15 Of America’s Favorite Foods – That Foreigners Look Down On With Disgust

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Food can be a great equalizer across the globe because everyone can appreciate a good meal. It fuels us, connects us to a certain region, and we want it to be tasty.

But not everyone enjoys some of America’s classic dishes that we hold dear to our hearts. 

1. Root Beer

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No wonder visitors to the States claim root beer has a medicinal taste. Native Americans used sassafras root to make medicinal drinks. Eventually, it became a popular drink in the US, but the rest of the world would prefer to go without it.

2. American Chocolate

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People often complain chocolate in the US is too sweet, isn’t refined, and lacks the smooth flavor of chocolate in Europe. We like it just fine. 

3. Biscuits and Gravy

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Don’t get confused, rest of the world. A biscuit in America is a fluffy, buttery bread (not a cookie or cracker), and when smothered in gravy, it’s delicious—even if you don’t think so.

4. Processed Cheese

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String cheese, canned cheese, and even plain old American cheese don’t seem to live up to the standards of people outside the US. This is a pity because you can’t go wrong with a classic American grilled cheese sandwich.

5. Hot Dogs

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A hot dog is a symbol of American life. It says summer barbecues, baseball, and county fairs. To the rest of the world, it says processed meat—which for them is a big no-no. 

6. Grits

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Popular in the south, grits are a type of porridge made from cornmeal. Unless you grew up eating grandma’s grits regularly, you might not like the thick, “wallpaper paste” texture, as one reviewer described. 

7. Peanut Butter

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It’s safe to say peanut butter is beloved in the US, but not in other countries. I once had a teacher from England look at me while I ate peanut butter on an apple. He shook his head with disgust and said, “Americans,” then walked away. 

8. Candy Corn

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In its heyday, candy corn was THE candy of the Halloween season. Americans love its bright colors, waxy texture, and sugary taste—even if no one else does.

9. Twinkies

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Who doesn’t like a sweet, spongey snack in the middle of the day? Well, a lot of people. One person said, “I tried them once and it just tasted like deep-fried plastic. Disgusting.”

10. Sweet Potato Casserole

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Here in the US we love a good mix of sweet and savory. And on Thanksgiving, many families enjoy a good sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows. If the texture is too weird for you, that’s okay—we’ll enjoy having your share for you.

11. Meatloaf

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Although a cousin to similar German, Belgian, and Dutch dishes, the rest of the world still snubs their noses at America’s meatloaf. We might drench it in gravy, but that’s what makes it good.

12. Sloppy Joes

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It’s messy, meaty, and tangy. Americans love to chow down on a good Sloppy Joe. But for our friends across the pond, it may not be too common for their taste. 

13. Jell-O Salad

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If you were alive in the 1960s and went to a party in America, Jell-O salad was on the menu. Although not everyone appreciates Jell-O mixed with cheese, fruit, vegetables, or marshmallows.

14. Corn Dogs

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The great thing about corn dogs is that you eat them on a stick, making them a staple carnival food in the US. Elsewhere, though, they’re not fans of the excess batter. Or the hot dog. 

15. Spam

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Don’t knock spam until you’ve tried it. Sure, it comes in a can, and no one knows what’s in it. But it’s salty, easy to prepare, and goes great with some teriyaki sauce. 

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