Re: US chocolate stereotypes are 20 years out of date
I'm an English expat, been living in the US for about 12 years.
I think the actual chocolate (and cheese, and good bread, and reasonable cornish pasties) problem in the US is not that you can't find it _somewhere_, its just that its going to require uncommon local knowledge of where, and a (probably 50 mile+) special trip to get it. Then it will be hideously expensive.
Pretty much all food in the US (even stuff that you wouldn't expect like bread, milk etc.) gets massively oversweetened with high fructose corn syrup. On top of that natural food like meat and especially vegetables have little to no natural taste (relative to same in the UK/EU) because they are all genetically modified to grow unnaturally large as fast as possible.
Its so prevalent that when arriving (back) here, the only taste you experience at all for about 2 weeks is high fructose corn syrup. After then, your taste buds just give up and shut down in total sumbission so you cant taste anything anymore, except spicy food.
I think Its why Hersheys, Liptons and Buweiser can all get away with tasting like crap yet are pretty much the only brands that Americans buy. They literally can't taste them, and also have hardly any opportunity to experience actual chocolate, tea and beer.
IMHO nothing is as good as the bar of plain Galaxy and regular old Cheddar you find cheap at just about every supermarket in the UK, and cost a fortune here in the US if you can find them at all.