I love to explore local food culture when I travel. I peruse supermarket aisles. Countries and regions within them have their own favourite foods and it tells you so much about where you have landed – socio-demographically, and about how important how and what you eat is to the local population, from the local family dollar store I deduce that the population is not too well off – the packaging is large, the prices low, our inn-keeper confirms this assessment. I wonder if I am being arrogant to look at the foods and question them, but then I think of Portugal, Italy, Spain and many other countries, where unemployment is currently at incredible rates, where people have little disposable income, but where they save money by eating natural foods that they prepare themselves for the most part rather than eating processed food. I realise this might be a controversial topic so I look forward to any and all comments.
Below you will find photos of my many discoveries at the local Family Dollar store in Poland, Maine. Many foodstuffs I personally would hesitate to categorise, as edible, but there you are. Each to her own.
Below my top picks ( i am sure the clerk thought I was taking food pack photos…) and my thoughts. The packaging reminds me of post-world war 2 large fonts, happy fonts, all the colours of the rainbow, and the boxes say ” buy me, I will simplify your life! Add colour and joy!” – the second reason I thought of World war 2 is the, for me, stupendous amount of “ersatz” ingredients – and the advertising ” made with real Peanut butter”. Below my top picks and what captured my interest. Imagine an alien arriving in your country and being amazed, that would be me!
Made with real peanut butter!!!
Genuine chocolate flavour!
Good old imitation bacon bits…
Eat the fun – good humor strawberry shortcake ice lollies – reminded me of a young alcoholic patient I once had who told me about his childhood and the first drink he had was an apple schnapps – he was attracted to it because the advertising for it showed a multi-generational family having a great time and coming from a difficult family where both parents drank he found this appealing.
Ever wanted to make your own bacon bowl? This one fascinated me!
So easy to make from scratch – why buy a packet ?
Wow the size of that bottle – I don’t want to imagine sugar content in this – and the size…..
Happy yellow colour – I luv pie!
Eat those colours!