Ich besuche meine Familie nächste Woche, und ich will kleine Geschenke mitbringen.

I know American chocolate is inferior, but I assume it’s still a novelty. Some kind of candies probably, too. What else? Many years ago they loved to get boxed breakfast cereal and paper napkins, which seems quaint now.

It’s been years since I’ve seen them, and I’m sure everyone there can buy whatever they want on the Internet, but it will still be fun to bring something.

Any suggestions for an Ausländer?

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    Ranch dressing is a big one, since you can’t get hidden valley anywhere!

    I always request that one from from family in the US (along with good bbq sauce and hot sauce)

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    If Scholz brings a Kebap when visiting Erdogan you can bring Bratwurst & Sauerkraut.

    No seriously, I think most Germans would like to try other country’s versions of our food. But not sure if you’re even allowed to import food (or what kind of food exactly) on a flight.

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    Some Pepperidge farms cookies don’t seem to have an equivalent in Germany. And I think real Spam is better than the generic Frühstücksfleisch, but that’s probably just a Geschmackssache.

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    Reese’s You are able to get them in Germany, but only in miniscule portions.

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    Do they like spicy things? If so, maybe bring some really spicy snack. I’ve been disappointed by everything from the snack aisle that says “hot” on it and I don’t handle spice well at all. I suspect the US has much hotter snacks??

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        My limited research (finding a dedicated fan community on Reddit and reading the posts on there lol) leads me to believe I may not find the “real deal”… But I’ll give it a shot anyway, thanks!

        (Research because Rewe has something called Feuerdrachen and those suck :/)

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          Needs to be the Penny house brand, that’s the only one with a decent level of spiciness. One of the rare few cases where someone knocked off a discount product.

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            I went to Penny just now and picked up a bag (the Bravo ones with the Penny logo on the back), but they must’ve changed the recipe. It’s not really hot, tastes like the Rewe ones :/

            Edit: I just checked, the Rewe Feuerdrachen and the Penny ones are the same, same ingredients, same manufacturer

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      Asia Supermarket. Look for wasabi peanuts. Dont thank me yet, they get so addictive and hot you dont smell anything for days.

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        They are more “scharf”, though. It’s fun that in English we typically use “hot” to refer to both hot peppers and horseradish.

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        Unfortunately, I despise horseradish (and wasabi), but thanks for the suggestion anyway :)

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    Hot sauce und Barbecue Sauce nehme ich mir immer mit wenn ich in den USA bin. Ist ja auch Grillsaison

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    Peanut butter! We just don’t have the good stuff here. It’s the only present I remember from my father’s guest sisters when they visited us.

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      We get the good stuff from the Netherlands though.

      I’d suggest some disgusting shit like canned cheese.

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    Peanutbutter-based stuff (esp. sweets) make for a good pick. Reese’s is available in Germany but hard to come by and expensive. And I agree with what several already said: Hot Sauce.

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    Don’t bring chocolate. I have heard from many people, that the American is so vastly inferior to European chocolate, that some described it as tasting like shit.

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      Have you never tried it? It’s definitely worse, though I’d say it’s more wax like. Like everything else here, it’s made of mostly corn syrup.

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        There’s another additive used by Hershey and other manufactorers in the US: butyric acid. It ads a sour taste and unfortunately it reminds people of vomit.

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        It’s definitely waxier in consistency, especially Hershey’s, the best known American chocolate. Not sure of the truth, but the story goes: Hershey’s sent chocolate to the military members overseas in WW2. In the summer it would melt so they changed the formula to make it more stable, which made it waxy. When troops came home they wanted what they were used to, so that became the norm. Then they switched to corn syrup, which also made it worse. There are good American chocolates, but they aren’t coming from Hershey’s or Mars.

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          The development of processed foods in the U.S. is closely tied to the military. They funded research into more shelf-stable foods like “cheese product” and preservative laden bread. Manufacturers appreciate their products expiring more slowly as it helps out their logistics. It’s not really anyone’s goal to feed us all stabilizers and preservative, but because it’s cheaper for big companies it’s what we get. There’s not much in the way of consumer protection in this area.

          Certainly there’s good chocolate, but price is a major factor at the grocery store. A big Hershey bar (the size of your hand) is $2 and a similarly-sized bar from a better manufacturer is at least $5.

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        Like everything else here, it’s made of mostly corn syrup.

        Haha, that was unexpected and yet, completely unsurprising. TIL

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          We pay significant subsidies for corn farmers, but then we have to figure out what to do with way too much corn! The reason everything has corn syrup in it is because it’s cheaper than sugar. That’s also why ethanol is quite common in gasoline here even though it’s bad for fuel economy, power, and engine health.

          An entirely separate issue is that we consider corn to be a vegetable, when it’s really a grain. Carbohydrates are almost all they have!

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    Pop tarts and twinkies, never had latter myself, but Pop Tarts are really expensive here (5€ for 4)