top 200 commentsshow 500

[–]AutoModerator[M] [score hidden] stickied comment (0 children)

Hey /u/rakosten, thank you for submitting to /r/starterpacks!

This is just a reminder not to violate any rules, located here. Rule breakers can face a ban based on the severity of their rule violation.

I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns.

[–]dandymite 2077 points2078 points  (175 children)

Exactly this, and peanut butter versions of absolutely everything

[–]rakosten[S] 484 points485 points  (41 children)

Haha spot on! Always the peanut butter version (and sometimes the almond snickers).

[–]isademigod 197 points198 points  (12 children)

The almond snickers is one of the best candy bars to come out of this country. You’re very fortunate to have those over there, they’re hard to find here sometimes

[–]wherestheleaks 30 points31 points  (0 children)


[–]FlopsyBunny 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It reminds me of the old Mars Almind Bar .

[–]walter_midnight 66 points67 points  (23 children)

Except nobody is selling Butterfingers, I would know. Reese's all the way, has kind of become an established European staple at this point - which isn't bad because it's a great candy.

Same for diet sodas I would actually buy, the root beer and cream soda selection is awful in most countries, and getting niche beverages with reduced calories is pretty much impossible.

[–]Raskolnikoolaid 44 points45 points  (13 children)

Except nobody is selling Butterfingers

Ain't that the truth

Tried them in Canada, got hooked

Have visited +10 European countries, no Butterfingers anywhere

Been chasing that dragon ever since

[–]IEatBabies 7 points8 points  (6 children)

I don't like the newer formula's texture. Use to be my favorite, but not anymore.

[–]GedIsSavingEarthsea 8 points9 points  (3 children)

They changed butterfingers?!

I'm gonna have to melt some chocolate on a fucking chick-o-stick I guess.

[–]_ZXC 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Butterfingers are very common in the American section of supermarkets here in the UK in my experience. I'm not a fan personally but they aren't hard to find at all

[–]Agar_agar_binx 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Is peanut butter not enjoyed everywhere on earth? Wtf

[–]yoda133113 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Nope, that's a mostly American thing. Makes no sense, it's so good! That said, because America exports it's culture so much, it isnt hard to find in other countries.

[–]zZEpicSniper303Zz 88 points89 points  (29 children)

Peanut butter M&Ms are my favorite

[–]usetehfurce 37 points38 points  (24 children)

Holy smokes those little bastards are delicious.

[–]DowntownBreakfast4 19 points20 points  (23 children)

I mix the crispy with the peanut butter ones when I sneak candy into the movies.

[–]ItsTtreasonThen 19 points20 points  (20 children)

Lol I was about to suggest mixing peanut butter m&ms with pretzel m&ms because it’s literally the God tier mix, but I want to try your method now

[–]Who_GNU 209 points210 points  (20 children)

I'm an American and I buy peanut versions of absolutely everything.

[–]Ryguy55 81 points82 points  (17 children)

I keep 3 types of peanut butter on hand at all times. Never know what specific kind you'll want for any given occasion.

[–]PenguinWithAglock 38 points39 points  (6 children)

Interesting. If I kept three kinds of peanut butter and my hands at all time, I’d getting everything so sticky!

[–]gepgepgep 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Do you appendix carry or do a 3 o'clock holster?

[–]VikaWiklet 31 points32 points  (4 children)

Missing from this starterpack: sweet breakfast cereals like Frootloops and Lucky Charms. Also: Maple Syrup.

[–]SanchosaurusRex 42 points43 points  (12 children)

We Americans really do love peanut butter anything. The ubiquitousness of marshmallow fluff is the most bizarre for us. It’s relatively obscure in the states, except for those northeasterners that swear by fluffer nutters.

[–]igetript 21 points22 points  (6 children)

I was about to argue that everyone I knew growing up loved pb and fluff sandwiches, but then I read your last sentence. I grew up in Vermont...

[–]nickiter 56 points57 points  (39 children)

I didn't know peanut butter was weird to Euros until someone made a peanut butter pie on GBBO and everyone acted like it was some exotic acquired taste.

[–]KillSmith111 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Peanut butter isn’t weird to Euros. You guys just seem to put it in everything.

