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Old Jan 14th 2021, 12:32 am
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I'm moving to the US (Texas) next month and want to know what British Food to pack for any homesick moments. I have a few ideas already and I know I can't bring my bacon or sausages with me... Can you add anything to my list?

Tunnocks Caramel WafersProper Tea Bags (Yorkshire etc)
MarmiteJaffa CakesPercy PigsCadbury Chocolate
Brown Sauce

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You can buy just about everything on that list online at Amazon.com, or World Markets (also known as Cost Plus is some states). World Markets/Cost Plus has stores all across the US and delivers online as well. Most of what is on your list you will find in their brick and mortar stores and a whole lot more as well. Google World Market Discount Code and you can almost always find a 10% off coupon for online purchases and/or free delivery.

https://www.worldmarket.com/category...nglish-food.do


https://www.amazon.com/s?k=british+food&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
There are a number of speciality stores that will also send meat products packed in dry ice. It can be quite economical if you buy enough to cover free shipping and freeze some of it for a later time. These stores also sell the usual stuff that people miss. They ship from within the US so fast delivery and at what is usually decent(ish) price.

https://thebritishdepot.com
https://britishfoodclub.com/shop-all
https://www.balsonbutchers.com

So don't worry too much about what you may miss, you might find you are eating too much of the good stuff if you stock pile it.

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I brought loads of Heinz beans; waste of time. I just bought 30 cans at $1.50 a can. As already mentioned you can get most British stuff quite easily.

However, knowing what I know now, the thing I would bring is Ambrosia Custard. They are £1 per can in UK and the cheapest I've been able to get them here is $4.99 per can. I cannot force myself to pay $5 for a can of Custard (kills me because it's a personal favorite).

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I brought loads of Heinz beans; waste of time. I just bought 30 cans at $1.50 a can. As already mentioned you can get most British stuff quite easily.

However, knowing what I know now, the thing I would bring is Ambrosia Custard. They are £1 per can in UK and the cheapest I've been able to get them here is $4.99 per can. I cannot force myself to pay $5 for a can of Custard (kills me because it's a personal favorite).

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As much as I love Ambrosia Custard I, too, cannot pay $4,99 a can, So went back to making custards using Bird's custard powder from World Markets. Lovely on Christmas pudding.....
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As much as I love Ambrosia Custard I, too, cannot pay $4,99 a can, So went back to making custards using Bird's custard powder from World Markets. Lovely on Christmas pudding.....
That's what I had to do as well. I just can't make it as thick and deliciously creamy as Ambrosia.
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Hi
I'm moving to the US (Texas) next month and want to know what British Food to pack for any homesick moments. I have a few ideas already and I know I can't bring my bacon or sausages with me... Can you add anything to my list?

Tunnocks Caramel WafersProper Tea Bags (Yorkshire etc)
MarmiteJaffa CakesPercy PigsCadbury Chocolate
Brown Sauce

Thanks
You will find that in Houston you don't need Amazon or specialist international stores for most of this stuff. There are several World Markets in the area, and they're a good resource, but I think the only food I bought there that I couldn't get elsewhere was Christmas pudding.

There are several large grocery store chains there - HEB, which we preferred, it's local to Texas and maybe a few nearby states. Also Kroger, Walmart and others. HEB will sell you many of the items above, or similar, as will most of the other local stores, definitely Yorkshire Tea and marmite, possibly Tunnocks and brown sauce and jaffa cakes. Cadbury chocolate is available, but it's made by Hershey's, and it doesn't taste quite the same. Birds' custard powder is usually available, not Ambrosia. Bear in mind that many of these items are a lot more expensive than you'd expect, especially things like Jaffa Cakes and Hobnobs, and there are occasionally problems with a lack of demand meaning items are still on the shelf and out of date.

The things I missed most were British-style back bacon and British beer. I often picked up beer from either HEB or Specs, a big local liquor chain. Specs had London Pride and several others, but not in every branch. Both places sometimes had decent bacon. After a few years though, my usual beer ended up being Buffalo Bayou's 1836 Copper Ale. It doesn't say so anywhere on the can, but it tastes very similar to a British bitter, and it's cheaper and more widely available. It's often better to find something similar that's locally made, if you can, rather than insist on paying for transport costs for the items you're used to.
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If I was doing it again I would have brought
Heinz steam spong​​e cakes in tinFray bentos pies
Lyons bakewell tart
And before leaving eat dickinson and morrisons pork pies and all the variety of Tesco/waitrose fresh cream cakes.


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Originally Posted by Winston_the_Great_Dane View Post
That's what I had to do as well. I just can't make it as thick and deliciously creamy as Ambrosia.
Devon knows how they make it so creamy.
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Devon knows how they make it so creamy.
Stop it - you're making my mouth water just thinking about it
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I buy pickled onions at either World Market or Publix. Everyone in my family knows not to touch them. Well, they don’t really like them anyway. Just like they don’t like Branston, Ambrosia custard or Jaffa cakes. People eat what they are used to. I use British Food Depot online for Cadbury. They are a v good company.
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Bisto Best gravy granules....you can get the standard stuff but not”best” which is much better IMHO!
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