Getting American Candy In The UK

So you’re an American in Britain with a hankering for Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, a Hershey’s bar, a Mr. Goodbar or whatever. What to do, where to go? Got a few tips for you that may help.

First of all, the Brits aren’t too fond of the entire peanut butter and chocolate combo. Believe me, I know. I test it out quite often and am always pleased when I find the 1 in 10 person who seems to think Reese’s are great.

Any touristy area of London will have newsagents or small grocery stores. Pop into any of these places, and you’ll likely find Reese’s for sale. They’ll be expensive, but go on, treat yourself!

Need to bulk up? It’s been several years since I was last at a Costco store in the Britain. But when I was there, you could usually get boxes of 24 or 30 or whatever. You’ll find a list of stores and info here. Yeah, they’ve got big bottles of French’s mustard, too. Just remember that the smaller bottles that most groceries stores carry now (including Waitrose) probably fit better in your tiny refrigerator.

Also, think ahead. When you’re coming back from a trip to the US, stock up on candy and food you can’t get. I never come back from a trip without at least six or seven bags of Cocoa Pebbles in my suitcase. Pull the cereal out of the box, and they fit in a lot more easily. Also see the end of my post about decrypting the shelf life of Hershey’s products for a link with storage tips.

Still stuck for your favorite sweets? Get thee to Cybercandy, with shops in London, Brighton or ordering online. There’s an entire American Food section you can browse, which has areas for candy, cookies, gum and much more. Sadly, they don’t stock Cocoa Pebbles in the cereal area.

While I’m covering food, I thought I’d pass along a few American to British translations, when it comes to food:

  • Mustard: This means English mustard, which is an entirely different creature from French’s mustard.
  • Milkshake: If you order it, ask whether ice cream is actually involved. Milkshakes more commonly will be, well, just sweet tasting milk.
  • Cookies: The Brits call them biscuits.
  • Biscuits: You generally don’t find nice, light airy homestyle biscuits. But scones will do the job.
  • Candy: Generally means hard candies, rather than chocolate and other types of sweets. If you offer someone candy, that’s what they’ll assume you have.
  • Milky Way Bars: Not the American kind. They’re more like 3 Musketeers, but not quite. Fortunately, Snickers are the same as Snickers bars in the US, though many many moons ago when I first came to the UK, they were called Marathon bars. Or, and Smarties are not the sweet-tart kind but instead more like M&Ms but with a different taste and slightly harder texture.
  • Popcorn: At the movies, you’ll have a choice of sweet or salted. Sweet is sugar sprinkled on top, which I find disgusting. Even more so if you buy it buy mistake, not knowing better and put a handful in your mouth expecting the salted type.
  • Lemonade: 7-Up. Maybe it’s not branded 7-Up, but British “lemonade” tastes like 7-Up or a lemon-lime soda. It is absolutely NOT American style lemonade.
  • Ice: Doesn’t exist in Britain. If you’re lucky, you might find a place that drops a single cube into your glass of Coke, usually followed by a lemon wedge.

I’ll never forget 15 years or so ago buying a can of coke at a Tube station stand. I was shocked when the vendor handed me the can sitting out in the open, which I assumed was just on display, rather than reaching into some hidden refrigerator to give me a freezing cold one.

Seriously, look at the cans of Coke in Britain. Notice they suggest “Best served ice cold” on them, something I’m fairly certain cans in America don’t say.

Fortunately, years of practice have taught me to drink Coke warm. I totally don’t mind, anymore. Of course, it’s always nice to get back home and have it in a big huge glass full of ice.

Funny story, ice. Two or three years ago, we took the kids to a Ruby’s Diner in California. The waitress gave them both glasses of water.

“Daddy!,” my oldest son exclaimed. “There’s something in my water.” I looked expecting to see a fly, some food, something disgusting. Nope, it was just ice. Honest true story. They just weren’t used to ice and even today, they think it’s a real treat to have it. We obviously don’t have an ice maker at home — but I’ll talk about British refrigerators in a future post.


Comments

  1. says

    I have just recently moved to the UK, actually have been here for 6 months now and i can most definatly related with your story. I am originaly from Canada and have travelled to the US many times and actually lived in Florida for many years. I am still getting used to the whole idea of britan i really though it would be something close to the US with a certain flair but it’s not there are many different cultural differences that you just can’t escape, like yesterday i spoke to my neighbor and she asked me how many sugars i wanted in my tea i said two and showed her fingers and she got all upset at me … it was only when i got to work that one of my co workers told me that don’t the two fingers raised up was a very rude sign … Anyways i am still learning about the UK and i am glad to be here and especially glad that SEO got me here …

  2. gemski says

    Hi, Um..
    I’m English.
    Very, English
    and..Ice exists, very much.
    and, believe me
    We ‘brits’ know what American words are
    in English.

  3. gemski says

    Oh and, also, Milkshake isn’t sweet milk.
    It’s ice cream based unless
    we buy a tub of “nesquick”
    which you put powder into milk and stir, basically
    like hot chocolate, but it can be chocolate, strawberry or vanilla, or banana.

