[OC] This is the USA section at my local supermarket in Belgium

  1. Exactly, I was thinking most of the items in this USA section aren’t even in my actual USA store. LOL

  2. British version of ranch. More like vinegary mayo. Sandwich spread is basically the same thing with little chunks of pickles in it.

  3. Salad cream verb: when you hype something up and royally fuck it. Ex. Andrew really salad creamed and fell flat on his face for that apple bit on this most recent episode of F**kface.

  4. Mississippi Belle is an export line of products that are sold as American products abroad. Maybe they are sold in the US, but I've never found them. They can meet any labeling requirement for foreign countries, so they tend to be what you get in countries with strict food laws.

  5. As an American that’s the only brand I recognized. Might’ve glossed over a couple things but for the most part I don’t think this stuff is American.

  6. If you bake it for an hour at 250°F you can use it to make alkaline water for making ramen noodles, pretzels and bagels.

  7. There actually is! I figured this out the hard way when my gluten free american cookbooks states use baking soda and just used the translated version…turns out backing powder is not the same as baking soda and tou have to add something else to get the recipes to work…so yes they sell that here in the netherlands too and is highly sought after…the past couple of years it has been out of stock so often I started to attempt making my own…

  8. It could be the packaging. Depending where you are in the world baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is sold in small volumes like seasoning. Arm and hammer in the box is usually set up so you can also use it as a deodorant for your fridge.

  9. This is common in the "American" markets all over Europe. They have the most basic staples because American expats haven't bothered to learn the local names for those products and think they have to get them sent special from America. Our "American" supermarkets in Spain sell baking soda, baking powder, Crisco, cinnamon, flour, vanilla, all at huge markups. They buy buttermilk at the local Aldi, which costs 39 cents, put a "BUTTERMILK" sticker on the label, and sell it for 5€. It's pretty typical for them to sell mixes, etc., for dead-simple things like pancake mix and pie crusts that are basically a couple of ingredients you already have in your cupboard.

  10. Non-Americans looking in the international sections in American supermarkets probably are thinking the same thing lol

  11. Fluff, Marshmallows (though I couldn't determine brand), Grandma's Molasses, Swiss Miss, and Baking soda were the only thing I recognized. There might be a Emril's BBQ sauce in there, along with Hershey's chocolate chips can't tell, but I don't think I've ever seen Hershey's chips- mostly Nestle.

  12. I want to try salad cream so bad, as an American who’s never had it I just want to know wtf it’s like.

  13. Reminds me of the time some jackass stole my credit card number and used it to order dominos pizza while in new york city

  14. I'm really surprised to see Boyer they're a chocolate company in Altoona, Pennsylvania started by a kid trying to make some extra cash for his family during the great depression. They still use the same factory and are as American as it gets. They're more known by the Mallow Cup (Basically a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup but with Marshmallow Fluff and Coconut instead of Peanut Butter) a Western and Central Pennsylvania Classic.

  15. As a American this makes me suspicious of the authenticity of the Asian and Hispanic sections at my US Grocery Store, that oh by the way never have Asians or Hispanics shopping in the those sections.

  16. Can confirm. When I go to the Hispanic section of the big box stores, it's full of shitty jar salsas and hard shell taco shells and Rosarita beans, and Tabasco sauce. Go to an actual Mexican Carneceria in the Southwest US and the product lines are completely different. But they still have Tabasco sauce.

  17. Am Asian, the US Grocery chains (Ralphs and Albertsons) around me actually has half decent Asian aisle in that there are sometimes authentic, name-brand items. I suspect they just source stuff from nearby Asian supermarkets though, a luxury only available here in Asian Central, Southern California.

  18. If you have the luxury of having one near you. Go to a real asian supermarket. It’s fucking awesome.

  19. I'm Indian. The stuff you get at the Indian section isn't bad. Obviously I would go to an Indian grocery store if I was serious about it, but not a bad place to pick up acchar if you're in a hurry

  20. "Foreign sections" of grocery stores are basically a bad caricature of national foods whatever country you're in and whatever nationality it's intended to represent.

