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Click pic to view comments Friday face-off: UK vs USA
Posted: 12:28 Fri 12-09-2003.
Snackspot reports: Another hotly contested debate last week, with both Cadbury and Galaxy chocolate receiving plaudits for their "sweetness" and "smoothness", respectively, and even those who preferred Mars' Galaxy admitting that Cadbury often had a "wider variety". There was rather less consolation for Nestle, however, whose chocolate was deemed both "plastic" and "revolting", although it "works well in many of their products", one contributor felt compelled to confess. Anyway, on to this week's topic, and it's a theme returned to during many of our discussions here: Who has the best snack foods - the UK, or the USA?

...So let's hear it: Do you have a patriotic preference for the foodstuffs of one nation over another? Is it like pop music, where the Americans seem to have a enormous product range, but for true innovation, they must look back to the quirky eccentricities of "the old country"? Is it people like you who keep companies like Cybercandy, Yankee Doodle and SkyCo in business? Does this question gravely overlook the magnificent native snack industries of Europe, Australia and Japan? Or, let's face it, is the grass - and the snacks - "always greener" on the other side?

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Posted: 13:30 Fri 12-09-2003 by "Lee Maguire" # permalink comment
Comment: I guess it really depends if you like peanut butter or not - 80% of US "candies" seem to feature it in some form.

I'm not a fan of Hershey's chocolate. It's funny to see it imported in the UK and sold for a similar price as, say, G&B.


Posted: 13:48 Fri 12-09-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: Yeah, I thought the US preponderance of peanut butter products was weird. It is, however, an interesting example of combining salty (peanut butter) and sweet (chocolate) flavours in the same product, which we don't see quite so much over here (with the possible exception of the digestive biscuit?)
Posted: 15:11 Fri 12-09-2003 by "Daniel Thornton" # permalink comment
Comment: I like that the above question overlooks the snack industries of Australia, as what passes for chocolate over there is a foul mixture of preservatives and something that seemingly has more in common with death than cocoa.

American chocolate is great (particularly Hershey's Cookies & Creme), despite the slight taste of vomit that most of it has.


Posted: 15:16 Fri 12-09-2003 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: Congratulations on the personalised Easter egg idea, Daniel!
Posted: 17:28 Fri 12-09-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: even know i live in the uk it would have to be the US, there got pepsi blue, mountain dew, 100's of cinnamon & wintergreen (root beer) things, lucky charms and NO VAT, and i must amid hersheys tastes of vomit
Posted: 17:58 Fri 12-09-2003 by "bob........." # permalink comment
Comment: look whats new.......http://www.irn-talkingshop.co.uk/irn/news.html#hotprod.
Posted: 18:52 Fri 12-09-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: What, Virgin drinks? They're only apple flavour and raspberry.

And USA by far, they get all the extensions first


Posted: 21:13 Fri 12-09-2003 by "Mike Gray" # permalink comment
Comment: The main problem for me is that the Hershey's aftertaste is so reminiscent of bile. Once I realised what the aftertaste reminded me of, there was no way I could eat it.
Posted: 21:50 Fri 12-09-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: can you stii buy thoose jolly rancher hard candies her in the uk???...........
Posted: 22:02 Fri 12-09-2003 by "Choccieman"
(apparently posting from 81.86.154.129: 81-86-154-129.dsl.pipex.com) # permalink comment
Comment: I think the UK has always had a good snack industry. Yeah we've recently lacked innovation, but so has everyone (I think nearly everyone who's posted to my forum has complained of how boring choc. snack products have become).

The USA has better variety but thats understandable there's more of them to buy the rubbish (not being a fan of peanut butter all that interests me over there are oreos and the many varieties of twix they've had over the years).

And as for Hershey's just don't get me started on how bad their chocolate is...


Posted: 22:24 Fri 12-09-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: in america its peanut butter, cinnamon, wintergreen, marshmallows and grape
Posted: 04:11 Sat 13-09-2003 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: I still say, if you're looking for a good chocolate experience from a mass-produced chocolate bar, you're a madman. That aside, the Peanut Butter M&M's are quite good, but I have never liked the American cinnamon flavoured sweets, especially Hot Tamales.

