After moving back home to America from Aussieland I could not wait to stuff my face with the huge variety of food I missed so much while down under. Keeping my post –10 Must Have Aussie Items Every American Grocery Store Needs – in the back of my mind, I knew it was time to turn the grocery store tables around.
With the almost 40,000 products that can be observed in an American grocery store, it is safe to say there were many things I craved while living abroad. Yes, mostly pure crap, of course, but hey it is America! Who is going to crave a salad 🙂
Here are 16 must have American items that every Aussie Grocery store needs:
I made mini pumpkin pies one year for my Aussie work mates and they all looked at me as if I was giving them rat poison. Pumpkin as a dessert? YESSS! PUMPKIN AS A DESSERT!! It is delightful and no, you do not need to be celebrating Thanksgiving to enjoy it! Add some whip cream on top and you are in sweet pumpkin heaven.
2. Eggo waffles
No need to look any further for your waffle quickie! Though not as fresh as from a waffle maker, these frozen Frisbees hit the waffle spot. Fill those syrup traps up with butter and some maple goodness and you are good to go!
3. Hot Pockets
Do you enjoy burning your mouth so hard that you get a blister? Yes! Perfect, then these pizza treats are for you. Creamy mozzarella cheese and pepperonis all stuffed within a baked dough for your instant pizza pleasure. Just watch it in the microwave as these puppies tend to become exploding cheese bombs.
4. Jimmy Dean Biscuits
For a savory breakfast to go option, nothing is better than some Jimmy in the morning! No, that is not slang for something else, but instead a buttery biscuit and juicy sausage that makes your day seem like it is going to be totally fabulous. So fabulous, you totally forget about the bathroom problems it will cause you right after you eat it.
AKA breaded covered wieners straight from heaven! The combination of fried corn meal with a hot dog made with who knows what is actually much more appetizing than it sounds. Dip these mystery sticks into some mustard and ketchup enjoy what is the infamous corn-dog
6. Chester Hot Cheeto Fries/Flammin Hot Cheetos
We love our flaming hot in the USA, and adding this red messy powder to Cheetos just doesn’t get any better. Just don’t touch anything!!! It is impossible NOT to turn into the red finger bandit after demolishing a bag.
7. Tina’s Burritos
Instead of going for that Aussie meat pie or sausage roll at 3 am, this is where it is at. If you are a broke student or a drunk mess, these bad boys are always on point!
8. Root Beer
How Australians survive without root beer blows my mind! We grew up on root beer float parties as adults and vanilla vodka floats as kids…hmm. maybe switch that around. I did spot Sarsaparilla soda from time to time at Coles, but nothing is like the deliciousness of Dads or A&W root beer.
The most addicting type of fish you will ever eat. These little crackers are the perfect mix of cheese and salt, making them difficult to just have a few. Beware of the Costco size cartoon that has enough to fill up the whole Pacific Ocean and your gut for years.
Here is something most kids grew up on in America as the quick to-go breakfast pastry. Once toasted, these guys hit that sugary spot because well.. it is practically all sugar!! Should be called sugar-tart, really but then where is the fun in that!
11. A1 Sauce
Because you know, sometimes you just can’t buy that nice piece of steak that doesn’t need any sauce. Not every cut can be filet mignon. So when that is the case, A1 is a life saver making any type of steak you over cook taste like a million bucks!
12. Cookie Crisp
This is just a personal favorite, though I know still popular amongst many adults. I mean come on, little cookies pieces as your breakfast cereal? Thank you to the stoner Santa Claus that invited this morning pleasure.
13. Graham Crackers
How this is not in stores baffles me. How does one survive without the deliciousness of a s’more in AU?! With all the outdoorsy camping and outback, these crackers would fit right in with some roasted marshmallow goodness. Though Belvita breakfast crackers are a decent substitute, nothing equals to the original graham cracker s’more!
14. Kraft Mac & Cheese
I think every kid in America could live off this blue box. You can even find it on many kids menus in popular restaurants, it is so universally loved. Though I am sure the bowl you put it in will have a higher nutritional value than the actual mac, it is one yummy fake mac and cheese treat.
15. Carne Asada
Australia has lamb, America has carne asada! The most delicious marinated Mexican meat that ever lived. It is perfect for Taco Tuesday or Just Because Friday. Add a side of rice and beans and Ole!
OMG bacon! Australian cut bacon just does not cut it, I am sorry, but it’s fact. And no, we do not deep fry our bacon, pfft! Our bacon just happens to naturally come with all that juicy bacon grease that is a leading cause of house fires. But who cares..you can take my house, just don’t take MY BACON!!!
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