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.
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."
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.
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.)
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.
5.Some people might think American cheese is perfect for grilled cheese, but other places are very much weirded out by the consistency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
16.Water with lots of ice is pretty common in America, but other places serve beverages with very little to no ice.
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.
18.And finally, Cool American Doritos, which are so delicious other countries decided to adopt: