6 American Food Habits Brits Will Never Understand

Marshmallows and veg? Oh no. Brits like their sweet and savory dishes separate. (Photo via Food Network)

Marshmallows and veg? Oh no. Brits like their sweet and savory dishes separate. (Photo via Food Network)

Despite the fact that many American food trends are now global, there are still a few dishes that Brits here don’t do.

Sweet and savory combo
Unless it’s a Chinese meal or pineapple and ham on pizza (yuck), most Brits don’t really go for sweet and savory on the same plate. Although there are some converts who don’t mind breakfast sausages drenched in maple syrup, for the most part it’s something we shy away from. Dishes such as jello salads, candied yams and anything topped with marshmallows leave most of us staring in disbelief.

Sugar in everything
Most of my British guests over the years have commented on how sweet everything is; from baked beans to bread, cereal to lunch meat, there’s either sweetness cooked in, or a sweeter alternative available, such as honey baked ham, or bacon injected with maple syrup. If it’s not added sugar (often listed as high fructose corn syrup), it’s added flavor such as cinnamon or pumpkin. At this time of year you can barely find a non-pumpkin infused drink or snack, as any Starbucks will attest.

State Fair food
American food oddities come into their own when it’s state fair season. It seems like a national competition to take the most bizarre combination of ingredients and then do something extreme, like deep-frying them. Examples from the Minnesota State fair include fried pickles ‘n chocolate, and wine-glazed, deep fried meatloaf. From the 2013 North Carolina state fair we have deep fried red velvet Oreos, and deep-fried Pecan pie. California gave us the Krispie Kreme Donut Burger this year, and Texas delivered a deep-fried Thanksgiving Dinner. (Don’t ask.) While some of the ingredients sound OK, the deep-frying twist is just baffling.

Entire meals in a sandwich
We all know that Americans sandwiches are sometimes so huge you can’t even get your mouth around them, but some sandwiches contain what we’d normally class as dinner. I’m talking about Sloppy Joes and meatball sandwiches in particular. Not surprisingly, Americans literally take the prize for being able to compress a huge sandwich and make it fit in the human mouth. (Commenters – Please bear in mind that the above is a link to The Onion and therefore NOT serious news.)

Rocky Mountain “oysters”
A euphemism indeed! While we Brits are known for our love of offal, we might not quite stretch to these oysters, which are in fact, bull testicles. Deep-fried, of course. When you’re next perusing a menu in buffalo country, be aware that they’re also listed as prairie oysters, calf fries, cowboy caviar, swinging beef, and huevos del toros. Fair warning!

Portion sizes
Probably the most common jaw-dropper for visiting Brits is the size of the portions here. I can’t remember the last time I ate out and actually ordered an entrée (main course). In many restaurants, the appetizers (starters) are almost the size of a meal, so for me, two small appetizers is more than enough. Fortunately, American restaurants don’t force you to have a main course, and supply containers for taking leftovers home.

What are some U.S. food habits that mystify you, Brits in America? Tell us below:

See more:
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Toni Hargis

Toni Summers Hargis is a British author who has lived in the USA since 1990. Toni blogs as Expat Mum and is the author of Rules, Britannia - An Insider's Guide to Life in the United Kingdom and The Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States; A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students. She has made frequent appearances on radio and TV discussing US/UK matters.
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  • MontanaRed

    1. In defense of the yam dish referenced, yams (or sweet potatoes) are naturally sweet, so I don’t understand how that is a savory/sweet combo.
    2. Completely agree with this one.
    3. State Fair deep-fried foods. Calling them foods is a generous description, but the tradition of wacky deep-fried foods at state fairs is meant as a joke and publicity stunt. It was preceded by the wacky “[food] on a stick” phenomenon.
    4. To each his own.
    5. Watched a cousin of mine try these for the first time in Texas. The little delicacies were fresh as can be since it was calf (not bull) castrating time at the ranch. Priceless. Also good entertainment for locals when visitors try them.
    6. See No. 2. Many Americans (usually, but not always, male) judge restaurants not by their food quality but by the quantity on their plates. :-(

    • rallybug

      But remember, sweet potato yam, they’re different vegetables.