The Japanese snack industry is incredible - some of their savoury snacks are just about the best you'll get. Then again sometimes you come across stuff like the rubberiest blandest cheese in the world which is sold in liquor shops to eat with beer! But the squid-on-a-stick snack you can get there is fantastic.

So yes Snackspot - you've criminally overlooked the snack industries of other countries, but on the other hand, at least you've got another readymade Friday Faceoff topic...


Posted: 16:47 Sat 13-09-2003 by "cokeco" # permalink comment
Comment: Until you live in two countries you never have a true appreciation of the snack/food industry. To visitors of a country its just a novelty. While the UK has some great snacks the US snack are far better. Theres a better variety and more innovation. Though I must say I have never noticed any peanut butter obbsession, I think UK people just see it as that because of the lack of domestic peanut butter snacks. Though I may venture to say that the UK is obbsessed with caramel. Anyways, Hersheys chocolate is gross and I think even americans know this, they just are too patriotic to say so. But other than that US snack all the way. The best is going to a bulk food shop and they have rows and rows of bulk candy and snacks...mmmm heaven.
Posted: 18:41 Sat 13-09-2003 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: hershey bars are great, they are just an acquired taste. that's not to say i would ever want to go without britchoc for an extended period of time. but you can't beat peanutbutter filled pretzels. the uk is lousy at innovation.
Posted: 19:09 Sun 14-09-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Mountain Dew Livewire is lovely- cherry flavoured( someone got some for me)

pepsi vanilla doesn't taste much of Vanilla


Posted: 21:23 Sun 14-09-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: no mountain dew livewire is orangey you must of had mountain dew code red, and the diet pepsi vanilla tastes stronger
Posted: 12:24 Mon 15-09-2003 by "Ned" # permalink comment
Comment: The US has a far greater variety of Skittles and Jolly Ranchers (which seem to have disappeared entirely from Britain despite being a heavily-advertised staple of my youth).
Posted: 14:45 Mon 15-09-2003 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: "bob" should enjoy this; the details of the trademark registration of a Pepsi Blue logo for the UK:

http://webdb4.patent.gov.uk/tm/number?detailsrequested=C&trademark=2317922


Posted: 15:36 Mon 15-09-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: bob- you're right, sorry. And to get the fullest pepsi flavour, chill it
Posted: 15:37 Mon 15-09-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: what are they planing to launch pepsi blue in the uk????
Posted: 15:46 Mon 15-09-2003 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: I find the darker sodas benefit from allowing them to "breathe" for a few minutes before serving, in the manner of red wine
Posted: 15:48 Mon 15-09-2003 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: bob- it appears so
Posted: 15:55 Mon 15-09-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: does any one know when, i dont know if to order any from cybercandy???...
Posted: 16:19 Mon 15-09-2003 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: ........i mean does any one know when it will be launced???!!!.....
Posted: 13:33 Wed 24-09-2003 by "postman plod" # permalink comment
Comment: Whatever's closest at hand is best. That said, I'm willing to repatriate to whichever country is willing to keep me well stocked in Coffee Crisps. Canada will do, but donations of British CCs be necessary before my decision can be swayed.
Posted: 07:39 Sun 27-06-2004 by "sarah johnson"
(apparently posting from 67.10.170.158: cs6710170-158.houston.rr.com) # permalink comment
Comment: I love hersheys chocolate! my dog is named hershey (a common brown dog name in the US). I love sooo much of the candy over here in the US. i just havd some "jelly babys" that my friend brought me from london, UK people think those things are GOD, I HATED THEM! NASTY!!! but i love some of the other "sweets" over there! ic ant wait untill my next trip to london for somemore fish and chips!
Posted: 05:25 Sun 19-Sep-2004 by "peg" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm from the US, but one trip to Scotland showed me that the UK has the most wicked selection of chocolate and potato chips in the universe. The Scotch eggs in the gas stations kicked ass too.
Posted: 04:12 Tue 02-Nov-2004 by "mike" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm from the US, and I have to say I'm jealous of the UK's Kit Kats and the Kit Kat variety. Our KK's are made by hershey and taste terrible
Posted: 21:41 Tue 02-Nov-2004 by "alison" # permalink comment
Comment: just got back from the us yesterday.half our baggage was snacks after spending halloween there! kisses are yuk , and yes id say there is a def.peanut butter thing going on in a lot of stuff.the m and m's peanut butter were amazing !and who could argue with oreo cookies ?! however i have to say british chocolate is superior.
Posted: 20:40 Wed 03-Nov-2004 by "Valvonatron" # permalink comment
Comment: Although I've never been to the US. I know though that there bread contains lots of sugar which makes bread taste foul with savoury things. I like our british non-sugary bread, especially home baked crusty bread that's just come out from the oven.
Posted: 01:39 Fri 05-Nov-2004 by "are you crazy?" # permalink comment
Comment: there is definitely not any sugar in our bread
Posted: 18:16 Sat 06-Nov-2004 by "Stevie Nicks" # permalink comment
Comment: I think it's mainly the brits who don't sugar the bread so much. The bread on the continent is noticeably sweeter. Not that I care so much or have an opinion on the issue. Just thought I'd say.


