Can You Identify These American Foods Served Around the World?
By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz
The great thing about the world today is how freely we're able to move around. And it's not just humans either. Plants, animals and even food have been crossing borders for decades now, and for the most part, this is an amazing thing. And while each may have changed due to customizations or pure evolution (plants and animals), we're still happy that most countries have their own version of a particular food (or animal).
Could you really imagine only being able to access some of your favorite foods in one country? Or to even have it shipped with the possibility of it being stale, moldy or even rotten by the time it gets to your country? Well, we can thank travel for the ease of being able to get apple pie in every nation, but what can we thank you for? Passing this quiz? Well, it remains to be seen how well you can name some of the best and most well-known American foods that are served in other countries.
If you think you've got what it takes to not only identify and correctly match these American favorites to their names, it's time to get started. Be sure to grab a snack because we can promise that you'll be hungry by the end.
Some people bake it as a pie or make it out of the box. What is this infamous dish called?
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Creamy, macaroni and cheese can be made in a variety of styles that provide many different flavor profiles. However, most enjoy the simple classic American macaroni and cheese, which has become a staple at family functions and parties. Variations of this classic include stovetop mac & cheese, baked macaroni and cheese and even fried macaroni and cheese balls.
This food has a reputation with police. What is its name?
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Glazed, chocolate covered or dusted with confectioners' sugar, this tasty fried dough can be eaten for breakfast, dinner or as a light snack. Movie magic has created the stereotype of police officers not being able to resist this delectable dessert. Known for its ring shape, the donut also comes in the shape of balls, twists and rectangles.
A movie theater snack, do you know the name of this buttery food?
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What's a movie night without a tub of buttery popcorn to munch on? This tasty snack is produced from corn kernels and popped to perfection with some oil. Light and fluffy popcorn can come in a buttery variation or caramel option and the kernels can be popped using a microwave, heated pan or a popcorn maker.
Fast food chains serve this bread-like treat as a side. What is it called?
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The perfect addition for any saucy, meaty meal is the fluffy biscuit. These floury, pillowy round biscuits can be made to suit different palates, with options that include buttermilk, honey, cheddar and garlic herbed. As a breakfast staple, the biscuit can be eaten with a variety of meats, eggs, jams and jellies.
A frosty drink of blended ice cream and milk, do you know the name of this international food?
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This drink offers the perfect relief on a hot day. A milkshake usually consists of ice cream, milk or iced milk blended to perfection with flavorings like fruit, chocolate syrup or caramel sauce. Popular locations to get a tasty milkshake include burger joints, lunch counters and diners.
Not actually the digits of a certain poultry, can you tell us the name of this kids' favorite?
Tender, crunchy golden breaded chicken fingers are stripes of white chicken meat that are prepared by covering the meat in a breading mix. The breaded, raw chicken is then deep fried and served with a sweet or tangy sauce. This food product was originally made and named by the owner of Spanky's from Savannah, Georgia.
Pringles and Lay's are two companies that have made millions with this food. Which of the following is it?
Crispy, crunchy, salty deliciousness characterizes this poppable, munchable snack. A classic potato chip is airy and lightly salted and can be made at home or bought at the grocery store prepackaged. These thin slices of potato, deep fried to perfection, can be served as a snack, appetizer or side dish.
What is the name of this Thanksgiving must-have?
The quintessential Thanksgiving dessert is the pumpkin pie. This dessert pie has a spiced pumpkin filling which seats inside a flaky shell. Recipes for pumpkin pie appeared in cookbooks in the 19th century and in modern times companies now produce pumpkin pie-flavored products like coffee and pancakes.
A side dish that is often paired with steak, what is the name of this spud dish that is placed in an oven (or microwave) until cooked through?
With its fluffy interior topped with butter, chives and sour cream, the baked potato makes the perfect side dish. This dish can be baked in an oven, barbecue grill and microwave. The Russet is the most common variation of potato used to make baked potato because of its size and consistency.
Not Chinese, as most may think, this food was invented in San Francisco. What is its name?
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These sugary cookies usually contain a piece of paper inside its elbow form, that includes a phrase or advice for the eater. Often served in the United States from Chinese restaurants, these crisp cookies are made from flour, sugar, vanilla and sesame seed oil.
This meat can be barbecued or oven-baked. Do you know what it's called?
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Fall off the bone ribs can be made on a barbecue grill or in an oven. This melt in your mouth delight can be done with a dry rub or smothered in barbecue sauce. It is a must have at every barbecue function, and usually seasoned to perfection.
