Jelly Belly beans are fairly widely available online (from Amazon) and from some sweet shops, cinemas and supermarkets. Reeses Pieces tend only to be available in specialist sweet shops, and in some big supermarkets. They're not mainstream, but they're not rare.
They are certainly not widely available, although they may be somewhere, most things are.
I know of 3 shops in Liverpool alone that sell American "candy" and "soda" such as Mountain Dew.
There's also a few on-line importers based in the UK. I only know because I know someone who uses them all the time.
And there's anothe place close to Liverpool that stocks all the different US candy, soda etc that you can buy in bulk.
So I guess it's the same across the whole of the UK!
I did a double take last week when I saw Jelly Bellys for sale in the gift shop of a historic house (Harewood House in Yorkshire) so I would say they are pretty mainstream now, but with a reduced/different variety of flavours to what you can get in the US. Reeces Pieces are available in large supermarkets, so definitely not rare any more.
As you have discovered on this and your other thread both items are fairly widely available and certainly not that hard to get.
These sweets might be available in the UK but its very unlikely that your hosts will have bought them for themselves.
"These sweets might be available in the UK but its very unlikely that your hosts will have bought them for themselves."
I'm am curious as to how you have come to that conclusion. Do you know the people?
Probably because most British people don't like American chocolate - it's not that nice compared to the sweeter Cadbury's etc. we're used to!Edited: 02 October 2013, 19:52
Since both items, and one is not chocolate, are sold in a variety of outlets then someone must be buying them.
No way to know if the intended recipients have bought them or not therefore.
You can get Hershey's over here now, but it always used to be a fun trick to give some you brought back from the US to a "friend", and watch their face ! We think it tastes of something else you see...