Posted: 17:09 Fri 10-Dec-2004 by "Ugh" # permalink comment
Comment: I ate some Hershey's chocolate once. It was a horrifying experience that I will never repeat. Peanut Butter M&Ms sound like little multi-coloured raindrops from heaven - why haven't they been released here?
Posted: 12:04 Mon 28-Mar-2005 by "Clay" # permalink comment
Comment: I thought American chocolate tasted great until a British friend of mine brought a few Galaxy bars with him while visiting me in the States. I was INSTANTLY hooked! Now I can barely eat most American chocolate.

There are a few specialty American chocolates that I have found that can ALMOST compare, but they are hard to find. The closest thing I can find that is mass produced here in America is "Hershey's Symphony" but it is still a long way off from a Galaxy bar.

I have to admit that I don't get along well with the food on my last visit to the UK, but the British chocolate made up for it twice over! Why I can't find good chocolate in the US is a complete mystery to me, but I have no problems paying ten times the amount to have my British chocolate imported!


Posted: 12:13 Mon 28-Mar-2005 by "Clay" # permalink comment
Comment: Aside from chocolate, as an American visiting the UK, I was rather dissapointed at the choices the British have when it comes to sweets.

In American supermarkets, there are almost always at least 2 aisles devoted to just sweets and candy. (this probably accounts for why Americans kids are so fat)


