10 American Foods That Foreigners Find Gross


America is known for many things, including its unique and sometimes strange foods. While we may love these dishes, people from other countries might find them a bit odd or even hard to understand.

Let's take a look at 10 American foods that surprise foreigners and have them asking, "Do Americans really eat that?"

You might be surprised by what makes the list...

1. Various Forms of Cheese

cheese types

Wisconsin’s favorite product got a shellacking in the conversation. Comments ranged from ambivalence over mac-and-cheese to Cheese Whiz being disgusting, but particular outrage formed over cheese in a can or “cheese product,” which is only required to contain 51% cheese.

2. Sugar Content


I think most people are just surprised at how much sugar goes into the average American diet. I recall buying a peanut-butter cake recipe mix one time. Upon baking, I couldn’t eat the thing because it was so sweet, so I gave it to an American friend who demolished it.

3. Candy Corn

Candy Corn

What’s not to love about baked cornstarch, filled with colored sugar and rolled in wax? A lot, according to some comments on the thread. Thankfully, haters just need to avoid the Halloween season if they visit. To be fair, it isn’t America’s most excellent candy offering!

4. Twizzlers


Brits are elitist about their candy being the world’s greatest (biased sidenote: it is rather good). Such a sentiment appeared in one scathing epithet, stating how their mom once visited them in the States. She was amazed that “people were chewing on plastic.” After trying a Twizzler, she confirmed it tasted as expected.

5. Blooming Onions

Air-Fryer Vegetables blooming onion

Australians are struggling with America’s time-honored culinary excursion: the themed restaurant. The culprit here is Outback Restaurant and its use of the Aussie vernacular.

One chap, in particular, wanted to know “what in the flying firetruck a ‘Blooming Onion’ has to do with anything,” as it has nothing to do with Australia. Fair dinkum.

6. Canned Foods

Canned Foods

For some reason, there was beef with the humble tradition of canned food — more precisely, items that “probably don’t need to be canned.” Maybe this is pertinent: things lose flavor if they live in cans too long. However, fierce patriots fought back, stating how a mountain winter in the Boonies relied on canned goods.

7. Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Anyone lucky enough to experience Thanksgiving dinner will attest to having a meal of ten on the enjoyment scale. Some may have bristled when offered the sweet potato casserole with its marshmallow and brown sugar topping. I think the combination of sweetness somehow works with its savory bedfellows.

8. Hershey’s Chocolate

Hershey’s Chocolate
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Even Americans agreed on this one. Somehow, the iconic ‘chocolate’ bar-cum industrial candy bar still has a market.

The theory is that Hershey’s chocolate has cheapened in production over the years, using a soured milk powder that gives it a distinctive flavor. I agree wholeheartedly with some comments that we cannot call this a chocolate bar. Come on, now.

9. Donuts


It is not news that Europeans eat less sugar than Americans. Therefore, complaints about donuts are hardly a surprise. But who could be down on this treat? Furthermore, with Dunkin’ and Krispy Kreme dueling it out for supremacy, there has never been a better time to enjoy an American donut.

10. Ambrosia Salad

Ambrosia Salad

I am firmly in the camp on this one and have a perimeter fence with tripwires and angry rottweilers to defend my position. Another strange number, ambrosia salad, is like a sweet coleslaw. It is a variation of coconut, canned fruit, marshmallows, and nuts with mayo or cream. Just no.

This thread inspired this post.

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4 thoughts on “10 American Foods That Foreigners Find Gross

  1. I'm American and I agree with this list. I know many Americans who are as grossed out by these foods as I am. This list should be longer.

  2. I'll admit it, I love Ambrosia. I also love a good fruitcake. But I hate hotdogs and popcorn. I'm an American and get teased about this all the time.

  3. As an American who just moved to Germany, the canned food one made me laugh out loud. These bitches will can and/or pickle any vegetable or small fish that comes near them. Maybe you're thinking of the actual preservatives. Like, American canned beans are usually sitting in a syrupy goo but German canned beans from what I've seen have very little liquid in comparison.

  4. I agree on candy corn. It's the worst candy in the world. Cheese Whiz is bad also. But to say that the British have better candy is a stretch. And your assessment of Ambrosia salad is hyperbole at it's best.

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