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The American Ethnic Food Section In A German Grocery Store (VIDEO)


First Posted: 06/30/10 04:45 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:55 PM ET

The video below has been making the rounds, and for good reason. In it, an American tourist (YouTube user simoneharuko) visits what she calls, "pretty much the coolest grocery store of all time" in Alexanderplatz, Berlin, and found something she had ever seen before: an American ethnic section. As Eater pointed out, "most of this stuff seems to be there for expatriates who want brands they recognize."


Our tabulation of the products included in the "U.S.A" ethnic food section:

  • Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate mix
  • Cans of V8
  • Hershey's Chocolate Syrup (original and "Shell" style)
  • Maple syrup
  • Regular old syrup
  • Betty Crocker Baking Mixes: Blueberry, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Brownie, Cake, Muffins, Bisquik,
  • Betty Crocker frosting: Vanilla and Chocolate
  • Five (5) Pain Is Good Hot Sauce varieties
  • Jim Beam Barbecue Sauce, Steak Sauce, Hot Sauce, and Mustard
  • Four (4) Jack Daniel's Barbecue Sauces
  • Paul Prudhomme "Magic" Seasoning blends
  • Paul Newman salad dressings
  • Hellman's Mayonnaise
  • Wish Bone Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Marshmallow Fluff (original and strawberry)
  • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
  • Cheese Zip (cheese whiz)
  • Head Country Barbecue Sauces
  • Bull's Eye Barbecue Sauce
  • Hunt's Barbecue Sauces
  • Cheddar, Nacho, and Jalapeno-flavored squeeze-bottled cheese
  • Mustards
  • Heinz sweet relish
  • Crisco shortening
  • Marshmallows
  • Campbell's Soups


UPDATE: This entry was posted not to take issue with the term "ethnic," nor to criticize the grocery store. What's interesting here is the (yes, almost nearly processed) food that, unfortunately, we've become most associated with. And probably, accurately.

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