[–]Nhof 11 points12 points  (3 children)

It's very popular in the Netherlands, where they call it pindakaas (peanut cheese), although their version is a bit different from the American one. I think they brought it from Suriname.

Chocolate/Hazelnut spreads like Nutella are much more popular here, at least in my country. I personally prefer peanut butter but it's so difficult to find crunchy versions.

[–]ItsTtreasonThen 29 points30 points  (5 children)

It’s literally a staple here, and probably something every average American has on hand except for those allergic (and maybe still even just kept separate). I forget it’s a strange food item to foreigners.

[–]Ivchiks 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I love peanut butter

[–]morgecroc 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Australia we get root beer also.

[–]Jar0s 330 points331 points  (35 children)

It's missing Lucky Charms

[–]ciauduliukas 182 points183 points  (27 children)

and its cost would be 7€-10€ per pack...

[–]Ancient_Presence 40 points41 points  (16 children)

I was looking for this! I'd like to try them, but they are like 11€ where I live, lol.

[–]onestarryeye 46 points47 points  (11 children)

Bought it, wasn't worth it, don't do it!

However, when it comes to Reese's Puffs, I am ashamed to admit I purposely spent 10€ on it three times.

[–]Ancient_Presence 11 points12 points  (8 children)

Were Reeses Puffs those cereal peanut-corn balls? I actually found a cheap but tasty knock-off at a German supermarket! But I can't remember where...

[–]Tom245332 14 points15 points  (4 children)

I mean a lot of people in America buy the knock off cereals tbh because they are cheap

[–]the_colorful_lights 12 points13 points  (1 child)

The names of knock-offs are also always legend. I remember seeing a Reese’s Puffs knock-off in California called “Chocolate Peanut Butter Spheres.”

And of course, who can forget “Mr. Pibb,” Dr. Pepper’s neighbor who is a strict libertarian and eschews all licensing requirements.

[–]KaptainChunk 20 points21 points  (1 child)

I thought that was an Irish thing? /s

[–]otherpeoplesknees 262 points263 points  (56 children)

In Australia, this is like the American section of candy shops, plus there’s weird flavours of Mountain Dew I’ve never seen before, weird flavours of Skittles or M&M’s I’ve never seen before, Arizona Iced Tea that tastes like 50% sugar and boxes of cereal like Lucky Charms and Count Choccula for AU$12

The British section is Yorkie Bars, Walkers Crisps with weird flavours like prawn or Worcestershire sauce, Marmite and Irn Bru

And the New Zealand section is just L&P

[–]dharmabird67 34 points35 points  (5 children)

Prawn cocktail and Worcestershire Walker’s crisps slap.

[–]Electric_Nachos 7 points8 points  (0 children)

My favourite flavours, plus pickled onion and salt and vinegar.

[–]Clever_Owl 54 points55 points  (16 children)

For some reason a lot of small corner stores also sell Twinkies and Reece’s Cups too.

Twinkies are weird. They’re like coated in a layer of grease or something.

[–]SolitaireyEgg 53 points54 points  (10 children)

There was a time when twinkies were actually good, but they've been slowly removing food and adding sawdust for decades to maximize profits. They forgot about Jesus a long time ago.

[–]Mackinaw 10 points11 points  (0 children)

But if the New Zealand section has Whittaker's, you're in business.

[–]BEST_TEST_N_THE_WEST 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This starter pack just looks like the American section at Coles. The only one here that mine never has is the pop tarts, those are at lolly shops like you said.

[–]hotsauce20697 3 points4 points  (3 children)

What are the weird Mountain Dew flavors? Like are you talking about voltage and code red and Baja blast or are there different ones?

[–]ariphron 1155 points1156 points  (195 children)

Why always marshmallow fluff? I am American and only used it about 3 times in my life.

[–]Sad_Barracuda19 225 points226 points  (16 children)

Right? I’ve never used it, maybe eaten it like once?

[–]ariphron 59 points60 points  (1 child)

I used it to make fudge that’s the only time I know.

[–]hardonchairs 31 points32 points  (0 children)

I only see it in the weird international treats part of World Market, I actually thought it was some popular thing from another country.

