20 American foods that are raising eyebrows outside of the US
(STACKER) – What exactly is American food? Defining it can sometimes be a challenge due to the country’s vast landscape and diversity, all of which contribute to the national cuisine. Hamburgers, milkshakes, and apple pie are easily considered “American” foods – foods that are easily available and enjoyed at thousands of McDonald’s locations worldwide. But America has unique delights and treats that cannot be found anywhere else and have not conquered the global taste buds.
While a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is at least familiar, if not popular, in virtually every corner of this country, the concept of a PB&J disgusts many in other countries. To further explore this phenomenon, Stacker, using reports from Tasting Table, Eater, Food & Wine, and various other sources, compiled a list of 20 uniquely American foods that might raise the eyebrows of anyone outside of the US.
The dishes on this list range from national culinary icons to regional delicacies. Taken together, they also paint a picture of American life, from the value of convenience to the influence of immigrant cultures. All foods were either invented, first recorded, or popularized by the United States to the point where they are closely associated with the country. Take a look at 20 American foods that might seem weird in other parts of the world.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Fried Chicken Steak Sweet Potato Casserole Ambrosia Salad Cheez Whiz Tater Tots Corn Dogs Chicken and Waffles Cobb Salad Grits Sloppy Joe Egg Cream Jell-O Salad Biscuits and Gravy American Cheese Meatloaf Root Beer Float Girl Scout Cookies Spam Po’boy