How Well Do You Know American Food?

Monica Lee

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About This Quiz

England has its Yorkshire Pudding, Italy has its Pandoro, and when it comes to America, there is a huge variety of desserts, snacks and entrees that are uniquely ours -- from barbecue ribs to mac and cheese, and apple pie.  Plus, as you travel from one state to another, you'll find that regional favorites have become national favorites, too! Today you'll find New England clam chowder and San Francisco sourdough bread in grocery stores across the country. 

Best of all, America is a melting pot of cultures, so our food has been inspired by immigrants. You'll find influences in the sauerkraut of our Reuben sandwiches and in how Chicken Fried Steak is made in a similar fashion to Wiener Schnitzel. And, of course, we must thank Native Americans who gave us everything from popcorn to baked beans to Thanksgiving dinner. Above all else, when it comes to snack foods, America truly takes the cake. That is, snack cakes, chocolate-chip cookies, potato chips and more. Ready to identify foods that are uniquely American? Then get your taste buds in gear and drive through this tasty quiz. You may find an oldie but goodie you need to sample again. 

One of the most well-known snacks in the U.S., what is it?

Only in America, will you find this as a staple in convenience stores across the country. We can thank James Alexander Dewar for inventing this sweet treat in Schiller Park, Illinois, in 1930.

It's delicious. What is it?

The first Key Lime Pie was created in the late 1800s. It's the perfect combination of sweet, sour and creamy.

Uniquely American, including eating them with ketchup. What are they?

Hankering for some tater tots? You'll find these rolled up hash browns in grocery stores, Sonic drive-ins, school cafeterias, and at your dinner table, to name a few places.

There's more than one San Francisco treat. What is this one?

The sourest variety of sourdough bread comes from San Francisco. It was a staple during the Gold Rush days, and is a favorite carb for many people in the U.S.

American's are hearty eaters. What favorite is this?

It's a top 10 comfort food for those in the U.S.. Pot roast, along with Sunday family dinners, were a ritual for Baby Boomers everywhere.

You need to work your jaws to eat this. What is it?

Dehydrated meat, or jerky, is high in protein, lightweight, stays edible for a long time and is easily transportable. This is a favorite among those snackers on the go, as well as hikers and campers.

Go to any soda fountain, and you'll find this creamy staple. What is it?

In the 1920s, Walgreens in Chicago brought fame to the banana split when it made this taste treat its signature dessert.

One wedge isn't enough. What is it?

Bread is a staple in most Americans' diet. But corn bread goes far beyond a mere staple. It is one of the pillars of Southern cooking.

This one has a funny name, but is nutritious and delicious. What is it?

"Good Old Raisins and Peanuts," or GORP, gives hikers, bike riders, campers and others, the energy they need to fuel their day.

Heading to New Orleans, you might see this on the menu. What is it?

Jambalaya is a signature dish of Louisiana and is usually made with shrimp and andouille sausage.

We're still in the South. What is this?

Don't turn up your nose to this irresistible Southern favorite until you try it yourself. The gravy is usually made with meat drippings, chunks of pork sausage and black pepper.

A satisfying American meal. What is it?

Flatten out a steak, bread it, (as if you're cooking chicken) and fry it up. It's a delicious, guilty pleasure.

It's like training wheels for real sushi. What is it?

The California Roll got its start in Los Angeles, where Japanese sushi chefs were trying to get people to start eating sushi.

A classic American dish. What is it?

Meat loaf is the most humble of comfort foods. And it seems every mom in America makes the best one ever.

Here's some true Southern comfort. What is it?

Whether you like your grits plain, savory, or sweet, whether you prefer pan-fried or porridge-like, all types are equally satisfying.

This comfort food is also going upscale. What is it?

Lobster in your mac and cheese anyone? This ultimate comfort food can go upscale or downscale depending on whether you want a novel entree or need to placate a finicky child.

Head east to find this classic on every menu. What is it?

The east coast is where you'll find the home of the blue crab, but they are especially abundant in Maryland and Virginia, where delicious crab cakes are always on the menu.

You can't just eat one. What are they?

The potato chip was invented in 1853 by native American chef, George Crum in Saratoga Springs, New York. Lays Potato Chips was the first company to market this American snack.

