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‘There are a number of beans’: Americans on first UK visit film a visit to a Tesco supermarket

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‘Bitter shandy? What does that mean?’

American couple Cara Atwell and Jeremy Davis film their first trip to a Tesco supermarket on their first-ever visit to the UK. And within the fascinating footage we see how some items cause confusion.

The camera rolls because the pair push their shopping trolley around a Tesco store in Honiton, Devon, with Cara wondering aloud as they pass stacks of bitter shandy exactly what they’re and whether or not they contain any alcohol [the canned varieties are normally around 0.5% alcohol].

Cara can also be barely baffled within the frozen section by the sign for ‘frozen lollies’, before realising that it’s indicating the whereabouts of what are more commonly often called ‘suckers’ or ‘popsicles’ within the U.S.

Essentially the most confusing thing, Cara admitted individually to MailOnline Travel, was seeing eggs on a shelf as a substitute of the refrigerated section.

American couple Cara Atwell (above) and Jeremy Davis film their first trip to a Tesco supermarket

Cara and Jeremy visit a Tesco in Honiton in Devon (above)

Cara and Jeremy visit a Tesco in Honiton in Devon (above)

In America eggs are pre-washed, which destroys their natural protective coating. So in supermarkets they’re refrigerated for safety.

Cara said: ‘After spending our whole lives seeing them within the refrigerator after which coming to the UK and seeing them in an aisle in the midst of the shop was an enormous shock.’

Brands and food recent to the couple include Lucozade, cheese twists, and Pot Noodles, with the Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy being particularly enticing. ‘Eighty pence, you may’t go incorrect,’ says Cara.

The couple also jump at the prospect to purchase a Fray Bentos cheese and onion pie. ‘Meat pies are much less common within the U.S,’ Cara revealed, ‘and Seeing Fray Bentos and having the ability to try one was pretty exciting to us.’

The most confusing thing, Cara admitted to MailOnline Travel, was seeing eggs on a shelf instead of the refrigerated section

Essentially the most confusing thing, Cara admitted to MailOnline Travel, was seeing eggs on a shelf as a substitute of the refrigerated section

Cara and Jeremy describe the choice on offer at the store as 'overwhelming'

Cara and Jeremy describe the selection on offer at the shop as ‘overwhelming’

THE VERDICT ON FRAY BENTOS AND POT NOODLE 

In a follow-up video to the Honiton Tesco clip, Cara and Jeremy deliver their verdicts on two of their purchases – a Fray Bentos pie and a Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy.

FRAY BENTOS – CHEESE AND ONION

Cara and Jeremy declare Fray Bentos' cheese and onion pie to be 'really good' 'For £2 it's a pretty good deal,' they say

Cara and Jeremy declare Fray Bentos’ cheese and onion pie to be ‘really good’. ‘And for £2 it’s a fairly good deal,’ they add

The couple ponder at first whether to eat the pie straight out of the tin or try to extract it.

They go for the out-of-the-tin option and declare: ‘These are big. When it got here out of the tin it didn’t look very appetising but it surely smells and appears good now. And it’s really tasty. It’s really good for something that is can-opened and cooked within the oven. And for £2 it’s a fairly good deal. ‘

Cara tries a Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy

Cara tries a Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy

POT NOODLE – BOMBAY BAD BOY

The couple say: ‘We wouldn’t have Pot Noodle within the U.S. Looks yummy. We picked this out on the name alone. It looks more impressive than the united statesones. The noodles are thicker and it does have a curry flavour to it. It’s got some kick. It’s pretty good. It is a bit fancier than the united statesones.’

Also they are taken by the ‘fancy’ Tesco own-brand ice cream – ‘it looks amazing’ – and flavours on familiar brands they’d never seen within the U.S, reminiscent of twisted strawberry Weight loss plan Coke.

Additionally they marvel at the quantity of beans on the market and the sheer number of Cadbury products. ‘If there may be a product that may have chocolate in it, Cadbury has done it,’ says Cara, adding: ‘We had tried several Cadbury items before coming to the UK, but seeing the massive amount of them throughout the supermarket, seeing that there have been all types of other Cadbury products, reminiscent of cornflake cluster bites and brownie bites, was surprising to us. We had no idea Cadbury made so many things!’

Normally, the selection on offer at the shop is ‘overwhelming’, they are saying on the video. 

At the tip of the clip we see their selection within the trolley, which they admit are ‘mostly not healthy’. They include Walkers crisps, the Fray Bentos pie, the Pot Noodle Bombay Bad Boy, biscuits and the Cadbury cornflake cluster bites.

What were the largest surprises of the visit?

Cara said: ‘One thing that actually surprised us was the choice of prepared products and prepared meals. Something so simple as a premade sandwich I might probably not buy in the united statesbecause it could not be excellent quality, but at Tesco, there have been so many options of premade sandwiches and those we tried were really good.’

Cara is very taken with the look of Tesco's own-brand ice cream - 'it looks amazing'

Cara may be very taken with the look of Tesco’s own-brand ice cream – ‘it looks amazing’

Cara has never heard of a 'bitter shandy' and ponders whether it has alcohol in it

Cara has never heard of a ‘bitter shandy’ and ponders whether it has alcohol in it

'It is weird to be somewhere like a supermarket that seems so familiar and yet so many products and aisles are unrecognisable,' said Cara. Above is the final selection

‘It’s weird to be somewhere like a supermarket that seems so familiar and yet so many products and aisles are unrecognisable,’ said Cara. Above is the ultimate selection

Was the experience higher or worse than they were expecting?

Cara told MailOnline Travel: ‘After we first walked in, the shop was at the tip of a quiet hour, which I do not think we’ve got within the U.S. I really like the concept of a quiet hour, but it surely made us immediately realise how different this experience was going to be from a food market within the U.S.

‘We didn’t feel misplaced, but it surely is weird to be somewhere like a supermarket that seems so familiar and yet so many products and aisles are unrecognisable. 

‘I’m undecided what we were expecting, but we had a pleasant experience. A variety of the items were cheaper than what they’d cost in the united statesand it gave us a number of ideas of foods we desired to try in the longer term.

‘I believe Tesco would give other Americans a great idea of the range of products available in supermarkets within the UK.’

Cara and Jeremy post on social media as The Magic Geekdom. They may be found at www.instagram.com/themagicgeekdom; twitter.com/magicgeekdom; www.tiktok.com/@themagicgeekdom; and www.facebook.com/themagicgeekdom.

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