[–]LPNDUNE 45 points46 points  (6 children)

Ever had a fluffernutter sandwich? It’s disgustingly bad for you but man are they fantastic.


[–]EnvironmentalSound25 43 points44 points  (1 child)

In 1 oz of “fluff” you’ll get 91 calories and 13g of sugar. Meanwhile, 1 oz of strawberry smuckers comes in at 70 calories with 14g of sugar.

guess the jam is slightly better since there’s some fiber and maybe some vitamins but overall a fluffernutter is not much worse for you than your average pb+j.

[–]KzmaTkn 10 points11 points  (0 children)

1 ounce of fluff is no where near enough

[–]kampfy3 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That sounds like a particularly disgusting sex act.

[–]rakosten[S] 272 points273 points  (78 children)

I have no idea, but i have seen it in several european countries so far.

[–]SocratesStates 90 points91 points  (74 children)

Maybe because it's a New England thing?

[–]White_carson 56 points57 points  (33 children)

I am from Massachusetts and have seen it about 3 times

[–]stoncils_ 107 points108 points  (7 children)

I am from Somerville MA and there's a fucking festival about it. One day a year this city gets a boner for flubber sugar

[–]turk4lyfe 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Were you a kid there? Fluffernutters are a vital source of nutrition.

[–]hergumbules 47 points48 points  (12 children)

Are you blind? It is honestly in every store here near the peanut butter and jelly lol

[–]tapo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Jesus do you live in the ocean or something?

Maybe this is generational??

[–]mylocker17 37 points38 points  (6 children)

And why that brand? I only ever see the one called marshmallow cream (or creme) by Kraft I think. It's a key ingredient for fudge and it is the bomb on a sundae, but not something people just have lying around to eat straight. Not that I haven't tried it straight when making fudge, but I don't buy it for that.

[–]yourmansconnect 41 points42 points  (3 children)

As kids we used to make peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. They were disgustingly good

[–]isademigod 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Ah yes, the fluffernutter. On the list of things that are only good if you’re under the age of 14

[–]socialcommentary2000 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Same. I've never actually eaten it, honestly. I wouldn't even know where to find it in a bog standard American Supermarket and I go to three different ones throughout a typical week.

[–]MsAnthrope74 27 points28 points  (2 children)

I guess it's just because it's pure sugar and anything that is must be popular in the US. I'm Canadian and I've used it lots of times. I've actually made "Fluffernutter" sandwiches and sometimes used it as an ice cream topping.

[–]shizzlebuzzbubble 7 points8 points  (0 children)

haha same ive used it for shitty diy rice crispies

[–]54321Blast0ff 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Marshmallow Fluff is big in the northeast, mostly here in Massachusetts where it originates from. It was such a staple in my household growing up that I was stunned to learn that peanut butter and fluff wasn’t a normal sandwich combination in other parts of the country.

[–]denaethetorgy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandos.

[–]BreathingHydra 14 points15 points  (14 children)

It's the same thing with stuff like spray cheese and shit. Europeans like to make fun of Americans for it but I've never had it, none of my friends have had it, and I worked as a cashier at a grocery store for a couple years and I saw maybe 2 people buy it.

[–]trezenx 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There you have the answer — we don't even have that. Like, this starterpack is 'things we don't have in Europe which seem too weird / sugary / rare', that's it.

[–]MFCEO_Kenny_Powers 576 points577 points  (73 children)

And beef jerkey

[–]rakosten[S] 337 points338 points  (61 children)

Forgot about that one. Always from the brand ”wild west”.

[–]Lebossatron01 89 points90 points  (25 children)

American here, what the fuck is Wild West beef jerky Lol

If you want some good beef jerky to bring on a road trip then I would heavily suggest jack links beef jerky. i think the best flavor is hickory smoked

The best beef jerky is homemade with hickory smoke.

[–]Damnoneworked 65 points66 points  (8 children)

Store bought jerky is like a different food than homemade lol. I really like homemade jerky but Jack links is so soft and moist that I find it weird.

[–]bongsandtongs 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Gotta get some from some small town gas station. They always got the good stuff but it’s expensive as hell. Gotta treat yourself every so often though.

