The Great Food Gap

One of the funniest things about living in a house with people from Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Wales, Ireland, and Massachusetts is the food gap. Namely, the long list of Americans foods/products that my UK housemates have never heard of, or refuse to believe in without edible evidence.


A biscuit over here is one of these:

In fact, if you try to google it using, all you get are the above.

But in the states, especially in the SOUTH, a biscuit is one of these:

Sometimes obtained from here:


Me: I wish I had a biscuit.
Housemate: There’s a whole box in the cupboard.
Me: No, an American biscuit.
Housemate: (O_o)?
Me: *tries to describe*
Housemate: So it’s a scone.
Me: Kind of, but fluffier.
Housemate: So it’s a muffin.
Me: Kind of, but flaky like a muffin shaped croissant with butter on each layer and–
Housemate: I don’t believe you.


Me: *opening care package* EEEEEEEEEE!!!!
Housemate: (O_o)?
Me: *holding bounty aloft* WARM DELIGHTS.
Housemate: What are those?
Me: OMG. Okay. It’s cake.
Housemate: We have cake.
Me: Yeah, but this is a personal serving of cake that cooks in approximately 30 seconds and tastes like a personal portion of heaven.
Housemate: *eyes container* I am going to need proof.

Other things UK housemates have never experienced:
Goldfish crackers

I’m fairly certain this will become a regular feature on the blog…


8 thoughts on “The Great Food Gap

  1. Omg! Try explaining Poptarts to a Brit — seriously. O_O

  2. Lauren M says:

    Haha, your housemates are so skeptical!
    I’ve actually never heard of a Warm Delights bowl before. *guilt* I’m definitely gonna have to check those out.

  3. Bonnie says:

    I LOVE this entry! Please do continue this feature! OMG, awesomesauce! πŸ™‚ You should look up a good biscuit recipe and make some. You can find a recipe for the Red Lobster Chedder Bay biscuits online. We might have it on the fridge if you can’t. So yummy!!

  4. Eva SB says:

    Hehe as an ex-Brit friends with several USian friends I have this problem all the time.
    Trying asking your Brit friends about flan – it is not what you think it is!

    Clothing is also a problem. Most people know about the pants/vest problem but I’m sure your housemates wore jumpers all through the winter.

  5. Daisy says:

    Too funny! I know the feeling, I don’t even know how to explain some of the Dutch food to people who’ve never been here, people don’t get it. Like the snacks we eat with our fries, in other countries they only seem to have hamburgers. But as I don’t get mac&cheese, I can’t really point any fingers πŸ˜‰

  6. Liam says:

    The UK doesn’t have Goldfish?
    How will I survive there?

  7. Jen Chandler says:

    Yep, I got to experience the old “cookie-scone-biscuit” misunderstanding in Ireland. Hilarious. That’s what makes traveling fun, discovering new things and exposing others to things you take for granted. And getting laughed at for calling a scone a cookie …

  8. Linda G. says:

    Tell them you want some chips and see what you get. πŸ˜‰

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