Questions for Americans

My daughter mentioned something to me that I did not know.

It appears that Americans do not have access to some favorite chocolate bars we enjoy here in Canada. Like this one.

And also this one.


Next she tells me they do not have Kinder Eggs either. Because of the choking hazard.


I googled a little. This is the reason the Kinder Eggs are banned in the USA.

I was familiar with Kinder Eggs in Switzerland, and we have them here in Canada too. My own children enjoyed these little treats with the trinkets inside…

But wait! There’s more… ๐Ÿ˜‚

Next, my girl child says Americans don’t have Hickory Sticks either.


I’m not a fan but the rest of the family here enjoy these salty/savory snacks…

I am simply shocked. I thought all the niftiest snacks were invented in America…

What is going on?

America, please enlighten me.

96 thoughts on “Questions for Americans

  1. Besides candy… when I moved to the USA (New Jersey) from Germany (Munich) back in 1969, I was the only kid in the neighborhood with a set of Legos. It took decades for the USA to catch up. Now in Southern California we have “LegoLand”. Sigh. Don’t get me started on “Smerfs” (Schlumf in Germany). Decades behind the trends in Europe, apparently.

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    1. YES! I moved from Zurich to Canada in 1981 with all my smurfs which are still in my house today. My kids played with them!

      I didn’t know this about lego, but that’s really interesting. Thank you for sharing this!


  2. Americans just like to be a different leader and like things their own way.
    Iโ€™ve never heard any of the choco/candies you mentioned. But it could well be that theyโ€™re called by other names which is not uncommon with the American way.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. There is a long list of yummy treats that we donโ€™t have but I wish we did. Such as different flavors of Kit Kat bars I found in Tokyo. Strawberry was my favorite. Kinder eggs I believe are only for Easter but now Iโ€™m curious and will be on the lookout. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. In the Philippines, thereโ€™s catsup (yes I chose the alternative spelling just for fun) made out of bananas. If I didnโ€™t KNOW it was bananas, I might not have suspected. I guess the bananas must be cheaper than using actual tomatoes? But my concern is, what makes it red?

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  4. I’ve never heard of Hickory Sticks which I guess proves they’re not available here. As for the Kinder Eggs, I knew they’d been banned. Never ate one so I don’t know what I’m missing.

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    1. Because Cadbury’s is a UK brand there isn’t a big push to try and penetrate the market here. (The Creme Eggs around Easter but that’s about it.) Hershey and Nestle are pretty much the two dominant chocolate companies here. Admittedly Nestle is French and both make subpar chocolate but they’re cheap and available so take it for what it’s worth.

      Canada always had the best snacks though. I remember as a kid in the 80’s that I loved going to Canada for Hockey or when a member of my family went snowmobiling/hunting/fishing/etc. and they’d bring home the flavored chips that you couldn’t get here.

      Ketchup, Dill Pickle, Salt & Vinegar, Roasted Chicken, and I want to say there was a Bacon flavored one too. These are the flavors I remember that simply weren’t available here.

      This was back when the US had regular and bbq flavored potato chips as your options.

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      1. Interesting. There’s an All Dressed chips flavour that I’m not crazy about but someone mentioned it wasn’t available in the US…

        Nestle’s headquarters are in the French part of Switzerland (I’m originally from the German part) so I’m familiar with the company but find their product not particularly good. There are better chocolate and confection makers in Switzerland than Nestle…


      2. All Dressed was a flavor for a limited time but only came about in the last couple of years.
        I thought it was pretty tasty. Ruffles was the only brand I know that did it.

        I have mixed feelings about the availability of all of these flavored chips here in the US (still don’t see Ketchup very often if ever.) Some of the “coolness,” of getting flavored snacks that were otherwise unavailable was diluted.

        That said, and I forgot to mention earlier, Oh Henry is still available it’s just not easy to find. It’s an “old-timey,” candy that doesn’t have the pizzazz as others. Even though it’s really good. Same thing with the best candy bar ever, the Zagnut.

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  5. Cant say I ever noticed Oh Henry bars disappearing but youโ€™re right about the US yanking those treat filled eggs. Guess weโ€™re not enough to just eat the chocolate. Of course Maine has Moxie and poutine and Whoopie pies while other states have no idea what they are.

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      1. Nope! And as I recall the wrapper looked just like the picture you posted. Wikipedia says the bar was invented in the U.S. and is manufactured by Nestle but then it says “In Canada, the bar is currently sold by the Hershey Company and was manufactured at their Smiths Falls, Ontario, facilities prior to their closure. The bars are different in appearance: the Canadian version is one bar with the fudge in the center, the fudge surrounded with a thin layer of caramel, and the nuts surrounding that layer before it is surrounded in the coating.”

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  6. They have, or at least had, Oh Henry bars. I don’t notice these days, since I don’t each that stuff anymore. I did miss Caramilk. But the one that was really difficult was Coffee Crisps. I used to eat one every day, all through High School.

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  7. My corner market sells Kinder eggs. Sometimes the ginormous ones. It’s run by Chaldeans though, so that might be why we can get them.
    They had Flake bars for a while and I got hooked on them. I ordered a case from UK๐Ÿ™Š

    Even within the US, some snacks are regional. When we visited the ex’s family in Indiana and Michigan, I saw snacks that were different.
    Also, things are named differently. “Mountain Dew” is “Mello Yellow”๐Ÿค” wha? Why?

    Living near the border, I also have access to Mexican candy and snacks. Very, very different from American or any other I’ve tried.

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  8. Well, we used to have oh Henryโ€™s…I think itโ€™s cool that certain places have certain snacks. My daughter and I found a shop that has different candies from around the world…FYI…have you see how many flavors of Kit Katโ€™s they have in Japan?

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  9. I donโ€™t eat a lot of candy but Halloween wouldnโ€™t be Halloween without those little Oโ€™Henry bars. I look forward to them every year. Glad to be Canadian and for more reasons than some treats.

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  10. I know a cousin of mine has had major issues trying to make her kid not get addicted to Kinder, this kid would want it every single day, itโ€™s been quite some time though so I donโ€™t see much difference in what happens in America or in other countries when it comes to chocolates.

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  11. I think we have O Henry. At least we used to. Cadbury is more of a seasonal thing here with special versions for our Easter but again, I think we have bars year round. Just checked, lots of bar varieties, including one called Caramello that appears to be what you have. Your daughter is a bit mis-informed ๐Ÿ˜‰

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