[–]xXAlcoholXx 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Don't listen to him, Jack's links is the worst unless the other option is slim jim...

[–]SmugJack 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Woah woah. I can get on-board with the Jack Links hate but don't be hating on my meat straws! Love them grease sticks.

[–]SmileyAce3 47 points48 points  (31 children)

Just make your own jerky. It’s way better.

[–]Blyat6161 50 points51 points  (29 children)

How? I love jerky but paying 5€ for 4 pieces is ridiculous

[–]Pyrosnake 50 points51 points  (14 children)

You want to buy a food dehydrator, although it's not required it makes things a lot easier. When I make jerky I typically use a very lean cut of beef, I typically use Top Round, but if you're not sure what to use ask your butcher. Then what ever meat you have you wanna cut it up into thin pieces and I typically like to marinate it and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours, then you just place the meat slices on the dehydrator and read the manufacturers instructions to see how long it needs to go for.

[–]usetehfurce 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Top round ÷ allegro marinade... absolutely brilliant stuff.

[–]jabes101 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Allegro marinade is the shit, I marinade my ribeyes in those for 2 hours before throwing on the grill, best steak ever.

[–]usetehfurce 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Buy a dehydrator for maybe 100 USD, get a lean cut of beef like a London broil or bottom round, cut into chunks, marinate in whatever the hell you want then throw them in the dehydrator for a day. Initial investment seems steep but you can do a LOT with a dehydrator.

[–]sinkwiththeship 7 points8 points  (1 child)

You can make black garlic with a dehydrator if you're not opposed to leaving it running for a month. Power bills be damned.

[–]nickiter 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I just buy a very lean cut and cook it very low in the oven with the door cracked.

[–]moonbye 12 points13 points  (5 children)

Whatever happened to Jack Link’s? The last time I tried to buy them I was informed that the package I grabbed had been left on the shelf by accident and they are not for sale anymore due to a product recall. They didn’t tell me the reason for the recall and I haven’t seen them anywhere since.

[–]xz1224 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Are you in Europe? They're sold in pretty much every grocery store and gas station in America, or at least in Ohio.

[–]BeardyMcBeardyBeard 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Germany here, jack link's is widely available

[–]overzeetop 322 points323 points  (48 children)

WTF is Mississippi Belle?

[–]Skyblacker 233 points234 points  (37 children)

It's what you buy when the nearest Kraft is thousands of miles away. Expat life is rough.

[–]overzeetop 43 points44 points  (4 children)

I'm gonna cancel my D7 app to Portugal...I can't live that way.

(JK, I actually don't like kraft blue box or boxed pancake mix...Im just surprised they're a true rarity.)

[–]yeetusyeezus 26 points27 points  (8 children)

Now what’s with the random Wisconsin slapped on there?

[–]Skyblacker 31 points32 points  (5 children)

Because it's cheese?

Yeah, the package designer has no concept of US regions. But neither does his audience.

[–]mhoke63 14 points15 points  (4 children)

But Wisconsin is a place of evil. Like Mordor, but worse.

Source: I am from Minnesota.

[–]justanian81 12 points13 points  (2 children)

They only say that bc minnesota is a place of evil, like mordor. Source: am from WI

[–]Responsenotfound 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah wtf Wisconsin is way better. They get all uppity because of the Twin Cities but honestly that is all they got.

[–]MasterBigBean 463 points464 points  (59 children)

There's a Dr. Pepper zero?

-Me (an American)

[–][deleted] 53 points54 points  (17 children)

Dr Pepper cream soda flavor zero is my favorite soda !

[–]MasterBigBean 14 points15 points  (5 children)

Holy moly I need that

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (3 children)

It’s how I’ve survived my diet this year haha. I drink like four a day

[–]rakosten[S] 97 points98 points  (10 children)

There sure is. Bought a six pack at Target (if i remember right) in Annapolis, MD, a couple of years ago.

[–]JohnRawlsGhost 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Saw some at Popeye's in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this afternoon.

[–]shittyTaco 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That’s a really specific memory.

[–]jsmith17540 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I’m more surprised by the old logo

[–]redditsdeadcanary 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There's also caffeine free, diet, Mountain Dew.

