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Old 06 October 2014, 12:12 AM
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Quick backstory: I'm sending a package of American foodstuffs to a new Swedish friend. She asked for salt water taffy and snap pea crisps, which I have ready to send, but I wanted to add a few things to the package. I know there are a lot of things available there now, so I don't want to send something she has readily available. Right now I plan to send some candy corn/pumpkins (since it's Halloween), some small packets of ranch dressing/dip mix, taco seasoning, and individual-sized pouches of Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams and almond butter (regular, vanilla, and maple).

I turn now to you. I am pondering chili mix and corn muffin mix, grits, taco shells, and tortillas. What's a good, American-but-not-exported-to-Sweden, portable sort of thing to ship?
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Old 06 October 2014, 12:36 AM
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Girl Scout cookies? I only suggest this because I was trapped by a bevy of Brownies when I was shopping yesterday and ended up with 4 boxes.
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Old 06 October 2014, 12:54 AM
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I wouldn't send Peanut butter or American chocolate to anyone who hasn't tried and liked it before. America excels at snack foods and candy so I think you are on the right track. I would send fudge if there is somewhere nearby where you can get some. The latest and greatest candy technology. Something pumpkin flavored and something cranberry flavored would be good too.
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Old 06 October 2014, 01:58 AM
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What about Craisins? Are those common in Europe?
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Old 06 October 2014, 02:09 AM
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Mmmmm, snap pea crisps. How about pine nuts. Old Bay seafood seasoning, or maybe some Zataran's. Constant Comment tea, if she drinks tea, that is. Bisquick. Red Velvet cake mix. Lime Jell-O! ETA - Can they get maple syrup in Sweden?
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I've never heard of snap pea crisps before. Off to google .
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Old 06 October 2014, 02:15 AM
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Only if they're made with real Girl Scouts.
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Old 06 October 2014, 01:07 PM
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Huh. I was about to suggest Swedish Fish as a joke but it turns out they actually are Swedish.

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Old 06 October 2014, 01:19 PM
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I've never heard of snap pea crisps before. Off to google
Ditto.

I suspect this is a new thing -- maybe somebody looked at the success of doctored-up dried kale and decided to expand on it? (Although my posting this may well cause somebody to post that their great-grandmother ate them as a child . . . )
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Old 06 October 2014, 01:20 PM
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Packets of sloppy Joe seasoning. I can't say they loved it but they were happy to make and try it. I sent someone in New Zealand packets of French Onion dip. That went over well. Also the horchata and Hawaiian Punch packets went over well.
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Old 06 October 2014, 04:45 PM
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What about Craisins? Are those common in Europe?
Don't know about elsewhere, but we can easily find dried cranberries. Just not Ocean Spray brand. Raw cranberries are difficult to find and the season is very short.

Cranberry sauce (pre-made) is only available at American food stores. Lingonberry sauce is similar.

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... taco shells, and tortillas. What's a good, American-but-not-exported-to-Sweden, portable sort of thing to ship?
Old El Paso products are in many countries, including Sweden.

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Old 06 October 2014, 04:57 PM
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Might be interesting/helpful to crosscheck your idea with the popular local supermarket chains? Here's a list.

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Old 06 October 2014, 05:49 PM
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Margarita mix? canned chop suey? Those are uniquely American.
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Old 06 October 2014, 10:54 PM
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Don't know about elsewhere, but we can easily find dried cranberries. Just not Ocean Spray brand.
Craisins aren't straight dried cranberries, though. To be on the safe side, maybe I'll get the yogurt-covered ones.

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Old El Paso products are in many countries, including Sweden.
That's good to know. Since you're in Sweden yourself, what would you want to try, if this were you?
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Ditto.

I suspect this is a new thing -- maybe somebody looked at the success of doctored-up dried kale and decided to expand on it? (Although my posting this may well cause somebody to post that their great-grandmother ate them as a child . . . )
I first had snap pea crisps circa 2003 via a friend's mother who could always be counted on to have an eclectic mix of food. They were impossible for me to find -- Trader Joe's started carrying them in my area a while later, and now they seem to be in most supermarkets.

I never noticed dried kale chips until recently but then again kale and I are not buddies so could have been a mental filter.
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Old 07 October 2014, 01:09 AM
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That's good to know. Since you're in Sweden yourself, what would you want to try, if this were you?
Sweden /= Switzerland
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I never thought I'd get a chance to link to this comic in a discussion about food.
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Sweden /= Switzerland
So it turns out the people in Sweden want more Sweden!
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Old 07 October 2014, 02:22 AM
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I totally did goof there. But yes, obviously, Switzerland and Sweden aren't the same place. Which snopester is from Sweden? I seem to remember someone was. Trondon? I'm pretty sure I haven't spelled that right, either.
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Old 07 October 2014, 02:28 AM
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Troberg (and waffles)
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