Americans are very familiar with the “International” aisle in grocery stores. It’s the place where capitalism tries to cram thousands of years of rich, cultural cuisine into a just a few square feet of space.
The selection is pretty much “you get what you get” and in order to buy authentic goods, you’ll have to go to a specialty store. Because let’s face it — the “international” aisle we have in America is about as authentic as Taco Bell’s “Mexican food.”
Well, Americans are quickly learning that the roles are reversed in other countries, and the “American” food aisle has the same effort we put into curating authentic international foods in our stores. Truthfully, it’s what we deserve.
Every so often, images of American sections in international stores will go viral, because Americans can’t fathom other people perceiving us as anything other than what we are. USA! USA!
We’ve rounded up 20 examples of American food sections people have shared from around the globe. (There are a lot of Pop Tarts involved.)
How does it compare to what you eat?
They have the more exotic flavours of Pop Tarts that are imported from the US and contain genetically modified soya, GM crops being heavily restricted in the EU when they’re not outright banned. There’s an additional label stuck on that converts the calorie values into metric and notes the name of the importer. They’re a good deal more expensive than the British Pop Tarts, which only have a few flavours.StephenHunterUK
Here it’s usually all candy. A few examples: marshmallow fluff, pop tarts, Nerds, Reeses peanut butter cups, weird flavors of coca cola/fanta, Sour patch kids, etc.
This is in the Netherlands btwburtontothistaylor
In the UK we have american shops, most of them are like american sweets and crisps and stuff or as Americans would say candy. They tend to be really expensive though. I went into one once got a Hersheys bar. It wasn’t bad actually.nemofoot