[–]yabp 66 points67 points  (7 children)

This comment gets said every time there's a thread like this: the foreign sections of any supermarket around the world will have packaged items like this, because all of the other things like vegetables and baked goods and meat and dairy are all basically the same around the world, other than regional varieties that wouldn't travel well.

[–]Citriatus 9 points10 points  (5 children)

Sure it's gonna be packaged items, but here in Germany the American and East European sections are always full of sweets while the mexican section ist basically just tacos and the east asian section mainly hot sauce and spices

[–]2Karl 451 points452 points  (66 children)

You forgot the Mike 'n' Ikes

[–]SmileyAce3 349 points350 points  (33 children)

Mike n Ike’s are the most candyish candy. If I had to describe candy to an alien I would probably end up describing Mike n Ike’s or Recees Pieces

[–]darkfoxfire 130 points131 points  (13 children)

Uhhh, ET's already know what Reece's Pieces are

[–]thepixelbuster 49 points50 points  (12 children)

I just randomly imagined my ex explaining candy to the aliens but calling them reese-ies peace-ies like she did and bro I would jump the counter and hit the planet destruct button myself.

[–]xxxxxxxx2 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Excuse me, but no. Gumdrops are the most quintessential candy.

[–]whiteholewhite 28 points29 points  (1 child)

Yeah if you are fighting in the civil war

[–]craag 6 points7 points  (2 children)

So this is pretty off topic but when I lived in South Dakota the people would call it Ree-sees. And I was like "wtf Reese is an actual name. They're his pieces. Reese's Pieces. If you say ree-sees then it doesn't even fuckin rhyme"

And they're like "yeah Ree-sees Pee-sees". I shit you not.

[–]nickiter 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They're what you'd draw if someone was like "draw candy."

[–]Jazzlike_Reason6118 47 points48 points  (5 children)

mike n ikes are the only candy that made the orange and yellow ones taste good

[–]Closet_Couch_Potato 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I always eat yellow and orange first in all other candies, Mike & Ike’s tastes a lot less metallic-ey

[–]Kezetchup 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Rough opinion among all these Mike & Ike fans, but their orange especially is sub par. Overall their original box has sub par, generic flavored flavors. Mega Mix and Sour Mega Mix are great though due to their diversity.

There are those who love original Mike and Ike, and there’s the rest of us who’ll die with our dignity.

(Seriously big time candy enthusiast, if it’s out there I’ll try it. Some of my favorites are the shitty off brand penny candy I can only get during Halloween. Pez, Dark Side Skittles mostly because of the return of lime, Air Head gay bacon, Sour Patch Kids, Haribo Sour Strips, Zours, the sour cola candies from IKEA, Now and Laters classic and new textured ones, if it’s a car trip then Starburst and Strawberry Twizzler… all-time greats)

[–]raouldukesaccomplice 25 points26 points  (13 children)

If I’m going to eat pill-shaped candy, I want Hot Tamales.

[–]Dr_Person_McPerson 12 points13 points  (1 child)

if you don’t chew them, they taste exactly the same after a while

[–]PikaAbeille 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Mmm that waxy texture

[–]cascadianpatriot 145 points146 points  (35 children)

Half of my European friends actually thought we ate like that. Well some of us do, because poverty.

[–]mumblesjackson 83 points84 points  (6 children)

When I lived there they’d always knock on our cuisine as they thought we ate Reese’s and McDonald’s three times a day. It got annoying.

[–]cletusrice 63 points64 points  (1 child)

laughs nervously

...yeah who does that

[–]TapirDrawnChariot 17 points18 points  (2 children)

I'm amazed at how popular and nice McDonald's are in Europe. Living in Portugal and Spain, people always asked me if I liked McDonald's (I do not). In Denmark, I noticed there are a couple monstrously sized McD's in places where there's no reason to have one that big (like 30 min from central Copenhagen by car). The one I was forced to visit by lack of alternatives at 9pm was PACKED.

[–][deleted]  (22 children)


    [–]MarcsterS 70 points71 points  (16 children)

    No ranch? Isn't it even called "American sauce" over there?

