Sometimes there’s no comfort like a home comfort. But when you’re living abroad as an expat, they aren’t always easy to come by. After searching grocery stores, market stalls and the internet – we discovered there was very few American imports in the UK. While most larger supermarkets will have a ‘world food’ aisle with some shelf space dedicated towards the USA, the selection is limited.
Most of the brands aren’t even too popular in the US. Instead these shelves contain a British representation of America. One store simply had a bag of marshmallows with an American flag on it! So, we learned the hard way that finding true imports from across the pond is easier said than done.
Fortunately, we stumbled across one site which has so far proven to be a lifesaver. American Fizz stocks a huge variety of American produce: from candies to skillet meals, condiments to household goods and more. Of course, it isn’t quite the same as being in the US, and the prices are more than you would expect to pay in the states. But, compared to the alternative online stores and the cost of shipping packages direct from family members, American Fizz is more than reasonably priced.
Unboxing Our First American Package
So, of course, we had to order a package! With free shipping on any orders over £50, we packed as much as we could into the basket and chose standard delivery. Three days later, the parcel arrived. Unfortunately two of our items were missing (but were refunded). Despite this, we still had plenty to open. In this unboxing vlog, we show some of our (well, mainly Chelsea’s) favourite items that we’ll be using to cook with and snack on over the next few months.
We hope you enjoyed the video. Do you have a favourite store to buy home comforts from? Have you managed to find a shop near you with an authentic selection? We’re always curious to know your experiences – so share your tips, ideas and favourite foods in the comments below.