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Old 01.05.2019, 14:48
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Re: Missing Aunt Jemima and other food necessities

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Just because there arenít enough pedants around here....

Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water boiled together to dissolve the sugar, creating a syrupy consistency. For example.....

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/20216/simple-syrup/
But that's a recipe. I think the OP wanted ready-made.
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Old 01.05.2019, 15:06
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Still two ingredients.

Maple syrup has only one.
Well no, not if we're being pedantic. Sunlight+water+CO2+O2+xNx+a large number of minerals. Just because it's produced by a tree doesn't make it 'simple'.
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Old 01.05.2019, 15:11
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Re: Missing Aunt Jemima and other food necessities

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Well no, not if we're being pedantic. Sunlight+water+CO2+O2+xNx+a large number of minerals. Just because it's produced by a tree doesn't make it 'simple'.
Shall we split those molecules up into atoms or go straight to sub-atomic articles?

I'm sure the average cashier at Migros would be able to help reconstruct.
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Old 01.05.2019, 15:37
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Re: Missing Aunt Jemima and other food necessities

There are a couple of online stores that carry this product in Switzerland if you're happy to pay for it.

http://www.realgoods.ch/product.php/...t-jemima-syrup

http://www.americanmarket.ch/index.h...arget=d78.html
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Old 01.05.2019, 16:06
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Re: Missing Aunt Jemima and other food necessities

For the life of me I do not understand why on this forum, the simple request of where to source some item that some newly-arrived expat is missing is met by some with criticism and judgment.

So the guy wants pancake syrup...so what? It's an American thing, as detailed here.

If you think pancake syrup is A HORRIBLE, DETESTABLE ABOMINATION, why not just offer him the simple suggestion to try real maple syrup, since it is more readily available than Aunt Jemima, and just leave it at that, rather than offering underhanded judgment by listing the ingredients?

Thanks to those who offered actual advice on where OP can buy it. It's nice when forum members can actually offer a helpful suggestion to a newly-arrived expat with only five posts.
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For the life of me I do not understand why on this forum, the simple request of where to source some item that some newly-arrived expat is missing is met by some with criticism and judgment.

So the guy wants pancake syrup...so what? It's an American thing, as detailed here.

If you think pancake syrup is A HORRIBLE, DETESTABLE ABOMINATION, why not just offer him the simple suggestion to try real maple syrup, since it is more readily available than Aunt Jemima, and just leave it at that, rather than offering underhanded judgment by listing the ingredients?

Thanks to those who offered actual advice on where OP can buy it. It's nice when forum members can actually offer a helpful suggestion to a newly-arrived expat with only five posts.
It's interesting how this kind of snobbery seems to be mostly attracted to posts by people seeking American products. I doubt a request for a viable local source of Tim Tams or Thums Up would be met with the same response.

Funny that, isn't it?
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Old 01.05.2019, 17:23
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For the life of me I do not understand why on this forum, the simple request of where to source some item that some newly-arrived expat is missing is met by some with criticism and judgment.

So the guy wants pancake syrup...so what? It's an American thing, as detailed here.

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Your link states that it's not a taste thing at all - it's simply a price argument.

It's lucky you didn't post the link earlier otherwise people would be posting that people earn a lot more in Switzerland and can afford the 'real' product and shouldn't need to buy the cheaper substitute.

I think you're being over the top in this case - no one has been horrible to the OP which is what you seem to be alluding to, and which is often the case with many threads having direct attacks on the OP - especially with newbies.
This thread has gone off on a light-hearted tangent and hasn't become personal at all.
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Old 01.05.2019, 17:32
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...why not just offer him the simple suggestion to try real maple syrup, since it is more readily available than Aunt Jemima, and just leave it at that...
Personally, I'd suggest trying local honey, but as I bought HP Sauce and Mint sauce yesterday, I'm not in a position to judge anyone's tastes. One week in Lanzarote has got me hooked on HP again just when I thought I'd conquered the craving.
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Old 01.05.2019, 17:33
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Re: Missing Aunt Jemima and other food necessities

Even the price isn't an argument here in Switzerland.

And this post is for the benefit of the OP:

From the links before:

Aunt Jemima Pancake Syrup: 2.24 CHF/100ml
Coop Organic Maple Syrup: 2.52 CHF/100ml


OP: Sometimes Lidl and Aldi have real maple syrup much cheaper than the Coop price. They also have pancake mix and peanut butter when they have an American week.
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Old 01.05.2019, 17:38
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Re: Missing Aunt Jemima and other food necessities

And certainly not the same as Wagon Wheels.

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I'm sure a Paraguayan 100% organically grass-fed cocoa bean chocolate bar is a wonderful thing to eat, but it ain't a Curly-Wurly, know what I mean?
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Your link states that it's not a taste thing at all - it's simply a price argument.

It's lucky you didn't post the link earlier otherwise people would be posting that people earn a lot more in Switzerland and can afford the 'real' product and shouldn't need to buy the cheaper substitute.

I think you're being over the top in this case - no one has been horrible to the OP which is what you seem to be alluding to, and which is often the case with many threads having direct attacks on the OP - especially with newbies.
This thread has gone off on a light-hearted tangent and hasn't become personal at all.
I agree with you that other threads have taken a more negative and uglier turn more quickly than this one. However, OP's post did not ever seek to gauge forum members' opinions on the pros and cons of American pancake syrups vs. authentic maple syrup. Replies such as yours and st2lemans come across as needlessly judgmental and IMO are the springboard for the descent into further criticism.

You see this as a thread that has not become unduly personal, and that is based upon your knowledge as a long-time member and your experience of viewing and/or contributing to other threads which undoubtedly did degenerate much further.

OP is new here and only has five posts; he likely cannot weigh the responses to his query against other threads in which another poster may have gotten completely flamed for asking a question. I can't see how OP would not feel at least somewhat criticized by posts that appear to question him, and I can't see why a simple answer can't be offered in response to a simple question, in the name of helping out a fellow newcomer.

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I'm going to say it nice and plain: mayonnaise is crap. I much prefer Salad Cream.

I'm fully aware of the fact that Salad Cream is an ersatz version of mayonnaise for use in times of austerity. Makes no difference. I prefer the taste.

Indeed, I remember the first time I tried mayonnaise at the formal gown dinner held every Thursday at my hall of residence at university. Finally, I'd arrived in the world of wine, cheese and mayonnaise. I'd made it!

The disappointment upon that first taste pretty much summed up my entire experience for the next three years.

I should imagine that there are quite a few Americans who feel the same about pancake syrup vs maple syrup.

There's no accounting for taste, nor should there be.

Mayonnaise still sucks.
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Old 01.05.2019, 18:25
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I find that for some things, like cole slaw, mayonnaise is just wrong. I don’t have salad cream, but I rather like the taste myself. Instead I mix mayo, vinegar, salt, pepper and a bit of sugar to make an excellent cole slaw dressing.


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And certainly not the same as Wagon Wheels.
Or Cheesies, or hot dog relish, or butter tarts.
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Or Cheesies, or hot dog relish, or butter tarts.
Or Henderson's Relish. I used to bring bottles of the stuff over. Branston pickle...

Egg "mayo" is much better made with salad cream.
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Re: Missing Aunt Jemima and other food necessities

Do some people actually prefer that very sweet pretend maple syrup? I pay a lot for the real thing in Australia and itís definitely worth it! I bought the fake stuff accidentally one day, eeeeww!
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Do some people actually prefer that very sweet pretend maple syrup? I pay a lot for the real thing in Australia and itís definitely worth it! I bought the fake stuff accidentally one day, eeeeww!
Of course.

Just like some folk prefer Cadbury to Lindt. Personal preference and choice.
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Re: Missing Aunt Jemima and other food necessities

Though I do agree that itís a taste thing and we can all eat exactly what we want!
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Mayonnaise still sucks.
Industrial mayonnaise sucks, not real mayonnaise.

And salad cream sucks worse than alcohol-free beer!

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Industrial mayonnaise sucks, not real mayonnaise.

And salad cream sucks worse than alcohol-free beer!

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Oh no it doesn't. HTH.
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