Posted: 18:36 Mon 28-Mar-2005 by "mike" # permalink comment
Comment: I like US fruit flavored candys, but the UK chocolate is a lot better
Posted: 18:43 Mon 28-Mar-2005 by "maberk" # permalink comment
Comment: mmmm i agree with mike, uk chocolate is way better than american one, but ive always foudn agrentinean chocolate to be kindof better than european one
Posted: 23:42 Tue 29-Mar-2005 by "> > Bob > >" # permalink comment
Comment: Hey this isnt to do with snacks, but does any one no of a site where i can download a spyware remover? Thanks >>Bob>>
Posted: 19:51 Thu 14-Jul-2005 by "David" # permalink comment
Comment: British chocolate is superb. Ironic that Cadbury's made under license to Hershey's in the USA is still better than Hershey's own brands. I particularly hate the idea of peanut butter in my chocolate. Then there's crisps (chips). British crisps are brilliant. In the US I find we are short on flavours and ever other thing is cheesy!
Posted: 23:04 Fri 15-Jul-2005 by "bob" # permalink comment
Comment: Hershey must be the worsed chocolate ever! ewww makes me feel sick, tastes like sick, even smells like sick! 0/10! THANK GOD the UK had the worlds best chocolate CADBURY! 10/10
Posted: 17:42 Sat 16-Jul-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: One of my american friends claim that they do not have meat flavoured crisps over in the USA. She is horrified by the very thought of prawn cocktail flavoured crisps.
Posted: 04:02 Tue 19-Jul-2005 by "Rob W " # permalink comment
Comment: The UK always has more variety in flavours than anywhere else in the world. We're lucky that way. I think only Japan are beating us on the Kit Kat front.
Posted: 10:53 Tue 19-Jul-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: the exception being of course the skittles flavours in the US
Posted: 17:07 Wed 20-Jul-2005 by "joey von joealot" # permalink comment
Comment: i think that the uk has way better choco although i disagree with reeces choco cups being bad. my parents shop sells them and i think there the best i mean peanut butter and choco. now thats originol
Posted: 03:25 Tue 02-Aug-2005 by "James" # permalink comment
Comment: I'm British, but I've lived in the US for ten years. So I think I can comment with authority. Let's be quite clear - American chocolate is vile - particularly Hershey's. It tastes of vomit. And that's because it traditionally was made with sour milk. My sisters came over from the UK and I made them try it - just for fun - they spat it out straight away, and threw the bar into the trash can. British chocolate is good though rather sweet, but the best is European - mostly Swiss. I love America but their candy is truly terrible!
Posted: 16:08 Tue 02-Aug-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: To be fair there is one type of American chocolate that is palatable. And that would be M&Ms. Recently I was fortunate enough to try Double Stuff Oreos and they were very tasty, much nicer than the ordinary Oreos we get here.
Posted: 12:20 Fri 05-Aug-2005 by "Cathy" # permalink comment
Comment: On my first trip to the US I bought a load of Hersheys back as gifts, thinking it was a nice traditional American brand. My family took a few minutes to detect the vomit flavouring before spitting it out!

The UK has better chocolate and crisps(although I love crunchy Cheetoes, just like the original cheese Nik Naks) but the US has MUCH better ice cream! Here everything is chocolate or vanilla. I ADORE Haagan Dasz Pistachio but I've only ever seen it it the US. Their range of ice creams is infinitely superior to ours.


Posted: 01:22 Thu 03-Nov-2005 by "yankeegirl" # permalink comment
Comment: If I want to buy snacks in the US, I usually look for the section with UK or Euro imports. UK seems to have a larger variety of snacks to choose from especially in the crisps section. The next time I visit London I'll bring back Marmite crisps for souvenirs. Virgin Atlantic serves Worcestershire pretzels but I've never seen them in a shop. Can someone tell me, is that a common flavor or is it just a VA offering?

As far as candy goes, I'm not an expert on the quality of standard offerings in our supermarkets vs the UK counterpart except I have noticed Maltesers are far superior to Whoppers.


Posted: 02:21 Thu 03-Nov-2005 by "yankeegirl" # permalink comment
Comment: If I want to buy snacks in the US, I usually look for the section with UK or Euro imports. UK seems to have a larger variety of snacks to choose from especially in the crisps section. The next time I visit London I'll bring back Marmite crisps for souvenirs. Virgin Atlantic serves Worcestershire pretzels but I've never seen them in a shop. Can someone tell me, is that a common flavor or is it just a VA offering?

As far as candy goes, I'm not an expert on the quality of standard offerings in our supermarkets vs the UK counterpart except I have noticed Maltesers are far superior to Whoppers.


