Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Classics & Imports
So I was strolling Lojas Americanas (Brazilian Semi-Target) today with my semi-sicky, home from school, restless toddler. It's the best thing to do with an irritated child on a hot Brazilian day. It's out of the house, it's air conditioned, it's free, and there are toys to look at.
Imagine my surprise when I ran into the legendary Hershey's candy box! Ok, maybe it's not legendary but it should be. An awesome blog reader of mine, Ms. Stephanie, mentioned that she found this box in Zona Sul. I had kept one eye open but never saw it at my neighborhood Zona Sul. I was starting to lose hope until...
It just happened so fast. I was innocently strolling the candy isle, as the eternal child inside me likes to do, when the clouds parted. Yes, apparently there were clouds in Lojas Americanas. I hadn't noticed until they parted.
Anyway, the clouds parted and then angels started to cry. Yes, real Angels! And their tears stung... do you think I should be worried about that?
That's when I started to cry. Not only did I find a box of Hersey's Candies, so appropriately named "Classics and Imports" (Portuguese "Clássicos & Importados"), it included Reese's Peanut Butter cups! I almost fainted right then and there but how would I buy and eat the candy if I was passed out on the floor?!
Upon opening the box, I was a smidgen disappointed with the serving size of the candy and there are only two Peanut Butter cups. I'm so pathetic I actually, quietly, gave thanks that my 4 year old may have a peanut allergy. It meant one less to share the 2 cups with! But per the size of the box and the price (a shockingly low R$6.99), I'd say it's worth the splurge people.
Oh how my Rio de Janeiro is changing. When I first got here I couldn't find anything imported. I was happy when I found the Brazilian version of Worcestershire sauce, and I hardly use the stuff. Imagine my joy when I actually found Skippy (that Peter Pan stuff is horrible and waaayyy overpriced) Have you guys noticed the same thing? What have you found lately that made your panties jump up and tie in a very excited knot? What do you wish they would import here?