Gimme A Break!

In the next couple of days I will post about why foreigners make me giddy. (Not in the same way they make my sister giddy, though! Stay tuned!)

In the meantime, I have to share with you the exciting surprise I received in the mail–yes, from a foreigner–over the weekend.

I checked the mailbox on Saturday and was delighted to see a puffy envelope shoved in there within an inch of its life. I pulled it out and saw the little blue international Air Mail sticker and felt my heartbeat speed up.

“Yay,” I exclaimed to nobody but myself, “I got a package from the U.K.!” There was no return address on the front. It was mysterious, because there are a couple of people who could have sent me a package (I’ll fill you in on them during that “foreigners make me giddy” post!) from there. When I finally decided to stop analyzing it and go ahead and open the envelope, I turned it over and saw the return address written ever so faintly on the back, near the flap. It was from Rob and Louise and their girls, a delightful family I met through Kate on our trip to Europe in 2006. I hadn’t heard from them in more than a year, so this was super-exciting.

Here’s what was in the envelope:


They sent me two gorgeous, embroidered kitchen towels, a card (with update letter: Yay!), and three huge packs of Kit Kat bars. I literally jumped for joy and laughed my head off when I pulled them out.

Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Big deal…Kit Kats”, right? Well, Mr. or Mrs. Blog Reader… I will tell you that it is a HUGE deal to get U.K. Kit Kats over here, because they are made differently and taste so much better. This was a big “joke” during our trip to see Rob and Louise in Liverpool and, rather than explain it all here, I am giving you the link to my photo album of the Kit Kat Taste Test that I did with my family upon my return. The photo captions will explain it all for you.

Here’s the link: (By the way, when you click it you may think you have to sign in, but you don’t. Click the yellow bar that says “View Slideshow” and you’re on your way!)

Kit Kat Taste Test

If you live in an area that has a Meijer grocery store, you CAN get the U.K. Kit Kats there, in the British section. Though they cost about $1.50 each, I think you’ll find they’re worth it! Want to learn more? Click here to get more information about Kit Kats than you’ll ever need in a lifetime.


  • Mags

    I’ve visited the UK too and noticed a huge difference in the candy. Especially the Cadburry (Spelling?) chocolate. Fun that you did a taste test!!

  • Kat

    Oh how you know your readers so well. I was thinking. So what, don’t they know they have KitKat in the US as well?
    Little did I know that they taste different. Should I send some German KitKats so you can do a tasting of all three kinds? *lol*

    Though I think German and Swiss chocolate are even tastier than the UK stuff. Cadbury is okay but Lindt and Milka etc. are way better 🙂

  • Kat

    OMG Melisa, you are my kind of woman. You even made a taste chart???? I think I am officially in love now. *ROFL*

  • Melissa

    Bwhhaa! I love that you wrote the scores down, that is so something I would do.

    I’m going to have to send the hubs to Meijer and pick some up and see what your talking about. Thanks for the headsup, kit kats are my fav!

  • suchsimplepleasures

    they taste different in canada, too…actually, i think cananda and the uk…they have the same kind.
    i love kitkat bars. i love twix bars with caramel better. and…rolos…i love rolos. ok…anyway…gotta run to the store now, to buy candy bars…er…groceries. y’know what’s funny…allegedly, i don’t like chocolate but, i guess that’s not true, eh?
    this post…it’s making me crave sweets!

  • Lindz

    I totally understand! Many things from candy to coffee to McDonalds taste different in Europe. I, too love getting packages from abroad especially “caja verde” which I get with fun prezzies from friends in Spain. I also love the jelly babies from UK!

  • Taj

    Oh English KitKats!! Yummy! We have a cupboard full of British candy! Fortunately, we have a Britsh Market and restaurant less than 10 minutes away. Yeah me!

    And I also agree with Jules…YUM to the chocolate AND to foreign men! 😉

  • Melisa

    Mags: I can’t wait to head on back there in a couple of years so I can do more “research”!

    Kat (or should I say Kit Kat?): Ha! No need to send German Kit Kats…I’ll try them when I get over there! I totally agree with you about Lindt and Milka. We have a Lindt Outlet Store not too far from my house and I have never gone in because I’m afraid of the damage I would do (to my wallet AND my body!)

    Melissa: Let me know what you think if your hubby finds it!

    The Julinator: I knew you’d agree.

    SSP/Other Melissa: Great, thanks a lot. Now I’M hungry for more candy!

    Lindz: Hi! Oooh, those treats sound fun, too! I’ll have to look at Meijer for some jelly babies. They sound familiar. Maybe they’re right next to the Kit Kats.

    Taj: Yay you! You ARE lucky! But how do you control yourself with a cupboard full of British candy????

  • SpAzzGiRL

    different kit kats??! I never heard such a thing.
    Wish I lived in a suburb to run out and break me off a piece of one…

  • Taj

    Tis hard to control my friend, very hard! I’m also a big sucker for Penguins and Aero bars. Don’t get me started on the crisps…

    Funny thing is, I didn’t actually eat candy at all until I tasted the heaven of European chocolate. It’s just to good to resist!