  4. Lil Nat says

    I am also an American temporarily moving to the UK. I came here for a job, and can’t wait to go back home to Pasadena, California. I noticed soooooo many of the frustrating cultural differences here as well. The Brits are VERY familiar with American culture and style because of the vast amount of American things here such as the movies, TV shows, etc. They don’t realize that we don’t have barely anything British in the US, so we don’t know how things are here. The biggest challenge, amongst many, has been the food issue. I am used to a variety of food on every corner and in the malls and shopping centers. It was very depressing being pregnant and not being able to get any of the foods I craved from home, i.e. Mexican food and soul food! I too was surprised not only about the ice thing, but the fact that they don’t automatically bring you water in the restaurants. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to post my brief thoughts on my food experience here. I have been able to somewhat compensate by going to a few websites that sell American groceries, so I’m coping for the time being. I too come back from the US with suitcases full of food.

  5. Mart the fart says

    If you are looking for a replica of restaurants and food items that you are familiar with in the US you will be sorely disappointed. Stay at home if this overly vexes you. Or, shockingly, you could be prepared to find something new, different and exciting. Having lived in the USA I also found many things I was not used to and missed certain food, however, I discovered a lot of new things and this *broadened my horizons*

    Ice? Please! Sounds so shallow.

  6. says

    Mart, after 12 years of living in the UK, I think I did plenty of broadening my horizons. That doesn’t mean I also still didn’t miss some things from home. But no, ice isn’t shallow — not if you’re used to the difference it makes to a soft drink. Tea with no milk; cold coffee, perhaps those are similar examples.

  7. georgina says

    im english. its england. its a different country.. so things are going to be different. so stop moaning and acting as if we are stupid. thankyou.

  8. says

    Georgina, i lived in England for 13 years. My kids are half-British. I understand it’s a different country better than you probably do. I wasn’t moaning, nor was I calling Britain stupid. That would be pretty stupid given the hybrid nature of my my family.

    Despite living abroad, people sometimes want things from home. Ask any Brit looking for Cadbury’s or my wife and her quest to get some decent “British-style” bacon out here in the US.

  9. Kitty says

    *baffled* You have learned to live without an ice maker? Why don’t you make ice the good old fashioned way, with ice moulds from the pound shop like the rest of Britain?

  10. says

    Actually, more and more people have refrigerators with ice makers. In my last year there, I had one that did this wonderful — an nice “American-style” fridge.

    Kitty, if you’re not regularly used to having ice in your cold drinks, you just won’t get it. I can’t explain it to you, and yes, it’ll just seem like windging. The best I can describe is imagine you have to have tea with no milk. Or you had to drink tea cold. Or pick whatever familiar thing you want, that you’re used to that suddenly changes.

    If you’re used to ice in drinks, you like it. And you don’t like not having it.

    Doesn’t mean the world comes to an end. Doesn’t mean Britain sucks. But doesn’t mean it’s also not good, either.

  11. Jemma says

    See it annoys me that Britain is synonymous with England. Have you lived in Scotland, or Wales, or N.Ireland? Cos I’ve lived in Edinburgh, Scotland which is part of Britain my whole life and we always get ice in our cold drinks when we go to restaurants. If you’ve lived in England for 12 years then say that, but don’t go tarring the rest of us with the same brush.

  12. says

    Jemma, as you know, Britain is not synonymous with England — nor did I use it in that way. I lived in England for 13 years, which as part of Great Britain, also means I lived in Britain for 13 years.

    I’ve also traveled throughout Great Britain, including Scotland and especially extended stays in Wales. My last trip to Scotland was about 20 years ago, so if the ice situation has improved — that’s great. My apologies for having slighted the good country of Scotland — though frankly, people are taking this entire post in entirely too much an insulting tone, which is was never meant to be.

    In terms of Wales, I was last there about a year and a half ago — and I was in that country regularly during my time in Britain. Ice wasn’t that common.

  13. rachel says

    wow, I guess its true about the brits, they are the most violent….why are they so defense about not having ice!! im reading the posts laughing at the ignorance and hostility over ice and yet one of them proclaims the whole thing to be shallow!! Go figure…..

  14. Emily says

    You guys are some kinda hostile!

    Thank you for the post, Danny. I’m an American and I’ve just married an Englishman. I have finished all my packing and am getting ready to head over to the UK to live the rest of my life there with him.

    When I visited the first time, we went to a restaurant and when I asked for iced tea the waiter gave me the strangest look. I don’t know if it was because I spoke with a clearly American accent or if they just didn’t serve tea cold there normally, but I had it. A small cup of tea, with my meal, and no ice. Dark tea. Certainly not the kind I was used to. Since my husband never drinks tea he couldn’t quite clarify whether that was normal or not. Needless to say I usually just have a water when we go out, or wine, though I miss my ice cold sweet tea.