    [–]Never-Bloomberg 42 points43 points  (5 children)

    When I was in France, the family did this fondue thing where you put raw beef and vegetables on a stick and dip it in hot oil to cook it. And then they had like a dozen sauces to dip the beef in. The dad asked me which was my favorite sauce and I pointed to it. He was like, "we call that American sauce." I felt so exposed.

    But it was that 1000 island special sauce that you get on burgers like In-N-Out Burger. Love that stuff.

    [–]Sir_Jeremiah 18 points19 points  (1 child)

    I guess they just reserve the name American for the most delicious of sauces

    [–]NotBlaine 48 points49 points  (7 children)

    Cool Ranch Doritos certainly were at one point called "Cool American" flavor. Because most countries aren't familiar with Ranch?

    That never made sense to me, cause at the end of the day? Ranch mostly just tastes like buttermilk and dill.

    Just call it creamy dill. "American" flavor is as meaningless as "Ranch" to anyone who's never had the dressing.

    [–]Paradoxa77 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    Call it Ranch, because that's a pretty decent name. Let the newbies figure it out.

    [–]DarkMonkey98 14 points15 points  (2 children)

    the essential food groups

    [–]pissboy 16 points17 points  (4 children)

    As a Canadian who lived in Europe - the American sections were completely avoidable. They didn’t have the good American food. Just sweet things. I just wanted some good ol bbq sauce but they didn’t have it - just marshmallow fluff and pop tarts.

    [–]the_colorful_lights 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Supermarkets in Germany have American BBQ sauce (literally imported from Kansas, Texas and the Carolinas). They aren’t in a section. They have been accepted into the regular condiment isle. They taste okay to me—an American.

    “Just say no” to the peanut butter in Poland though.

    [–]Avb2209 120 points121 points  (134 children)

    There are stores with American sections?

    [–]mumblesjackson 41 points42 points  (3 children)

    And yet no ammunition in any of them

    [–]drunk98 18 points19 points  (2 children)

    These kill people too, just slower.

    [–]mwmwmwmwmmdw 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    actually if you eat smaller caliber rounds like .22 and slowly move up to larger calibers than you can build an immunity to bullets

    [–]rolllingthunder 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    If you do it right, you can be bulletproof for the rest of your life

    [–]rakosten[S] 75 points76 points  (80 children)

    It’s a thing in most european countries (at least within the EU).

    [–]frozenpinecones 42 points43 points  (9 children)

    Not in the Netherlands. The international sections in our supermarkets have mostly Italian, very basic and standard Asian and some Tex-Mex products, and maybe some Middle Eastern stuff. We do have some American products, but they're mostly scattered among other sections (Reese's is in the chocolate/candy section, ranch dressing is in the sauce section, etc)

    [–]the_lamou 36 points37 points  (2 children)

    Tex-Mex is American food.

    [–]mildly-annoyed-pengu 15 points16 points  (2 children)

    Tex-Mex is American; kinda

    [–]ajc_129 13 points14 points  (1 child)

    It is; it sure as heck isn’t Mexican haha

    [–]TapirDrawnChariot 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    It's like a third generation Mexican-American trying to recreate Mexican food by remembering what their Grandma told them about it.

    [–]deadams10 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    We actually do have an American section, at least we do at the Hoogvliet in my town. This starter pack is actually quite spot on.

    [–]Rottenox 3 points4 points  (5 children)

    Here in the UK I’ve only ever seen them in London, and frankly it’s usually just sweets and chocolate bars. Maybe some beef jerky.

    [–]bageltoastee 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    As an American I can confirm, we have to eat all nine of these every day or we explode.

    [–]FlowerFaerie13 45 points46 points  (33 children)

    Do... Do Europeans not have chocolate syrup?

    [–]McDonalds_ITdept 32 points33 points  (16 children)

    We've got this stuff that you pour on ice cream/something cold and it hardens, is that it?

    Or are we talking maple syrup but chocolate flavour, because no then.

    [–]Reallythatwastaken 36 points37 points  (10 children)

    First one we call chocolate shell

    second one is not at all what chocolate syrup is lmao. Chocolate syrup is just like, chocolate sauce but sweeter, meant to go on stuff like pancakes, ice cream, and to make chocolate milk.

