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Baryonyx

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9,517 posts

43 months

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I don't know if you have one of these stores near you or not, but I am noticing a trend of late for American food stuffs in shops, and even dedicated stores opening up.

Until recently in Newcastle, your best bet for getting American sweets and stuff was going to Fenwicks, which has maintained a small American selection in their food court for a while now. Now at the Metro Centre, there is an American sweet shop that is doing so well that a second store is opening in Eldon Square soon.

The selection is brilliant, though you have to be smart when you shop there. £1.30 for a bag of Ranch flavoured Doritos, the nearly identical Cool Original available for 30p elsewhere. Filter out the stuff that's readily available elsewhere in the UK and you can find some great stuff. I am particularly fond of the Nerds selection, since Nerds seemed to vanish from stores here years ago. The shop is usually rammed and the prices (I am told) are cheaper than ordering stuff online.

I wonder what the sudden attraction to American sweets is. Maybe it's the fact that they still taste like sweets? Do-gooders in the UK seem to have ruined sweets for us. Everything we make tastes bland and insipid. Even Haribo Tangfastics are now squishy and bland. Buy a can of American pop there and you'll probably be amazed at how delicious it tastes, not like the the piss that seems to have replaced most of our favourite pops overnight.

Anyone else have a taste for the American stuff, and anything worth trying? One thing I would recommend everyone try is a Payday bar. Salty peanuts on the outside and a delicious caramel interior (with a consistency like soft fudge) that probably pre-dated the wky chef trend of serving caramel with salt by many years!


Slink

2,947 posts

56 months

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yep, i sometime order american drinks and sweets of the net.

brought some back from the USA aswell, and i agree with the drinks over there compared to here.

the fanta there is a deep orange and has such a better flavour than over here.

Nyphur

3,069 posts

72 months

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Quite often pop into the Chinese food shop in Reading which sells original Mountain Dew from the US (not the "Energy Drink" version everyone sells these days". Fantastic

I went into an American sweet shop in Islington a few weeks ago and couldn't believe the range of things they had. I recognised most of the brands (M&Ms for example), but whereas we have 2 or 3 varieties of things, they had 7-10....


deville

33 posts

59 months

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If you are in the Newcastle area this firm has started delivering american desserts, sodas and candy up until midnight for those late night cravings. Not sure how the prices compare:-

www.dessertsdelivered.co.uk

(No connection, just thought relevant)

calibrax

3,982 posts

95 months

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Cybercandy have been doing this for years. They have four shops in London (Covent Garden, Islington, Camden and Shoreditch) and shops in Birmingham and Brighton.

http://www.cybercandy.co.uk/


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Baryonyx

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9,517 posts

43 months

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deville said:
If you are in the Newcastle area this firm has started delivering american desserts, sodas and candy up until midnight for those late night cravings. Not sure how the prices compare:-

www.dessertsdelivered.co.uk

(No connection, just thought relevant)
That looks good! a 276 phone number, that's Walker I think. I could easily make up £8 for an order, but I wonder what their delivery charges are, it doesn't say on the menu. Maybe I will give it a go sometime!

On the subject of American sweets though, I'd avoid Wonka's Chewy Runts. They're fking minging. You can get them in the UK (the sweet dispensers near M&S in the Metro Centre, for instance). Sort of a hard candy shell with a chalky, chewy inside and some naff flavours. The banana ones are particularly bad. I'll not bother with those again!

Also, I have noticed you can now buy 'Fluff', that Marshmallow spread, at Asda. I wonder if Tesco have it.

Stu R

20,727 posts

99 months

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You should all buy loads of them, honestly they're brilliant. Especially the sodas and candy, they're even more brilliant, and if you like them so much, you should totally consider selling them yourself.


Regards,
The guy who supplies a fair chunk of the stores which sell them whistle

Edited by Stu R on Friday 12th October 01:22

Captain Cadillac

2,924 posts

71 months

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Be real careful before you think about drinking American sodas. They are generally sweetened not with sugar, but with high fructose corn syrup.