      My wife (a born-and-bred Utahn) can’t believe the size of the portions she used to be able to pack away at the table – now, she only eats half and brings the rest home in a doggy bag.

      But, state fair food – mmmm, funnel cake….

      • MontanaRed

        True enough about the yam/sweet potato thing. Yams are more squashy-tasting.

        Love doggy bags. Certainly cuts food waste And if it’s been a good meal, it’s a bonus to enjoy it again the next day!

        • http://expatmum.blogspot.com/ Toni Hargis

          I quite often order food with a mind to finishing it off the next day.

          • MontanaRed

            Absolutely! Nothing wrong with planning ahead.

          • Angie Poole

            When I eat out, if the portion is huge, I eat no more than half of everything just so I can have an equally sized portion the next day, and it makes the meal reasonably sized (also tends to be a cheaper alternative to ordering appetizers, which are really overpriced for what you get).

      • Steve Murray

        This is true, but the dish often referred to as “candied yams” are not usually made with yams at all. They are made with sweet potatoes. Apparently, the US government has been mislabeling sweet potatoes as yams for a very long time… even though the two plant products aren’t even related.

  • Yankstar

    Says the folks that eat marmite and Vegemite.

    • 1776andallthat

      No self respecting pom eats Vegemite.

    • http://expatmum.blogspot.com/ Toni Hargis

      Cough, splutter. Vegemite?

    • MontanaRed

      “He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich. And he said I come from a land down under —”

    • http://www.londoncitymum.com London City Mum

      Marmite = Britain
      Vegemite = Australia
      Very strong opinions on which is better, depending on your country of origin (and ne’er the twain shall meet!).

      • Jennifer Quail

        Marmite is just BETTER. And I say that as an American with no British relatives but quite a few in Australia.

      • IslandGirl

        Much prefer Marmite. Vegemite tastes like Bovril.

    • Shaungrl

      Hey now, this Texan says don’t dis the Marmite. Yummers. 😉

    • AZComicGeek

      I actually like Marmite on buttered toast. Haven’t found Vegemite in the stores here.

  • 1776andallthat

    It’s the marshmallows melted onto vegetables….and the sh*t ‘chocolate’, Hershey kisses are truly disgusting,inedible. Perugina’s ‘Baci’ are so much nicer.

    • MontanaRed

      Well, if we could buy Perugina Baci, we just might. It’s not available at my local Albertson’s.

    • dummypants

      My Irish mother taught me to love Cadbury at a young age. It’s getting harder and harder to find Flakes here though.

  • gn

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Ugh.

    In fact, peanut butter and anything.

    • Anon Y. Mous

      Peanut butter and chocolate.

    • gn

      Another one: milk and cookies. Baffling.

      (Can you tell I have kids?)

    • HT

      British peanut butter isn’t the same as American.

      • gn

        A lot of it is directly imported from the US, so that would surprise me.

    • Thanatos


  • gn

    Britain does have its own sweet/savory combo: sweetcorn on pizzas. Yum.

  • Liz

    I am American, and I don’t understand any of these things, either (except #2… because I’m from the South. And you really do not want to come between a Southern girl and her sweet tea.)

    • AZComicGeek

      Sweet tea is the worst perversion of tea imaginable. It is more of a tea flavoured syrup than a beverage. How anyone can manage to drink this is beyond me.

      • Macken

        Sweet iced tea all I’ve ever had my entire life. It’s a staple drink in my household. I live in the American South, that’s why. Sun-tea is best, and most put lemon in it. I thought milk in tea was an abomination for years. Here, you put milk in *coffee* not in tea, and only if you’re a “softy”, it should be blacker than night otherwise. Also, you only drink tea hot when you haven’t had time to cool it down (and you dump a healthy amount of icecubes in it), or you’re out of cocoa and it’s cold outside. No herbal, otherwise, again, “softy”.

