True story. When I was on study abroad in Paris, I would develop these cravings for some foods only available in the US like peanut butter, root beer, and Oreos. My host parents were able to track down peanut butter (buerre de cacahuete) for me and this one sandwich shop on the Right Bank had Oreos by the register, but root beer was impossible to find.
Someone told me about a store called Thanksgiving that sells American foods — a little taste of home when you’re craving it most.
It’s fascinating though to see your country summed up in packaged grocery store foods rather than traditional recipes which is why I really enjoyed seeing what’s on the USA shelf in the “ethnic” section of a German grocery store.
I should caveat that I don’t believe Betty Crocker mixes or marshmallow fluff are things you should eat instead of local cuisine, but I know that when you’ve been away for a while, sometimes a nibble of the familiar makes you feel better. Sort of like when my mom would send me delicious baked goods in college… except that my mom didn’t love me enough to do that. (Sorry, Mommy, but it’s true!)