A World Market Guide to Buying Gourmet Foods


The typical shopper probably heads to the World Market for trendy furniture, home decor, or perhaps personal care and candles. But for expats, home cooks in search of hard-to-find ingredients, or snackers with a penchant for culinary wanderlust, the food aisles of the World Market are worth a special trip, even when the dining room chairs and a nice rug are not on the menu.

And although online shopping has become the norm, many of these products are only available in-store. Here is your guide to shopping at the World Market for food.

Candy

It’s hard to resist the candy section of the World Market. Colors! The packaging! The candy wall! It’s borderline sensory overload for the foolish shopper who thought she was just going to grab some reasonably priced linen towels and be on her way. In addition to 20 different types of Haribo gummies, World Market offers hard-to-find international delights such as De Ruijter’s Dutch nuggets for bread, Tunnock’s caramel wafers, Japanese matcha Kit Kats and a myriad of Kinder products that includes the beloved Joy Egg.

World Market has that Haribo variety that you had on a trip to Europe and could never find back home.

Lauren McDowell

Baked goods

This aisle can be a headache for the novice American baker, as there is no flour, granulated sugar or baking soda in sight. But World Market’s gourmet section isn’t here to make a run-of-the-mill sugar cookie, it’s for the discerning shopper looking for Bird’s Custard Powder, Droste Cocoa, Lyle’s Golden Syrup or Schluckwerder Baking Marzipan. That said, there are plenty of box mixes available for those who want to try their hand at a semi-homemade dessert, including a Kathi German Bee Sting Cake Mix, Hawaii’s Best Hawaiian Butter Mochi Mix, and a Dessert Kit. Forno Bonomi Tiramisu.

Try a Hawaiian mochi mix from the World Market or German cakes.

Try a Hawaiian mochi mix from the World Market or German cakes.

Lauren McDowell

Sauces and seasonings

Nothing brings back taste memories like a good sauce, and World Market has plenty of varieties that will inspire a wave of personal nostalgia. It’s easier than before to find Kewpie Mayonnaise at the grocery store, but here it’s sold alongside Savory Kewpie Wafu Soy Dressing and Wang Korean BBQ Bulgogi Marinade. A handful of Western European products include items like Heinz salad cream, Hela mild German curry ketchup and Maggi seasoning, while a taste of the islands can be found in Jamaican Pickapeppa sauce and the famous Hawaiian Huli-Huli barbecue sauce.

Meat and fish

There are no fridges in the gourmet section, but that doesn’t stop World Market shoppers from providing customers with a plethora of meat and fish products. Shelf stability lies in the packaging when it comes to vacuum-packed sliced ​​Iberian chorizo, paper-wrapped rosemary lamb salami, or a pot of Bavarian-style weisswurst. For those who prefer marine delicacies, a splurge on Ortiz albacore tuna in a jar in olive oil can be offset by a colorful can of Portuguese sardines in tomato sauce or German herring fillets in Dijon mustard sauce. .

Dutch nuggets cannot be found in the United States except in the global market.

Dutch nuggets cannot be found in the United States except in the global market.

Lauren McDowell

Canned and jarred ingredients

Cans and jars come in handy during hurricane season, and there’s no reason a power outage doesn’t include fun foods from around the world. World Market’s wide selection of canned tomatoes includes not only the typical crushed or peeled variety, but also Mutti canned cherry tomatoes and real Italian certified San Marzano tomatoes from the Strianese brand. Pasta sauces and pestos could make a simple meal, although it’s not quite how Nonna did it. Other items to keep in the pantry include candied lemons, fruit preserves, and Ginger People Organic Pickled Sushi Ginger.

Pasta and cereals

With so many specialty stores in Houston, World Market doesn’t match the depth of noodles and rice products in, say, Asian supermarkets. But those looking for sweet potato noodles, soba noodles, or a 5-pack of Indomie BBQ Chicken Fried Noodles will always leave the store satisfied. Many varieties of Italian pasta, ranging from bucatini to lesser-known options like giant calamarata, could stock a pantry for years, in addition to German spaetzle and egg noodles. Rice lovers can choose from a full line of sushi rice, arborio, and specialties like Conchita Spanish Yellow Rice and Vigo Creamy Avocado.

World Market has a robust selection of coffees and accessories to do so.

World Market has a robust selection of coffees and accessories to do so.

Lauren McDowell

Beverages

Unsurprisingly for a store that sells practical and stylish coffee accessories – and tables, for that matter – the coffee selection is robust and includes white-label varieties from the global market in addition to location-specific offerings like the dark roast ground coffee from New Mexico Piñon Coffee, Illy Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee from Italy and Café du Monde chicory from New Orleans.

Delicious coffees and teas are easy to find in Houston grocery stores, so the real World Market treasure hunt is in the cans or bottles. A distinctly Canadian fizzy drink in five flavors? Check. A six-pack of Hawaiian Sun Lilikoi Passion Juice Drinks? Yeah. Tiredness? Maybe it’s time for an Aggretsuko Liquid Rage energy drink or a Guarana Antarctic soda from Brazil. For mixers or just an afternoon treat, these and many more make drinking accessible and fun around the world.



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