I'm an only child & my mum's father & siblings were all in the US. As such, her father, brothers and sisters regularly send Balikbayan boxes filled with stateside goodies. Spoiling me & teaching me to know & love US products in the process.
Sometimes, my mum's PX privileges (courtesy of my US veteran gramps) enabled her to buy stateside goodies at the Camp Aguinaldo PX stores. In those days, we call it 'PX', not 'Duty-Free' stores (shows my age, hah!).
I remember spreading Blue Bonnet margarine on my sandwiches, & as the Blue Bonnet catchphrase goes, "Everything's better with Blue Bonnet on it." It always was true for me! I just loved it!
Another wonderful food memory I have is PB&J, good ol' peanut butter & jelly! Mum always bought both Skippy smooth & chunky which I always top with sliced bananas.
Then mum brought home Smucker's Goober Peanut Butter & Jelly Stripes in both grape & strawberry variants. I got hooked!
As I grew older, other goodies presented themselves & it became hard to find Goober or Skippy & I temporarily forgot about PB&J. Then one time, at a grocery with my mum, I saw Goober PB&J strawberry! My old love was back! My eyes lit up when I saw good ol' Goober PB&J Stripes! Yum!
I still buy Goober everytime I wanted cheering up. A jar usually does not last a week for me. There are times I eat the strawberry stripes first, other times I eat the peanut butter first. Sometimes I spread it on slices of bread, other times on sliced bananas. Most of the time I just go at it by spoonfuls. And all the time eating it with full enjoyment.
PB&J takes me back to my childhood, away from the hassles, pressures & heartaches of being an adult. It's sweet & creamy & makes my poop creamy too - too much information! Lol!
PB&J, you never fail to satisfy me. ♥♥♥