A Spoonful Of Sugar

Helps the medicine go down. A spoonful of syrup, real syrup, will help the taxman’s revenue go up as quickly as your blood pressure. Nearly five hundred pesos for just under a litre?! It is organic, I suppose. Imported goods are never cheap. Or am I completely out of touch with maple syrup pricing up north these days?

I read a comment on a blog somewhere recently, asking about the availability of proper maple syrup. I remember one answer being to look in Sams Club. Another answer, so I discovered, is to pop into the Green Corner shop between Metros Taxquena and Miguel angel de Quevado. But you’d have to be both a big fan of the stuff, and have some liquid gold of your own in your wallet, to fork out for it.

It can be a job tracking down tasty treats from home, especially if home is the wrong side of the Atlantic. I’ve found Colmans mustard, albeit in powder form. Superama has of late taken to stocking a limited range of Asda products, including currys. Horseradish Sauce can also be found.

But Marmite, Jaffa Cakes and custard powder….sadly not. Although I have a pretty healthy stack of the latter, though not the first two. I’m hopefully getting a shipment soon though, just in time for Christmas. Not through one of the extortionately expensive Ex Pat online stores though. It’s a good cheaper to get a friend do the deed. Perhaps I’ll add Mince Pies to the list…

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  • BTW, I’m sure the English would be generally horrified to learn that Mexicans take “salsa inglesa” in their beer, among other delicacies.



    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we prefer our micheladas made with lime juice.

  • Yeah, brand can be important! Last year I actually made my own mincemeat, albeit with an improvised recipe off the net. A loaf of El Globo pastry and voila…they weren’t bad at all!

  • Yes, salsa ingles is found all over; but I was happy to find the Crosse and Blackwells brand as I prefer it over all the others. Sometimes the brand is important as in the baked beans, not all are created equal lol.
    I have heard of the wonders of things available in D.F. lol; but here in our area not as much is available or if it is the price is outlandish. I did find a couple of jars of mincemeat pie filling one year in a little store that carries imported things and am ashamed to say I paid a ridiculous price for it and really enjoyed eating the pies and tarts I made from it. Soooo good. I felt very spoiled for awhile.
    I also miss sweet corn on the cob, I actually found it once here from a lady selling things at the mercado last year. I stopped and asked her about it a few days ago and she told me it would be ready in about 2 weeks, hopefully I will get some from her.

    • There’s a place in DF called City Market, near the famous Fonda Margarita (of Anthony Bourdain fame) in Colonia del Valle which has Colemans mustard. Wish I’d kept the exact address, but I have enough yellow powder to keep me going!

  • Birds Custard powder is available in all the grocers in Canada, I just had a friend bring me a can down.
    I miss: Sharp Cheddar cheese, Blue Cheese (available once in awhile), licorice, HEINZ baked beans.
    HP is available here as well as Crosse and Blackwell Worcestershire sauce.
    Funny how a Canadians wish list is very similar to yours, must be my ancestral roots showing through.

    • Ahhhh, sharp cheddar cheese! I miss that! Farmhouse Extra Mature in particular. A student did insist he could get me some, and duly delivered. It took six months from promise to deliverance, but it takes time to make it. Or, as it turned out, import it. Which explained the incredible price of the stuff!

      Blue cheese of varying quality is available in DF in most supermarkets. I’ve even found exorbitantly priced Roquefort.

      You’re the second person to have found HP sauce…I’m going to have to look a lot harder next time I’m in Wal Mart or Superama! And, of course, Salsa Ingles is everywhere. I only tell Mexicans what it’s really called to amuse myself – not the easiest word for them to pronounce.

      • LOL… Yeah, next time I see him, I’ll have to try to get F to pronounce Worcestershire Sauce. LOL…

        If I’m feeling mean, I ask him to pronounce “squirrel” or “wasps.” But “Worcestershire Sauce” never occurred to me. LOL


        Kim G
        Boston, MA
        Where the thing we miss in Mexico is crusty artisan bread.

      • When I worked in a touristy part of central London may moons ago, it made me laugh how many Americans couldn’t pronounce Worcestershire. Or, more commonly, Leicester. When looking for the Square.

        I have a long list of words that Mexicans really struggle to pronounce. Maybe I’ve mentioned these before, but here they are again:

        When introducing the bosses: “These are the bitches”. Moral of that lesson – when teaching alternative words for the boss, perhaps it’s best not to include ‘Big Cheese’.

        When likening a fellow student to an animal for being lazy “She is a slut!”. How he turned sloth into such a perfect, yet entirely innocent, rendition of slut I will never know.

        My favourite though. One of Paola’s uncles offered my mum a soft drink a few years ago. “Would you like some cock?”. I think if my mum visits again one day, I will make sure they stock up on Pepsi next time instead of the more popular cola.

  • Funny thing, here in Texas the place where I find the largest selection of Brit stuff is often the local ‘Fiesta’ supermarket – which is predominantly Hispanic in most items. ‘Only place around town to get your frozen pig’s head!

    HP sauce on Shepards Pie? To each his own, I suppose..

    • It’s going to be weird going into butchers and the like in the UK after all this time in Mexico. It just won’t be the same without a load of sheep or pig heads lined up along the counter to bring out the carnivore in me. 🙂

    • Now you mention it, I did look in my local Superama for it last week to no avail. Maybe Mexicans couldn’t be convinced and the supermarket gave up on it. As I mentioned in a previous comment I have a supply of powders from England though. There’s also an Oriental shop opposite the Olympic swimming pool in DF that stocks plenty of curry mixes and stuff.

