An article in http://www.emigrant.ie / , a highly entertaining site, discussed the difficulty of finding certain items in Ireland that are readily obtainable in the US. Since one of the secondary purposes of AUE is to discuss food, the following snippet listing what one traveller brought back may be germane. I wonder how difficult it is to find these items in the UK.
Here's a fairly comprehensive list of what she got, and I've accompanied this column with a photo for added proof, lest you have any doubts. In no specific order, she brought home (to Ireland): Levolor light filtering, custom sized window shades; (New!) Nestlé Toll House candy bars; Nabisco Chewy Chips Ahoy; Hormel Pepperoni; Keebler Rainbow Chips Deluxe; Nyquil; Kellogg's Pop-tarts (brown sugar, cinnamon); Nestlé hot cocoa mix; Ray's New York Bagels (plain, onion, cinnamon/raisin); Smucker's jelly beans; Mennen Speed Stick anti-perspirant; black jeans; Pillsbury Brownie Mix; assorted Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie mixes and Brownie mixes; Hershey's Mini Robin Eggs; assorted Betty Crocker Bisquick Complete mixes; Nestlé Coffee-Mate (French Vanilla); medium white plain corn meal; Chef Boyardee Cheese Pizza mix and (New!) Deep Dish Meals mix; and, last but not least, a Safety Gate Hook & Eye.

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Charles Riggs wrote on 19 Mar 2005:
An article in http://www.emigrant.ie / , a highly entertaining site, discussed the difficulty of finding certain items in Ireland that are ... Cheese Pizza mix and (New!) Deep Dish Meals mix; and, last but not least, a Safety Gate Hook & Eye.

Jeez. The only thing I'd want on that list might be Ray's New York bagels, assuming that they're actually made and sold fresh in New York instead of made in some factory in Kansas, frozen, and then shipped around the USA with a misleading label. Corn meal might be another.

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Charles Riggs wrote on 19 Mar 2005:

An article in http://www.emigrant.ie / , a highly entertaining site, discussed ... last but not least, a Safety Gate Hook & Eye.

Jeez. The only thing I'd want on that list might be Ray's New York bagels, assuming that they're actually made ... some factory in Kansas, frozen, and then shipped around the USA with a misleading label. Corn meal might be another.

Given the tenor of her list, was she entirely wise to include jeans?

You can have window-blinds made to measure in UK, of course; the favourite (and excellent) American jelly beans here come from "Jelly Belly"; but not every supermarket will have different grades of corn-meal. Most of the other stuff should have been seized by Customs and destroyed on public health grounds.

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An article in http://www.emigrant.ie / , a highly entertaining site, discussed the difficulty of finding certain items in Ireland that are ... Cheese Pizza mix and (New!) Deep Dish Meals mix; and, last but not least, a Safety Gate Hook & Eye.
Kelloggs do some sort of cinnamon flavoured breakfast cereal, but I have never been sufficiently interested to investigate further. There is a plentiful choice of chocolate chip cookies, many of them of excellent quality, but I do not remember Betty Crocker's as one of them. No difficulty finding cocoa mix in UK, but we call it cocoa powder. Made by Nestlé, too. Pepperoni is available, but not in the make specified. Sainsbury's offers cinnamon and raisin (and cheese and onion) muffins, which I can recommend as an occasional treat, toasted and spread with butter.

I do not know whether this product is the same thing as the American "bagel". Other types of bagel are easily available specifically in Leeds, but perhaps not in most other towns, mainly to serve the city's substantial Jewish population. I have discovered that Jewish bread offers added variety from the normal English bread, so I occasionally buy bagels myself.

I wear black jeans most of the time. Levi, Lee Cooper, Lee, and a host of other makes (including supermarket brands and Marks and Spencer) are all easily available in black. My preferred make is Lee, in the Brooklyn or Kansas style. Specially taking black jeans with you to Ireland must be like taking coals to Newcastle. At least one of the pairs I have bought in England in recent years had a "Made in Ireland" label. My current pair, however, was made in Malta.
The rest of the items on your list I do not recognise at all.

Richard Chambers Leeds UK.
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Charles Riggs wrote on 19 Mar 2005:

An article in http://www.emigrant.ie / , a highly entertaining site, discussed ... last but not least, a Safety Gate Hook & Eye.

Jeez. The only thing I'd want on that list might be Ray's New York bagels, assuming that they're actually made and sold fresh in New York instead of made in some factory in Kansas, frozen, and then shipped around the USA with a misleading label.

If she can take one package of Chips Ahoy out of the country, why can't she take them all?

SML
An article in http://www.emigrant.ie / , a highly entertaining site, discussed the difficulty of finding certain items in Ireland that are ... purposes of AUE is to discuss food, the following snippet listing what one traveller brought back may be germane.

I wonder if they would still want them if they
WERE readily available. When we lived in Spain, I
would always ask visitors from the states to bring some of those big fat crunchy sourdough pretzels.
Then the pretzels showed up on the shelves at the
local Supersol and I didn't want them anymore.
\\P. Schultz
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Charles Riggs wrote

An article in http://www.emigrant.ie / , a highly entertaining site, discussed ... last but not least, a Safety Gate Hook & Eye.

Kelloggs do some sort of cinnamon flavoured breakfast cereal, but I have never been sufficiently interested to investigate further. There ... I have discovered that Jewish bread offers added variety from the normal English bread, so I occasionally buy bagels myself.

Sainsbury's bagels are very nice, but more like bagel-shaped bread than "real" bagels - they are nowhere near dense enough. We get excellent bagels in bulk from Costco; I've never been but I understand that there is a famous bagel baker in north Manchester (another area with a significant number of Jewish residents).

I've mentioned before that I have a minor addiction to Tootsie Roll, which are unknown in Europe, so I always bring some home from US visits.
I wear black jeans most of the time. Levi, Lee Cooper, Lee, and a host of other makes (including supermarket ... bought in England in recent years had a "Made in Ireland" label. My current pair, however, was made in Malta.

I also prefer black denim jeans - I am currently wearing a pair which cost £4, but I can't remember where I got them. Matalan? Tescos? Asda? They have absolutely no branding on them, inside or out.

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I've mentioned before that I have a minor addiction to Tootsie Roll, which are unknown in Europe, so I always bring some home from US visits.

Does that mean that Europeans live lives without
any Tootsie Roll Pops? They never have the
experience of sucking on the bright, hard cherry,
or orange, or chocolate candy coating until it is
so thin that you can bite down and crunch it, and
mix the sweet flavor of the crystalline candy with the warm and chewy Tootsie Roll inside?
No wonder they're so crabby.
\\P. Schultz
WERE readily available. When we lived in Spain, I would always ask visitors from the states to bring some of those big fat crunchy sourdough pretzels.

I'm not getting these pretzel references. Around here, pretzels are famous for going stale within hours of being baked.
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