Posted: 13:25 Thu 17-Nov-2005 by "Texasgirl" # permalink comment
Comment: My husband is from UK and he says that USA foods are far much better than UK. He only misses one "sweets" from UK, can't remember the name, but he says it is similar to our milky way bar. BTW, I have seen many comments on here about how Hershey's chocolate tastes bad...I personally think Hershey's is the best. Chocolates like Cadbury's or Toberlone, sorry if I am misspelling these, tastes generic if you will. Hershey's is the best. My husband absolutely loves all USA foods, however he misses his curry. I have now mastered the Chicken Tikka Masala recipe now. Beats mexican food by far. Yummm!
Posted: 16:14 Thu 17-Nov-2005 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: The reason Cadbury's chocolate tastes awful in the USA is because it is made by Hersheys. And the reason USA foods taste better is because they have more sugar, salt and fat. I suspect that the "sweet" your husband misses is the mighty Mars bar. I have tried some US chocolate and I don't like the mouthfeel. British chocolate and European chocolate have a much nicer mouthfeel in that they melt easier and feel smoother.
Posted: 17:02 Mon 21-Nov-2005 by "Mike" # permalink comment
Comment: I agree that the UK has by far the best chocolate (cadbury/Dairy Milk) and that the bilous taste of Hershey's were a first and last(ing) experience. However, peanut butter pretzels are heaven, though Reeses peanut butter products are too sweet. On a curlutal note, the Dutch do a huge range of licorice which I've become addicted to - nothing like the pathetic imitations you buy in the UK.
Posted: 09:15 Tue 22-Nov-2005 by "KerryMaid" # permalink comment
Comment: Can we bring Irish Cadbury chocolate into this? It is superb! I always have to stock up! It is much creamier than the UK version, and sticks nicley to the roof of your mouth!
Posted: 15:07 Wed 23-Nov-2005 by "Texas Girl" # permalink comment
Comment: I suppose it is all a matter of opinion huh? I took a great liking to Indian foods, curry and what nots...however, my family absolutely can't stand it. This truly is just a matter of opinion and taste. I still stand by my love of Hershey's chocolate....so smooth and creamy and so darn good looking.
Posted: 15:13 Wed 23-Nov-2005 by "TexasGirl" # permalink comment
Comment: My husbands family brings over all the popular candies from UK every visit, we have tried them all, I think UK candies are far more bland than USA. Even his family has a better liking to USA foods/candies/drinks...everything. They are constantly complaining of how bland and boring UK foods are. PS...I don't add sugar to any of my meals that I cook. Just a real Texan girl who knows how to combine the right spices together to get the best flavor.
Posted: 19:07 Tue 29-Nov-2005 by "British" # permalink comment
Comment: Can i iust say viva Britain cos usa suck!
Posted: 20:39 Tue 29-Nov-2005 by "mike" # permalink comment
Comment: I hope you mean usa food sucks and not the country
Posted: 17:48 Wed 07-Dec-2005 by "TexasGirl" # permalink comment
Comment: Hi "British" I suppose you can say whatever you want....however your opinion is just that, an opinion, so it isn't taken to heart! Have a great day! Up the blues!
Posted: 12:43 Thu 29-Dec-2005 by "Indian" # permalink comment
Comment: I've lived both in Britain and America so I can say that British chocolates tatses better than American ones but Americans have hullava lot veriety in their candy which is awsome. Being born in India was also an advantage since u get both American and British Candy there for the same price although the chocolates there melt very quickly in the heat. As for as I know pepsi blue was launched in India first to support the all blue clad Indian Cricket team!!
Posted: 14:37 Wed 01-Feb-2006 by "The Dude" # permalink comment
Comment: I think they taste terrible.........

In the year 2000 the company (Mars) changed the recipe to using SKIM MILK,MILKFAT and they are disgusting!!!!!

I havent eaten them in 5 yrs or so and have a quest going on to try and get the company to change the recipe back to pre-2000 standards!!!!!!!

Have you noticed a change in the way they taste,you dont really like them anymore??? Well,this is why........