    I’ll be sure to pack a few ice makers for the trip. I’m nervous, English culture is so different from the American one. And it’s bizarre because we Americans aren’t ever exposed to other cultures: I have no idea why. Half the things my husband would tell me I always thought were fabricated and just jokes to get me riled, but it’s so different here! Even in the small ways. Like calling people “sir” and “ma’am”. Brits don’t seem to be used to it, they are a lot more formal with each other, but as an American I was raised to find this an acceptable term to use with anyone who was my superior while working in retail. And when you’re working and in retail, everyone is your superior.

  15. Sylvia says

    Hey I think rachel is right, this is one funny conversation but I don’t think it’s hostile. Perhaps part of the contention here is that most Americans have a certain amount of afinity with England due to some perceived notion of connection through language and history. This is unrealistic as both countries have undergone and continue to be inspired by different mixtures of cultures and other inflluences. The above American comments about the lack of ice speak of their expectation and disappointment of this suppposedly rudimentary element of modern life. The Brits take this as arrogance and try to give examples of why this is rude and wrong. Pointing out the lack of a domestically preferred commodity, eg bacon, is not the same as pointedly saying that ice doesn’t exist in another country. Not true.

    Sylvia

  16. Ben says

    Really, no ice? I’m British and I’m drinking ice cold coke with ice in it. I can assure anyone who is considering going to England we do have ice. Oh, and about milkshake, most milkshakes from coffee shops will have ice cream in it, like someone said, the only “sweet milk” milkshakes will be things like Nesquick or a run down café. We have biscuits and cookies. Cookies have chocolate chips, where as biscuits are generally just thin sweet hard cakes (I reccommend you search “McVities Digestives” in google images, biscuits are hard to describe).
    There are two types of Lemonade: Cloudy and Clear.
    And how someone can order sweet popcorn when you are asked: “Salty or Sweet” at the movies is beyond me.
    Anywhom, I hope I’ve cleared up some of the fiction.

  17. Ben says

    Oh and I forgot to add, if you don’t think you get enough ice, you are allowed to ask for more.

  18. Angel says

    The reason why we dont have ice in drinks is because it’s England, it rains like 200 days a year, we don’t need ice to make us even more cold, which is another reason why we drink tea, its nice and warm ^^
    Things have changed now though, big cities like London will definitely have something US style

  19. Calvin says

    I’m American… I didn’t take this article to be insulting or whining about anything…

    I see a lot of stuff from people saying that ice is very important in their drinks. I really prefer drinks with no ice.. I think it tastes better. When drinks are ice cold I think you can taste it less. I want to live in England soon, so it’s very interesting to learn these things about food differences that I didn’t know before. Sweet popcorn? That sounds very different, I’d have to try it! I was wondering if it’s the same as kettle corn.. which is popcorn without butter, but with sugar.

  20. Tim Liversage says

    HI guys :)
    ok so…. basicly to sum up a lot of thoughts and things said above,
    In England we do have ice, and every freezer in the country has ice trays.
    and yes we have rain 200 days a year, and the rest of the time the temp never rises above 25f, so ice really isnt filled in glasses here unless you ask for it.
    if you order a coke from a stand on the street in london, it wont be from a fridge, but go to ANY convenience store and they will be right there in the cold section.
    as for iced tea, we dont have sweet iced tea in england, we drink tea hot and freshly squeezed from the drenched leaves, it is not sweet, kind of like green herbal tea.
    therefore for iced tea it is recommended you buy it in bottled form from a convenience store.
    sweet popcorn is like moosemuch, but less caramel, more like sprinkled sugar. you can get plain popcorn, and you can get popcorn like in the states which is buttered. just ask for it.

    oh and just for some comedy purposes, ive been asked on multiple occasions what language we speak in england, and that was by everyday normal americans, including one teacher. i found this amusing and explained to them that english is the language of those from england.

    another thing, we dont tip people here like in america, our wages are already high enough so we dont give people extra money, especially in starbucks. if you are in a restaurant where you are waited on, it is standard to leave a tip of 10%. no more, and only if you are happy with the service you receive.

    i’m sure i could go on for days, but i wont, i love living in both countries, as a teacher and a transatlantic boyfriend.

    feel free to ask me any questions by email rainbowxboy@hotmail.com

    Tim

  21. says

    Morrisons Supermarkets sell lots of Reece’s stuff now – Pieces, Cups etc. Was never keen on PB & Choc until I tried the Cups once and now they are top of my must have choccy list :-)

  22. Angela Schelden says

    Danny:

    Fun post. I spent a year in Australia and couldn’t believe my Aussie friends didn’t quite get the genius of peanut butter and chocolate together. Thankfully, I found the “Yankee Lolly Shop” which had Hershey’s, Reese’s and Junior Mints galore. One more funny food translation (not sure if this applies in Britain as well): fairy floss = cotton candy.

