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American Food The Rest of the World Finds Weird

American Food The Rest of the World Finds Weird

When you were a kid, did you ever have that
one friend in school who liked to experiment by mixing different foods together during
lunch? That friend who mixed catchup with mustard
in the same dish with hot sauce, baked beans and sloppy joes simply because he found it
funny? If you did, you probably dared him to eat
it afterwards, right? In all likelihood, he probably just stuck
his tongue out at you and refused unless you offered him five bucks to go through with
it. Different combinations of foods that don’t
make sense when put together often seem weird or gross to us. And what is construed as being gross differs
across societies and around the world. What we think is delicious or disgusting is
often subjective and depends largely on our culture along with where and how we grew up. Every culture has their fair share of idiosyncrasies. This is especially true when it comes to food. Some examples of delicacies around the world
include frog legs and escargot in France, which consists of snails on a platter. In Japan, you can enjoy some delicious wasp
crackers and fish eyeballs. In Scotland, you can have your try at a popular
dish known as haggis, which is basically a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs mixed with
onions, oatmeal, and suet cooked inside the animal’s stomach. You can eat kangaroo if you visit Australia. People in Thailand eat grasshoppers seasoned
with salt and pepper – tastes like popcorn! And let’s not forget about China where you
can eat anything from duck’s feet, scorpion, star fish, to even dog or cat. There are many more examples of unique foods
around the world, but you get the idea. Most of what we have listed would be considered
weird for most Americans. But what about American foods that gross out
the rest of the world? Believe it or not, bread is one of the items
that Americans eat, which gross out the rest of the world. Whether you buy a loaf of bread for sandwiches
or buy buns for hamburgers and hot dogs. Many other cultures don’t often turn to
this item as a first choice. Yet, Americans, love their bread. In the southeastern United States, there’s
a breakfast food known as biscuits and gravy, which is basically that, biscuits covered
in gravy. Here with the Infographics show, we’ve employed
many people from all over the world, including the southern United States. One of our fun, eccentric writers on the team,
who once came up with an outlandish idea for a flavored pillow case, is from the State
of South Carolina and swears by this meal, explaining that there’s nothing she loves
more than going to Waffle House and ordering herself some biscuits and gravy. She’ll even eat it for dinner on occasion. She says the gravy makes the biscuits soft
and moist, which makes it good to eat. She even adds butter to her biscuits despite
the gravy already being on it. This combination perplexes a lot of people
throughout the rest of the country and around the world. Gravy, for most people, is probably best served
as a dinner topping, not a breakfast one. Another peculiar southern dish mixing a typical
dinner item with a breakfast one includes chicken and waffles. Our South Carolinian says that if you visit
the south and don’t order this, you’re missing out. It’s considered almost like a rite of passage
for every true southerner. “Sure, it may sound gross at first,” she
says, “but once you try it, y’all will wonder why you never thought of it before. If you like chicken and you like waffles,
eating them together just makes sense. It satisfies your craving for both dinner
and breakfast on a single platter, which is just bliss.” She claims that she’s not the only one and
pretty much everyone she knows in her region loves the stuff. The main problem with this dish, however,
is having to make the choice of whether to use gravy or syrup as your topping. Either one is a possibility, but it’s probably
safe to assume that most people around the world and even in other parts of the United
States prefer keeping these two meals separate. Next, corn dogs. If you’ve ever been to a state fair in the
United States, odds are you’ve purchased one or two of these. For observers in most other countries, the
concept of a deep-fried hot dog on a stick would sound pretty weird and perhaps even
gross. We can admit that saying what it is out loud
