, monster munch and Bakewell tarts.
Australian who lved in UK now back in Australia.

TheTerribleBaroness Thu 26-Jun-14 23:58:06

Pipas! Do you like them with peanuts or sunflower seeds?

I had a Spanish friend who was fascinated to see a garlic crusher, but maybe that was just her being a bit weird.... grin

Selks Thu 26-Jun-14 23:58:14

Scottish oatcakes
Home made chutneys
Cartmel sticky toffee pudding
Mature farmhouse cheddar
And yes to fudge - goes down a treat with my Malasian daughter in laws family when I visit grin

Selks Thu 26-Jun-14 23:59:09

also, Yorkshire tea bags

ShutTheFuckUpBarbara Fri 27-Jun-14 06:00:52

Oh gosh I forgot lemon curd! And orange marmalade!

Shahsham Fri 27-Jun-14 06:33:04

DH would say bourbons and curry (we like M&S balti atm)

I would suggest marmite and shortbread

DocDaneeka Fri 27-Jun-14 18:27:53

Sherbet dip

Prawn cocktail crisps

Branston pickle. (That autocorrected to Branson pickle. Yuk )

sittingatmydeskagain Fri 27-Jun-14 18:33:30

My mum always takes English sausages when she goes home to Spain. I've been telling her for years that wrapping up raw meat in her underwear in her suitcase is not a good idea, but when does your mum ever listen to wise advicehmm

A Greek girl I went to university with said the thing she really missed about the UK was gravy. She used to take home tubs of bisto hmmgrin.

An expat friend of mine really misses OXO cubes.

TeWiSavesTheDay Fri 27-Jun-14 19:32:50

Decent cheese.

When I was a kid jazzies the little chocolate dollops with sprinkles.

chocomochi Fri 27-Jun-14 19:37:19

Percy Pigs from M&S(!), fudge or toffee, different flavoured crisps, honey, Thorntons/ Green and Blacks/Divine chocolates. Yum, am drooling!

Liara Fri 27-Jun-14 20:15:32

Also Duchy's original oat cakes and kettle crisps or vegetable crisps.

Frogisatwat Fri 27-Jun-14 22:34:58

Thanks all ever so much. Lots to think about!

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