Im going crazy trying to get the company to change it back to the original (I DONT KNOW WHY THESE STUPID COMPANIES MESS WITH SUCCESS)

Please click below and send the company feedback about how you DO NOT LIKE THE NEW RECIPES (With skim milk,milkfat) and you want the older kind before 2000 back!!!!! (With reg. milk and NO milkfat)

http://anonym.to?http://www.mms.com/us/legal/feedback.jsp

PLEASE TRY AND HELP ME IN MY QUEST FOR GOOD CANDY COMING BACK......(The more people who send them email the better chance i have)

Thank you & God Bless you all :)


Posted: 14:44 Wed 01-Feb-2006 by "The Dude" # permalink comment
Comment: THE ABOVE MESSAGE IS REFERRING TO M&M CANDIES (I forgot to add that in)
Posted: 14:53 Tue 23-May-2006 by "NoodleMan" # permalink comment
Comment: US chocolate is dross but then so is UK, once you have tasted real Belgian Choc e.g. Pierre Marcolini then you are spoiled forever. When it comes to snack mixes though the US is so far ahead of us it's not true. Gardetto's Snak-Ens, Snyder's Pretzels, Chex Mix, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish are all so much tastier and varied than anything Brit(even if they probably are GMO)
Posted: 13:02 Wed 24-May-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: but you can get snyder's and goldfish in the uk now (goldfish on 3 for £1 at jack fulton!).
Posted: 13:17 Tue 13-Jun-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: You can get Snyders in the UK!!!!!! where? where?
Posted: 20:05 Tue 13-Jun-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: those places in train stations with the red and green logo (whistle stop?) for starters. or at least you used to be able to. i've not been on a train for about a year.
Posted: 23:32 Wed 14-Jun-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't travel on trains very often so that means no Snyders for me then :-( unless you know of anywhere else that sells them? I'll make a point of checking in whistle stop shops next time I go somewhere by train
Posted: 08:56 Thu 15-Jun-2006 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i'm sure i've seen them elsewhere, i will keep trying to remember, polarbear. 19370 1
Posted: 10:26 Tue 12-Feb-2008 by "Jay" # permalink comment
Comment: Most of the stuff Ive read on here so far is utter bullshit!! Ive worked in the USA when I was helping an American friend setup a business. While working with him we spent a lot of lunch times just snacking to save time and I have to say most of the food I tried was completely awful!! the fizzy drinks gave me gut rot and American chocolate tastes like puke!! my American friend said to me that Hersheys is how chocolate should taste I asked him if he tried any chocolate in the UK when he was with me and he said no, so I asked how the hell do you know what chocolate should taste like then?? and variety... what variety?? there are far more variations of snacks in the UK than I ever saw in the US. Now I know this post is going to upset many Americans because its well known that Americans get extremely hostile to ANY kind of criticism, well tuff, the USA is NOT the land of milk and honey, no country is, each nation is what you make of it, its just time Americans got thier heads out of thier asses and realised this!!
Posted: 10:33 Tue 12-Feb-2008 by "Jay" # permalink comment
Comment: Most of the stuff Ive read on here so far is utter bullshit!! Ive worked in the USA when I was helping an American friend setup a business. While working with him we spent a lot of lunch times just snacking to save time and I have to say most of the food I tried was completely awful!! the fizzy drinks gave me gut rot and American chocolate tastes like puke!! my American friend said to me that Hersheys is how chocolate should taste I asked him if he tried any chocolate in the UK when he was with me and he said no, so I asked how the hell do you know what chocolate should taste like then?? and variety... what variety?? there are far more variations of snacks in the UK than I ever saw in the US. Now I know this post is going to upset many Americans because its well known that Americans get extremely hostile to ANY kind of criticism, well tuff, the USA is NOT the land of milk and honey, no country is, each nation is what you make of it, its just time Americans got thier heads out of thier asses and realised this!!
Posted: 18:59 Tue 12-Feb-2008 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: I've been lucky enough to travel to many countries on business, and I can tell you the tastiest, most addictive chocolate ever is...

Nah, you'll never have heard of it.


