One of the cool things about living in Germany is the chance to try different products I may not have been exposed to otherwise. I can even get many of the German items I like in the commissary on post. I had planned to post about this a little later, but since a few people got to my blog the other day searching “Heidelberg commissary German products” I figured now would be as good a time as any to share my favorite German products so far:
Elinas Joghurt nach Griechischer Art (Elinas Greek-style Yogurt): This is an awesome yogurt which we can get at the commissary. While they have other flavors, my favorite is the Brombeere (Blackberry). I eat at least a few of these a week and haven’t gotten sick of them. I will probably miss them when we go back to the States. At $1.84 a four-pack, it’s a little pricey per tiny cup, but it’s so good. Regular yogurt just doesn’t stack up to this.
Deutsch-See Pepper Salmon Plaits: These seasoned salmon, also sold at the commissary, are precooked and ready to eat as is. While I think they might be good cold with a salad or something, I prefer to heat them up in a pan while cooking whole grain pasta and peas or black beans. I serve it all together with crumbled feta. I usually make this once a week. At about $5 for two salmon and about $4 for the rest of the ingredients (which can usually be used for at least another couple servings), the meal comes out to be only a few dollars per serving.
Coca Cola: While this is an American product, the reason I like it is that the 2 liters in the commissary are made in Germany. The 12/24 packs are brought from America and I won’t get those. What’s the difference? The German product is made with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. I probably won’t drink Coke once we’re back in America unless it’s from Mexico (which also makes theirs with sugar). Of course since soda isn’t that awesome for you even with sugar, that will probably be for the best.
Haribo Goldbären (Gold Bears): These are the best gummy bears I’ve ever had. And they’re only $.67 a bag in the commissary. They are made with real fruit and taste so much better than the gummy bears one might find in the States. (Fun fact the gummy bear actually originated in Germany with Hans Riegal and his company, Haribo). If you’ve tried Haribo Gold Bears in America, they are not made the same, so I recommend trying the German ones if you get a chance.
Somat 10: The dish detergent tabs we use in the dishwasher. These are really good at getting everything clean without having to use salt or Jet Dry. I have seen Somat 3 and Somat 7 at different commissaries and Somat 5 at Amazon.com. We get Somat 10 at Kaufland. They’re about 10 euro, but we don’t run the dishwasher daily, so a box of 44 lasts a long time.
Perwoll: This is the laundry detergent we use and it’s about $9 in the commissary for 1.5 liters. This one is for brilliant colors, but Perwoll makes different varieties. While there are other German brands at the commissary, this was the only one that wasn’t powder or in a bag (liquid in a bag just seems like a spill waiting to happen). It works much better with the water here than the American brands we tried beforehand, so we’ll probably keep using it while we’re here. The Wella Pro Series next to it is a shampoo I got at the Kaufland in Germany. Oddly enough the bottle said it was distributed out of France, but apparently Wella is a German company. At only 3 euro for a two pack I think it was a good deal. Some versions of Wella shampoo are available on Amazon.com.
Do you have any favorite German products? Let me know in the comments. You can also check out more of my favorite German products here.