  23. Laura says

    I had a lot of fun reading this article. I stumbled upon it whilst trying to find a place to buy butterfingers that isn’t the internet. I’m scottish and I think the Ice thing is kinda true. I suppose we like less ice, so it doesn’t mess up the drink. Cold coke, not watery coke. I’d love an Ice machine in my fridge yet there isn’t really room in my little british house for it.
    Ice tea? possibly my favourite drink ever (well after frozen diet coke) but sweet popcorn at the cinema is the ONLY choice.
    Last time I was in america my milkshake came with a spoon not a straw. If i had wanted an ice cream sundae, that is what I would have ordered!
    Peanut Butter is the thing I totally love about america though…we don’t embrace it enough here. Sylvia above probably has the most rational arguments.
    As a british person I think out system of tips makes more sense (an extra when performed well) as appossed to the waiter writing on my reciept ” Tip is normally 20% :) “. In scotland thats just cheeky!

    but seriously “biscuits” are about the worst things I’ve eaten in my life. It was so salty and disgusting.

    ps. fairy floss = cotton candy = Candy Floss

  24. says

    Hiya guys,

    I have a couple of questions for the americans on here.
    I live in england and I make cupcakes, basically Ive noticed a lack of proper American cupcakes so am trying to make some, so would like advice on the following items…. can ou tell me what they are, if you know of anywhere in the UK I can buy them

    Thanks :)

    1. Graham crackers?
    2. Candy corns (i know what these are but cant find them in UK)
    3. The various names yo have for chocolate ie bittersweet semisweet
    4. measuring cups??? do you have special ones as I have a measuring jug that has cups on it?

  25. Love the World! ^_^ says

    I’m American, I love England!–I was not miffed at all; I loved the change! New things are lovely, and so are new people and ideas– :) France is nice as well, the markets are amazing! Also, I was treated very well, so I’m not sure why people ask me if they are rude? I think as long as your polite to people they’ll be polite and respectful back to you.

  26. Love the World! ^_^ says

    —I would also like to say that the English are sooooo polite and friendly–at least the ones I have met. Lovely people :)

  27. David Bath says

    I haven’t read everything sorry, because I’m lazy. But I understand whinging about home familiarities because I’m a northern Brit living in Japan and, believe me, I moan endlessly about not having real bacon and other things I love. I’m afraid a lot of Brits are quite hostile but you’ll actually find that a lot of the time they’re half joking or just letting off steam and the best thing to do is try and make them laugh really. We generally hate overly formal formalities like sir and ma’am, but I don’t think it means we’re not polite although it’s easy for, even me, not misconstrue it that way. I’m afraid we have a deep deep hatred for American snacks. We’ve never tasted 3 muskateers bars because milky ways (uk) are better (sorry). Hersheys tastes like something horrific to us (although my dad likes it) sorry. We really really hate Hersheys. Milk shake where I’m from usually flavoured milk, yeah, and your kind of lemonade is what we call ‘traditional lemonade’. As for ice, (where I’m from, near Liverpool) we just don’t like a ton of ice, because it makes the drink taste watery as you get to the end and it’s gross. you may as well just buy a cup of ice with a shot of coke if you’re going to do that. Buy it from MacDonalds if you really want that though. We generally don’t drink ice tea, but Lipton makes it (which an American told me is gross) and you can get that from the supermarket or whatever. If we drank ice tea or ice-oolong tea more, then we’d probably drink less alcohol and be less aggressive and grumpy though. So maybe it’s not such a bad idea.

  28. Chloeeee says

    hi people,
    im english, or british, or whatever you wanna call it.
    tbh, i HATE england. i have always dreamed to move over to america and live there. the food there is amazing, the place is amazing, the atmosphere is just so much more exciting than here in england. i love those Nutter Butter cookies and cookies and cream pop tarts which we dont get, we only get the strawberry and chocolate ones. also its very hard to find waffles! i LOVE waffles!! the only waffles i find are potato waffles :( and to “love the world”, most english people are stroppy and bitchy and rowdy haha. but yeah, i really dont like england, the weather is horrible as well!! i crave for everything american. also american people seem so nice and happy :)

  29. Mad Mike says

    Howdy ho all-y’all,

    I would love to find american candy in a shop other than selfridges? where the standard peanut butter jar is about £8 or some obcene amount.

    Now all modern english cooking is in the metric system, so if you buy a Delia cookbook then buy scales, because that is what they use.
    If you want variety then go to the more cultural area’s, I go either to the china town in Manchester or Rushhome? which I like to call curryworld.

    Where I live as an American I notice that everyone knows I am an American so I try not to hide it, and they don’t hide who they are either it works out for the best. I also think that moaning is an english sport more popular than football, but their is no malice as it is just a sport.

    Now to help both sides, in 1763 everyone in the American colonies would have considered themselves English, just colonial but still english. It only took 12 years for the government at the time to annoy the colonials enough by not treating them as the regular english that they had enought and called it quits. That is when both cultures went different directions. The English need to be thankful that the colonials didn’t vote to make the national language german (missed by one) and the Americans need to be thankful that they have the roots of law from England.

    Next time imagine that you had to buy a language book to visit a different country. I don’t hear germans complaining about ameica or vice versa and I have worked there. Part of the fun is not being able to find the same things and leaning to adapt and overcome. It is what we as human’s are best at.