I'm American and I only drink Mexican Coke, which is still made with real sugar (aside from when Kosher for Passover Coke is available in the spring) or diet soda.

HFCS is linked to pancreatic cancer which I am a survivor of. I won't touch the stuff.

Colonial

11,171 posts

89 months

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Captain Cadillac said:
Be real careful before you think about drinking American sodas. They are generally sweetened not with sugar, but with high fructose corn syrup.

I'm American and I only drink Mexican Coke, which is still made with real sugar (aside from when Kosher for Passover Coke is available in the spring) or diet soda.

HFCS is linked to pancreatic cancer which I am a survivor of. I won't touch the stuff.
Yep. And is hugely bad for weight.

I don't rate American sweets, candies or chocolate. It's just a huge sugar hit and artificial taste.

WCZ

2,219 posts

78 months

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www.americansoda.co.uk are my boys and they have a physical shop too!

listen:

they discontinued Vanilla coke in the UK so I have to buy it from them

WCZ

2,219 posts

78 months

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Stu R said:
You should all buy loads of them, honestly they're brilliant. Especially the sodas and candy, they're even more brilliant, and if you like them so much, you should totally consider selling them yourself.


Regards,
The guy who supplies a fair chunk of the stores which sell them whistle

Edited by Stu R on Friday 12th October 01:22
"every day British favorites"

"harbio tangfantastics"

shakotan

6,755 posts

80 months

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Oddly, our local Garden Centre [in Addlestone] sells lots of American products. I've bought Vanilla Coca-Cola and Butterfinger bars from there.

mph1977

7,191 posts

52 months

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Colonial said:
Captain Cadillac said:
Be real careful before you think about drinking American sodas. They are generally sweetened not with sugar, but with high fructose corn syrup.

I'm American and I only drink Mexican Coke, which is still made with real sugar (aside from when Kosher for Passover Coke is available in the spring) or diet soda.

HFCS is linked to pancreatic cancer which I am a survivor of. I won't touch the stuff.
Yep. And is hugely bad for weight.

I don't rate American sweets, candies or chocolate. It's just a huge sugar hit and artificial taste.
and whether it;s just psychological I often detect a bit of a maizey aftertaste ... ?from the HFCS .

the only Merkin 'Soda' i rate is the 'proper' mountain dew - as colonial says the US go crazy over pop sweetened with actual sugar rather than HFCS

nickdrinkwater

166 posts

74 months

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There is a shop that sells American sweets in Lakeside, Thurrock but the prices are very high. Refused to pay £2 for a chocolate bar!

Asda have now started doing some American sweets but only a narrow selection.

Pickled

835 posts

27 months

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Garson's Farm in West End nr Esher sells a lot of American stuff (probably due to the American Community School?) and Bentalls have a section on the lower floor; personally, I love grape soda and reeces pieces, but most American 'candy' is naff.

Justin Cyder

12,187 posts

33 months

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I've not been to the states since I was a kid, but last time I was there, I recall my dad buying me a milk carton. Full of Maltesers.


That was the most awesomey thing in all creation. Can you still get those?

CarTimeNow

777 posts

50 months

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there is also stateside candy co, online and in aldershot & guildford,

i have to set a budget or i can get carried away, twizzlers ftw!

shakotan

6,755 posts

80 months

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Justin Cyder said:
I've not been to the states since I was a kid, but last time I was there, I recall my dad buying me a milk carton. Full of Maltesers.


That was the most awesomey thing in all creation. Can you still get those?
You must mean Whoppers.



Not as nice as Maltesers, I find they leave a rather unpleasant aftertaste.

Justin Cyder

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NinjaPower

3,196 posts

64 months

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Yep... American snack food seems to have landed smile

There's a shop called 'Americandy' just opened up down the street from my office and is rammed with all the sugar filled crap you could ever need.

I will admit to visiting it a few times and buying a few items!

Fluff is ok on toast, I like the 'Three muskateers' chocolate bar, and also Welch's Purple Grape drink is nice smile
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