Of course, most American food items have found their way over here just as most French food items are found in super markets across America. But there are a few things that we might miss.
If you are American and living here you will have seen the appearance in recent years of Pepperidge Farm cookies and Oreos in most of the high end markets. There are even "m&m's" but just the peanut ones since these don't compete with "Smarties" or any other European candy.
In the biggest markets in Nice and surrounds (Galeries Lafayette and Monoprix), there is an "American" aisle which boasts among other things: microwave popcorn, marshmallow fluff ( Whaa?), Pillsbury cake and muffin mixes, Skippy peanut butter (crunchy or smooth but never both), maple syrup and boxed macaroni and cheese. Strange, because I have never bought anything off this aisle. My favorite peanut butter (without sugar) is in the bio store.
Popcorn in kernels can now be found in the dried fruits area of the store and the maple syrup along with agave and honey are in the normal aisle for sweeteners . Kellogg's and "Post" have long made in-roads into Europe and the only change is that the French don't seem to make "rice krispies" or "wheat chex" and they like to put chocolate chips in with cereal.
No, Neither Tollhouse nor Ghiradelli chips are found here in Nice. If you are a fan of the very American chocolate chip cookies, you will need to go to Jefferies in Antibes. But if I make cookies now, I just chop up a bar of the superior chocolate to be found everywhere in France.
For a long time the thing I wished for was plastic wrap that didn't leave one tangled in plastic and cursing a blue streak. Cousin Rog found a wrap with its own cutter called Stretch-tite by Kirkland and it is superb. He has brought me enough wrap from America now to last at least a few years. I try not to use it very often because lets face it , its non re-cylable.
You also might bring good re-usable plastic freezer bags....what we call "zip lock", especially the giant ones which can be used for a lot of different kinds of storage (like sweaters).
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You could bring these things to your French friends too, just don't "super size" them, they would not appreciate that. Treats should be ...well ...occasional.