As Seen in Ireland, Pt. 3 – So Close, Yet Not So Close
Junk Food Nation, let’s get back into stuff I saw in Ireland and didn’t buy, but felt was worthy of discussion. Today are foods I saw that were close, so very close, to items we already have here in the US – but just a liiiiiiiiiiiiiittle different.
First up, Kellogg’s Krave Cereal!
Kellogg’s Krave cereal first debuted in the UK and Ireland in 2010. It came out in the US early this year to moderate success – I mean, it’s sugary cereal filled with chocolate. What’s not to like? The UK version has a milk chocolate version we don’t have.
Chocolate Hazelnut Krave was the original flavor in the UK, which makes me wondr why it hasn’t been released here yet. I mean, essentially sugar cereal FILLED with Nutella??? C’mon now, Kellogg’s. It can’t be that hard. Release it in the US, and start printing bucks.
Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut….FEAST! Not sure what makes this a feast – maybe the serving size is the entire box? This plus the other FEAST I saw in Ireland makes me think that the Irish don’t know what the word “Feast” means.
You know how cereal boxes advertise the prize inside sometimes? Or a contest or promotional that the cereal company is having? Apparently they REALLY wanted to sell the hell out of this free bowling. Good Lord, it takes up the WHOLE FRONT OF THE BOX! Is this a huge selling point for people? Are they deciding between Crunchy Nut and say Honey Bunches of Oats, and thinking, “Well, at least I get to wear someone else’s shoes and throw and 10-lb ball with this one for an hour.”
Nature Valley Granola Bars are tasty, and I like that these are just straight up Maple Syrup flavor. Not Maple Brown Sugar, not Maple and Almond, just plain Maple Syrup. This is granola dipped in syrup. That sounds healthy.
Milky Way Cake Bars??? What the – individually wrapped sponge cakes filled with creamy filling covered in milk chocolate? AMAZING. One of the things I sort of wish I bought, but the flavor is probably predictable. And that flavor is DELICIOUSNESS.
Kit Kats in little Whopper-like balls? You crazy, Ireland. Still, is this sought after? “You know, I LOVE Kit Kats, but they’re TOO BIG. I WISH there was someway I didn’t have to bother breakin’ off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar!”
When I first saw these, I thought, “Buffalo-style Chicken Jerky Nuggets? FOUL. Silly Ireland.” Then I found out…they exist in the United States!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Ireland….you win this round. Still looks iffy.
Irish Pringles! TOOBZ! Lol. Toobz sounds like boobs.
My buddy Sean who has been living in Ireland for the past several months told me that the Irish really can’t handle spice very well. He specifically pointed out this can of Pringles and said, “I GUARANTEE those Pringles are anything BUT Hot & Spicy.”
While walking in Galway, I finally spotted my first McDonald’s!!! WOOHOOO!!! As I ran up to the window, I was searching for some crazy McDonald’s burgers that we didn’t have in the US.
And Ireland did not disappoint:
GREAT TASTES OF AMERICA BURGERS!? Say whaaaaaaaaaa. Ridiculous. Apparently this is a huge campaign in the UK and Ireland! See here:
Apparently, the Great Tastes of America are: Texas BBQ, Chicago Supreme, Arizona Nacho Grande, and New York Classic. Of course, I can only imagine what the UK thinks is synonymous with these regions.
This link says it all. The Texas BBQ has bacon, sticky BBQ sauce, fried onion rings, lettuce, cheese. The Chicago Supreme has lettuce, bacon, onion, cheese, mayo, and …..spicy salsa??? On a chili chive sesame bun?
The Arizona Nacho Grande has lettuce melted nacho cheese, tortilla chips (what), pepper jack cheese, and pepperoni (???). And the New York Classic has a chili chive sesame bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, cheese, and ketchup/mustard/mayo.
I’m not sure what the British or Irish think we’re doing over here, but I can tell you that NO one associates pepperoni with Arizona (or nachos, generally), and while putting salsa on a burger doesn’t sound bad, I’m not sure how that translates to the Windy City. According this blog:
“It really does get across different tastes of America in different regions with highlights being the New York Classic burger with its melting taste of a deli sandwich in Brooklyn and the Arizona Nacho Grande with crunch of Nachos and salty addictive taste of the sliced pepperoni which you can imagine eating in any restaurant in Phoenix.”
This person has clearly never been to America. For more in depth info on these Great Tastes of America, check out the McMunchings Blog here.
Sincerely, Junk Food Guy