An American food store has opened in my town – they import products on request. I’ve got a few foods I like but don’t know good brands- so suggestions wanted for products in the following categories: dark chocolate peanut butter cups, white or yellow cornmeal muffin or cornbread mixes, healthier boxed mac & cheese …
The best dark chocolate peanut butter cups come from Trader Joe’s. But it’s unlikely your food store will be able to import them because a store in Canada tried and got sued. This is very sad for you. :( Justin’s brand is pretty good (though possibly not Orangutan safe?). Neuman’s own is also pretty good. For a truly American experience, Reeses occasionally puts out a dark chocolate version of their peanut butter cups (and these, of course, will still be extremely sweet). You’re most likely to find the small versions at holidays like Easter or Christmas in my experience.
I like the Ancient Harvest brand quinoa mac and cheese (a discovery in our bad days of wheat allergy, but I still buy it). The most ubiquitous “healthier” boxed mac&cheese is Annie’s. Annie’s tends to add yeast extract to things (not their mac and cheese though) so I don’t trust it (disclaimer: I get headaches from yeast extract) and I’ve just never really been a fan of their boxed mac and cheese. I mean, I’d eat it if it were actually healthy, but for something that isn’t truly healthy I’d far rather go Kraft or a Kraft imitator. There are lots of different kinds of mac and cheeses, but if you’re going true american you’ll get a kind that comes with a pouch of powdered cheese to which you will add butter and milk. The other kind uses velveeta or a similar cheese product and will come with a creamy cheesish substance. In any case, if you want to experience true Midwesternism, add a can of tuna and some peas for a stove-top casserole. Yum.
I’m not entirely sure why you’d want to import cornbread mix unless they don’t make cornmeal in New Zealand(?) because it is super easy to make yourself with just cornmeal and a recipe. However, Jiffy is the brand if you like Northern style sweet cornbread. This is the cornbread of our youth and our holidays. If you like Southern style not-sweet cornbread, you’re best off buying the cornmeal itself and making your own. You’ll want a stoneground cornmeal. We like Hodgson, Bob’s, or Arrowhead Mills.
Grumpeteers, what are your favorite of the requested American products?