Home Comforts: Spotted in Supermarkets! #1 – An Introduction

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A selection of British and American food items spotted for sale in Bavarian supermarkets…

Everything under the ‘Home Comforts’ section of the website will have some sort of tie to British or American food, drink and shops. If you’re looking for something in particular, comment at the end of the post and let me know!

This series of posts is aimed at anyone that wants to know what British and American food items can be found in Munich and the surrounding areas. Obviously, I can’t speak for all supermarkets in all locations at all times but I’ll be doing my best to point anyone needing their home comforts in the right direction.

Living in the Munich area, I’m surprised at just how much food we’re used to in Britain can be found in the supermarkets here. I live around a half hour S-Bahn train ride away from the centre of Munich, in an area that appears to have quite a few British residents. This may very well affect the product choices these supermarkets stock! Please keep this in mind if something I’ve found isn’t available in your local store.

Commonly Found Items

These items seem fairly common to most supermarkets I’ve found:

  • Barilla Pasta
  • Buitoni Pasta
  • Sacla Pesto
  • Activia Yoghurt
  • Muller Corner Yoghurt
  • Bertolli Spread
  • Kerrygold Butter
  • Philadelphia – Various Flavours
  • Innocent Fruit Juice and Smoothies
  • Heinz Ketchup, Garlic Sauce and often Baked Beans
  • Knorr Stock Pots, Packet Soups, Packet Sauce Mixes, Packet Salad Dressing Mixes, Salad Dressing
  • Birds Eye Frozen Products – Note: Branded as Iglo
  • McCain Frozen Chips or Wedges
  • Dr. Oetker Frozen Pizzas
  • Fisherman’s Friend
  • Mentos
  • Original Oreo Cookies
  • Nutella
  • Variety of Chocolate Bars: Mars, Snickers, Kit Kat, Twix, Lion, Rolo, Smarties
  • Variety of Cereals – Note: Coco Pops are branded as Choco Krispies. Rice Krispies are not available!
  • Variety of Coffee for Home Machines – See below.

A word on Muller Corner Yoghurts: These are widely available however do not expect the same flavour combinations as in England. Muller Rice is available here as Milchreis although I find the texture isn’t as soft as in Britain.

A word on Innocent: These are generally available as single portion sized bottles. Fruit juices are frequently available in larger bottles. I’ve occasionally seen the Super Smoothies range in a larger bottle.

A word on the variety of chocolate bars available: Your mileage may vary but I believe the chocolate used here is sometimes different to that in the UK. I’m guessing due to the hot summers they need a chocolate mix that doesn’t melt as easily. I found this greater waxiness more pronounced on something like a Kit Kat or Maltesers where chocolate is the main feature.

A visual note on the variety of cereals available here: Image taken in Rewe, January 2017

Cereal varieties spotted in Rewe Supermarket in January | eatexploreetc.com

Image Contents, Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Nestlé Clusters, Fitness, Special K, Cini Minis, Golden Minis, Cookie Crisp, Kellogg’s Toppas, Froot Loops, Honey Loops, Honey Pops, Tresor (UK: Krave), Choco Krispies (UK: Coco Pop), Nestlé Nesquik, Lion Cereal, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Crunchy Nut, Frozen, Weetabix Original, Kellogg’s Frosties, Finding Dory, Smacks, Choco Krispies Chocos, a variety of cereal bars, Rewe own brand cereal, Kellogg’s mega pack sized boxes.

A visual note on the variety of coffee machine products available here: Image taken in Tengelmann, July 2017

Image Contents, Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Dallmayr Capsa, Nescafe Dolce Gusto, Senseo, Tassimo. This list isn’t exhaustive and will be updated!

To wrap this introduction up,  I’ll add that I’m not particularly interested in alcohol. I don’t often drink wine, beer or spirits… so if this is something that interests you, please comment and let me know! I’ll go hang out in the wine aisle for a bit on your behalf.

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