  21. Yet, every major US grocery store has an entire section devoted to marshmallows. Different sizes, brands, colors, etc. You can find at least one bag of marshmallows in the vast majority of small corner stores where shelf space is at a premium.

  22. Based on these American sections, I would think the most American possible dish, according to Europeans, would be some sort of chocolate and peanut butter cereal with marshmallows.

  23. Popcorn, like chocolate, tomatoes, winter squash (pumpkins), summer squash (zucchini), peppers (even Hungarian peppers and pepperoncini), is a New World (actually the same age as the Old World) food.

  24. I’m Canadian, but I couldn’t imagine life without microwave popcorn, like how do these people watch movies at home without it? There is ALWAYS microwaveable popcorn in my cupboard.

  25. Ketchup, Doritos, coke, peanut oil, M&Ms, Knorr, Oreos, and Louisiana hot sauce (Tobasco at least) are already readily available in stores. They’re generally not considered intl foods.

  26. At least half of that you can find in the regular isles here in Europe. But, boiled peanuts in a can? that wouldn't fly here. And, twinkies etc. But, you can find it here if you really want to.

  27. Belgian here. Ketchup, Doritos, Coke Zero, M&M’s, bourbon, Oreo’s and chicken bouillon are common enough that they’re in the “normal” aisles. Peanut oil if that’s what I think it is would be in the Asian section

  28. Yes! Boiled peanuts represent! Hahaha (Seriously though… I’m from FL and they’re delicious, but better from a gas station with a styrofoam cup! Haha)

  29. Please add Vlasic kosher dill pickles. Ever since I moved to Belgium it’s all I’ve been craving 🥲

  30. I’ve never had boiled peanuts in a can and would be highly skeptical. Boiled peanuts should be bought on a mountain roadside in Appalachia.

  31. There is baking soda, at least in the UK, I don't know about Belgium. I have seen it in Spain but not for baking, just for cleaning the house and stuff. The only arm and hammer product that I have seen selling in Europe outside the world foods aisle is Toothpaste.

  32. I live in Quebec, were we make a shit ton of Maple syrup and it became a luxury even here (around 9$CAD/can or 7$USD or 6.83EURO), I can't imagine the price of the real stuff in europe.

  33. I can assure you that we do not have Salad Cream or HP Sauce in the United States. Other than in the "EUROPEAN" aisle in our better grocery stores.

  34. Boyer is a chocolate company in Altoona, Pennsylvania started by a kid trying to make some extra cash for his family during the great depression. They still use the same factory and are as American as it gets. They're more known by the Mallow Cup (Basically a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup but with Marshmallow Fluff and Coconut instead of Peanut Butter) a Western and Central Pennsylvania Classic. Weird to see them this far away though.

  35. Any other Americans feel like the popcorn and marshmallow section is disproportionately represented? Do we really like these and miss these abroad? I think I have 3 bags of popcorn a year and I always regret it because the smell lingers so long.

  36. I am American and not even I would shop that section of your market. I don't know what that is, but that looks nothing like anything I have ever seen at my local grocery store.

  37. The bottom three rows are British, but otherwise... marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, instant hot cocoa, and canned pumpkin? Yeah, checks out!

  38. She’s refused vaccination so she can’t go anywhere. Little Debbie is all about freedom…from everything except adult onset diabetes.

  39. Jacob's Crackers, Salad Cream and HP Sauce are definitely not typical American things. Those are British staple items.

  40. Several takeaways here as a life long American. I don’t recognize half of these brands, what the hell is “Salad Cream”, and does the rest of the world not eat popcorn? I feel like I need a while to process this

  41. I’ve lived in the US all my life and I don’t recognize most of this stuff. They do have Fluff though.

  42. The fourth shelf down seems to be a mix of US and UK. I had to look up "Golden syrup" after an episode of the Great British Baking Show so I know we don't have anything like that in the US.

  43. I can't imagine the price of the real thing in Europe... I live in Quebec were we make a shit ton of the stuff and it became a luxury item even here.

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