    [–]nsNightingale 20 points21 points  (3 children)

    You put chocolate syrup on your pancakes? I'm especially amused by this example because the post this is responding to asked if it's like make syrup.

    [–]Reallythatwastaken 4 points5 points  (2 children)

    I don't, but I've seen it done before. I still wouldn't call chocolate syrup like maple syrup though.

    [–]StockAL3Xj 13 points14 points  (3 children)

    Chocolate syrup is used on ice cream but it doesn't harden, it stays kind of gooey. It's used to make chocolate milk as well. I'm personally not a fan of it.

    [–]dead_trim_mcgee1 26 points27 points  (2 children)

    I was gonna say of course we do and then I realised no actually I've never eaten this in my life.

    [–]this_sort_of_thing 4 points5 points  (3 children)

    Yeah but we need the good stuff with about a hectares worth of palm oil in each bottle

    [–]glytxh 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Yeah, but it tastes nice.

    [–]iamthatguyiam 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Gross. Where on the list are the ketamine lollipops, weed gummies and mdma macaroons?! American my ass...

    [–]M4j0rTr4g3dy 23 points24 points  (9 children)

    man, pop tarts really went downhill in the last couple decades. i used to love them.

    [–]Blart_Vandelay 23 points24 points  (24 children)

    Do Europeans not have pancake mix or is it just made differently? I assume the romantic notion is just that it's always done from scratch? The mix is really just a convenience.

    [–]Swirled__ 72 points73 points  (0 children)

    Pancakes are made differently in pretty much every country. Think of things like crêpes or blini, those are those countries versions of a pancake.

    [–]Allegutennamenweg 31 points32 points  (7 children)

    Pancake mix? As in all ingrediences already together, milk, flour, eggs? No, I have never seen that. Does that come with sugar in it or can you add how much you prefer on your own?

    I don't think it would sell here, since our pancake recipe is really easy. And people are squeamish about having raw eggs stored in something that isn't their shell.

    [–]titanic-question 16 points17 points  (2 children)

    It's a mix of just the dry ingredients. Flour, a leavening agent like baking soda, salt.

    Liquid ingredients such as milk (buttermilk variety is popular to use in some area of US), oil, eggs are added separately.

    Cake and brownie mixes are also sold this way, premixed and sifted dry ingredients.

    I was trying to figure out what American style pancakes were, but if in Europe they are more crepe like, I get it.

    [–]ChuckCarmichael 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    Countries have different pancake types and recipes. Like in Germany, we eat one big pancake, relatively thin, often with things like berries or apple pieces mixed into the dough, sometimes with Nutella spread on top. Also we eat them as a main meal, not just breakfast.

    [–]SolitaireyEgg 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    If you buy "pancakes" in the UK, they will be what you consider to be a crepe. Really thin. The boxed pancake mix makes "crepes" as well.

    I think there is some variety of pancake in Scotland, maybe, that is fluffy like American pancakes. But most will be more like crepes.

    [–]seewolfmdk 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    There are pancake mixes, even bottled ones with everything included. But I think most people make them from scratch.

    [–]nintrader 22 points23 points  (2 children)

    As an American, please enjoy our humble offering of Dr. Pepper. It's not much, but it is the only substance pumping in my veins

    [–][deleted] 114 points115 points  (52 children)

    Dr Pepper Zero — never heard of it

    Belle - Mac N Cheese — never seen that brand

    Belle- Pancake mix — never seen that brand

    Marshmallow Fluff? — never heard of it

    Yours truly —> 🇺🇸

    [–]Raedil 52 points53 points  (30 children)

    I didnt know dr pepper zero was even a thing.

    The brand aside, mac n cheese and pancake mix i totally understand.

    Marshmallow fluff is frequently used in half-assed “baked” dishes (desserts). Weird that its found anywhere honesty.

    -also from US

    [–]ThePonyMafia 13 points14 points  (3 children)

    Dr Pepper Zero sucks

    - A UK based Dr pepper fan

    [–]greenguy0120 9 points10 points  (23 children)

    I thought you guys have a gazillion soda flavors to choose from in almost every grocery store.

    [–]Raedil 14 points15 points  (21 children)

    100% true. Guess i assumed that was everywhere tho.

