Hey, Expats! Craving American Food? You’ll Like This Post

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August 22, 2011 by Evin

We’ve all been there, craving a bowl of orange Kraft Mac & Cheese as an expat American across the pond. But unless you live near Harvey Nichols or Partridges, you thought you were out of luck. Well, I researched all the resources for American foods abroad and made a big delicious list with links. Oh yes, just another sign that I care.

When I moved to Ireland, I packed a can of Ocean Spray cranberry sauce in my suitcase because I was uncertain I would find it in Ireland. I also brought a can of black beans for my husband’s amazing burritos and a few ranch salad dressing packets. There are many things I took for granted and didn’t think to pack. After over three years of life across the pond, I still cherish my American flavorites – you know, the favorite flavors that help make a dish a bit comforting and totally a favorite. Yes, I made the word up just now.

I have compiled this long and, hopefully, thorough list of all the American ingredients I’ve found over here and where they are available. Most stores are online or in Cork City, where I’m based, a few are elsewhere in Ireland and Europe. If you know of another source for these items, please comment so the link can be added. In general, these are the most popular sources for American food abroad:

Amazon.co.uk

AmericanFood.ie

Fallon & Byrne

KitchenCookware.ie, aka Market 57 in Westport, Co. Mayo

Patridges

The Country Market, Howth, Co. Dublin

The Stateside Candy Co.

YankeeSoda.co.uk

Now on to a list of favorites and where to find them in Ireland and the UK…

SPICES & SAUCES

Old Bay Seasoning, 170-gram tin, £5.47 on Amazon.co.uk

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing bottles and mixes from Amazon.co.uk or from The Country Market, Howth (Co. Dublin)

Newman’s Own Bottled Ranch Dressing from Tesco

McEnnedy’s Ranch Dressing from Lidl

Stubbs Mesquite Liquid Smoke, 148ml bottle, £3.47 from American Soda

Stubbs Chile Lime Spice Rub, 99-gram container, £3.47 from Amazon.co.uk

Stubb’s Sauces, Rubs, Marinades, and Seasonings from Amazon.co.uk

Anchor Bar’s Buffalo Wing Sauce (they invented the Buffalo Wing evidently) from Amazon.co.uk

Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce from SuperValu, Dunnes, and Amazon.co.uk

Assorted Buffalo Wing Sauces from Amazon.co.uk

Pace Salsa Medium Heat, 1.81-kilo container, £7.97 from American Soda

Newman’s Own Sticky BBQ Sauce from Tesco and Dunnes

Tabasco Chipotle Sauce, 57 ml, 12-Pack for £23.28 from Amazon.co.uk

Canadian Maple Syrup from Mr. Bell’s in the English MarketDunnes Stores (BEST PRICE), TescoQuay Co-op, or Market 57’s online shop KitchenCookware.ie

Vermont Maple Syrup from £16.25 on Amazon.co.uk

Aunt Jemima Original Syrup from Amazon.co.uk or from Partridges

Hershey’s Chocolate and Strawberry Syrups, various sizes and forms available from Amazon.co.uk and from Dunnes Stores

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DRINKS & DRINK MIXES

Country Time Pink Lemonade, 538-gram container, £6.95 from Patridges or £6.97 from Amazon.co.uk

Country Time Classic Lemonade, 538-gram container, £6.95 from Partridges or £6.97 from American Soda

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, various sizes and forms available fromAmazon.co.uk

Kool-Aid Drink Mixes, various flavors from Amazon.co.uk (good for drinking or for dyeing wool)

Irn-Bru from Amazon.co.uk

Cherry Coca-Cola from Amazon.co.uk

Dr. Pepper Soda from Amazon.co.uk

Mountain Dew from Amazon.co.uk

Ginger Ale from Amazon.co.uk

Root Beer Sodas in various brands, including A&W, MUG, Barq’s, IBC, and Stewart’s, are available from Amazon.co.uk or from The Country Market, Howth (Co. Dublin)

Cream Soda various brands, including Ben Shaws, A&W, and Barr’s, available from Amazon.co.uk

 

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BREAKFAST

Pop Tarts, almost all flavors from Amazon.co.uk or Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Blueberry from Partridges

Lucky Charms Cereal, £4.47/box from Amazon.co.uk or £8 at Fallon & Byrne (Co. Dublin)

Kashi, from Amazon.co.uk

Captain Crunch Cereal, Amazon.co.uk

Quaker Instant Grits, £4.97 from Amazon.co.uk

Kellogg’s Apple Jacks Cereal, three 481-gram boxes, £20.97

Kellogg’s Bite Size Frosted Mini Wheats Cereal, £9.97 for six individual serving packs. Full boxes available under alternate brand name at Tesco.

Golden Grahams, Tesco in Nenagh (Co. Tipp.)

