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Old Jul 25th 2011, 6:47 pm
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I'm travelling back home for a couple of weeks and am at a complete loss as to what to take over as gifts for friends and family this time. I've done the bags of Reese's chocolates (mixed reception), Graham Crackers and Hershey bars to show them how to make Smores (the kids liked that), Texas hot salsa (only my brother liked that!) and scenic calenders. Now I need a new idea - what have you taken over that's been popular?
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I'm travelling back home for a couple of weeks and am at a complete loss as to what to take over as gifts for friends and family this time. I've done the bags of Reese's chocolates (mixed reception), Graham Crackers and Hershey bars to show them how to make Smores (the kids liked that), Texas hot salsa (only my brother liked that!) and scenic calenders. Now I need a new idea - what have you taken over that's been popular?
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Wendy Kilbourne.
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The only thing I used to take to my parents that was even remotely appreciated was maple syrup .. the more local & folkloric the better. Maybe they don't produce that in Texas though..
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Old Jul 25th 2011, 7:10 pm
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I'm travelling back home for a couple of weeks and am at a complete loss as to what to take over as gifts for friends and family this time. I've done the bags of Reese's chocolates (mixed reception), Graham Crackers and Hershey bars to show them how to make Smores (the kids liked that), Texas hot salsa (only my brother liked that!) and scenic calenders. Now I need a new idea - what have you taken over that's been popular?
Last time I went I took a bag of southern grits from Texas for my Dad, a Creole/New Orleans cookbook for my mum. A large bag of buttermilk pancake mix with (real, obviously) maple syrup has always gone down well.
I wouldn't ever take chocolate tbh, (even though I'm partial to Reese's PB cups) unless you wanted to show them how terrible it is over here.
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Reese's and Graham Crackers are common here already - I like the former and the wife seems to have no problem with buying the latter.

I've bought a couple of cookery books over the years - Cajun, Texan etc, stuff you won't find much of in the UK.

I can't think of anything else, sorry!
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My DH likes beef jerky. There might be some interesting local varieties in Texas.
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My niece's kids love to get t-shirts with US motifs -- but obviously NYC has lots to offer in that direction. In years gone by I'd take Yankees baseball caps, but I guess they aren't such a novelty in the UK these days. Do they do a "Remember the Alamo" t-shirt in Texas?
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Pay Days?

Maple Syrup.

Local sports team baseball cap, if they're any good?

Decent beef/venison jerky, but don't know if you can bring that through customs or not?
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Hmm, yes; looks like DEFRA doesn't allow beef jerky from the US
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Hmm, yes; looks like DEFRA doesn't allow beef jerky from the US
Shame really, as there's some really awesome jerky from down south, had a friend who used to get quite a bit sent up from his folks to Boston and it was lovely.

Other nasty stuff to take over, just for the novelty perhaps, packet of Twinkies?
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Tins of chipotles in adobo sauce.

Mountain Dew.

Some nice west coast IPA.
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Take back some root beer - that will stop them from asking you to bring things for them ...
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Take back some root beer - that will stop them from asking you to bring things for them ...


Though I've seen it in Sainsbury's a fair few times, even their own brand stuff....wasn't entirely terrible of an attempt.
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