International Food Locator

After living in the UK for a couple of years I think I've got pretty good at sourcing out the different places to purchase American and Canadian ingredients and baking supplies.  Below is a list of stores (both online and off) that carry the ingredients needed to make some of the recipes I post. Beware - these items are all obviously imported from North America and are not common here in the UK, so they are expensive which is why I try to wait until I go back to Canada or the US to stock up, but if you can't wait that long then give one of these a try!


In Store: 

The following stores usually have a small international section in their lower level food halls.  They carry items such as Lucky Charms, Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix & Syrup, Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, Skippy Peanut Butter, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, etc.
  • Selfridges
  • House of Fraser
  • John Lewis
Other stores include:
  • TK Maxx - you can often find jars of Marshmallow Fluff, Hershey's Chocolate Bars & Syrup, American flavours of Lindt Chocolate
  • Whole Foods - I've only been to the Kensington location, but they carry what I consider to be the most hard to find items like clear Karo Corn Syrup, Libby's Canned Pumpkin, various brands of Canadian Maple Syrup and a few other things.
  • CostCo - I shop here a few times a month, and love the fact I can find a few "necessities" at very reasonable prices. The carry Skippy Peanut Butter, Hershey's Chocolate Milk, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Orville Redenbacher Buttery Microwave Popcorn, Chocolate covered Mua Loa Macadamia Nuts, Marshmallows, Red Vines, 2 Bite Brownies, 2 Bite Cinnamon Rolls, and even Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets and Zip Lock Bags!!  They also carry larger packages of UK baking products like icing sugar, chocolate chips, vanilla, etc. Since it is CostCo all the package sizes are pretty large.  *Please note a membership is required to shop here, and in order to get one you need to meet specific requirements such as owning your own business.
  • Cyber Candy -  I've been to the Brighton location and it's a very small store, but they do have a pretty good selection of chocolate bars and candy from America and Canada (as well as other countries).
  • The Stateside Candy Co. - located in Aldershot, this shop carries a huge range of American products such as candy bars, sodas, chips, sauces,  pop tarts, cereals, etc.
  • Canada Shop - located in Covent Garden this store carries my absolute favourite thing - Kraft Dinner (Macaroni & Cheese), Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix & Syrup, Bic's Pickles, various chocolate bars, cereals, cookies, sauces, etc.  This store not only carries Canadian food, but also Australian, New Zealand & South African foods!  I've been told that they often have clearance sales on food nearing their expiration dates.
  • Wing Yip - this is an Asian super store, but they do carry Root Beer and lots of other yummy Asian things that people from the Vancouver area might be used to eating such as Bubble Tea Pearls, Mochi, Honey Buns, etc.
  • ASDA - this is the equivalent of Wal-Mart in the UK (it's owned by Wal-Mart US).  ASDA sells Hershey's Kisses in small kiss shaped bags and can be found in both milk and white chocolate.  Campbell's soup was recently re-launched into the UK market, but doesn't seem to be doing that great.  I've noticed that the other major supermarkets have really reduced the Campbell's soup range that they carry, but ASDA seems to have the biggest selection.  I've heard rumours that ASDA also sells Kraft Dinner (Kraft Macaroni and Cheese) in boxes.  I don't think every store carries it, so you may have to visit a few stores before you find it. Also, this Kraft Dinner will not be the exact recipe that they have in the US and Canada (which are both different from each other as well (the Canadian one tastes better IMO)) because they had to re-formulate it to comply with European food standards (ie: less artificial flavourings and colourings).
  • Tesco -  Tesco is the UK's largest supermarket, with stores ranging in size.  They carry everything from toys, DVD's, clothes, TV's, groceries, etc, depending on the size of store you go to.  The Tesco I go to is one of the larger ones, and stocks Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (update - the 3 packs of Reese's PB Cups can be found at most supermarkets now).  They have also started selling larger boxes of American Runts, Nerds, Gobstoppers, Skittles, etc mixed in with the regular UK sweets in the large candy rack close to the front of the store.  I've also seen Lucky Charms in their regular cereal aisle for about £6 a box.


Online*:
  • Ocado. - Aside from Tesco and Sainsbury's, Ocado is one of the main online grocery suppliers in the UK, and also stocks a fabulous range of American and Canadian products including Karo Corn Syrup, Libby's canned pumpkin, Kraft Dinner / Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Hershey's Kisses and Syrups, Lucky Charms (£5/box), and lots more!
  • The Stateside Candy Co. - carries a huge range of American products such as candy bars, sodas, chips, sauces, pop tarts, cereals, etc.
  • Cyber Candy - this place has a pretty good selection of chocolate bars and candy from America and Canada (as well as other countries). 
  • Amazon Grocery - this newly launched online grocery store mainly carries UK food, but they do have a few American items - direct link is here. They carry Lucky Charms, Fluff, Mountain Dew, Pickles, etc.
  • American Soda - I'm pretty sure this site supplies the Amazon direct link I posted above, but they do have their own website which carries a wider variety of foods including cake mixes, fluff, soda, etc.
  • Canada Shop - also an online store, this place carries my absolute favourite thing - Kraft Dinner (Macaroni & Cheese), Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix & Syrup, Bic's Pickles, various chocolate bars, cereals, cookies, sauces, etc.  This store not only carries Canadian food, but also Australian, New Zealand & South African foods!  I've been told that they often have clearance sales on food nearing their expiration dates.
  • Wing Yip - this is an Asian super store, but they do carry Root Beer and lots of other yummy Asian things that people from the Vancouver area might be used to eating such as Bubble Tea Pearls, Mochi, Honey Buns, etc.
  • American Food UK - carries an assortment of  Pop Tarts, candy bars, cereals, cookies, sauces, Hershey's products and Fluff.
  • Candy Pirate - carries and assortment of cereals, jams, peanut butters, sodas, etc.

I'm sure there are lots more websites and stores that sell North American foods and baking ingredients, but I've included what I feel are the stores that are either the most convenient or carry the most extensive products.  If you know of any other stores that carry North American foods (especially physical stores & not online stores) please email me to let me know and I will add them to the list.  

*Please note that I have not shopped with any of the online stores, so I cannot vouch for their customer service, product quality, shipping etc.




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