  30. Elle says

    Found this website after searching the internet for American candy. I’m British and I just love it all so I feel your pain! I wish more Brits did see the amazingness that is peanut butter and chocolate. I’m not sure what you mean about the ice thing, I’ve never not been given ice in a restaurant/cafe/pub etc. As for the popcorn thing, I work in a cinema and I prefer salted popcorn to sweet but the amount of customers who say “Ew who’d want salted?” after I ask if they wanted salted or sweet is quite annoying!

  31. Erin :) says

    So, I kind of feel your pain guys. I miss Irn-Bru in GLASS bottles, tatty scones, black pudding and burnt rolls with scrappy gammon and loads of thick real butter. ( I’m from Scotland, but now live in England) But i think it’s a bit of a cheek to sit there and moan about how terrible things are (yes we’re all used to certain standards etc) and then say that the British ( I’ve come to hate that word) are notorious for moaning. I think you often get England and Britain mixed up.

  32. Louise says

    I’m not sure where the Americans in England have been going but every restaurant I have EVER been to has given me ice in my glass of water or Cola. I can not remember ever not having ice in my drink and the English people saying we don’t have ice are annoying me more than the Americans by supporting this fallacy.

    We have sold Reese’s and Hershey and Lipton ice tea for quite a while now, they can be found in all supermarkets and in a lot of local corner shops.

    We do have the massive 2 door American fridge/freezers with ice makers but in the past, before they became so readily available we would make ice in ice trays in the freezer. There has never been a shortage of ice in the UK.

    You can choose between salted and sweet popcorn at most big cinema chains, if you just ask for ‘popcorn’ you will be given the sweet variety as standard. Sweet is kind or caramelised with sugar and the salted is obviously salty.

    We do have an amazing variety of places to eat. Just yesterday I was in Manchester city centre and had the choice between Pizza Hut, Pizza Express, Chiquitos Mexican, Nandos, an authentic Chinese and a more mainstream Chinese, French, and even Hard Rock Cafe all within 2 minutes walking distance. I couldn’t name all the places to eat within a 15 minutes walking distance.

    And yes, sticking 2 fingers up at people is like ‘flipping the bird’ at someone.

  33. Jen says

    I came across this looking to buy Big Red gum.

    There is an ongoing theme here. Has anyone guessed it? I call it generalisation. It’s when you group a people together and decide, on the basis of very little experience, what characteristics and personality traits they all have. It surprises me that you don’t appear smart enough to realise that everyone is different.

    I’m English. I live in England, I have always lived in England. I love ice in my diet coke. (I have been nicknamed the ‘ice queen’ in my household) I make ice the old fashioned way, 2 ice trays in the freezer and then they’re emptied into a tub.
    I very rarely drink tea. If I do, it has to be PG Tips hot, or some loose tea I picked up from Whittards which you can drink hot or cold. I don’t mind iced tea, but I find if you want good iced tea, make it yourself. Find a loose tea flavour you like (try the Whittards shop online) pour boiling water on it, add sugar to taste, leave it to go cold, strain it and refridgerate. Add ice to taste for drinking.
    As previously mentioned, buying a can of coke from a stand at the tube station, is never going to be ice cold.
    I’ve never had a problem with not enough ice in my drinks in restaurants. Ever. In my 26years here. If you want water with your meal, use your voice and ask for it. Waiters here are not mind readers.
    Milkshakes in restaurants and cafe’s etc are 98% of the time made with icecream.
    I love IrnBru and scottish smoked salmon.

    Whats with the ‘Brits hate this’ and ‘Brits hate that’? You think you know what I do and don’t like just because of my postcode?

    I’m not hostile, this isn’t aggression (trust me – you’d know if it was) I’m just tired of being told what I do and do not like, just because I live in England – which doesn’t rain 200days of the year. Sometimes it snows.

    Those of you from America living in England / UK / Britain – if you want home comforts, you need to start asking or making it yourself. It’s a different world here and as I said previously, we are not mind readers.

  34. Sherry says

    Jen – Your comments were hysterical. Totally agree.

    I am an American who has lived in Britain for the last 15 years. I don’t miss much about American food or drink. And if there are things I have missed I learned how to make them! (Not everything has to come in a mix and go/ shake and bake box) So if you miss it make it.

    As for ice?! What are you all on about? There is ice served with drinks in homes, restaurants, cafes…. With the exception of purchasing it from a vendor who has nowhere cold to keep it. It being warm should then be obvious?!

    I have always found an abundent amount of choices, flavours, cuisines, and amazing foods from all over the world here. So just try something new for god sake! You might surprise yourselves and find something even better then in the US.

  35. says

    I think it’s worth reminding everyone that this post has a date on it — and that date is at the end of 2005. So about 5 years have passed, and things do change.

    Indeed, about two years after I wrote this, I moved into a new home and had the room to purchase a large, American-style refrigerator that made ice. So I had plenty of it at home. My British friends also began more and more having refrigerators with ice makers.