This circular, fried food is one of the most popular sides served anywhere. What is its name?
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Slightly sweet and very crispy, onion rings are typically served as an appetizer or a side dish. These fried delectables are first dipped into a batter then tossed into breadcrumbs or flour then deep fried, before being served with a dipping sauce of either ketchup or mayonnaise.
This dessert can be made with Granny Smith or McIntosh fruit. Which baked favorite is this?
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This pie is double crusted; the upper crust usually consists of a woven pattern which houses the apple filling underneath. In the United States, apple pie is known for being a symbol of comfort and nostalgia. Popular apples to make apple pie with include Granny Smith, Bramley and McIntosh.
Known for the way it jiggles and the wide variety of flavors it comes in, do you know the name of this food?
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Jiggly, wiggly Jell-O comes in a powdered form, which is mixed with a liquid, typically water, but can also be a form of fruit juice like apple juice, then kept in a fridge for hours until solid. Jell-O can come in a variety of colors. This mixture also takes the shape of whatever vessel it is poured into.
Cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon are known to be added to this side dish. What is it called?
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Creamy mashed potatoes make for a delicious side dish to any meal. Potatoes are boiled till soft then mashed together with butter, salt and pepper to make classic mashed potatoes. To jazz up the dish garlic, chives, sour cream and a whole host of other ingredients can be added to make this easy side dish.
This food is also a method of cooking. Do you know its name?
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This term can refer to the method of cooking, the grill itself or a social gathering. Barbecue meats are done over charcoal or wood, which allows the meat to have a smoky flavor. Typical cuts of meat that are barbecued include baby back ribs, sausages, hamburger patties and even a whole pig.
Flavors of this dessert include strawberry, chocolate and Key lime. What is it?
This three-layer sweet dessert is a combination of soft cream cheese, vanilla crust and topped with a fruit spread typically made of cherries. The cheesecake comes in Key lime, strawberry and chocolate flavors, to name a few. In the United States, cheesecakes can come in two styles: the New York style which has a heavy cream or sour cream center and the Chicago style which relies on baked cream cheese.
This is a must-have for meat eaters at baseball games. Can you tell us what this dish in the picture is?
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Synonymous with ball games, this easy snack consists of a bun and a sausage link covered with ketchup and mustard. Additional condiments can be added to the hot dog like mayonnaise, relish, cheese, onions, sauerkraut and chili. The hot dog has become a staple for the Chicago street food scene.
Served in decorative paper or aluminum cups, can you tell us what these mini desserts are called?
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Made to serve one, these small delights come wrapped in thin paper or aluminum cups and are usually decorated with icing, fruit or candy. A cupcake recipe uses the same basic ingredients as a regular cake. However, because of their size, cupcakes bake faster than normal cakes.
A patty sandwiched between two buns is the basis of this dish. Can you tell us its name?
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The juicy hamburger is made up of two slices of bread, lettuce, tomato, condiments of choice and a beef patty. The beef patty can be pan-fried, grilled or flame broiled. These easy-to-build burgers are a staple at fast food establishments and are usually made from frozen patties.
France is often credited with the creation of this food, but it's not true. Can you tell us its name?
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The french fry is served hot, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and ketchup. This munchable food product can be a meal on its own when smothered with chili, or it can simply stay as a side dish, to have alongside a burger. Although not American, the country has surely made it its own.
This fudgy food is often sold by Girl Scouts. What is it?
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Homemade or store-bought, these chocolate squares are fudgy and delicious. Brownies can have fruits, nuts or chocolate chips inside and can also come in a vanilla version called blondies. These tasty treats can be eaten with ice cream, a cup of milk or topped with whipped cream.
A baked bird that is carved during a holiday of gratitude is what this food is. Can you tell us its name?
Turkey has become synonymous with Thanksgiving feasts. A juicy turkey with crispy skin, filled with stuffing is usually the centerpiece to a family's Thanksgiving meal.
This particular food is a staple in American southern cuisine. Can you tell us what it is?
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Southern cuisine would not be complete without the trusted collard greens. These are seasoned and cooked with smoked, salted meats. This dish is traditionally eaten on New Year's Day.
What is the name of this dessert that combines ice cream and fruit?
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Typically served in a long dish, the banana split consists of three scoops of ice cream, chocolate sauce, one banana split down the center, topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top. Invented by David Evans Strickler in 1904, the ice cream sundae has endured.
