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14 Iconic Food Brands We All Love That Were Created By American Immigrants

Other than, you know, basically everything.

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1. Kraft cheeses

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The delicious, orange cornerstone of many people's childhoods (and adulthoods) was invented by Canadian immigrant James L. Kraft. He and his brothers created a patented, spoil-resistant processed cheese in 1916 after arriving in Chicago.

2. Budweiser beer

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America's top selling beer brand would not have existed without German immigrant Adolphus Busch who came to St. Louis in 1857. Busch practically built Anheuser-Busch from the ground up because, you know, he knew his shit when it came to making beer.

3. Häagen-Dazs ice creams

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Sure, the name is entirely MADE UP just to sound ~fancy~ and ~foreign~, but the creators were very real Polish immigrants named Rose and Reuben Mattus. They came up with the name while just hangin' out at home in Bronx around 1960.

4. Sriracha hot sauce

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The most popular sauce of choice in America right now (specifically the Huy Fong Foods brand – the word "Sriracha" is actually a generic name for a town in Thailand) would not exist without Vietnamese immigrant David Tran.


6. Peet's Coffee & Teas

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Years before Starbucks, Peet's was already serving up really good coffee. And it wouldn't have happened without Dutch immigrant Alfred Peet who "grew up in the coffee trade" then opened his first shop in the U.S. in 1966.

7. Baskin Robbins ice creams

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31 flavors? Not without Canadian immigrant Irvine Robbins (whose parents originally emigrated from Poland and Russia). He and his brother brother-in-law/partner Burton Baskins are responsible for so many of your favorite ice cream flavors.


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Everyone's favorite jelly bean brand started with German immigrant brothers Gustav and Albert Goelitz. Gustav was the first candy maker in the family, and his kids continued their father’s tradition, creating a company that still operates today as Jelly Belly.

10. Panda Express Chinese-American food

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Panda Express is only the LARGEST asian food chain in the United States, NBD, right? But you'd never get to enjoy that glorious orange chicken without Myanmarese/Chinese immigrant Peggy Cherng and her Chinese immigrant husband Andrew Cherng.

11. Oscar Mayer meats

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No one would ~wish they were an Oscar Mayer wiener~ without German immigrant Oscar J. Mayer's creations. He came to the U.S. as a teen, then learned the "meat-making trade" in Chicago and basically perfected it.

13. Goya beans, rice, beverages...really just everything

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Goya is the biggest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S. And none of it would exist without Spanish immigrants Don Prudencio Unanue and his wife Carolina, who started the company in lower Manhattan back in 1936.