Chocolate and ketchup

Hands up if you remember this commercial from the 70s!

I’m in Phoenix for the annual CSTA Conference. I’ve been on the planning committee for a long time. We present a terrific set of exhibitors, speakers, workshops, and opportunities every year.

I learned something a long, long time ago. A committee often travels on its stomach!

Chris Stephenson let me know that there are some things that we take for granted that they can’t get in the United States. At the time, there was this fascination with Tim Bits. So, I brought a couple of boxes to a meeting once and it went over well. It’s just tough to pack!

These days, there are a couple of things that I bring to the meetings after visiting some fine food stores in town, you know Walmart, Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, …

What’s going over well now are two kinds of chocolate.

  • Aero
  • Coffee Crisp

Apparently, they’re not available here. So, I bring some and it goes over well. They were placed at the end of an aisle as a refreshment for those who were helping us stuff conference bags.

1 200 bags works up an appetite. I think 1 200 is light; my feet say it’s closer to 6 000!

The other thing is something that’s special for my friend Alfred Thompson. His local store every now and again will bring in Ketchup flavoured potato chips. But, it’s not a regular shelf product. So, I’ll bring him a tube of Pringles. They travel better in luggage than a traditional bag!

Of course, I have the receipts and declare them at the border. It’s never been an issue.

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6 thoughts on “Chocolate and ketchup”

  1. I always take Smarties, Aero & ketchup chips with me when I visit people in the US! I bring ketchup back with me because US ketchup is different. I also bring back 3 Musketeers, 100 Grand, and Whatchamacallit. It’s all about importing my candy!! Enjoy your trip.


  2. My sister and her family live in the States, and in addition to these items, they love wine gums and also Kraft Peanut Butter. Yes, there are tons of peanut butter options across the border, but apparently none is better than Kraft. 🙂



  3. Only in Canada, eh? Pity! Remember it well! I have Dutch relatives staying with me right now and introduced them to Ketchup chips (not my fav, but to each their own). They were also excited to visit a Walmart and Costco. They don’t have these at home and couldn’t believe the size and the scope of what you could buy there. They keep saying, “Everything is bigger in Canada!” They were also thrilled to go to the Drive In movies. Just run of the mill for us, but an experience for them!
    When we go to the states, we like to bring back different beers that you cannot get here. Of course the much lower price is a pretty big incentive too!


  4. Somehow I do remember that tea commercial! I didn’t drink tea then, but it is usually always Red Rose every afternoon now!

    I enjoy these stories about what is fancied and shared across the borders!

    Enjoy your time, Doug!


  5. You have no idea how much it means to me that you bring me those Pringles. I am so glad to be your friend. And you do a really awesome job coordinating volunteer efforts at the conference. It really makes a difference.


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