What kind of sandwich is this?

If it's sticking to the roof of your mouth, you know you're eating a peanut butter sandwich. Invented in 1922, peanut butter is an American mainstay.

Put on your beanie hat for this one. What is it?

The Native Americans knew the proper way to make these beans. They were mixed with maple syrup and bear fat and cooked in a hole in the ground for a long time.

What's the name of this snack that you'll find at every movie theater?

If popcorn isn't your thing, you're in the minority. Americans currently consume about 14 billion liters of popcorn a year.

A meal where you get breakfast and lunch for dinner. What is it?

Only in America. It may sound like a crazy combination but it has everything. Crunchy, salty, sweet, chewy ... in one delicious meal.

Eat this with oyster crackers. What is it?

Do you know your clam soups? There is the New England style that is creamy white with potatoes and onions. And then there is the Manhattan type made with a clear broth, clams and tomatoes.

If you have a campfire, you can have this. What is it?

This classic American food has it all. It's gooey, melty, warm and sweet. No campsite should be without chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers.

It's the main thing to eat in Maine. What is it?

If you've never had sweet chunks of lobster meat dressed with mayo or lemon, then heaped on a buttered hot dog bun, then you should travel to Maine and try a lobster roll.

Ready for half-time? What food is this?

You don't have to go to Buffalo, New York, to eat these. Although that's where they originated. Buffalo Wings are so popular they can be found everywhere in America.

Get that BBQ fired up for this. What American fare is this?

Sure, if you travel the country, you'll find different cuts of ribs (pork or beef) and different sauces (sweet, spicy or tangy) but it all comes down to that smoked barbecue flavor that makes it a top American favorite.

Is this your top pick for a sandwich? What is it?

Ready for some juicy bacon, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato on toasted bread? Then you're ready have the #2 favorite sandwich in the United States.

It is a dessert associated with everything American. What is it?

Yes, the apple pie is indeed the nation's favorite pie, followed by pumpkin, chocolate, lemon meringue and cherry.

Crunch on this one. What is it?

This was invented at a Woolworth's lunch counter. And It's easy to make. Just open a bag of Frito's corn chips and ladle some delicious chili over it. Garnish with cheese, onions, or whatever you prefer.

This is one sandwich you can afford. What is it?

When a Louisiana coffee shop supported striking streetcar motormen and conductors with free food, the "Po Boy" was born. Legend has it, that when they saw a man on strike heading their way, someone would say, 'Here comes another poor boy.'"

America has the corner on this treat. What is it?

Whether you're a toll-house aficionado, or a Mrs. Fields' fan, there is nothing like a warm, chocolate-chip cookie to make everything right again.

This is a high-calorie way to enjoy your fruit. What is it?

Did you know a cobbler, blueberry or not, is also called a slump, grunt, and buckle? Maybe because this no-crust-on-the-bottom fruit dish doesn't hold its shape when served.

If you can recognize WHERE this food comes from, you know what it is. So, what is it?

Chicago-style pizza is deep, really deep. We're talking inches here. If you want a single slice that satisfies for days, get a Chicago-style deep dish pizza.

Looking for a substantial snack? Here it is. What's in the picture?

Maybe it began as a Northern Mexican snack, but today it's a top ten snack for everyone north of the border. It's crunchy, melty, spicy and delicious!

Although it started out east, it has become popular nationwide. What is it?

First you have to chop the meat while you're grilling it, to make the "frizzled beef," then add onions and cheese. The final step is to pop it all into a long, locally made Amoroso bun.

It should be easy to identify this all-American food. What is it?

Summer cookouts have got to have them. Watching a baseball game from the stands demands them. Hot dogs are a staple of summer fun.

Nothing compares to this sandwich. What is it?

Start with thick hand-sliced rye or pumpernickel, then pile it high with lean pastrami or corned beef. Next, add the sauerkraut for kick and home-made Russian or Thousand Island dressing for a smooth finish.

Your final question: What is it?

You can't walk a city block without finding a fast-food chain or restaurant that doesn't serve a cheeseburger. Whether it's a slider, quarter-pounder, Kobe, or traditional, it is an All-American favorite.

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