“As a Londoner who lived in Indiana and Illinois, if you could send them to me in the UK, I would give you my firstborn.”

If you’ve ever traveled overseas, you’ve probably realized that there are some common “American” ingredients and foods that you’re unlikely to ever find in another country.

So redditor. u/Specialist_Plum673 said: “I’m American and I want to send a British friend a package with ingredients you don’t often see in the UK.” And they asked: “What is very, very american ingredient? That’s what people said.

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Snacks in the supermarket. Olives, pepperoni and stuffed tomatoes.


“My family always takes boxes of Jiffy muffins and cornbread mix home when they visit the states. It’s rare at home.”

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“Good burrito. When I lived in the UK, I couldn’t find a good Tex-Mex (and especially a burrito) for my life.”

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“I’m Croatian and I have some American friends who introduced me to ranch dressing. I don’t know what’s wrong with these Hidden Valley ranches, but they’re fantastic.”

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“When I lived in Switzerland, I really missed Reese’s peanut butter cups. Don’t get me wrong, Swiss chocolate is amazing (even superior to American chocolate), but chocolate and peanut butter is a combination that they have yet to figure out. My grandparents sent me huge bags of Reese’s and I ate them all in no time.”

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“Hot Cheetos. IMO, this is the single hardest food to find outside of the US.”

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“I live in Japan and constantly miss and crave keso. As a person from Texas, he mostly flows through my veins, but he is so hard to find here.”

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Slim Jims. In my experience of living in the UK, it’s impossible to describe Slim Jim to someone who hasn’t tried it. My friend insisted he had tried something similar in the UK, but he brought back a meat sausage that didn’t come close to replicating Slim Jim’s magic.”

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“Not any specific ingredient, but something from Chick-Fil-A. Since visiting the states, this has become my definition of good American fast food. These spicy chicken sandwiches are something else.”

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“Graham crackers. What it is? Crackers or cookies? I have no idea and I have never seen them anywhere outside of the US. They are a mystery to me.”


“Mexican chili peppers such as ancho, arbol, and chipotle. They are almost impossible to find in the UK, but they are everywhere in the US. It shows just how much Mexican cuisine and its influence really is such a big part of American cuisine. “


“Bagels, especially all bagels. I’m Australian and it’s my dream to eat another bagel like the one I had on my trip to the USA. 😭”


Southern sweet tea. I’m from Alabama, but living in Ireland, I had a serious craving for my mother’s (or anyone else’s!) sweet tea. things at home.


“Anything to do with peanut butter. I am an American living in Scotland and this is what I miss the most. Good peanut butter exists here only in tiny expensive jars. sweets, etc.”

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“American style donuts. Many donut chains in Asia make them much less sweet than in America because otherwise the locals will not care.”


“It is impossible to find cottage cheese in Japan. Oh, how I miss that typical American breakfast…”


“When I lived in Austria, my mother sent me taco seasoning. There is a huge need in Europe for decent Tex-Mex.”

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“Cheap boxes of American cake mix. My sister-in-law, who lives in Spain, is crazy about them. Every time I bring her five boxes.”

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“Rootbeer! There was a very short (but brilliant) period in the UK when McDonald’s served root beer. 😔”


“American ‘Chinese’ food, especially East Coast Chinese food. General Tso’s chicken, egg rolls, egg drop soup, fatty lo mein with soy sauce, beef and broccoli, and fortune cookies.”


“Pie and cheese spray. It’s the best cheap snack.”

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“My friend from the UK couldn’t get enough of beef jerky at a gas station when he was in the States. He talked about how delicious it was for 10 minutes. It is very hard to find in Europe and very expensive. “

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“Salty toffee. I recently sent some to an overseas friend. She had never tried it before and she liked it.”

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“Banana pepper. As a Londoner who has lived in Indiana and Illinois, if you could send me a banana pepper to the UK, I would send you my first child.”


“Girl Scout cookies, especially Thin Mints or Samoas. I sent this cookie worth about $150 to my son when he lived in Germany. He was so excited that his German girlfriend tried them.”

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“I lived in Croatia for two years and it may seem funny, but what I missed the most was cranberry products like cranberry sauce and cranberry juice. I could find every other fruit imaginable, but not cranberries.”

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Velveeta cheese. It makes the best macaroni and cheese and is so hard to find outside of the US.”

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“Cream for coffee. You won’t find coffee creamer anywhere else outside of North America. They only use milk or cream.”

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“Corn cakes. I always have a hard time finding real corn tortillas here. It’s hard to make chilaquiles and migas without them!”

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“Breakfast cereal. In the US, cereal is a very different phenomenon than in the rest of the world. When I was studying abroad, cereal wasn’t like what I was used to.”

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“Pepperoni. I live in Korea, but because I am in the military, I still have access to all my American amenities. However, I went on a date with a civilian who begged me to bring her a bunch of pepperoni because the Korean version has a different flavor.”

What is a typical “American” ingredient or dish that you love that is difficult or almost impossible to find abroad? Let us know in the comments!

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