Favorite snacks/small edibles from the UK (available in the United States)?
Replies: 21 - Last Post: Jan 22, 2013 1:09 PM Last Post By: starflyer59
Jan 15, 2013 12:23 PM
Favorite snacks/small edibles from the UK (available in the United States)?I am accompanying a group of students to London for three days in March.
Does anyone want to suggest favorite snacks, cookies or finger foods that I might be able to introduce to the students as we are preparing for the trip?
I am crossing my fingers that I can find some nice specimens at some of the local stores here for our lunchtime meetings.
Due to extensive Internet searching, my list includes:
Jan 15, 2013 1:24 PM
1Mini-Cheddars (much cheaper in pound shops than main retailers Tesco, Asda etc.)
Crumpets are eaten hot generally. Unless you've got a toaster or grill to hand, they may be a no-no.
Fresh warm crusty bread and a variety of cheeses and cooked meats. If you've veggies, then buy some Doritos and dips.
Small cartons of fresh fruit juice, usually around 6 for £1.
Jan 15, 2013 2:28 PM
2Surely one of the pleasures of travel is to discover things once you get there?!?
Scones can be bought, but are best homemade - there is much discussion about best recipes (when I worked at a marine biology lab in New Zealand, there was an ongoing weekly competition where a different person made scones each week and products were scored by all staff). UK recipes tend to use weights in ounces / grams, rather than cups eg this one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/scones_1285 Cut open and serve plain scones with jam and cream; sultana / cheese scones with just butter.
Jan 15, 2013 4:28 PM
3Thanks, mickeyfinn-- I did not realize that about crumpets!
Yes, I agree that discovering the local cuisine and food offerings is one of the things most people (including myself) love about travel.
I will be having meetings with the kids on a few different occasions during our lunch time at school, and I was hoping to bring something that would contribute toward the anticipation of the trip and maybe give them something new to look forward to finding there.
My first meeting with them is tomorrow, and I ended up buying small croissants to share, since we are spending a few days in France. (I don't imagine croissants are new to anyone, though.)
However, one thing I fear is giving them a very poor quality sample of something and then causing them to form an inaccurate and negative perception of it.
Maybe I should stick to non-food ideas.
That said, I would very much enjoy making and eating scones. So thank you for that recipe link!
Jan 16, 2013 1:11 AM
Jan 16, 2013 3:11 AM
6Favourite, in terms of what is bought most, you could not go past Greggs sausage rolls. Okay, they're disgusting, but that should be a reason to include them and a lot of them are sold. I'm not saying they are quintessentially English like high tea or cricket on the village green; they are more quintessentially English like rain drenched council housing tower estates in Wolverhampton and tracksuits in Croydon town centre.
Many English have a thing for plain Digestives which are appallingly bland IMO.
Jammy Dodgers are also up there with Jaffa Cakes in icon stakes.
Eccles cakes is not necessarily high on the popular list but they are quintessentially English.
I don't know how wide spread Bath buns are but there's another.
Eccles cakes and Bath buns would be tougher to get, you'd probably need to go to a good bakery.
I think your idea is a good one.
Jan 16, 2013 3:26 AM
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Jan 16, 2013 3:56 AM
9Twiglets are an unusual and very English snack. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twiglets Interesting to read that they were invented by a Frenchman.
We have quite a few distinctive crackers. (I confess I used to eat Digestive biscuits with cheese on as a teenager, but later I grew up.)
Bath Olivers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_Oliver
Carr's Table Water, a superior version of a cracker type generally known as a water biscuit, of which matzo would be an example http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_biscuit
Cream Crackers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cream_cracker
Jan 16, 2013 5:09 AM
Jan 16, 2013 7:22 AM
11Of course people's tastes differ, but I think Hershey bars aren't nearly as good as Cadbury's, so if you get the chance to try British chocolate, see if you like the difference. I can't remember whether you get many packets of soup in the US supermarkets, but a lot of the packets in UK shops are quite different from those in mainland Europe, even when made by the same firm - I often bring European soup packets back to UK to surprise friends and relatives (yes I know I'm a sad person!)
Jan 16, 2013 8:42 AM
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Jan 16, 2013 11:55 AM
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