As Australians, we’ve long felt a strong connection to American culture. US films and programs litter our televisions, cinemas and computer screens, while the fruits of America’s behemoth music industry have long dominated our airwaves. American food (especially that of the plastic-wrapped, snack variety), however, has proven somewhat more elusive.
If your curiosity is getting the better of you, we’ve found your one-stop shop for a range of bizarrely named goodies that could only have come from one place. The newly opened USA Milk Bar in Greville Street – right next door to fellow Americophiles Massive Wieners – is the home of Snapple, Yoohoo, Milk Duds, Twizzlers, Butterfingers, Goobers and Pop Tarts, plus a range of luridly coloured cereal boxes, various salsas, ranch dressings and hot sauces marked with ominous skull and crossbones.
The USA’s equivalent of lamingtons and Vegemite, these are the weird and wonderful novelties you've always wanted to try but have never been able to get your hands on. Indeed, all your sickly-sweet prayers have been answered with a tiny store filled to the brim with all the kitsch candy and sodium-soaked treats you could think of.
With a stock list that will bring out the excited kid in you, make sure you forgo the bread and eggs next time you're down Prahran way and try a milk bar that's a whole lot more fun.
USA Milk Bar
111 Greville Street, Prahran
0404 103 253
Daily 11am - 9pm