Common American Foods that Foreigners Find Strange
We've explored many of the foods and food customs of other countries, some delicious and some questionable, but what do foreigners think of some American foods? We know there are plenty of countries around the world that relish a good fried cricket, freshly made haggis, and other such exotic foods, but are there any American foods that would cause them to raise their eyebrows too? You might be surprised!
Admittedly, cheez whiz is weird to a lot of Americans too, but it's even more of a head-scratcher for many foreigners. An International cheese connoisseur might turn up their noses at most regular American cheeses to begin with, let alone liquid-y cheese that comes out of an aerosol can.
The combination of savory and sweet is definitely more popular in America than it is Internationally. Salty, chocolate covered pretzels, chicken and waffles with syrup, and even sweet maple-cured bacon is very off-putting to many people outside the states. Heck, there are even countries that would consider peanut butter and jelly to be a bizarre and unsettling combination!
Grits are coarsely ground up corn kernels that are then boiled in milk. This is one of those dishes that is bewildering to many Americans, but even more so to foreigners. In many countries, particularly in Europe, corn (even basic corn on the cob) and any corn by-products are considered animal feed, and therefore eating them, especially in a ground-up form is just crazy talk.
Spam, hot dogs, little Vienna sausages, or any other strange combinations of meat products ground up into different forms (even something more homemade, like meatloaf) is a turn off in many countries.
In many countries, marshmallows alone would tilt heads, but marshmallows in a sticky, gooey jarred form is just too much. Whether this comes from a simple lack of familiarity with marshmallows or the strange, gloppy white appearance of marshmallow fluff is up for debate.
Mayonnaise is already disconcerting to many at home and abroad, but Miracle Whip is another story entirely. It's a salad dressing and sandwich spread that tastes and looks curiously close to mayonnaise, but is slightly sweeter with more ingredients.
There are a few things about corn dogs that are unsettling to many foreigners: 1) the hot dog element of it strikes many as being "mystery meat," and 2) as mentioned early, corn and cornmeal is considered animal feed in many countries around the world, particularly in Europe. Hot dogs and corn alone are already curiosities, but together, they are just plain confusing.
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