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Gift for my European Friends- How about Hershey?

Gift for my European Friends- How about Hershey?

Old Mar 30th, 2015, 03:57 PM
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Gift for my European Friends- How about Hershey?

Please don't laugh. I really do not know good wine from not so good ones, and the same for cheese. But I know beer I like when I drink one. I know Belgian and Swiss chocolate are expensive (and therefore, is good), but I like Hershey equally because it is less sweet for me compare to European chocolates.

I am going to leave for Spain in three weeks, and I am wondering if I should get big boxes of Hershey almond chocolate or Kisses from Hershey, but I do not want them to throw away because it does not taste good. Do you think a box of Hershey will make a good gift to Europeans who are spoiled by Belgian or Swiss chocolates?

Does anyone have any suggestions what to give to European women about $30-50 range from America? One is in her 60s and the other whom I have not met yet, I am guessing, is in her 40s.

Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 04:03 PM
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Hershey is much MORE sweet IMO than good European chocolates. But in any case - please don't give them Hershey's.

Better than some gifts -- why not take them out to lunch or dinner? Or if you really want to take gifts, something specific to your home town/state????
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 04:16 PM
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I am not sure what to get from Illinois.
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 04:20 PM
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The only thing we have better than other state is corrupt politicians.
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 04:28 PM
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Something small from the gift shop at the Art Institute???

But really, Dinner or Lunch would be nice.
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 04:49 PM
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janisj, thank you for your suggestion. I will visit AIC and see what I can find there.
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janisj, thank you for your suggestion. I will visit AIC and see what I can find there.
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It would be bulky but lightweight - Garrett Popcorn ??
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http://www.nettlakewildrice.com/home.php?cat=1

Anything about American Indians is always a hit, how about some tribally grown wild rice?
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 04:59 PM
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Do you live someplace where you can get to a local farmer's market before you leave?
http://localfoods.about.com/od/findl...illinoislf.htm

You can usually find unique, local packaged food, or perhaps a nice craft item.

Too bad beer is hard to transport!
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 05:04 PM
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I live in PA--l wouldn't give Hersheys to ANYBODY!
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 05:06 PM
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elberko:

(I was going to say to not insult them w/ Hershey's but decided to be nice )
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The Hershey's vs. European chocolate bullet has been successfully dodged!

Maybe some ideas for you here:
http://www.stategiftsusa.com/made-in-illinois
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IMHO Hershey is just terrible chocolate: waxy and just doesn't taste right - even versus decent american brands (Dove, etc) never mind the great european brands. It's the last thing I would take.

I would much rather take a photo essay book, local craft item (if unique) or similar.
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Hi Tominrm,

Okay, I know it is not from your home town but this is always a hit with my European and Japanese friends.

http://www.islandprincesshawaii.com/...rs-p/051-4.htm
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Can you give them a a small phonebook of Chicago? My penpal in Australia sent me a small book with photos of Australia as a gift and I still cherish it. Perhaps a slim book about Chicago-a city which still fascinates many since ER was filmed there.

But while Spain is not known for their chocolate bars, I'd never give anyone Hersheys!
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 06:06 PM
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A dream catcher?
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Peanut butter. And I agree with the others--not Hershey for all the reason stated.

kja--what is a dream catcher? Lovely phrase...
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And for thee $30-50 range, I'd pick something from art institute store as was suggested.
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Old Mar 30th, 2015, 06:21 PM
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Wow, I did not know many people do not like Hersheys. I love Kisses and almond chocolate. Actually I missed them while I was in Europe! OK, now I have heard earful about Hersheys and will never utter that name again here.

Thank you all of you for excellent suggestions. They really are good suggestions, and I will now have a problem of picking one or two out of them.

What I know for certain is what not to take.

Thank you all.
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