    Louise, there’s another ongoing theme here — that no one seems to read comments before posting them. I’ve repeatedly said that I’m not suggesting that Britain turn into America but that if you’re living there, as an American, it’s reasonable that you might still want to find some of the things that you are used to. Like ice. Or in reverse, my British wife struggles, now that we live in the US, to find British style bacon:

    http://califlorna.com/tescos-fresh-easy-28

    I don’t think she’s failing to accept the US. She’d just like some British bacon, too, if she could find it. What’s wrong with that.

    That was the point of this original post — to tell Americans who might be looking for some American candies how to find it, along with assorted other food tips I picked up in the nearly 10 years I’d learned when living in Britain (at the time I wrote this post), along with the nearly 20 years of experience I had going between the countries.

    And Louise, yes, British people are just as individual as Americans. But then again, I went back to my post to see exactly where I was saying all those “Brits hate this” stuff that has you disturbed. Turns out, I didn’t say that at all.

    I said “Brits aren’t too fond” of peanut butter and went on to say that 1 out of 10 DO seem to like it, from my personal experience. That’s pretty qualified to me. They don’t all hate it, no. But in general, no, Britain doesn’t seem to like peanut butter (which is fine, I’m not suggesting the country should).

    I did say that ice doesn’t exist in Britain, which I kind of thought was obviously a joke. But for the record, yes, ice does exist in Britain. But having literally just come back from a week there, eating in various restaurants, it’s still not the case that you’ll get much or any at all in your drinks.

    Here’s my Diet Coke at Pizza Express from last week:
    http://twitpic.com/1ecptv

    Those are two ice cubes floating at the top. They’re rather lonely. And they melted almost immediately because the Diet Coke itself wasn’t refrigerated.

    Yep, if I want more ice, I can ask for it. Yep, people should speak up. But then again, it can also be painful. Like asking for more ice and then receiving another single, solitary cube. That’s pretty common. And it’s one reason why I’ve just learned to give up rather than try to get it through some waitress or waiter’s mind a restaurant that I’d really like an entire glass just filled with ice, because Coke tastes ever so much better that way. It’s not that big of a deal to me. I just learned to drink it differently in Britain.

  36. Louise says

    Danny, I have not said anything in my post that you have complained about me saying. You are definatly correct about the theme of people not reading comments before posting and you seem to be guilty of this. Perhaps go back and try again?

  37. Lauren says

    I’m from America, and I’m going to be doing an exchange with an English girl. What are some products I can send her from here that she can’t get in England?

  38. Bobbi says

    I found this site when I was trying to find out if I can take my granddaughter who lives in Branden England some Pez candy. I have never lived in the UK, but I have visited four times. I really love the experience of trying new foods. I don’t want American food if I’m in England. Also, I have never had trouble getting ice for my drinks. As for the tea, it is very different than the tea in the States, but I have bought some English Breakfast teabags and enjoy it with mild and sugar. I don’t use either in my American or herbal tea. One thing that has always impressed me is the British people, and I do mean British because I am talking about the Scottish as well as the English. It seems that they go out of there way to help if they think you are having trouble. Most of the British I have talked to have been very friendly, and I love the sense of humor that I have found there. I know this doesn’t hold true for all Brits, but it certainly does the ones I run across.

  39. colleen says

    hello everyone, and before i write i wanted noone to get offended but english food and american food are completely different, i have read through most of the comments and i wanted to say i like english foods especially pasties :P yummmylicious lol, but american food is so different, we have so many cultures so many varieties, thats what i miss the most, i lived in american my whole life, except for the last 3 months, now in uk with the love of my life, i have been to over 25 states in usa and have had almost any kind of food from cambodian to ethiopian, yes ethiopian i had it in california and it was delicious, in the uk alot of times it feels like you guys dont try its easy slap it together(not a bad thing all the time) but sometimes variety and uniqueness are a great thing,i dont even hardly go out to eat anymore (i use to go every week), also i am one of the americans that miss the candy, especially reeses (the4ya re so hard to find) morrisons doesnt always have them and they are lowly stocked, hersheys and candbury* dont taste any different my fiance has lived in uk for 42 years and he also loves hersheys he came to the usa for 6 months and said the food was much better, now me and him spend over £96 a month on american food, milkshakes were better to him says and he loves our biscuits, and by the way biscuits are overly salty if you go to a fast food place for biscuits yes they are but if you go to a mom and pop place for them they are the best, if you do go to the usa you need to take time to find the good places go on the internet and find drives diners and dives, the man goes all of the country and tries places, most of them are fantastic, i have eaten at plenty of the places, im a real foody, ice tea is good but so is warm, it is a aquired* taste, its a culture thing, if you want ice in the drink then ask…lol… if you dont like the food there is no point of complaining food is food learn how to make it the way you like it, thats what i do, lol and i make yummy biscuits and sweet iced tea:) i hope i didnt offend anyone….i miss variety and by the way pizza hut is not variety nor is mcdonalds nor is pizza express, neither is nandos(bland), for christ sake kfc isnt even american taste anymore(its from kentucky which is in america its a state lol), im off to find variety!