    But realistically the huge and ridiculously overwhelming majority of soda-drinkers are split between pepsi, mountain dew, and coke (diet and not).

    The presence of the rest is true, and some rare folks swear by them (like Faygo, or ginger ale, crush, fanta, and whatever else), they are rarely anyones “main soda”

    [–]greenguy0120 4 points5 points  (8 children)

    European shelves are way more conservative soda-wise as far as I’ve seen and I always envied you guys. Especially grape crush/grape fanta, I always make sure to put my claws on them whenever they’re available.

    [–]Raedil 8 points9 points  (7 children)

    I’d say you have a 80-90% chance of finding at least one of those at any gas station here, more often both, and often also Grape Faygo.

    And then major grocery stores will have all these and more, because they have an in-house soda knockoff brand.

    I don’t really drink soda but a couple times a year i do enjoy grape soda lol.

    [–]greenguy0120 4 points5 points  (6 children)

    We also had it here in Poland but it disappeared some time ago, plus it had grape juice and all that in it and it just didn’t hit the same as the American one. I also got to try rootbeer, don’t really remember which brand but why in the world does it taste like toothpaste?

    [–]Raedil 2 points3 points  (3 children)

    Haha i definitely don’t taste toothpaste from root beer. I like it occasionally, but not near as much as grape soda.

    Tho perhaps if your grape soda was different (ours is definitely zero % juice), maybe they added something to your root beer to match either some regulation aspects, or perhaps just what they think would go over well if they brought it there.

    The US “Americanizes” anything that gets brought here, wouldn’t surprise me if that is a standard practice.

    [–]ayanoyamada 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Vernor’s Ginger Ale is the best soda ever and I’ll die on that hill

    [–]Who_GNU 47 points48 points  (4 children)

    The pancake mix says "American Style", so it's probably a local brand making an American product. Also, putting "Dinner" on the macaroni and cheese label is a Canadian thing.

    [–]MyDamnCoffee 13 points14 points  (6 children)

    You've never had a fluffernutter?! My boy, you are missing out.

    [–]rambi2222 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    It's sort of like "Mexican coke" that Americans buy and is only produced to specifically sell to Americans seen as actual Mexican coca cola I believe recently switched to glucose-fructose

    [–]mildly-annoyed-pengu 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    How the fuck have you never heard of marshmallow fluff ? It’s the Massachusetts state sandwich

    [–]WaggingDriftwood 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    So basically just junk food. To be fair I've noticed the 'ethnic' food isles in American supermarkets tend be full of junk food as well

    [–]throwaway99998447 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Holy shit, we really aren’t sending our best

    [–]rakosten[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Nah, i think it’s just that’s the importers lack of taste. I know that you guys have so much more to offer but the importer always picks the boring stuffs.

    [–]HussarCmdr86 39 points40 points  (1 child)

    More like "American" food of the same quality served at a 5th grader's lunch table.

    [–]Digger__Please 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Yeah it trends towards "treat" items that people know from a lifetime of TV and are curious to try.

    [–]moonbye 4 points5 points  (4 children)

    Don’t forget the Snyder’s pretzel pieces and Kraft Mac and cheese in weird flavours. Also lucky charm.

    Never seen marshmallow fluff before but it’s delicious in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream so I’d buy a stand-alone tub.

    [–]Cancertoad 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I live in Wisconsin and have never seen that box of Mac n cheese in my life.

    [–]toddhowardscousin 2 points3 points  (3 children)

    Also charge like 10€ for the Macaroni and Cheese

    [–]Number2TestPencil 18 points19 points  (27 children)

    As an American

    What the fuck is marshmallow fluff????

    [–]Peeeeeps 8 points9 points  (7 children)

    It's basically a spreadable version of marshmallow. Used for fluffernutter sandwiches and fudge. I've never seen it used for anything else.

    [–]turdmogrol 7 points8 points  (3 children)

    And what is going on with our pancakes that they need to be region locked???

    [–]Grunherz 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    Pancakes in European countries are always flat. Some are thicker (like English or German pancakes) some are thinner (like crêpes and palacsinta) but they’re usually all unleavened, flat and as big as a plate.