Pop Tarts $8.95
Growing up on a diet of Judy Blume, Trixie Belden, Paul Zindel and Robert Cormier novels, it was always the paragraphs about American food that intrigued the most.
What were these magical treats called Tootsie Rolls, Twinkies and Kool-Aid? In an era pre-Internet--yes really!--these unknown mysteries could only be pictured in my imagination. For years I pictured a bowl filled with tracksuits when I read about families eating sloppy joe. And yep, I really did think of slippers when people munched on hushpuppies. What kind of crazy world did they live in?!?
Welch's Concord Grape Jelly 907g $12.95 and
Jif Peanut Butter 800g $14.95
These days, most of these mysteries have been cleared up, but my heart still skipped a beat when I noticed the latest installation of American products in the David Jones Food Hall on Market Street in the city. Clustered over two gondola ends (opposite the lifts and near the butchers) was a spectacle of treats imported by www.USAFoods.com.au.
Smucker's Goober Grape 510g $11.95
Peanut butter and grape jelly stripes
Oh the super sweet smoothness of Jif peanut butter. The crazy stripes of Goober peanut butter and jelly with which I once had an unhealthy obsession. I still remember when Pop Tarts first hit our shores. So bad for you, but from a teenager's perspective, oh so very goooood.
I agree. There's something a little disturbing about getting excited about a grocery aisle, but look, it's Bisquick! And here, there's corn syrup, in light and dark! And Crisco! Oh my god let me at those recipes with annoying hard-to-get American ingredients!
Karo Light Corn Syrup $7.95
Karo Dark Corn Syrup $7.95
French's French Fried Onions $6.95
I was quite fascinated with the can of French Fried Onions which sounded like powder when I shook it. Apparently it's a tasty replacement for bread crumbs. And the liquid smoke might come in handy the next time I want to cheat when making ribs in the oven?
Colgin Liquid Smoke $3.95
Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice $6.95
Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix $2.25
Louisiana Hot Sauce $3.50
I've always considered the local supermarket as a valid tourist destination when travelling overseas. It also provides many of the most memorable and cheapest souvenirs!
Global credit crunch? You can visit the USA in your lunch hour, and come back with change.
Zatarain's New Orlean's Style Jambalaya Mix $6.95
Hershey's Syrup $5.95
Hershey's Cocoa $10.95
Victoria Hot & Spicy Vodka Sauce $11.95
Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening $7.95
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David Jones Food Hall
Basement, David Jones Market Street store
65-77 Market Street, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9266 5544
Open Sunday to Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 9pm
Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
The American products are currently being stocked
on the ends of two gondolas/aisles
between the butchers and the biscuit aisle, and opposite the lifts.
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David Jones Cheese and Antipasto Bar
David Jones Chocolate Counter
David Jones Food Hall weekday picnic
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