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Updated on Sep 16, 2020. Posted on Jun 16, 2019

18 Things Americans Eat That Are A Little Bit Different For Non-Americans

Long live birthday cake flavor.

If you're an American or if you've lived in America long enough, then you absolutely know what stereotypical American cuisine might look like. We do have a bit of a reputation, if you know what I mean.

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But to non-Americans, certain food staples of ours can seem absolutely WILD. Here's how certain dishes are similar in other countries — but also how very, very different they can be.

1. American pancakes aren't TOO different from anywhere else, except some countries refer to thicker pancakes as "American pancakes."

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"These thick pancakes are called American pancakes." —a_nargle

2. In other countries, biscuits and gravy don't sound like a savory breakfast item, but a travesty. More so because biscuits in places like England and Australia are more like our cookies.

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"As an Australian, I can't imagine that biscuits (aka scones) go with gravy at all, ever!" —westbridge1157

3. It's hard to stray too far away from what pizza traditionally is, but some countries throw random toppings on thick-crust pizza and call it American. (I mean, we do put pineapple on pizza, so I guess they're not completely wrong.)

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"When I visited Italy, there was a pizza place that had 'America pizza' on the menu. This consisted of pizza with sliced hot dogs and macaroni and cheese on it." —forkkiller

(The photo on the right actually came from segphault, where the "American" pizza in Japan is topped with fries.)

4. A sub is a pretty common sandwich here, but typical sandwiches in some other places are more like wraps and served with different fillings on the inside.

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"Western sandwiches are usually subs with deli meat. Not shawarma or the like." —Rare_Pupper_Warwick

5. Some people might think American cheese is perfect for grilled cheese, but other places are very much weirded out by the consistency.

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"American cheese. Judging by its consistency, I'm not entirely convinced it isn't partially plastic." —thegoldisjustbanana

6. We're also known for our traditional American breakfasts, (hello IHOP!) most of which include eggs and bacon, but other countries have their own breakfast staples.

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"The Cracker Barrel breakfast: a biscuit, some protein (usually ham, eggs, and bacon), some jam for the biscuit, and a big bowl of grits. I don't even eat it, but it's very stereotypical American food." —SleeplessShitposter

7. Another thing that's been called "very American" is the fact that we LOVE birthday cake flavoring, which isn't just any cake, but specifically a rainbow-sprinkled cake.

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"The most unusual American desserts I’ve seen are birthday cake flavor." —hayleyruth515

8. Boxed macaroni and cheese is also considered an American staple, whereas places like Switzerland have a similar dish called älplermagronen — which does NOT come from a box.

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"Macaroni and cheese is very American, especially if it looks like it came out of a particular blue box." –GreatlyUnknown

9. Sweet and sour chicken is 100% an American thing and not traditionally Chinese. If you want to try authentic Chinese food, go with peking duck or pork dumplings.

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"Sweet and sour chicken. I'm Chinese American and I don't eat this at home. It's made for the American palet." —Brohando

10. There are many different types of chowder, but America (specifically the east coast area) is well-known all over the world for their white (clam) chowder.

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"Specifically white 'chowda.' None of the red sauce shenanigans." —OVERLYLOUDCOMMERCIAL

11. Did you know many countries don't know what s'mores are? The closest thing to this is in Germany, where people eat this chocolate-covered marshmallow dessert in between sweet bread.

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"S'mores. I've traveled the world and no one knows what s'mores are besides Americans." —SettingIntentions

12. Also, many countries think eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is WILD and unheard of, since most sandwiches elsewhere are of the savory kind.

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"I learned about PB&Js on my exchange program when my temporary family in the Peoria, Illinois area had them for lunch. I was dumbfounded at first but decided to try them anyway. I liked them, and now I'm the only freak in my household that has them as a snack on the regular." —magondrago

13. Chicken and waffles is another concept that non-Americans can't quite wrap their head around, but in Hong Kong, bubble waffles are a unique type of street food.

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"Chicken and waffles. Outside of America, it makes no sense." —svenson_26

14. Sugary, colorful cereal is another thing that feels traditionally American. Not that other places DON'T have sugary cereal — it just isn't as sugary and colorful as ours.

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"Your cereals are packed with so much sugar, whether it be from children's cereals to adults mueslis or porridge." —emeryz

"I have some Iranian family and they think that cereals like Froot Loops and Fruity Pebbles are pretty strange. They do like the colors but find it a bit overwhelming to eat as a bowl for breakfast." —Kreos642

15. Sweet potato casserole SPECIFICALLY topped with marshmallows is a traditional American staple, but many other countries cannot believe we combine the two. A similar dish in Korea is goguma mattang (candied potatoes) — although they're not stopped with extra sugary balls of fluff.

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"I am an Aussie, so we've got our own weird foods, but what is with putting sugar in everything? I've seen that sweet potato is served with marshmallows on top." —kittykabooom

16. Water with lots of ice is pretty common in America, but other places serve beverages with very little to no ice.

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"You guys love water with ice. Lots of ice. All. The. Time." —emt139

17. Liquid cheese/spray cheese is something other countries just can't get behind. I mean, I get it. It's weird that it comes in a can. Melty cheese in places like France is called raclette and actually comes from a wheel of cheese — NOT a can.

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"Whatever that weird cheese is that you put on hot dogs. It looks like mustard...but it's not. Here (Australia) when you ask for cheese, you get fresh grated cheese. In America you get...honestly one of the most disgusting things I've ever tasted." —sunsplash_aberdeen

18. And finally, Cool American Doritos, which are so delicious other countries decided to adopt:

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"In some countries, they're called Cool American, not Cool Ranch. And the chips are less tasty/flaky than the American ones in my opinion." —Sabetsu

What American foods do you find strange?????

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