Posted: 20:00 Tue 12-Feb-2008 by "Rose" # permalink comment
Comment: Definitely the UK over the US. More variety, and American food in general is, in my experience, pretty trashy. The food sold in the regular supermarket is far higher quality, far healthier and far tastier in the UK than in the US. To tell you the truth, UK has more variety, especially in terms of healthy food, and the food is of higher quality in the UK than any other country I've been to, whether that be France, Spain, Amercia or Central and Eastern Europe. UK food is definitely something to look forward to on return from holiday - and I'm not saying that because I am a biased, boring British citizen (which I am not! I'm a very adventurous foodie!) but because I honestly think the health content, choice and quality is best here.
Posted: 23:27 Tue 12-Feb-2008 by "Zara" # permalink comment
Comment: I don't think it's been mentioned yet, but I was quite impressed by the variety of chocolate in Australia on a recent visit there. They lack somewhat in variety, but have a large selection of different flavoured Cadburys you can get nowhere else. Having tried both USA and Australian Cadburys in comparison to the UK, I have to say the UK version is better, smoother and creamier.

I don't know how true this is; but I heard that the colder climate works in our favour. Warmer countries have had to change the chocolate recipe slightly to avoid it spoiling in the hot weather - which gives it a grittier texture and makes it taste more bitter.


