15 American Comfort Foods the Rest of the World Finds Disgusting

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Food can be a great equalizer in the grand scheme of things because everyone can appreciate a good meal. It fuels and connects us to a specific region, and we want it to be tasty. But not everyone enjoys some of America’s classic foods and dishes that we hold dear to our hearts. See what makes the list.

1. American Chocolate

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People often complain chocolate in the U.S. is too sweet, isn’t refined, and lacks the smooth flavor of chocolate in Europe. We like it just fine. 

2. Root Beer

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No wonder visitors to the States claim root beer has a medicinal taste. Native Americans used sassafras root to make medicinal tonics. Eventually, it became a popular drink in America, but the rest of the world would prefer to go without it.

3. Biscuits and Gravy

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Don’t get confused, rest of the world– a biscuit in America is a fluffy, buttery bread (not a cookie or cracker). When smothered in gravy, it’s delicious—even if you don’t think so.

4. Processed Cheese

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String cheese, canned cheese, and even plain old American cheese do not meet the standards of people outside the U.S. What a pity this is because you can’t go wrong with a classic American grilled cheese sandwich.

5. Hot Dogs


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A hot dog is a symbol of American life. It says summer barbecues, baseball games, and county fairs. To the rest of the world, it says processed meat—which for them is a big no-no. 

6. Grits


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Popular in southern states, grits are a type of porridge made from cornmeal. Unless you grew up eating grandmas’ grits regularly, you might not like the thick, “wallpaper paste” texture. 

7. Peanut Butter

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It’s safe to say peanut butter is beloved in the U.S. but not in other countries. I once had a teacher from England look at me while I ate peanut butter on an apple. He shook his head with disgust and said, “Americans,” then walked away. 

8. Candy Corn

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In its heyday, candy corn was THE candy of the Halloween season. Americans love its bright colors, waxy texture, and sugary taste—even if no one else does.

9. Twinkies


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Who doesn’t like a sweet, spongey snack in the middle of the day? Well, a lot of people. One person shares, “I tried them once, and it just tasted like deep-fried plastic. Disgusting.”

10. Sweet Potato Casserole

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Here in the U.S., we love a good mix of sweet and savory. And on Thanksgiving, many families enjoy a tasty sweet potato casserole topped with marshmallows. If the texture is too weird for you, that’s okay—we’ll eat your portion!

11. Meatloaf


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Although a cousin to similar German, Belgian, and Dutch dishes, the rest of the world still snubs their noses at America’s meatloaf. We might drench it in gravy or ketchup, but that’s what makes it so delicious.

12. Sloppy Joes

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It’s messy, meaty, and tangy. Americans love to chow down on a good Sloppy Joe. But for our friends across the pond, it may be too weird for their taste. 

13. Jell-O Salad

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If you were alive in the 1960s and went to a party in America, Jell-O salad was on the menu. Although only some will appreciate Jell-O mixed with cheese, fruit, vegetables, or marshmallows.

14. Corn Dogs


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The great thing about corn dogs is that they come on a stick, making them a staple carnival food in the U.S. Elsewhere, though, they’re not fans of the excess batter. Or the hot dog. 

15. Spam

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Don’t knock spam until you’ve tried it. Sure, it comes in a can, and no one knows what’s in it. But it’s salty, easy to prepare, and tastes great with teriyaki sauce. 

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