  • http://gospelaccordingtodoctorwho.tumblr.com/ dschram

    What about pudding (sweet) yet savoury Doctor Who combo of fish fingers and custard?

    • Ann Parker Crawford

      Right!?!? Who does not love fish fingers and custard… now.

      • Doctors Tardis

        They didn’t even make him eat fish fingers and custard on the set. Those were fake fish fingers because yuck.

        • Steve Murray

          They were some sort of toasted coconut stick, apparently.

        • MrsSpooky

          I know someone who actually tried the fish fingers and custard. He said it was quite good. He had it twice if I remember correctly. :)

        • Tiffany Souza

          Oh thank god! That always sounded revolting!

    • k8cre8tive

      I’m so proud that the first comment I see is a Doctor Who one. :) The only thing I have had I’m this post is a sloppy joe and I’m American.

    • Sydney Phillips

      thank you

  • Brittany

    I’m American and I don’t get these. >.<

  • Roxio2

    I’m American, but after reading this I’d be a happy Brit. You are correct on everything having sweetener added (especially “low fat” foods) and giant portions. I’d also add to the list—food consumed as a secondary activity. First, we are driving, texting, reading, watching tv … eating is the secondary activity (often alone). Sad, really.

    • Thanatos

      Exactly why is eaten alone an issue. I consider eating to be a fueling activity, NOT a social one. One thing I hate the most is someone attempting conversation with me while I am eating.

  • Stephanie Itchkawich

    I am American and there are several things on the list that baffle me.

    Candied yams, however, are excellent food and need not be dissed! :)

    State Fair food is a crime against the health of anyone who eats it. Deep fried butter sticks are an example of something that no human can survive much of.

    Putting syrup (high fructose corn or maple) in foods is a big problem here, unfortunately we can’t seem to get them to stop without being called Communists. It is possible to avoid foods with these additives when you shop, and if you are careful about which restaurants you choose.

    Rocky Mountain oysters are there to entertain tourists and those few that might actually like them. :) You can usually buy Jackalope calls at restaurants that serve them…you do know about the Jackalope, right???

    Many things confuse us about UK food, although some things are truly memorable in a good way. I am all in for bubble and squeak and bangers and mash…but why do you cook perfectly defenseless tomatoes? Baked beans for breakfast?

    I ordered a traditional breakfast at a pub in Paddington station a few weeks ago. It was tasty, but HUGE. You have no call to talk portion size. It was a good thing I had a lot of time I needed to pass…it took me 2 hours to finish even 75% of what was on the plate!


    • Patches

      Oh yes, I love jackalope stew!

  • rose is bad wolf

    truthfully not all americans eat like that or like to eat like that

  • JoAnn Hawkins

    Isn’t the entire meal in a sandwich a direct descendant of the Cornish Pasty?

    • Jennifer Krage

      I’m going to say no on this one. Pasties are baked into a pastry and can be eaten handheld easily without getting a mess all over yourself.

    • luluthebeast

      I’d agree. The Cornish miners brought these over to Northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan so that it would be their entire meal in the mines. I love them myself and they were even mentioned in an episode of ANDY GRIFFITH.

      • Laura

        I grew up in Wisconsin, not far from the UP. Pasties are SO good!

        • luluthebeast

          They really are. I moved back to Wisconsin 25-30 years ago because I think that, overall, it’s a great state to live in. There’s a place near Hurley that I still get my pasties from.

  • Devery Sheridan

    I’m from New York and the only things I actually experience are #2 and #6

  • Ann Parker Crawford

    I’m confused though. American here. And I just read an article on this site that gave a list of traditional British Christmas fare. Mince Pies. Didn’t I read that was meat and fruit?!?!

    Is that not a sweet and savory combination?!?!

    • Gill

      No meat…just dried fruit…….vey sweet……adding meat would be gross!!