Aunt Jemima Original Pancake Mix from Amazon.co.uk or from Partridges

Vermont Maple Syrup from £16.25 on Amazon.co.uk

Canadian Maple Syrup from Mr. Bell’s in the English MarketDunnes Stores (BEST PRICE), TescoQuay Co-op, or Market 57’s online shop KitchenCookware.ie

Aunt Jemima Original Syrup from Amazon.co.uk or from Partridges

Marshmallow Fluff in Ireland

 

SANDWICH SPREADS, FILLINGS & SIDES

Marshmallow Fluff, Marshmallow Fluff or Market 57’s online shop KitchenCookware.ie or at their store on Bridge Street in Westport (Co. Mayo)

Welch’s Grape Jelly, 510-gram jars (Pack of 6), £23.94 from Amazon.co.uk or a Single 510-gram jar is £4.30 or Fallon & Byrne (Co. Dublin)

JIF Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter, 510-gram jar is £4.69 or pack of six 510-gram jars is £22.70

JIF Creamy Peanut Butter, 510-gram jar is £4.69 or pack of six 510-gram jars is £22.70

Vlasic Kosher Dill Pickles, from £4.47 on Amazon.co.uk

 

Bramwells Pickled Gherkins

 

DINNER

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese (Blue Box)  from Amazon.co.uk (£11.14/12 boxes or £2.67/single box) or from The Country Market, Howth (Co. Dublin)

Campbell’s Cream Of Mushroom, 300 gram can, 3-Pack for £6.89 from Amazon.co.uk

French Fried Onions, 79-gram container, £3.77 from American Soda or an off-brand substitute is available from Tesco in the salad dressing section of the store

Elbow Macaroni, €1.05 from Mr. Bell’s in the English Market and occasionally at Lidl

Elbow Macaroni

JEWISH & KOSHER

Barkat Matzo Crackers which you can crumble to make your own matzah meal for Matzah Ball Soup, £6.40 from Amazon.co.uk

Bramwells Pickled Gherkins, about €2 from Aldi

Vlasic Kosher Dill Picklesfrom £4.47 on Amazon.co.uk or from The Country Market, Howth (Co. Dublin)

 

Pumpkin Puree

BAKING & DESSERT

Libby’s Pumpkin Puree, £2.25 from Partridges, 425-gram can for £2.75 from American Food Direct, 425-gram can for £2.75 from American Soda, or 740-gram can for £4.99 from South African Foods (enough for two pies)

Danival Organic Pumpkin Puree, 500-gram jar, €4.24 from Cork’s Quay Co-op or £4.00 from GoodnessDirect.co.uk

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, 240-gram box, £1.15 from Amazon.co.uk or £1.15 from Partridges.

Crisco, available from Kirkland bulk 1.8-kilo jar for £22.78, Fallon & Byrne (Co. Dublin) or look for the Irish/UK equivalent Cookeen.

Aunt Jemima Corn Bread Mix, 283-gram box, £2.95 from Partridges or £3.25 from Amazon.co.uk

Apple sauce from Cork’s Quay Co-op

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MEXICAN & SOUTHWESTERN

Moving to Ireland from California makes me keenly aware of the lack of authentic Mexican cuisine and ingredients, but with some ingenuity and a big of home gardening, you too can have half-decent burritos on your plate.

Stubbs Mesquite Liquid Smoke, 148ml bottle, £3.47 from American Soda

Stubbs Chile Lime Spice Rub, 99-gram container, £3.47 from Amazon.co.uk

Stubb’s Sauces, Rubs, Marinades, and Seasonings from Amazon.co.uk

Anchor Bar’s Buffalo Wing Sauce (they invented the Buffalo Wing evidently) from Amazon.co.uk

Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce from SuperValu, Dunnes, and Amazon.co.uk

Assorted Buffalo Wing Sauces from Amazon.co.uk

Tomatillo Seeds25 seeds for £0.99 from Amazon.co.uk

Seasoned Pioneers Chipotle Chillies, 18-gram, 6-Pack for £14.00 from Amazon.co.uk

Pace Salsa Medium Heat, 1.81-kilo container, £7.97 from American Soda

Newman’s Own Sticky BBQ Sauce from Tesco

Tabasco Chipotle Sauce, 57 ml, 12-Pack for £23.28 from Amazon.co.uk

Various Sauces, Ingredients, and Seasonings at Marks & Spencer

Whole Smokey Chipotle50-gram bag for £2.55 from Chilli Pepper Pete

 

Newman's Own Sticky BBQ Sauce

SNACK FOOD & CANDY

Red Vines, 1.8-kilo tub for £12.27 from Amazon.co.uk

Twizzlers Straws, 180-Pack Tub for £9.69 from Amazon.co.uk

Fritos Corn Chips, various sizes starting at £0.69 from Amazon.co.uk

Triscuit Crackers from £5.95 from American Food Direct

Chips Ahoy Cookies, Amazon.co.uk or at Supersavers in Longford (Co. Longford)

