Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a massive Anglophile. I love it all: the history, the royals, TV programs including reality and panel shows (TOWIE, Made In Chelsea, Real Housewives of Cheshire, and Celebrity Juice are all guilty pleasures of mine), the architecture, and of course, the food (FYI: British cheese is fantastic).
Hell, sometimes I even speak like a Brit. (My sister made fun of me when I picked up an accent while in London last summer.)
Some of my favorite British delicacies include:
Dairy Milk – Delicious real chocolate that comes in a plethora of flavors (Oreo Dairy Milk anyone?) that just became a banned U.S. import thanks to Hershey (apparently they can’t take a little competition). A far inferior U.S. made Dairy Milk can be found in your local grocery store, but has far less milk and cocoa than it’s British counterpart.
Flapjacks- A cross between a granola bar and an oatmeal cookie, flapjacks are made with golden syrup, (similar to honey in appearance) a lighter/sweeter version of molasses. They’re chewy, sweet, buttery… they’re so good.
Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find this treat in U.S. stores, but you can try them at Graze, a healthy snack delivery service. Two flavors are now available in the larger sharing package (!).
Full English Breakfast- A one-person buffet that includes: eggs, streaky or back bacon, beans, bangers, grilled tomato and/or mushrooms, toast, maybe a blood pudding, all accompanied by a piping hot cup of breakfast tea. Definitely not an everyday meal, a full english is a gluttonous feast fit for royalty.
Millionaire’s Shortbread- A thick layer of chocolate and a slab of caramel atop a shortbread base, Millionaire’s Shortbread is a decadent biscuit (or cookie) you will drool over (I am just thinking about it). Again, not found in American stores, you can make it at home with this recipe from Food Network, or a no-bake version from Savory Nothings.
Sticky Toffee Pudding- Hands down, my favorite pudding. It’s so rich and moist that you won’t even notice the dates in this dessert.
Ffiona’s- Not a British food item, but a wonderful hidden gem we found while in London. A cozy dimly lit restaurant tucked away on a quiet street in Kensington (a stone’s throw from Kensington Palace), Ffiona’s serves delicious traditional British fare with exceptional ingredients. Some items you may find on the menu: fish and chips using whole cod loins from the sea, fresh English asparagus from the countryside, plus killer drinks including an apple gin fizz with cloudy apple juice and topped with Prosecco. The owner, Ffiona Reid-Owen, is a fantastic host who will make you feel right at home.
P.S.- If a British reader would like to send me some Millionaire’s Shortbread and/or flapjacks, you will have my undying love and admiration (or an American that will send you boxes of Lucky Charms in return).