Comfort (junk) food

One of the side effects of being an expat is that you can be filled with joy just by sighting some familiar food or brand name from your home. For instance, I adore Portugal’s goat and sheep cheeses, but the first time I found an extra sharp cheddar cheese I nearly danced a jig right there in the aisle. (I have since hooked my stepson on this cheese as well — he loves the tang.)

So I understood when the British expats were all atwitter over the opening of a new Iceland store in the Algarve. Iceland is a UK grocery chain, so this was a big piece of home for them. After hearing rave reviews about it, I decided to go check it out.

Turns out that since I’m not British, there wasn’t a lot that appealed to me (though I think I might have to try that famous Colman’s mustard). But then we arrived at the junk food aisle, and there I found something wonderfully familiar.


I don’t know if these are available back home — I’d never heard of “little” Rolos before. But I used to love regular Rolos, which were one of my snack foods of choice on road trips. The great thing about Rolos was that you could have just one or two, and save the rest for later, thereby convincing yourself that you were demonstrating admirable restraint. Of course, “later” was usually within the next hour, but still.

I brought a box home and managed to make it last for two days, which for me is admirable restraint indeed. They taste just like regular Rolos, and I’m hooked. It’s probably a good thing that the Iceland store is so far away.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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5 Responses to Comfort (junk) food

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    Yes, the little ones are available here! They’re one of my very favorite candies, too. 🙂 But, ahem, don’t know where you’re getting your facts, vis-a-vis, “The great thing about Rolos was that you could have just one or two, and /save the rest for later/.” Who DOES that? Srsly. A roll of Rolos is a single serving, don’t be daft.

  2. restlessjo says:

    I know exactly where Lisa is coming from. Self restraint? Pah!

  3. oregon expat says:

    I see I am surrounded by people with no self control…

  4. Laura says:

    They have mini-Reese’s cups as well. I put them in the freezer where they become even tastier! Also, the minis don’t have those annoying wrappers! 🙂

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