A famous side dish in barbecues and always served with butter, what is the name of this food?
Served steaming hot as a side dish, slathered in butter, corn on the cob is a great addition to an outdoor barbecue. Boiling the corn is the quickest way to cook this fun food. A sprinkling of salt and a dash of pepper makes it a perfect treat.
Back in the day, this fried fowl dish was called "crispies." What is it known as today?
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Chicken meat breaded or battered then baked or deep fried makes the tasty chicken nugget a reality. First invented in the 1950s by Robert Baker, it was called the Chicken Crispie. These are often served in fast food restaurants notably McDonald's where they have a version called Chicken McNuggets.
This is an unusual snack that is also known as "squeaky cheese." What's its other name?
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These pasteurized milk curds can range from mild, medium or spicy flavored. Often served as a snack or finger food, cheese curds are typically kept at room temperature to preserve their squeakiness. They're great battered and fried!
Bake sales have made these one of the most popular of its kind. What is its name?
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Distinguished by its chocolate chip addition, this drop cookie is most often eaten with a cold glass of milk. The chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Wakefield in 1938; she was the owner of the Toll House Inn. This cookie can be chewy, soft, chunky or crispy style.
This is a deep-fried potato dish that kids and adults alike enjoy. Do you know what it's called?
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Made from potatoes, this deep-fried side dish comes in a cylindrical shape and is perfect for dipping in sauces. Tater tots are served at school cafeterias, casual eateries and fast food restaurants.
Often called "milk's favorite cookie," can you tell us the name of this American treat?
Known as the world's favorite cookie, Oreos are a delightful treat of two crisp chocolate biscuits sandwiching a creme filling. Making its debut in 1912, this cookie is now sold worldwide and comes in many varieties including Double Stuffed, Oreo Mini, Mint Oreo and Oreo Thins.
A crustacean is the star of this fried/grilled food. What is it called?
This classic seafood treat is made from crab meat mixed with breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, mustard and seasonings and formed into patties then lightly fried, grilled or deep fried. Condiments that are used with this dish include cocktail sauce, Worcestershire sauce or tartar sauce.
This dessert is a holiday favorite and is made with tart-tasting fruit. What is its name?
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A holiday favorite, the cherry pie has a crust, sweet cherry filling and a top which can be solid with a design or made with a lattice pattern. The tasty cherry pie can be enjoyed with whipped cream as a dessert and is typically made with tart rather than sweet cherries.
One of the most popular sandwiches in the world, can you tell us what is being shown in the picture?
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Crispy, crunchy, yummy, the BLT gets its name from its main ingredients; bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. This club sandwich can also include mayonnaise, turkey bacon or no lettuce. It is served on toasted bread and dates back to the early 1900s and is ranked as the second most popular sandwich in the US.
Usually eaten alone of with a jam, do you know the food on display here?
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Simple and delicious, frybread is made to be eaten alone or with meats, jams or jellies. With basic ingredients like flour, sugar, salt and lard, this has ensured that the fry bread created in 1864 continues to stand the test of time. In 2005, frybread received the accolade of official state bread of South Dakota.
Battered and fried sausage is what this dish is. What's its official name?
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The combination of salty and sweet makes the corndog irresistible. This heavy cornmeal battered sausage is impaled on a stick then deep fried to perfection before eaten. The corndog can also come in a cheesy version or a mini version called corn puppies.
What is this dessert that Florida is known for?
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Tangy goodness is what sets the Key lime pie apart from other pies. Made from egg yolks, Key lime juice and sweetened condensed milk, the Key lime pie is a three-layer delectable treat. The origins of the key lime pie have been traced back to Key West, Florida.
You must grate potato thinly to achieve this dish. What is its name?
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Shredded pan-fried potatoes make the perfect breakfast item. Hash browns are a must have at breakfast diners in the U.S. These shredded potatoes can be homemade or can be store bought from the refrigerator section of the supermarket.
In the past, beet juice gave this dessert its rich color: today, coloring is used. What is this dish that we're talking about?
This chocolate cake has a red or red-brown color and is layered with cream cheese. It's synonymous with Valentine's Day. Red food coloring or beet juice was used to give this cake its distinct look.
A southern food that can be eaten alone or with shrimp, what's the name of this ground corn dish?
Down home southern comfort food, grits are served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Made from corn that is ground down to a coarse meal then boiled, grits can include cheese, sweetened milk or spices.
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