  40. colleen says

    oh and by the way we do have sweet pop corn in usa its called kettle corn lol, its traditonally made in kettles but now they can make it just like any other pop corn

  41. David says

    Hi Colleen, where do you live in England? Here’s a link to a few Ethiopian restaurants in London http://www.ethiopianrestaurant.com/england/dining.html and here’s one for Lemongrass (a Cambodian restaurant in Camden, London). Haven’t eaten in any sorry, so not sure what they’re like. I can’t stand Hershey’s but Three Muskateer bars are nice, although we’ve got Milky Ways (which I kind of prefer) and Oreos are really good. Outside of London there is definitely less choice, but I’ve known a lot of Americans here in Japan and most of them haven’t had nice Indian food until they came to Kobe (which is in my view a bit lower in quality than where I’m from in the NW of the England, but still lovely). So I guess it’s swings and roundabouts. There’s Indian, Chinese, Italian and Turkish (if you count kebab shops!) in and around most towns in England. Half the pubs in the NW serve different cultural variations and if you want other things you just have to do a bit of searching really. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s my view.

  42. colleen says

    i dont think your wrong but sorry wouldnt eat a kebab(gross) lol sorry, i live in selby, im not saying your wrong but everyone has different backgrounds and different ways of life i would prefer to live in japan then england(no offense) i love asain food, i use to have ex whose mum was filipino (best freaking food) and i ate over there even when we broke up lol i dont like the indian or chinese really here but its eatable, its just not chinese to me or indian they dont put as much flavor into their food but they do have to accomidate to the flavors of what english like lol but thanks for replying, and i have had bad chinese before and guess where it was china town in san francisco (hint dont go to the expensive restraunts there go to really cheap ones they are best)

  43. David says

    If you don’t like the Indian food here then maybe you just don’t like Indian food right? Because the variety is immense. That’s different though isn’t it? Which other countries are you comparing it to? Maybe there just isn’t the kind of world food you like or are used to near where you live. There was a fair in a top hotel (I think in Dehli) in India recently, for British Indian cuisine. It was very popular even in India and the hotel stated that there were a few British variations that they’d be keeping on the menu. So saying the Indian food is bad seems a bit silly, ha ha. I’m sure most isn’t to the standard of India, but then ask a Mexican if USA’s Mexican food is good (lol). I’ve lived in Japan for 5 years because my girlfriend’s finding it hard to leave her family, but I can’t wait to get home. Japanese food is nice (although a lot of it, famously, has a very subtle taste) but I’d swap British food for it anytime. Japanese society is is quite a sad and emotionally dishonest hyper-visual culture, even though the people are lovely but no amount of nice food could make up for being stuck here for 5 years. That’s a different topic though. Sorry you dislike the food so much, but here’s a couple more links to some restaurants in Yorkshire (that’s where Selby is, right?) http://www.sugarvine.com/leeds/awards/good_food_guide_awards.asp Here’s some Japanese restaurants http://www.sugarvine.com/leeds/awards/good_food_guide_awards.asp A Lebanese restaurant http://www.sugarvine.com/leeds/search/cuisine_search.asp?cuisine_type=Lebanese Here’s a couple of Latin American places http://www.sugarvine.com/leeds/search/cuisine_search.asp?cuisine_type=Latin%20American I haven’t eaten in them mind, so I don’t know what they’re like and a couple have awards, so they could be a bit pricey. Remember also that North America doesn’t seem to have contributed too much to world food (sorry if I’m wrong!) whereas the UK (which is significantly smaller) contributed Worcester sauce, the traditional Sunday roast, the earliest apple pie recipe, cheddar and cheshire cheese and a number of other famous cheeses, yorkshire pudding, haggis, shortbread, balti and chicken tikka masala (if the stories are to be believed), cottage and shepherd’s pie, the Cornish pasty, English mustard, the humble sandwich, modern ice-cream (although I’d feel more comfortable attributing that to the Chinese as I’m not sure I believe it), the earliest records of the modern pancake and not to mention carbonated water, the chocolate bar and the mighty mighty kit-kat (gosh you cry). And I’d swap the all for some proper fish and chips with curry sauce and mushy peas right now, ha ha!

  44. Bobbi says

    As far as Indian cuisine goes, I haven’t tried it but I would think it would be pretty good in the UK considering the large Indian population there. I recently visited Brandon Sulfolk where I had Philipino food for the first time. It was amazing. I don’t think American chocolate holds a candle to British chocolate. I was saddened when Nestle bought Cadbury. I did manage to find a decent fish and chips place in Springfield, IL, but it doesn’t compare to the real thing

