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What condiments to take back to UK during visit to Canada?

acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,885Member Member Posts: 3,885Member Member
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I live in London, UK and am visiting my mother in Canada. I like to cook and notice that some ingredients featuring in North American recipes are hard to find in the UK.

I like to spend my last afternoon of a vacation in the supermarket to bring stuff home. When I vacation in the Southern Europe the obvious thing to bring home is cheese, charuterie and dried mushrooms. In SE Asia I typically bring home dried seafood, Kampot or Phu Quoc pepper, high nitrogen content fish sauce.

So what should I bring home from Canada? Focussing on stuff that is hard to find in the UK. I am thinking Old Bay Spice Mix, espresso powder, liquid smoke. I might consider childhood nosalgia stuff like squeezable cheese spread, macaronni cheese in a box and jello.

Anything else you would recommend to take back to the UK? Happy to hear about great North American ingredients. I can filter for what is readily available in the UK.


  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 6,850Member Member Posts: 6,850Member Member
    None. Honestly none. There is nothing cheaper here or nothing you cant find in the UK.
    The only think you should take from here is real maple syrup. Just make sure to find the real stuff and not corn syrup.
    edited August 15
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 2,835Member Member Posts: 2,835Member Member
    I second the maple syrup, though I have no real bone in this fight as it were. My answer would be the same (and equally correct) if you asked what to bring back from Vermont.
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 3,885Member Member Posts: 3,885Member Member
    Thanks for suggestions but I will pass on maple syrup because I have cabin baggage only so can't transport liquids. Got a few packs of strawberry/banana flavoured jello which was a childhood favourite and I can't find that in the UK. Some Old Bay and Mrs Dash seasoning.
  • missysippy930missysippy930 Posts: 1,351Member Member Posts: 1,351Member Member
    Hope you had a great time! Old Bay and Mrs Dash huh? Check out Pinterest when you run out. They have recipes for making your own spice mixes.
  • ghudson92ghudson92 Posts: 959Member Member Posts: 959Member Member
    My parents brought me home some maple cookies from Canada and they were incredible. I know its not a condiment but... sometimes I still think about them. I need more!
  • sytchequeensytchequeen Posts: 506Member Member Posts: 506Member Member
    I was going to second what @just_Tomek said before you mentioned you were hand-luggage only. The things you mention, like Old Bay and Liquid Smoke, I've managed to get in the UK already.
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