British Mums in USA - what do you miss?

(31 Posts)
twolittlemonkeys Tue 27-Jul-10 19:57:04

I could really use your help - I'm sending a package to my friend in the States and want to send things she can't get Stateside, eg Cadbury's chocolate, Birds Custard powder etc.

What things (mainly foody I suppose) do you miss living overseas?

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Ponders Tue 27-Jul-10 20:07:15

Unless you want it to be a total surprise I'd ask her what she misses, tlm. There are foreign food shops & websites there so sending things she can't get there at all would be nicest!

twolittlemonkeys Tue 27-Jul-10 20:16:35

I know she'd like some Galaxy fruit and nut (which so far I haven't found in Sainsburys or Asda!) but want to put in some surprises too. Thanks for the link Ponders

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Ponders Tue 27-Jul-10 20:27:37

Did she used to read any magazines here? (Thinking of the thin weekly ones rather than the big fat monthlies which would cost a fortunes to post!)

I'm racking my brians to think of other special, lightweight, things you probably can't easily get there - maybe local stuff? Where did she live over here?

newpup Tue 27-Jul-10 20:32:39

PG tips
The Sunday Times

Probably not too easy to post the Marmite or Times!

newpup Tue 27-Jul-10 20:33:22

Forgot, local newspaper from her hometown.

twolittlemonkeys Tue 27-Jul-10 20:45:52

Ah, great idea about the newspaper or magazine. Hmmm, thinking about it I'm not sure what magazines she used to read. I'll get a Coventry Evening Telegraph for her next time I'm over that way LOL...

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SatinandTat Tue 27-Jul-10 23:26:30

I second the magazines and newspapers. If she has young children then how about a little packet or two of Haribos. Apparently they just don't taste the same here. Proper Worcestershire Sauce - the one here is just wrong. Hmmm it is difficult - After many years I have managed to source just about everything I need. When I am in England I love to look at what's new and different, orange kitkats are still a huge novelty to me and I always bring back a few multipacks.
I am sure she will just appreciate your effort and kindness whatever you send.

rosietoes Wed 28-Jul-10 09:53:48

When I go to USA, I always have to bring Smarties and Hello.

tadjennyp Thu 29-Jul-10 06:27:17

Jacobs Club Orange and custard creams!

Grockle Thu 29-Jul-10 13:48:43

People used to bring/ send me:

Biscuits (bourbons, custard creams, caramel wafers etc)
Hula Hoops
Other crisps - skips, frazzles, McCoys etc
Oxo cubes/ Marigold powder
Hair Straightening stuff
Angel Delight

loads of other things but I forget what

Grockle Thu 29-Jul-10 13:49:51

Chocolate digestives, Cadbury's chocolate - dairy milk, flake, twirl, DS loved getting malteasers

howdoo Thu 29-Jul-10 13:59:42

Bisto gravy granules
Dark Kit Kats
Cadbury's Fruit and Nut
Heat etc magazines

Earlybird Thu 29-Jul-10 15:19:05

Chocolate Buttons - much nicer than Hershey Kisses

Rich tea biscuits - with and without chocolate

Percy Pigs

Salt and Vinegar crisps - they have BBQ, Sour Cream etc here, but not vinegar

Jammie Dodgers - they can be found here, but not easily

Teddy Crispies (for the kids)

alarkaspree Thu 29-Jul-10 15:22:50

I live in NYC so I can get everything, pretty much, but the things I bulk-buy when we are in the UK are marmite and loose-leaf tea.

The children love getting smarties and UK kids magazines in packages from Granny.

Nice sausages, but you probably can't post those.

haggisaggis Thu 29-Jul-10 15:31:16

Earlybird - the supermarket we used when on holiday on Cape Cod last week stocked Lays salt & vinegar crisps! Was so surprised to see them as they didn't exist last yer

tadjennyp Fri 30-Jul-10 00:03:23

If only Lays would do the cheese and onion I would be happy! Haven't seen you girls on the living in America thread lately sad

stripeyknickersspottysocks Fri 30-Jul-10 00:17:44

Heat magazine

is what my friend misses. I spent a fortune posting Cadburys stuff for Xmas. The day afetr I posted it she updated her FB to say she'd found a shop that stocked proper English Cadburys!

GoingRodeoBaby Mon 02-Aug-10 03:05:38

Newspapers, especially the tabloids. There is nothing like that here that I have found (although please correct me if you know of any!)

Alouiseg Mon 02-Aug-10 03:12:18


redflipflops Mon 02-Aug-10 19:12:34

yes Ribena mmmm

Tea, Marmite, Cadburys Choc and salt & vinegar crisps!

BertieBotts Mon 02-Aug-10 19:21:45

shock What flavour crisps do they have in the US then if they don't have cheese and onion and salt and vinegar?

Grockle Mon 02-Aug-10 20:57:42

Erm, Mainly

Ready Salted
Cheese (sour cream and cheese etc)

and I saw lemon ones today

and variations on the above

Prawn Cocktail
Salt and vinegar
cheese and onion

Can you still get tomato sauce flavoured crisps in the UK? Everyone ate those when I was little.

FellatioNelson Mon 02-Aug-10 21:57:49

Hello A Having a lovely time? Can't wait to see your lovely Alcatraz sweatshirt.grin

What is it with US soft drinks? Aisles and aisles of Gatorade and 'sodas' and lurid ready-diluted cordials, but no decent squashes. Or any squashes, come to that.

(My mum bought my DCs Alcatraz t-shirts last year and they are brilliant quality, and wash up really well, as do most American t-shirts.)

Roxy is missing her Boyf, BTW. wink She can't wait to snarl at him!

FellatioNelson Mon 02-Aug-10 21:59:32

Anyway, OP, I would say definitely chocolate. American 'chocolate' is vile - not worthy of the word. Also Marmite.

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