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Old 09-04-2022, 07:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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On another thread, someone mentioned Subway. It got me thinking about the time I had a sub while visiting an outlet mall in upstate New York. Caution: outlet malls in the US are dangerous to one's credit card.

I've now had Cadbury chocolate from three countries (UK, Australia, Canada). An Aussie friend of mine just got married, and she gave everyone small Cadbury chocolates in the shape of Koala bears. I don't remember there being any difference between the chocolate in the three countries. She said that the Aussie versions are best because they contain more milk.

KitKats are made in both the US and Canada. Again, I tasted no difference.

Mountain Dew is different from the US and Canada. I know the US one has a ton more caffeine in it. I wouldn't be surprised if it packed as much of a punch as a Red Balls. I remember the 'Dew being sweeter in the States.

When it comes to fast food, I believe the oil used in the US and Canada is different. I remember McD fries and burgers tasting different. Fries in Canada were way more salty. When I worked the fryers, I wasn't liberal with the salt shaker.

Five Guys burgers in the States were not as good as the ones I've had back home. They were too greasy, and the buns were mushy.

I remember Subway bread being sweeter in the States. I liked that they gave me more vegetables. At home, I have to practically beg for more than a few cucumber slices.

Hershey chocolate is better in the States than in Canada. There's a slight difference. I think the chocolate is more rich.

I still remember getting iced tea in Burlington, Vermont. I was so used to iced tea being full of sugar. This was not sweetened, but I liked it more. It was lighter, and more refreshing.
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Old 09-05-2022, 04:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hershey chocolate is better in the States than in Canada. There's a slight difference. I think the chocolate is more rich.
You should have visited Hershey Park in its heyday in the seventies. We always left with free samples after a tour of the factory. Alas, they don't do that anymore.
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Old 09-05-2022, 08:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We had a Hershey plant 50km from here. We even had a Nestle plant close by. Both closed
a while ago. I didn't get a chance to visit either, but I heard the samples were plentiful.

On a related note, the mother of a guy I used to work with was a sales rep with Hershey. He used to bring in grocery bags of chocolate bars. One night we're working, and I told him I like the EatMore bars. He brought me a dozen of them.
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Speaking of chocolate candy... the American Mars Bar is different from the British Mars Bar. The British Mars Bar is similar to the American Milky Way Bar. The British Milky Way Bar is closer to the American 3 Musketeers Bar.
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Noted! I'll need to test out that claim. I've had the Milky Way and the Canadian Mars. I'd say the Milky Way is better. I've yet to try the British version.
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Noted! I'll need to test out that claim. I've had the Milky Way and the Canadian Mars. I'd say the Milky Way is better. I've yet to try the British version.
Also, American Smarties don't look or taste anything like English Smarties which look and taste almost exactly like American M&M's.
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German pizza sucked when I was there in the 80's, but I'm sure they've made adjustments in the last 30 years.
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Also, American Smarties don't look or taste anything like English Smarties which look and taste almost exactly like American M&M's.
Right! I forgot that American Smarties aren't the same as ours. I haven't had M&Ms from the US in a while.

I will say that Reese peanut butter cups from the US and Canada taste the same. It wasn't recently where I saw Reese peanut butter jars in the grocery store.

My problem with peanut butter cups is not really a problem. A chocolate maker downtown makes their own peanut butter cups. They're the size of hockey pucks. The dark chocolate versions are just evil.
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Right! I forgot that American Smarties aren't the same as ours. I haven't had M&Ms from the US in a while.

I will say that Reese peanut butter cups from the US and Canada taste the same. It wasn't recently where I saw Reese peanut butter jars in the grocery store.

My problem with peanut butter cups is not really a problem. A chocolate maker downtown makes their own peanut butter cups. They're the size of hockey pucks. The dark chocolate versions are just evil.

I love reeces, and I live in New Zealand. I assume they come over from the states. If you like chocolate, you should try whittakers chocolate. A taste of heaven and NZ made. No palm oil or corrupt company's.
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I do like my chocolate to be corruption free!

I will seek out this Whittaker place. It sounds almost magical. Thanks!
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