Posted: 07:28 Wed 13-Feb-2008 by "Meghan" # permalink comment
Comment: I live in the U.S. so I can def. say that snacks and sweets in the U.S. are crappy! I buy my candies online and 99% of them come from other countries. I ike Hershey's, but only because I grew up on it, the quality is pretty poor, and the Nestle products here are truly disgusting. Stick with non-U.S stuff.
Posted: 09:38 Wed 13-Feb-2008 by "Rob" # permalink comment
Comment: UK has better chocolate and crisps USA has better soft drinks and other things like pop tarts and buscuits
Posted: 01:50 Sat 23-Feb-2008 by "b morris" # permalink comment
Comment: having lived in us & uk I must say UK sweets are better but when it comes to crisps and other non sweet snacks the us are far better the largest crisps makers have been owned by us co's for years...
Posted: 01:56 Sat 23-Feb-2008 by "bmorris" # permalink comment
Comment: like most us companies, kellogs, delmonte, dole, heinz, walkers( aka Frito Lays ) they have done years of market testing, can crack eu taste and market at any time.
Posted: 02:02 Sat 23-Feb-2008 by "cad bury" # permalink comment
Comment: in comparison after living all over the world the us has the best selection in their markets than anywhere, better beef, fresher produce ,bakery not so good, dairy better, selection 1000 times better
Posted: 11:53 Sat 23-Feb-2008 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: The US has better dairy?? Oh come on! Have you ever tasted American butter? It's more like sweetened clotted cream! Their milk is full of drugs (which explains a lot), and are you really comparing fluorescent American cheese to the choice and quality available in Europe? Have you never seen the story about the American tourists in France being carted off to hospital after eating their first ripe farm Brie? No wonder the US Olympic team are taking their own food to China - the variety would confuse them, and the exposure to food which hasn't come from a laboratory might be fatal!
Posted: 00:18 Mon 25-Feb-2008 by "A.H." # permalink comment
Comment: I'm a US citizen living in the UK. I must admit, the chocolate in the states does suffer because of the drastic weather changes. I can't be biased about the dairy production, since i'm lactose intolerant, but the little bit of cheese that i've tried here is a lot worse than in the states. By the way, the govt. is trying pretty damn hard to reduce the amount of preservatives in food to make it healthier. If you travel anywhere in the world, of course you're going to be ill, because you're not used to the bacteria in the new environment. So far, ive experienced a great deal of new and exciting foods I wish that were available in the states. Candy in the states.. we need a better selection. After awhile, you just get tired of it.. I very much enjoy the chocolate here in the uk.. Kinder eggs!! Yum! They're banned in the states because of the "choking hazard the prizes that the eggs contain".. Its extremely lame. Oh, believe me, the citizens from the states arent all mindless drones as some of you may think. Not all of us are stupid rednecks.
Posted: 07:42 Mon 25-Feb-2008 by "Nick" # permalink comment
Comment: A.H. -- I have travelled extensively in the US and beyond, and Americans are some of the most generous, hospitable people I have met, so I sincerely apologise if my comments caused offence ...but I still think your dairy products are, er, missing something. ;)
Posted: 13:57 Fri 29-Feb-2008 by "Marc" # permalink comment
Comment: American chcolate is alright, but incredibly sweet and has less cocoa.
Posted: 01:40 Thu 14-Aug-2008 by "Annemarie" # permalink comment
Comment: I am a Brit living in California and, having travelled coast to coast, I think the US is a fantastic country with wonderful people. I find the Americans to be more sensible, more well-mannered and better educated than my own countrymen and there are many reasons living over here would be preferable to the mess developing back home. There is however one problem which forces me to return, I deeply miss UK food. I know that it is unfashionable to like British cuisine with a lot of self-deprecation coming from my fellow Brits but that is really because of a drastic reduction in the number of UK citizens who know anything about traditional food. For generations people have moved towards quick and easy imported food, the latest fashions on the cooking programs, and most people are now totally ignorant of our delicious heritage foods. If you don't like British food it is because you don't know anything about it and certainly can't prepare it. What can be more delicious than: Crumbly Lancashire or Wenslydale cheese, Lancashire hotpot with pickles, Mushy peas, Harry Ramsdens Chips, Carlin peas, Roast King Edward potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, with cauliflower, carrots and swede in gravy, stuffing, peas pudding, bubble and squeak, barm cakes and home made bread, rhubarb and custard, damson and crab apple jam, Eccles cakes, Bakewell tart, lemon curd, billberry pie, parkin, Cadburys chocolate, Fox's biscuits, Sherry trifle, Marmite... California has very nice fruit but I can't get any decent root vegetables, custard here has to be made from coarse ground cornmeal, no proper gravy to speak of, the chocolate, cakes, bread and biscuits usually have a string of chemicals in and taste rather bland, potatoes are of no special variety, are stored in the light and are squishy to the touch and the soups all taste the same. Even though I generally think British food is the best in the world I must admit that Californian fruit is delicious and new season Jersey potatoes with butter are my favourite potato of all time. I am saddened that because of a lack of knowledge by the British population our delicious foods are fast disappearing and also that visitors to our country then leave with a poor impression about what is available.
Posted: 02:17 Mon 10-Nov-2008 by "Ray Park" # permalink comment
Comment: Ive lived in both the USA and UK and I have to say that British snacks are far better than American ones. UK chocolate tastes georgeous compared to the American stuff! Friends of mine from the USA who have visited the UK with me have all agreed UK snacks taste much better. As Americans we are lead to beleive that British food is aweful, this is a myth which go's back to WWII when G.I's stationed in the UK only sampled British food during a time of rationing when the Brits were forced to make meals with whatever rubbish they had at hand. The Brits think Americans are obsessed with peanuts and lets face it we are!
Posted: 18:21 Mon 15-Dec-2008 by "MartinA" # permalink comment
Comment: The I live in the UK and work for a US company. Every time I visit the US I come home with one half suitcase of US snacks. Pepperidge Farm goldfish, Chex Mix, Crunchy Corn, Gardetto's Snak Ens and Garlic Corn chips, Snyders pretzel pieces and pretzel sandwiches. If you haven't tried these then Walker's crisps and Crawfords cheddars don't come even close. What's more the US snacks are now free of trans-fats so are actually healthier.
Posted: 00:50 Fri 16-Jan-2009 by "cor blimey!"
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Comment: I'm a Polish, and I need to say this: everything BRITISH IS FAR MORE BETTER than US, and I must say that too: British-English is far more tuneful and melodious than Am-English. I'm just observer, but UK in Poland is more popular than US. British English is learnt in polish schools, hundreds of thousands poles went to UK and learn, work and live there. UK gave such opportunity, when US still refuse to cancel those visa things... And Brits have got such great thing like Channel 4 on the telly, and bbc radio-stations with qualified programme.
Posted: 19:17 Tue 20-Jan-2009 by "realfoe"
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Comment: Monster munch ,the americans just can not seem to find small enough chizzles to do the hands. I really miss pickled onion monster munch. Crisp flavors seem to be limited over in the usa to cheese or salt pepper or a combination of the above.
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