      • Steve Murray

        Actually, Gill… “mince meat” includes melted beef suet, which is made from the fatty deposits found around the kidneys of the cow. It melts smoothly, and has about the same applications as lard. Historically, they would dice it up with the nuts and fruit – hence, the term mince – before baking it. But even without the beef suet, it mixes dried fruit and nuts, which are a sweet and savory combination.

      • Nina

        Traditional mince is made with suet, which is hard beef fat.

      • Carol Jenkins O’Neill

        Originally mince meat was fruit and meat. Was ableto buy the real thing, fresh made at The Reading Terminal Market here in Philadelphia. The jarred varieties now available do not have the meat.

      • Joyce Adrian

        Back in the day mince meat was a way to preserve meat by adding raisins or other fruit, and it was served in a pie. Eventually, the meat was omitted and the fruit remained.

    • sawagner09

      You are thinking of FRIENDS when Rachel mixed a Shepherd’s pie and a trifle. The put meat and peas in with jam and lady fingers.

    • rossmgrtaylor

      Mince pies have never had meat in them, just suet which is similar to lard and dried fruits and nuts. This mixture is called ‘mincemeat’, hence ‘mince pie’ but it has never contained ‘minced meat’, the British word for ‘ground meat’.

  • Patches

    I don’t understand those either and I live here. Most classic American food is really horrible.

  • RLD

    First time I every heard of a deep fried candy bar (Mars bar) was
    almost 20 years ago in England at a pub near Oxford. Same with a deep fried banana. So, I
    don’t think this is all on America.

    • dummypants

      Yeah I was going to say that I’m pretty sure deep fried snickers or oreos started in Scotland.

      • Luigie

        Deep fried pizza at a fish & chips place in Scotland (small town of Comrie just north of Stirling)

  • Melissa

    yes..we eat these things daily…i just deep fry my finner..in a sandwich…hell toss my dessert in too

  • Shelle Perry

    Not surprisingly many Americans also find those food habits disgusting. I was actually sad to see them listed in an article with this title. None exactly mainstream for the most part (except for the sweet potatoes of course, though I don’t know a single person who will actually eat this holiday staple).

    • frozen01

      I bring a sweet potato dish with pecans and marshmallows on top for the holidays, and they’re always popular.

      • Shelle Perry

        I have no doubt there are people who enjoy it, even though I personally do not know any. Someone always brings it to our holiday as well but there always seems to be as much at the end as at the beginning.

        • Angie Poole

          Candied yams or sweet potatoes with marshmallows is why I hated the poor yam/sweets for years. They’re too sweet! Mash them up and add butter and cinnamon and I’ll eat them that way, but no added sugar, please.

          • Shelle Perry

            That is actually not bad, I have been known to eat them that way. With or without cinnamon.

  • Jennifer Quail

    Scotland is officially excused from being “shocked” by fair food as the country whose culinary contributions are sheep offal in its own stomach and deep-frying ANYTHING that holds still long enough are not permitted to be surprised by fair food. Also, sweet? Ever eating most British candy or chocolate? (Again, Scotland the special child REALLY doesn’t have a leg to stand on–tablet is like 5 lbs of sugar condensed into a convenient one-pound package.)

    • http://expatmum.blogspot.com/ Toni Hargis

      Probably the reason why the rest of the UK isn’t at all worried about their quest for independence.

  • Johann Gambolputty

    What’s wrong with ham and pineapple pizza?

    • dummypants

      Effing nothing!! Except you forgot the bacon 😉

      • Johann Gambolputty

        Dude, I NEVER forget the bacon.

      • AZComicGeek

        And Jalapenos!

    • Meekrob

      If you have to ask, you’ll never know.

  • Steve Murray

    The candied yams reference is misplaced. Sweet Potatoes are not a savory food to begin with. They are fairly sweet on their own. Often, candied yams include cinnamon and clove, orange juice (maybe), pineapple (maybe), butter, and the marshmallows are just there to be melted and toasty and only really add to the sweeteness that is already there. Sweet potatoes are not white potatoes, and are not a very savory food.
    Also, the statement “At this time of year you can barely find a non-pumpkin infused drink or snack, as any Starbucks will attest.” – although comical – might have been better stated as “…you can barely find an establishment without a pumpkin-infused drink or snack…” Even the places that serve such beverages or desserts have plenty of other items on the menu that don’t have pumpkin-anything in them.

