When I first moved to France, it was SO difficult to find American products. Aside from specialty websites that import American food items, everyday things like canned pumpkin, peanut butter, and even regular size semisweet chocolate chips were hard to come by back in the day. Don’t get me wrong — I love discovering French products and there are many amazing ones I’ve come to adore, but sometimes you just want a taste of home and something familiar.
These days, the global influence is strong so it’s much easier to find what you need — even on Amazon… for a price. It got me thinking, what about products from France in American grocery stores. Can French people in the US find French food products that are near and dear to their hearts? Or Americans looking to add a bit of French flair to their meals? Let’s see what is out there in terms of French products in USA supermarkets.
Products from France: French products in USA grocery stores
When I was back in Florida over the summer, I made some videos about French food products you can find in American grocery stores like Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s. If blog posts are more your thing, keep on reading…
Let’s take a look at the top French food products you can find pretty easily in American supermarkets. In addition to what I showed you in the videos, I also saw that Walmart has Président butter if you need a French fix. Where else have you found French butter brands? The Fresh Market and Whole Foods only seemed to stock Irish butter.
Below is a look at the French products at The Fresh Market. FYI the jam and mustard are commonly found at Publix too. Let me know below what French products you’ve found at American grocery stores! (or elsewhere outside of France). Thanks, Dad, for helping with the pics from afar. ;-)))
Maille is a French staple for mustard, and man, is it good. I’m more of a mustard person — Tom is the mayo guy — so Maille has become a fridge must-have for me. I was pleased to see that The Fresh Market has you covered and stocks a better selection of Maille products than any other American supermarket that I’ve found.
Choose from Honey Dijon, Whole Grain or a regular Dijon mustard (not pictured). In France, there’s a larger selection as you’d expect, but you can’t go wrong with any of the ones available stateside. They’re great on a sandwich, with meat like steak tartare, or in a salad dressing.
Sticking with Maille for a second, you’ll also want to pick up some pickles. They’re called cornichons in French and are delicious little additions to sandwiches and salads. I’ve found that the Maille products aren’t always next to each other in US grocery stores, so be sure to check the condiments section and the aisle where they stock pickles (if it’s not the same place) to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Bonne Maman preserves
It’s SO nice to see that Bonne Maman is a French brand that’s easy to find in the US and not just France. With a wide array of flavors and even a lower sugar “Intense” product line, this jam is delicious on toast, in recipes, and pretty much everywhere. They also went viral on social media last year because of their heartwarming backstory that is either true or a brilliant PR stunt. Jury is still out. Regardless, the jam is one of my must-buy French products in USA grocery stores.
La Fermière Yogurt
If you’re looking for authentic French yogurt in the US, family-owned La Fermière is an excellent choice. Smooth with just enough tang, the yogurt is delicious and another plus is the ceramic container (read this for ideas on how to repurpose them).
The Fresh Market local to where I was in Florida stocked about four flavors in addition to plain (Whole Foods as you saw in the video only had two). It’s a brand of French yogurt that can be found in France as well, although the product line and packaging looks a little different.
French cheese! I love the colorful Eiffel Tower on this round container of Brie that is clearly made for foreign markets. In France, you’ll find it most commonly cut into triangular wedges. Brie is a French cheese everyone loves, so pick some up the next time you entertain.
This spreadable herbed cheese is one of my favorites and is similar in texture to cream cheese. It’s excellent on a fresh baguette slice, on crackers, or as a vegetable dip. The garlic and fine herbs would be my top choice.
The Fresh Market has several varieties of French cookies like these boudoirs (lady fingers) in addition to butter cookies and palmiers. I’m a sucker for a fun play on words — note the brand name Oui Love it! — and a big fan of the colorful packaging.
If the hamburger rolls pictured above aren’t your thing, The Fresh Market also has brioche hotdog rolls and traditional brioche. What a great way to add some French flair to your next BBQ. Sweet but not overpowering, brioche buns have become my go-to bun choice for hamburgers and hotdogs. Aldi US also has some tasty ones too. What about in France? While they aren’t quite as mainstream as in the US and the French might scoff at a sweet bun with a hamburger, I have seen brioche style hamburger buns here and there and they were excellent. No hotdog buns, though.
What are the best French products in USA grocery stores that you’ve found?
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Lastly, if you missed ’em, here are my two videos about French food products in the US, shot at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market (be sure to subscribe to my channel here):
PIN my French products in USA supermarkets here: