You have to hand it to the British Isles—they really appreciate their snacks. St. Paddy's had us thinking about McVitie's Hobnobs and Tayto's cheese and onion crisps, which reminded us of all the British snacky foods as well.
I should know having worked one summer at Meyers of Keswick, a small shop in Greenwich Village that specializes in imported British foods. Expats from all over the British isles would come in, hungering for their Heinz beans, mushy peas, and cans of Spaghetti O's, like Italians do with their Nutella. The shoppers always claimed that only the proper made-in-the-UK version would do.
They would compliment our homemade bangers, meat pies, and pasties, but the real joy came when someone walked in, with that sad look of desperation, and ask, "Do you sell Wotsits?" We did. They rejoiced.
We also sold almost every Cadbury candy product on the market, plus Maltesers, Fruit Pastilles, Penguins, Dundee cakes, and sleeves of McVitie's biscuits. It was usually with a yelp that people would find the rack of crisps, which contained everything from Twiglits to Walkers' Worcestershire Sauce potato chips.
Working at that shop, I wish I had a nickel every time I heard someone jubilantly whisper, "I can't believe you sell these!" It was at least 20 times a day.
Naturally, I ended up eating quite a few of the snacks myself. Here are a few of favorites, plus those of the team at SEHQ (including the Irish lass Erin, who's actually headed to Ireland today for a week and plans to stock up on McVitie's Hobnobs).
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