  • Gary,
    Funny how we fancy what is difficult to obtain, init?
    Here in back of beyond NC I drive to the local “World Mkt” or “Southern Seasons” or my mundane Harris Teeter market and have my choice of sweets (fruit gums anyone? or an Aero? How about some Allsorts? and an irn Bru to wash it down?). UK Heinz Tomato, cockaleekee, or Mulligatawny soups abound, along with real baked beans! Walkers and Mr Kipling pies and tarts are easy to come by, although seasonal. The only thing that I send off for are good Irish Bangers, and black & White puds, from a butcher shop in Chicago. I also get my Scot’s pies from them. ( we do make them all locally, but they don’t seem to have the right spice mix down here!) Birds mixes and Lyles syrups along with Devon Custard and the occasional Spotted Dick are stocked in my local markets! So if you fancy a “CARE” package? drop me a line!
    Dan in NC

    • Hmmm. Aero’s. Shortbread. Bounty bars. Liquorice Allsorts. All things I will be gorging on in just about three months time!

      Funny you should mention Cockaleekee. Paola asked what is was the other day. I told her. She wasn’t sure whether to believe me or not. I mean….Cockaleekee. How came up with that name, and how are we supposed not to play with it when we get the chance!!!

      I have a goodly store of Birds Custard powder and various curry powders from England.

      But if you are passing through DF before Christmas, I will happily exchange you a beer for a jar of HP sauce! Two beers if you manage to find some Kipling Mince Pies or Cherry Bakewells!!

  • So I just checked on Amazon and you can get several brands of U.S. maple syrup in a 32 oz bottle for $20 USD. There were a couple more around $23/24, so I think $500 MN (pesos) is rather extreme. Superama doesn’t sell the stuff for a better price?

    So shall I tote some syrup on my next journey? LOL

    I brought F some a while back, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he still has most if not all of it.

    By the way, given that most maple syrup seems to come out of otherwise untended forests, I’d be very surprised if most syrup (even that not labeled as such) wasn’t organic. Maple trees are pretty hardy things and, last time I checked, seem to grow rampant without the benefits of any fertilizer or pesticide.


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we are on the lower edge of maple syrup country.

    • I can’t even think of how one would produce maple syrup in a non-organic way. Visiting a sugar shack (as we call it in Canada) on a warm March day and you’ll see the process hasn’t changed much over the last 300 years. Tap a tree, collect the sap, boil it down. Worst you could do to it is add HFCS (to the 99% level) and call it Aunt Jemima,

    • To be honest I haven’t checked Superama. Not least because I’m not a massive maple syrup fan. I like it, but I’m not so into pancakes or the things you’d put it on. I’d choose a big tub of peanut butter over syrup any day.

      And I guess Canadians and syrup connoiseurs in general would scorn, shun and maybe even mock me -when I do have syrup I’m just as happy with the cheap corn crap you get in Vips!

      • Seriously?!? Ugh… the corn syrup crap with the artificial flavoring is the worst.

        And if you’re not particularly fond of maple syrup, why’d you write a blog post about it? LOL


        Kim G
        Boston, MA
        Where it’s pure maple syrup or nothing!

      • Actually, I’m sure it was you who mentioned it on some other blog! It was only remembering that the question about maple syrup availability had been asked that got me to take the photo when I strolled past.

  • Guy is right! The stuff comes from Canada!!!! I am assuming most of these pics are now Olympus am I right! They look great. In fact, the site looks great! Less cluttered, more inviting! Is this a wordpress. org “custom” site or is it regular wordpress.com site? I would like to change my site to yours – nicer pics. I don’t know if I could handle the org site.

    • Every now and again I use my old Panny TZ5, but you’ll notice it immediately…terrible image quality in comparison! This one, like most, are the E-PL1. And yup, I still can’t recommend it highly enough. This photo was taken in a dark corner of the store with minimal light. Great quality considering the conditions.

      I’m still on WordPress.com, just like you, but using the TwentyTen theme. I like it because it has more width for my photos, and my blog posts do rather heavily feature my photos – it makes sense to give them some screen real estate.

    • And, incidentally, putting photos on my blog is another good reason I now shoot exclusively using 16:9 widescreen format – if photos are going to be mostly displayed on PC monitors and PC monitors are mostly widescreen, then the photos should be too!

  • $14 US a pint at the sugar house store here in my town in Ohio. It is all organic from what I can tell, the sap they boil it down from is gathered in the woods. It comes in grades, the clear stuff gets better prices, the real dark stuff gets made into candy and mixed with corn sugar to sell as “with real maple syrup” type topping. $450 MX sounds about right considering shipping , it is a top shelf product and priced as such.

      • $14 a pint s 500 pesos a litre…not the same amount Gary. Take a little more than 2 pints to make a litre, so say $30 usd (at 12.3 pesos a dollar), that’s 369 pesos. Add shipping and profit for the high end places in Mexico where you find it and the number is about right.

  • While the prices are indeed higher in Mexico for imported real maple syrup, they are not much higher than in Canada where it comes from. I was quite surprised last April to see how much the stuff cost even at the time of year when there is more of it.

    Even with the high prices, I still pay it to bring pack jugs every trip home.

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