10 American Dishes That Confuse Foreigners

Krystal Smith

American foods are enjoyed by people worldwide, but many find some unappealing. Here are 10 foods Americans eat that foreigners think look gross.

Hershey’s Chocolate

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Hershey’s is a brand known worldwide, and Americans are proud to have one of the best brands in the world on their doorstep. Although Americans love Hershey’s, others are disgusted by the vomit-like taste of the butyric acid used in their chocolate. Others comment on how powdery and ‘dusty’ the chocolate tastes and would put it last on their list of go-to chocolate bars.

Grits

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Grits are a staple of Southern US restaurants, and locals cannot get enough of them. However, people outside the US cannot believe people eat the stuff. This sloppy dried cornmeal is cheap and cheerful to many but vomit-inducing for foreigners. If you can get past the first spoonful, you may be surprised at how good it tastes.

Pop Tarts

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Many Americans agree that Pop-Tarts look and taste fun. While people from around the world agree with the fun aspect, they cannot understand the sheer amount of sugar contained in one pop-tart. Just as American citizens are consumed with the ease and enjoyment of Pop-Tarts, parents around the globe cave into their children’s demands to try this iconic US breakfast snack.

Corn Dogs

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Some Americans prefer corn dogs over hot dogs as the fair food favorite is the staple of fast food life. The original hot dog, which is loved worldwide, is covered in cornmeal batter and fried to within an inch of its life, which is a massive turn-off for many. Any food on a stick does have some appeal, but the greasy corn dog doesn’t do it for a worldwide audience. When it comes to junk food, so many people think this is the dirtiest and wouldn’t be seen dead eating it.

Beef Jerky

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Beef jerky doesn’t look like it should taste good, but many Americans enjoy this protein-filled snack. For those who are not as patriotic towards beef jerky, this meaty snack tastes of cardboard and is pointless. Homemade jerky does taste very good, but the store-bought cheap snacks are a big no-go.

Breakfast Cereal

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If you are wondering how breakfast cereal can be so offensive, you only need to read the feedback from foreigners who cannot stand American cereal’s sick, sweet taste. Some say lucky charms look cute, but one spoon would take a tooth out. Some American cereal will make your pee look like a rainbow, which is also rather worrying to non-Americans.

American Cheese

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We say American cheese, but we have to question whether it uses cheese. Technically, it isn’t allowed to be called cheese even in the US, but it is still used heavily everywhere, from fast food chains to children’s lunch boxes. People outside the US, however, do not enjoy the plastic taste and would not let it near their burgers.

Twizzlers

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The Twizzler is iconic in the American candy world, and many agree that it looks very appealing. With the nostalgia of raspberry spirals coming to mind, many people are excited for their first taste of a Twizzler but soon find they are disappointed by the bland flavors that hit their lips. Twizzlers are hard to handle and taste plastic, according to people outside of the US. Some people within the US don’t like them either but seem to be very loyal to one of the nation’s favorites.

Mac and Cheese

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Even though Italians would cringe at the thought of eating mac and cheese, it is a staple midweek dinner enjoyed by families worldwide. The American Kraft Mac and cheese is another matter, as people around the world are sick at the thought of having to eat the illumines boxed ‘treat’. Yes, it is convenient and easy to make, but according to foreigners, it does not taste good at all. Nevertheless, this is an American staple that is not going away anytime soon.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

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The peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a classic American staple, may strike those unfamiliar with the flavor combination as unusual and unappealing. Foreigners who have yet to grow up with this beloved sandwich might find the combination odd, as they might be more accustomed to savory fillings like meats or cheeses in their sandwiches. The concept of spreading a sweet, fruity preserve like jelly or jam on a sandwich alongside a rich and creamy peanut butter is a uniquely American tradition.

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