  45. Sadie says

    If I can be ambitious and driven one day and then impulsive and flighty the next, It would seem unwise of me to think that any person from any country, is either different, or the same. The ice thing is funny because when I worked in a bar, as staff we were told to put as much ice in the glass as possible; so there was less liquid (coke etc) in the glass, so the customer was getting less and the bar was saving money on buying said product. Maybe this is one explanation for the ice situation people find themselves in, in certain areas of England. If a bar is selling you coke without ice, its offering you a quality product without trying to ‘scam’ you. I know that in the circles I socialise in, if you have ice in your alcoholic drink then you are considered ‘weak’ or if there is lots of ice in your drink you are getting less for your money. This is why I think England as a whole reluctantly serve ice with all drinks. It’s a reputation thing that nobody really realises where it comes from. I have rambled, I was just trying to voice my point but it appears a little convoluted. Sorry. I like the comment about moaning being a sport. That is an excellent way to describe what I hear all day, every day, and in my household, there are some athletes!! I think Eastenders may be the Olympics of moaning. Thanks for the information on American Candy I wanted to try a Baby Ruth, it looks similar to a Lion Bar over here, anybody happen to know if that’s true? I like the differences, comparatively small compared to say, China, but I like the different meaning between British English and American English. Like Fanny, when I hear the word ‘Fanny Pack’ I can’t help but giggle! I also wonder… I watch a lot of American TV so I guess I’m more aware of the language used by Americans, but most English programs, (that I’m aware of ) that are available in America, are extremes of English language, either posh (toff) or words out of the gutter. Is it the same for American shows, are they are true reflection of the language and culture?

  46. Gloria says

    I’m going abroad to Scotland soon and I would like to bring my host family something unique from America. Other than ice, anyone have any ideas on popular American products that aren’t common in Scotland?

  47. Amanda says

    Ive been talking to a new friend in England and we are going to send each other a care package full of things not avalible in the others country. He asked specifically about root beer and beef jerky, but what are some other things I should send that he might not be familiar wiith? Thanks in advance for any help! Also, what should I ask for from England?

  48. Georgia says

    Peanut butter is like under a £1 in pretty much all supermarkets like Tesco or Asda o_O

  49. Lynn Derrick says

    I’m sending a care package to England to a 14 yr old boy. I have found all of the information above confusing. From what I get out of all this is I can send him Recees Peanut Butter cups, Nutty Bars, Twinkies, Cocoa Pebbles, and Mac and Cheese. For those of you leaving in England does that sound about right?

  50. Sherry says

    You can readily find Reese’s PB cups here now. The rest you listed not so easily. In addition what I found I used to miss were twizlers, tootsie rolls, jolly ranchers, butterfingers, mike & ikes, any kids breakfast cereals, any hostess cakes, kool-aid, jell-o puddings, and others that I can’t think of off the top of my head.. There are websites that things can be purchased from here though for future reference on American Candy UK. Hope it helps.

  51. Amy says

    Can i just say, I am English (You’re obviously referring to England, even though Britain consists of four countries!) and we have ice, i dont know when you came to England, maybe in the stone ages ice was not offered, but now it most certainly is, and a lot of it at that. Unfortunately most of the time milkshake is just milk with syrup or something in it, which is a shame because i love it with ice cream, but you can get it in maccy d’s (mcdonalds). Also, you can buy reeces! And if you’ll notice, our fridges arent double the regular size because our behinds arent either. Obviously if you buy a can of coke from a guy on the street he isnt going to magic a fridge, but you needn’t be so ‘shocked’ because if you go to a newsagent it will be there, in the fridge. And peanut butter and chocolate is my favourite thing ever, we do have reeces and peanut butter is readily available, and it isnt expensive, its the regular price…
    And i just want to say, i think the point of going to other countries is to experience their culture and the way the like their milkshake! (Or dont like, haha) and it’s rude to moan about it. Also i think you need to change the name of this because i came here thinking i would be reading about the best types of american candy to order!

  52. says

    Amy, Great Britain consists of three countries: England, Scotland and Wales. The UK — which was in the title of this post — refers to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which includes the fourth country you’re worried about, Northern Ireland. But yes, I was referring to specifically getting candy in England, where I lived for 12 years.

    As I’ve said in the comments above, yes, I know refrigerators have changed. Yes, I know there’s more ice. Then again, when I was back at Pizza Express last year, my Diet Coke came with two or three lonely ice cubes floating in the glass. So no, I’d say England — part of the United Kingdom Of Great Britain & Northern Ireland — still doesn’t really get the whole ice thing in the way Americans do.

    That’s fine. I never wrote this to suggest that Americans with our apparently fat asses that you describe requiring fat ass refrigerators — you know, “American-style” refrigerators — somehow knew better than Brits. Nor was I suggesting that people shouldn’t experience other cultures or other foods.

    It was simply a post for Americans who might be occasionally wanting some candy from home, and a few other food tips. It was written from the perspective of an American who lived in Britain — and lived there for a long-time, who has a British wife and two half-British kids.

    A family, I’ll add, that still enjoys “British” thinks despite living in American now, like decent British bacon or Cadbury’s or Bourbon Cremes. They can enjoy those things without having been seen as anti-American and not getting into the culture, in the same way anyone in any country can enjoy that country despite the occasional hankering for home.

    And now, because I’m tired of repeatedly answering the same things over and over again, I’m just turning off the comments.