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19 British Foods That Confuse The Rest Of The World

Puddings aren't puddings and tea isn't tea.

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1. Digestive biscuits

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People from other countries wonder, "Do digestive biscuits have something to do with bowels and digestion?" Well, obviously you digest them. But look, successfully dunking them in tea is a skill we are very proud of. You probably speak two or more languages, we dunk digestives.

3. Spotted dick

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Sounds porny, but in fact the only thing dirty about it is the sugar content and how blimmin' yum it is.


4. Ginsters products

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Ginsters is classic regional British food, the region being British petrol stations. You can get Ginsters pasties, sandwiches, and pork pies in every garage in the land. Here is non-British person Jurgen Klopp looking politely confused about being handed a giant Ginsters.

5. Greggs sausage roll

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This national delicacy is so sought after it caused a stampede in Coventry in 2011 (it didn't but it could have done). British people usually eat four Greggs sausage rolls in one sitting. Here is a picture of a Greggs "birthday cake".

6. Chips and gravy / chips and curry sauce

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We prefer our chips to be fully submerged in something wet and salty before we eat them. The Canadians are also on to this.


7. Colin the Caterpillar Cake

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It was decreed that all citizens shall receive a Colin the Caterpillar cake upon the occasion of the day of their birth, a tradition that is honoured and upheld by every British person to this day.

Literally every single British person:

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8. 99 Flake ice creams

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The confusing thing is that they don't cost 99p. It's a reference to the Italian king having a special guard of 99 soliders, so like anything special should be called "99". Except the only thing it stuck to was this British ice cream.


12. Freddos

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So much more than a chocolate bar. The price of a Freddo is how we determine the health of our economy. Basically they used to be 10p, and now – well, look at the state of them.


13. Space Raiders

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Space Raiders have a place in our hearts for the opposite reason to Freddos because they always cost just 20p. Every time you see a packet it's like time travelling back to a more innocent time and it's glorious.

Watching Drumstick lollies being made is the best thing you could do with your day:

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15. Proper brew

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This isn't just a cup of tea. It's not a tea party, with fancy china and cucumber sandwiches. This is a piping hot, mid-brown brew in a quite ugly piece of crockery known as "my cup", and it's the national drink.

17. Pudding

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A fleshy-looking savoury snack sold in Northern chip shops. Called a pudding, but full of meat instead of chocolate. See also Yorkshire pudding, which comes served with beef and gravy.