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The rise of American Snacks in Ireland

  • 04-01-2023 12:43am
    Registered Users Posts: 36,434 ✭✭✭✭PTH2009

    How come all these 'American snacks' are starting too appear in a lot of places in Ireland. Is it because of kids watching all these 'American YouTube stars/social media' who are wolfing them all down etc

    I did buy a mega box a few years ago from an online store with a load of different things from the states and I'd actually prefer our snacks tbh. I did like 'Butterfinger (surprised they never had a European version), 'the jolly ranchers 'are pretty good and 'Herrs Jalapeño poper Chips (crisps)'. Would you call things like 'Oreo', 'Sour Patch Kids' and 'Herseys' Fully American products now. Also that soft drink brand with the glass bottles and tropical flavours (can't think of the name) are in a lot of places now

    That 'Kingdom Of Sweets' or whatever the name of those chain of stores are can be very expensive and best avoided for numerous reasons (ie your fucked if you have a sweet tooth). Local Supervalu has an American section with a few interesting snacks and picked up a bag of 'Goldfish Baked snack crackers' which are 100% cheese and like eating cardboard

    Our Milky Way is King over there version

    What's everyone else's favourite American snacks ?



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,520 ✭✭✭maninasia

    None, never touch it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,045 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    They are insanely expensive and nothing special from the odd few I’ve tried.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,099 ✭✭✭AllForIt

    Aren't all 'snacks' we eat here originally from the US, which would have started from back in I dunno the 50's. Okay they might have filtered over her from the UK but the UK imported them from the US.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,989 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    All my American family plunder the supermarket when they are back here to bring back Irish chocolate… you think it’s heroin they way they go for it. Same if we visit them… “don’t forget to take us Cadbury’s and King crisps ”

    had a Hersheys bar recently, not great. Not fan of a lot of their confectionery, found it very artificial tasting. Their chocolate has the texture of plastic in many cases.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,990 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    Door Eedoes

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,009 ✭✭✭RetroEncabulator

    Not really no. A lot of snack food and mass produced confectionery concepts grew up in parallel due to availability of ingredients and food production technology.

    There wasn’t a whole lot of crossover between UK and US snacks and confectionary for example, with the major exception being soft drinks - notably Coca Cola. Irish snack food, due to proximity, tends to be a lot closer to British stuff.

    Crisps seem to have originated in England in the early 1800s. They may have been inspired by something going on in Belgium or France earlier than that again.

    Corn puffed snacks are more of an American thing though, due to the abundance of corn there.

    Sweets, candies and chocolates don’t have a much in common. Quite different and different taste and textures are preferred.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,099 ✭✭✭AllForIt

    I was thinking more in terms of really crap junk food unlike say boiled sweets. Like for example highly processed carbs like Pringles/Monster Munch type things and hydrogenated chocolate which keeps on the shelves for years unlike real chocolate which would go off even if it had a bitta sugar added. Wasn't all that type of processing invented in the US? I just imaged it would have been.

  • Registered Users, Moderators, Regional Abroad Moderators Posts: 2,058 Mod ✭✭✭✭Nigel Fairservice

    My local Super Valu seems to have an American section where you can buy American snacks. Not too fond of them. Much prefer the Irish/British stuff. When I lived in Canada I used to to buy the odd bag of Taytos in my local British/Irish shop. They were nearly $5 a bag but worth it the odd time. There are lots of American candy shops in London, many I think are being investigated for tax evasion.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,392 ✭✭✭✭vicwatson

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,353 ✭✭✭✭freshpopcorn

    I was a child in the 90's/00's. When I was watching Americian programs. You'd see American Candy(as they'd call it).

    It sounded interesting and of course you'd want to try it but it wasn't really an option.

    Now with the Internet, online shopping parents buy it for their kids and you've fellas my age trying to cling onto their childhood.

    So, I suppose there is a market for it.

    I tried a few things in SuperValu but it wasn't anything special.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,117 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    The eternal Irish fascination with all things Yank.

    Apparently there will be a Wendy's opening at some point, yet again insane queues for what is basically junk food.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,456 ✭✭✭The J Stands for Jay

    Krispy Kreme donuts are shite compared to all the local donut shops. Wendy's is better than McDonald's or Burger King, but queuing for any of those is ridiculous.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,095 ✭✭✭✭Igotadose

    As ex-pat USA here, it's tricky. It's what you were raised on; I've tried quite awhile to find local 'equivalents' for the sweets (!) I enjoyed in the US, like York Peppermint patties and obscure chocolates like Scharffenbergers, to no luck. Really tried to learn to enjoy maltesers and various Cadbury chocolates, but just couldn't abide them.

    As for crisps, just not going well. Sure, i can choke down a bag of taytos once in awhile, but bizarre flavours (prawn cocktail? Gag.) or even more amusingly named things like Buffalo chips just don't work. Keoghs sea salt is a fair equivalent to some US brands like Lays and Wise, but still not quite a match. I guess Walker's ready salt is probably the go-to crisp for me these days, it's thin and greasy like US crisps.

    Krispy Kreme donuts are vile. Unless eaten warm fresh from the oven, they're grease bombs with cheap sugar frosting. Couldn't abide them in the US at all. In Ireland, really haven't looked into donuts beyond the occasional foray into the local bakeries, which have been really underwhelming, but most store-bought Irish pastry is crap, what with its boring flavorless British roots.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,618 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,117 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    I do agree that we are ill served with bakeries here, and most of what they have is unadventurous fare.

    It's pretty telling when there's extreme weather, the blandest of bland white processed bread flies off the shelves, Brennans.

  • Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 10,972 Mod ✭✭✭✭MarkR

    Grape jelly is my dark secret. Can't understand why it's not around here, bar speciality shops.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,038 ✭✭✭xper

    Never understood why Peanut Butter M&Ms were not available here when the other varieties were (for years anyway, maybe they are now). They’re the business.

    other than that, I find American snacks and candy shite. It’s all about what you grew up with.

    being familiar with the name through mentions in films and tv, I remember one of the first snack foods I tried in the states was a Twinky. Jesus, they are an abomination of a proceeded foodstuff

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,045 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    The same. They’re like bland bourbon biscuits. Don’t get the obsession with them at all

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,241 ✭✭✭Badly Drunk Boy

     I guess Walker's ready salt is probably the go-to crisp for me these days, it's thin and greasy like US crisps.

    Walker's are terrible (I always expect more from them when I try them but am always disappointed) and any ready salted crisps are a non-event, bland...the Coldplay of crisps.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,075 ✭✭✭El Gato De Negocios

    Aside from Reeses peanut butter cups, American confectionery that Ive tried is crap, the Reeses though, they are crack to me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 741 ✭✭✭Jafin

    I get the odd few here and there, but not too much. If I ever pass a box of Reese's Puffs Cereal in a shop I won't ever let it pass me by. Quite simply one of the tastiest breakfast cereals I've ever tasted (loaded with sugar though of course). Peanut Butter M&Ms are on a different level too. Last thing I'd normally be on the lookout for as well is Grape Fanta. First had the Grape Fanta in Singapore and it's one of the best soft drinks I've ever tasted. It's a shame grape flavoured things aren't the norm over here.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,045 ✭✭✭✭road_high

    I was in London recently and couldn’t get over the amount of them. In really high profile locations- nobody seemed to be buying anything and the prices laughable tbh. Must be at least 3 on Oxford Street