Wrigley’s Big Red, 65-gram package, £2.59 from South African Foods

Big Red, Trident, and Dentyne Cinnamon Gum from Amazon.co.uk

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans in various sizes (including Kirkland bulk 1.8-kilo jar for £22.78) starting from £1.25 from Amazon.co.uk

Cheez-It Crackers from Amazon.co.uk

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels, various sizes, styles, and flavors from Amazon.co.uk

Finz! Crackers (aka Goldfish) from Asda

Goldfish Crackers from The Country Market, Howth (Co. Dublin)

Keebler Crackers and Cookies, Amazon.co.uk

Butterfinger, 59.5-gram bar, Single bar for £1.07 from American Soda or 36-Pack for £36.17 from Amazon.co.ukMini Butterfingers, 156-gram bags, 3-Pack for £7.99 from Amazon.co.uk

Other Butterfinger options from Amazon.co.uk

Nerds, €2  at The Happy Pill in Dublin or 170-gram pack for £2.89 from Amazon.co.uk or at Auntie Nell’s Old-Fashioned Sweet Shop on North Main Street in Cork City

Reese’s Pieces, available at Auntie Nell’s Old-Fashioned Sweet Shop on North Main Street in Cork City

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Single 3-Pack is €1.40 from Market 57 in County Mayo and their website, KitchenCookware.ie, 10 3-Packs are £8.41 from Amazon.co.uk, and sometimes available at Auntie Nell’s Old-Fashioned Sweet Shop on North Main Street in Cork City, Dunnes, Cork’s English Market, Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre in Lisdoonvarna (Co. Clare), and Auntie Nell’s Sweet Shop on North Main Street in Cork City. Other Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup variations are available from Amazon.co.uk

New York Style Bagel Crisps starting at £8.69 for a three-pack

Sathers Cinnamon Bears, 12-Pack for £7.69 from Amazon.co.uk

Dots, 64-gram box, £1.09 from Amazon.co.uk

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in Ireland

 

CRANBERRY SAUCE

I wrote a blog post comparing the main brands available jarred in Ireland which offers taste description and information on how much cranberry is actually in each. But here’s where you can buy the bog berries in sauce form:

Ballymaloe House, 310-gram jar, €3.19 from Tesco

Cottage Delight Luxury Cranberry Sauce, 260-gram jar, £5.20 from Amazon.co.uk

Darlinton’s Cranberry Sauce, jar, £1.99 from Amazon.co.uk

Hawkshead Relish Cranberry Sauce, 200-gram jar, £2.80 from Amazon.co.uk

Janet’s Country Fayre, 180-gram jar, €3.91 from Cork’s Quay Co-op

M&S Cranberry Sauce, 310-gram jar, €1.89 from Marks & Spencer

Mackays Cranberry Sauce, 227-gram jar, 6-Pack for £8.50 from Amazon.co.uk

Meridian Organic Cranberry Sauce, 284-gram jar, £2.29 from GoodnessDirect.co.uk

Natural Cool Frozen Organic Cranberries, 300-gram bag, £2.77 from GoodnessDirect.co.uk

Ocean Spray Wholeberry, 350-gram jar, €1.99 from Tesco

Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce Whole, 450-gram can, 3-Pack for £8.69 from Amazon.co.uk

Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce Jellied, 450-gram can, 3-Pack for £8.59 from Amazon.co.ukor 1 jar for £2.95 from Partridges.co.uk

Real Organic Foods Company Cranberry Sauce, 310-gram jar, £4.95 from GoodnessDirect.co.uk

Tesco Brand, 200-gram jar, €0.99 from Tesco

Tesco’s Finest, 200-gram jar, €1.64 from Tesco

Tracklements Cranberry and Port Sauce, 250-gram jar, £2.99 from British Corner Shop

Cranberry Sauce Side-by-side Comparison

7 thoughts on “Hey, Expats! Craving American Food? You’ll Like This Post

  1. Evin, so happy to have come across your blog! I’m an American who lived in Cork from 2007-2008 and miss it so. As someone who can relate, I really enjoy your perspective. Back in school in Chicago for the time being, but planning on moving back to Ireland when I graduate this May. Thanks for all the quality information.

    Jamie

  2. Amanda Green says:

    I am an expat living in the middle eat and I can not explain how much I miss so many of these things. I can’t even get it online cause shipping out here is ridiculous. d(T_T)b But I love this blog post and i LOVE that you understand me so well. lol. Keep up the great work!

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  4. Shay Doyle says:

    I miss Folgers instant Coffee but i can’t seem to find it anywhere in Ireland. Anyone know where i might find some ?

  5. Sineadfgn says:

    Hey there, you can also find some U.S. products, such as Aunt Jemima, in JC’s supermarket, Swords, Co Dublin.

  6. Kristin Tocci says:

    Your blog is amazing! What a wonderful resource to provide!! 🙂 I am moving to Cork in August for a one year masters and you have so much incredibly helpful information, I really appreciate it. Can’t wait for my new adventure and I feel a little more prepared going in, thanks to you! 🙂

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