17 Foods All Americans Miss While Living In Europe

Being abroad is fun until OMYLORD WHERE IS THE PEANUT BUTTER.

1. Peanut Butter


The average European eats less than 1 tablespoon of peanut butter a year. Because apparently they’re insane. PB is extremely difficult to find in Europe, and when you finally do, the store will probably have neither your preferred brand nor both crunchy and smooth options. Heartbreaking.

Did you just say the words “fish and chips” to me?

3. Hot Sauce

OMG. Almost out of green @TABASCO. #expatproblems

— Ashley Vinson (@ashleybohunk)

This is an issue of brand variety and availability. Any hot sauce lover knows that not just any old spicy substance will do.

4. Avocado

The barely ripe, sour green things you might be able to find abroad don’t count.

5. Many Diet Sodas

Diet Mountain Dew, baby.

6. Classic American Breakfast

It's Pancake Day, not Crepe Day. Don't settle for less.

— Drenge (@drenge)

7. Good BBQ

Missing barbecue is a serious condition. (If you begin to lose your mind a little, you could buy a slow cooker and make your own with this recipe. (If you can’t find liquid smoke just leave it out, or use this recipe.)

8. Gloriously Huge Fruit

THANK YOU, growth hormone.

9. American Candy Brands

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Things Europe doesn't have: Reece's pieces, Hershey's cookies and cream, and hot Cheetos #crying

— Megan Laird (@itsmeganlaird)

10. Enormous Delicious Salads

You might think that everywhere in Europe would have this because it is still civilization, but you would be totally wrong. Restaurants with respectably large salad options are few and far between in Spain and France in particular. It’s not unheard of for ex-pats to burst into tears of joy upon their first return to a Whole Foods salad bar, Chop’t, or any restaurant in California.

11. Thanksgiving Dinner

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#ExpatThanksgiving means explaining to non-American dining companions that yes, really, everyone eats sweet potatoes topped w marshmallows

— Rosie Spinks (@rojospinks)

12. Bagels and Cream Cheese

This one is just so hard.

13. Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Many Other American Cereal Brands That Are Nearly Impossible to Find on the Continent of Europe

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America, we take cereal for granted.

14. Large Cups of Coffee

Yes. You feel like an asshole going to Starbucks when you live in the epicenter of “good coffee,” but you also don’t want to spend, like, a thousand euros every morning continually getting tiny cappuccinos or café crèmes.

15. Ice Cubes

Putting as many ice cubes as possible in my drinks before I go to Europe because apparently THEY DON'T HAVE ANY

— Stephen Lynch (@TheStephenLynch)

Tepid Coke, exactly what I always wanted.

16. Salad Dressing

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“Pourable Sunshine” psh yeah right

17. Tex-Mex

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Obviously the Chipotles in London, Frankfurt, and Paris can’t fully satisfy this craving.

You try to replace the foods you love with their foreign equivalents, but that ends in frustration.

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You long for them day in and day out.

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Until finally, you return…

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…and it’s just like you dreamed it.

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The way I talk about America you might think it was made of only food. #expatproblems

— Expat Problems (@ExpatProblems_)

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