does sound a little disgusting. Yet, many Americans go crazy for a good corn
dog. A food that confounds a lot of people is grits. Even the name doesn’t sound all that appetizing. If you don’t know what grits are, you’re
not alone. It is essentially a corn-based porridge made
from coarse cornmeal. Once again, this is mainly a southern dish,
so we consulted our favorite southern writer who says that she has grown up eating this
stuff. She claims that if you live in the south and
have never tried grits, people look at you with surprise on their faces. She loves to eat grits as a side with her
breakfast and a popular dish in her area includes shrimp and grits. She says, “it’s not as gross as it sounds
but it may be an acquired taste for those who just aren’t used to it.” Given her affinity for these foods, one can’t
help but wonder how she manages to avoid obesity. Nevertheless, people from other places around
the world would probably think the texture of grits is too odd for consumption. Okay, we think we’ve picked on our southern
dweller enough for now, so we’ll redirect our attention to a dish served on the opposite
end of the country in the southwestern side of the United States. That is, the southern fried rattlesnake. Yeah, you heard that right. It is said to taste like frog legs. The meat is often boiled off the bones before
being dipped in egg yolk, covered in salt, flour and breadcrumbs. It’s a deep-fried meal that grosses out
a lot of people who aren’t used to it. A more widespread delicacy around the United
States is the Hershey’s chocolate bar. To many Americans, Hershey’s chocolate tastes
incredible and, odds are that if you have a girlfriend, she has probably sent you out
on an errand or two to pick some up for her at some point. People from outside the United States, however,
surprisingly report the brand as pretty poor excuse for chocolate. They complain that it has a tangy flavor and
that it is too sweet. Nevertheless, many Americans continue to love
it and we don’t think this will change anytime soon. Our next dish on this list is meatloaf. This may seem unsurprising for those of us
who were forced to eat it as kids whenever we paid a visit to grandma’s house. Like grits, the name in and of itself doesn’t
sound too appealing. You may have a friend or family member who
manages to make a delicious version of the stuff, but for many of us, the three words,
“eat your meatloaf,” grinds our ears. A popular sandwich in America that is considered
really weird across other countries is that of peanut butter and jelly. Many people across the United States grew
up eating this as children and some of us still enjoy consuming it as adults, especially
when we don’t feel like cooking. It’s a very simple meal. You just take two slices of bread, slap some
peanut butter on one and jelly on the other, then crush the two pieces together into a
delicious sandwich. For people in other countries however, the
combination of peanut butter and jelly seems nasty. They complain that the flavors should not
mix together, and many are even more unimpressed with the choice of white bread that most Americans
choose. Yet, it continues to be a common, childhood
favorite. So, what else is common in America but weird
everywhere else? Believe it or not, pop-tarts make the list. It’s another one of those quick meals that
many Americans love. All you have to do is take it out of the package,
pop it in the toaster and it’s ready to eat. People in other countries, however, view this
popular snack as being so sweet that it is sickening. The crust tastes almost like cardboard to
them and the sugar and frosting go way overboard for their taste buds to handle. We’ll go ahead and wrap up our list with
root beer and sweet potato casserole. Other people around the world complain that
root beer tastes too much like a bizarre combination of licorice and wintergreen, though it’s
actually made from the bark of the sassafras tree. Also perplexing to people around the world
is that many Americans enjoy root beer floats, a combination of the drink with vanilla ice
cream. For those who enjoy sweet potato casserole,
you may be interested to learn that other cultures think it’s revolting. People in other countries point out that sweet
potatoes already taste sweet so why add more sugar to them and cover them with marshmallows? Needless to say, it sounds pretty gross to
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100 thoughts on “American Food The Rest of the World Finds Weird”

