Since The Boy and I decided to see if we can eat mostly locally grown & seasonal food, we’ve been buying our groceries at the farmers market every weekend. Visits to the shop have been limited; I usually pop in to buy essentials like Doritos or hand soap.
But the other day I needed some parchment paper for baking and a couple of other things so I went on a more leisurely visit to the store. I was just talking a little stroll down the chocolate aisle, which I always do even if I won’t buy any, when it caught my eye: The American food aisle! It was new, it was shiny, it was full of mysterious and intriguing food from across the pond.
I feel perfectly at home at the Asian or Mexican or Continental aisles. However American products really feel quite foreign. A lot of things I recognised from watching american tv shows and films. Especially Gilmore Girls. I think that show was my main form of education on junk food. But I had never seen these foods before and I have certainly never tasted them. Like Milk Duds and Tootsie Rolls.
Macaroni and Cheese! I’ve only ever had the posh, english-ised versions at gastropubs, never the original.
Who knew M&M’s came in such varied flavours?
Some items were more obscure, like Crisco. I remember having a conversation with Trish on Twitter about this mysterious substance some time ago but I’m still not sure what it is.
What are these?
What about Marshmallow Fluff? What do people use it for? I only ever have marshmallows in hot chocolate or as a special addition to these Chocolate Chip Cookies. But this looks like marshmallow spread. Do people have it on toast? Like Nutella?
So many questions!
Then I saw the cereal boxes and all the different flavours of Pop Tarts! So much candy handily disguised as breakfast food that I was hyperventilating.
I spent a lot of time just picking up various items, feeling excited when I recognised something. I’m weird, I know. This discovery was such a surprise; I actually didn’t buy any of these American goodies because I was so overwhelmed. But I think I’ll return soon. I’d like to try the Kraft Mac and Cheese. Perhaps some Hershey’s chocolate, even though I’ve heard that american chocolate bars can taste a bit funny to european palates. I think my weakness will be the Pop Tarts.
Do you have any favourites? Have you tried any of these mysterious foods? Do you often try mysterious food from other parts of the world?