5 Foods You'll Miss as a German living in the U.S.

TransferWise content team
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German expats report missing a number of comfort foods that Germans miss when living in the United States.

Luckily the Land of Choices, home to over 580,000 Germans, also boasts a wide selection of German products, or at least a similar tasting ersatz.

We asked some German TransferWise customers in the U.S. about what foods they missed the most. They might be saving a lot of money each time they send money home with TransferWise instead of their bank, but they can't help missing these five typical German treats:

1. (Good) Bread


Sliced white bread just doesn’t cut it for Germans abroad, who are used to rich loafs full of oats, grains and nuts.

Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan carries German Vollkornbrot and Dinkelbrot, which they also ship around the U.S.. Looking to stop in somewhere closer to home? Deutsche in den USA maintains a comprehensive list of German bakeries stateside.

Germany’s Mestemacher Bakery also sells a selection of their whole grain breads throughout the U.S., including sunflower seed fitness bread, pumpernickel bread and rye bread with Muesli. The brand is sold at various, usually smaller grocery stores around the U.S. including Wegmans.

2. Spätzle


This Southern German staple would remind most Americans of gourmet Macaroni and Cheese, with its rich egg noodles, creamy cheese sauce and caramelized onion topping.

Both Walmart and World Market carry a few brands of the pasta, as well as a mix for the cheesy sauce.

And if you’re looking to make it from scratch, you can find a Spätzle maker at Target or even Bed, Bath and Beyond. Visit Trader Joe’s for an affordable piece of the imported Gruyere cheese from Switzerland that’s often used in the decedent sauce.

3. Halloumi


This delicious goat and sheep’s milk cheese that’s usually fried is only produced in Cyprus. But, especially in German cities like Berlin, it’s become a food stand staple.

Often sold in bread with falafel, salad and sauce, it’s a relatively uncommon treat in the U.S. However, it can still be found at Whole Foods, and some Safeway and Anderson’s stores.

The East Coast chain restaurant Nando’s Peri-Peri also offers a mouthwatering ‘Portobello Mushroom with Halloumi wrap’.

4. Chocolate


There’s no doubt a huge array of sweets sold in the U.S. can satisfy those chocolate cravings, including some popular German brands.

Many supermarkets, including Grocery Outlet, carry the square Ritter Sport chocolates. Cost Plus World Market boasts a large supply of Niederegger marzipan covered in dark chocolate straight from its hometown of Lübeck.

And the beloved Kinder Surprise Egg of Germany and Italy may be illegal in the U.S., but you can find the Kinder brand -- the first in the world developed just for kids -- at Cost Plus World Market or many online retailers, including Amazon.

5. Cold Cuts (Aufschnitte)


Here’s the not-so-secret ingredient that makes German bread even more decadent: the wide array of lunch meats found throughout Germany, from Ringwurst to Blutwurst.

Find a wide selection of cold cuts and nearly every German produced variant of Fleisch at Germandeli.com. Their retail store is located in the heart of Meatland, USA: Texas.

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