  1. Name your home country and one food you think other people will find weird…

    I tried frog's legs a few months ago and it wasn't that bad… Tastes a lot like chicken… ☺

  2. I was best friends with an exchanged student from turkey and when we were roasting s’mores at his host family’s house he told me Hershey’s are his most favorite chocolate ever and wished they had it in turkey

  3. I love most of the foods on here, sadly I developed an allergy to peanuts so I can't eat PB&J's anymore, and I haven't tried rattlesnake or sweet potato casserole

  4. While I love Hershey's I was born in Europe and trust me, they have way better chocolate so I'm not surprised when they say it's bad.

  5. Utah in itself has weird food.

    Green jello and carrots, funeral potatoes (which are made literally anytime other than a funeral event), the use of fry sauce (ketchup and mayonnaise) with burgers and fries, blue mint ice cream, and oversized scones to name a few

  6. I lived in Louisiana for 16 years of my life and I, myself, am disgusted by chicken and waffles. I cant see myself eating it cause I don’t eat chicken. I’m black btw 🤷‍♀️

  7. Seriously, I love all this. I'm a chef in Savannah, Georgia.
    You failed to mention scrapple, head cheese, mountain oysters, lights, brains, that squeaky cheese curds over french fries smothered in gravy (although that IS Canadian, or Wisconsonian).
    You get paid for this?

  8. For a Guide to EATING LIKE A REAL AMERICAN, All you do is ADD SUGAR to EVEYTHING!! Hey you need a lil extra sugar with your side bowl of Sugar?

  9. Im use to people making fun of grits, and biscuits and gravy meanwhile the same people making fun eat that rattlesnake meal. No way am I eating snake

  10. For me eating cereal with milk is weird. Its like adding milk to junk foods to justify that it's healthy while almost most of the world consider it as a snack junk food.

  11. Biscuits and gravy is not just a southern thing, it is served at every McDonald's and Hardee's and I know of so that's guaranteed to be every state pretty much. I myself prefer sausage gravy and biscuits cool. I live in Western Illinois between the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and I swear that probably my most favorite thing to eat in the world is when my mom makes gravy using the grease left over from cooking deer meat, what we call deer gravy.
    Grits as something that we also eat, I don't know as many people in Illinois but Missouri where half my family lives its more common. I've 8 other things which aren't is commonly ate anymore such as muskrat River or river rat and groundhog as well as fried dandelions and fried cicadas oh, now the cicadas I thought was gross because I can't get over the whole new realization that it's still bug, that was something that we were forced to try because of my stepdad. Frog legs so that's an absolute delicious I love them but I do notice a lot of 100000 people act like it's crazy to think of. But also I live between the largest river in North America and another significant River of the state which is separated buy only about 25 miles of land so the river is a very present active life. We also eat wheeler rooms which are better known as Hen of the Woods I have learned oh, now it I do not believe it a widely eaten mushroom anywhere but the US who is inherited it as a staple from our parents, I myself love it it's the only other mushroom other than the morels and I will eat.

  12. that american "bread", is no bread… it is just to white and sugary… i love our bread in germany, the variety is mind boggling and you have a crust that deserves the name crust

  13. I'm from San Antonio Texas and I have never eaten rattlesnake nor have I heard about any of my friends or family eating it and not all Texans are cowboys in fact I live in One of the biggest cities in Texas and we have had a population of one million since 2016

  14. Waffles and Chicken doesn’t make sense? Tell that to KFC Malaysia. I swear the last few month ago they come up with chicken waffles covered in strawberry jam for BREAKFASTT

  15. Serbia – Bread is the staple food. xD On the other hand, I really hate when people start grabbing their hair and going up in arms that some foods or "flavors" shouldn't mix. There is no universal rule what flavors go "together" or don't. Just stick to what you are used to eating and shut up.

  16. Spam and Eggs are a staple in the Northwest and Hawaii. I am addicted to the stuff and had a friend from Europe who loathed it. He said it tasted like salt and rancid meat. He was born in France.

  17. I used to put ketchup and mustard on hot dogs…..just traveled to Ireland and Scotland and tried haggis, black pudding and white pudding along with other things from other places….LIVE A LITTLE!

  18. Don’t ever tell me that meatloaf is just a different version of a hamburger. I know that and I still refuse to eat it! 😂

  19. Americans think that they’re the general population and get to choose and pick what’s normal. US is 5% of the worlds population. They definitely dictate what the social norm is.

  20. Durians and sambal belacan (chili paste made from fermented shrimp and smells rancid) are pretty popular where I currently live…

  21. I've never had fried rattlesnake and I hate sweet potatoes but I literally love every one of those other dishes. I wonder what foreigners think of Gumbo

  22. So I live in Ametica 🇺🇸 and I personally don't like peanut butter 🥜 and jelly sandwiches- Sounds wierd I know, 😅 but I just don't like the taste of the two flavors together- 🤧😅

  23. Wow. I try not to live in my own little bubble, but if you haven’t tried grits, they are awesome with a little cheese and salt.

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