Thank you for the responses, I hope I didn't offend anyone, I certainly know that everywhere has variety - especially somewhere as large as the United States.
We travelled pretty widely, and true there wasn't a lot of home cooking - but eating out from fancy restaurants to casual cafes and hot dog carts... and I did find things to be sweeter than I was used to.
It was not a criticism, just an observation.
When I was in the Uk, I also noticed that the same brands taste totally different - Cadburys for example (I prefer the UK stuff)
I kind of think I know an equivalent of a jello salad here - we kind of use it as a snack/dessert....
For those that have been to Australia - how did you find our food in comparison (apart from so much more expensive - just like everything else)
Oh - and Do they still make Girl Scout Thin Mints.... I love those things
Nah, it wasn't the "sweet" descriptor that bugged anyone.
It was subsequent posts about "nastiness" and the like. Sometimes these Trans-Atlantic threads sort of spiral down into "America: Why do you eat such horrible gross food, and wash it down with a cup of gasoline?" and it kind of wears on the nerves after a while.
And there's more diversity of food here than people sometimes realize.
But having something be sweeter than you expect--I get that. I got annoyed at Outback a while ago because I ordered this fish dish with two sides and for whatever reason they'd made all three dishes sweet, so there was no contrast, nowhere to rest the taste buds between bites of sweet stuff, if you will.
And yes, they do still make Girl Scout Thin Mints! They're practically a religion. If you ever want a similar taste when it's not GS cookie season, Keebler's Grasshopper cookies are very similar and are inexpensive.