“Have you tried Hershey’s chocolate?” asked Nicky Perry, a longtime British expatriate living in New York.
“I’d never sell it in my store,” she said, using a string of imaginative expletives to describe how the ubiquitous American chocolate tastes to her.
Even though I’ve never been to the US and haven’t really tried their chocolate, the NYTimes article seems to match my friends’ opinions about American sweets. And it reminds me of living in another country which is very protective of its groceries market, especially dairy products: Norway. If there’s one thing that I like better in Germany than in the beautiful, rich Scandinavian land, it’s the availability of various sweets, yoghurts and other food products. That’s one of the first thing you notice when you move to Norway: regular grocery stores have a very poor selection, and the great majority of products are local, due to enormous taxes imposed on imported food, which serves as protection of Norway’s expensive farming. You can get imported chocolate in some fancy stores, but it’s much more expensive than local stuff.