Cadbury Milk Chocolate Spread of England and Speculoos of France
Upon arriving in Europe, I couldn't help, but notice how often I saw Nutella. The hazelnut spread could be found in every grocery store and almost all restaurants featured Nutella as a main component of its desserts. I'm a big fan of the delicious spread, so this was a dream come true for me. After being in London for a few days, I found Cadbury Milk Chocolate Spread in the bread and jam section of a local Tesco. Also a fan of Cadbury products, a popular British chocolate company, I immediately purchased a jar and made some "bread n' spread" (so my roommates and I call it). Unlike Nutella, Cadbury is made without hazelnuts, relying on its milk chocolate taste. These chocolate spreads appeal to our lifestyles, not only abroad, but as college students.
Most nights we stay up late talking, working or going out. Grabbing a slice of toast with chocolate on it has become routine and quite convenient. When I'm running to class or trying to catch a train, I always pack a Nutella (now Cadbury) sandwich. The reason I switched from Nutella to Cadbury is because Cadbury isn't available in the U.S., so I'm trying to enjoy it as much as I can. Cadbury is also a big part of British culture with products ranging from seasonal chocolates to everyday spreads.
On the train to Paris, I had one of these sandwiches with me and when I got there, my friend immediately introduced me to Speculoos. If anyone has tried Delta airline's fantastic Biscoff cookies, this is it (except in spreadable form). Speculoos tastes exactly like a brown sugar cookie dipped in coffee. During my four day stay in Paris, bread and spread, Speculoos edition, was all I had (in addition to two Nutella crepes a day).
With all of these tasty foods available, it's surprising to see how thin most Europeans are. My friends assumed it was all the walking people do, but we walk long distances in New York and still not all people look like the French. I'm sure it varies with each person, but I feel as though it relates to the food. In New York, most people will grab an easily accessible and processed Dunkin' Donuts muffin packed full of preservatives, while in Paris, crepe stands line the streets and just as convenient; however, these sweets are made fresh to order. Same with the bread.
Most French bread is made fresh and purchased frequently, often daily. Even the bread in London is tastier and seemingly less fattening that it is in the U.S. So I can get tastier, healthier bread that costs less and has less preservatives? Yes, please. However, it's unfair to say food in general is healthier in Europe because that's a huge assumption. But I do believe high quality and fresh food is a big part of the culture. Also, portions are significantly smaller here than they are at home. There's no equivalent to Costco or buying in bulk. Therefore, the majority of brands in France and Britain exhibit these characteristics in their products, whereas in the U.S., convenience and artificial taste seem to dominate most products in the market.
There is, of course, plenty of fantastic food at home. You just have to look a little harder than you do in Europe. For now, I'm going to indulge in Cadbury and Speculoos, which I definitely recommend to everyone.