Everyone knows that one of the biggest perks of studying abroad is getting to experience a different country’s cuisine, but there will be times when you just want American food.
While the grocery store Taste of America is a homesick expat’s dream, boasting the likes of Hershey’s, Pepperidge Farm, and Pop-Tarts, regular Spanish stores also offer a decent number of American products for those days when you just need Oreos.
Ben & Jerry’s
Cheap? No. Worth it? Hell yes. Extra points if you find a store that has the cores.
Okay, Capitán Maní isn’t American, but I would sooner try it than spend €6 of Jif at Taste of America. I don’t know how I feel about its claim to being “the original peanut butter” though.
Found: Skittles, M&Ms (regular and peanut), Kit-Kats, and Snickers. Lacking: Reeses’. Substitution: Kinder chocolate.
For some terrible reason, the many varieties don’t include double stuff. Also, the packages are smaller… boo.
Jamón is amazing, but sometimes you just need the Oscar Mayer.
Literally the only chocolate chip cookies you’ll find in Madrid.
Rice Krispies, Cheerios, and Honey Smacks, plus a good number of European knock-offs should do the trick.
Americanize your meals with Heinz ketchup, Hunt’s BBQ, Tabasco, or Hellman’s mayo.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find Betty Crocker, but there are plenty of American dessert mixes so you don’t have to convert your home recipes to metric.