    • Steve Murray

      As I said somewhere below, apparently the US government has been mislabeling sweet potatoes as yams to distinguish between the two common varieties of sweet potatoes we have on our shelves. It is possible that “candied yams” once actually used the yam, but as far as I can tell we usually end up using sweet potatoes. The public has long been confused as to which is which, and many think they are the same thing.

  • Shaungrl

    Native Texan here. I can’t stand sugar in my veggies or sweet with savory, either. I have actually sent food back (with kindly attitude) after one bite at “home cooking” restaurants because of the sugar attack. Love me some Orange Chicken, but don’t put sugar in me meat (or veggies) outside the Chinese Palace, please. :)

  • Carolyn Gill

    American, born and raised in the south even. The only thing I tolerate deep fried is chicken and fries. All those other odd offerings are disgusting. Sugar in my tea? Not at all if it’s iced and honey if it’s hot. And if you come anywhere near me with that nasty marshmallow garbage I will shoot you. Sweet potatoes and yams are delicious with a touch of butter melted over them – they need nothing else. Oh, and I don’t eat animal genitals.

  • Anne Butsch

    says the folks who invented baked beans and broiled tomatoes for breakfast!

    • Shaungrl

      Skip the blood pudding (OK, maybe the beans), and I’m in line for a Full English Brekkie. It looks wonderful.

    • http://expatmum.blogspot.com/ Toni Hargis

      I’m sure I read a very popular (American) book a few years ago called “Fried Green Tomatoes”. The tomatoes in a full English breakfast are more likely to be fried than grilled (broiled).

  • luluthebeast

    While I don’t disagree with the article, I’ll never understand British breakfasts where you get back bacon that is basically raw and toast that is cold and hard served with butter that is also cold and hard. Like the beans and tomato though.

  • https://mobile.twitter.com/JigglesMama Shar Rowell

    I eat the yams. They are sweeter to taste than any other potatoes naturally. I don’t eat much meat to begin with, never eat ham or lunch meat. I don’t eat sandwiches, hate meatloaf and hate meatballs. At the county fair, I will eat a funnel cake because it’s the only time I can find one! I’m allergic to chocolate, so I eat chocolate covered nothing. Portion sizes…I eat very little so I usually order appetizers as my meal. Some things Brits eat that I don’t get is black pudding. Umm, eww. It sounds horrible. Beans for breakfast just seems odd to me. To be fair, America offers many veggie options, and a lot of Americans are vegan, vegetarian, or clean eaters. Not all of us eat the way this list portrays, I assure you!

    • frozen01

      Black pudding is good. It’s like a crumbly sausage.

  • faceman68

    I am going to be honest in stating that I do get #1 and #2. However, as for #3: uh, no. And I am an American.

  • William Moran

    Portion sizes,like many Americans, have gotten larger over the years!! Time was when we could actually see the plate.

  • Nina

    The mountian oysters thing is not some widespread American mainstay. Half tourist trap, like the other poster said, half regional dish in a few spots. Other countries/cultures eat testes on a more widespread scale.
    The porportions are insane. I think it came from the idea of giving big meal with good value in diners. And while I’ve sene big English breakfasts, large meal size doesn’t continue to other meals.

    I too love my mashmallowed sweet potatoes (most things sold as yams are really sweet potatoes). But then, it’s a sweet potato. We also make pie with it. Not like we put marshmallows on a russet tater. My fave true veg/fruit combo is the strawberry rhubarb pie, not to be shunned without trying.
    Fair food is become more of a contest of outrageousness. Kind of like a fashion runway show. The classics — corn dogs, funnel cakes, and turkey legs — are pretty tame.

    The use of high fructose corn syrup as a cheap filler in everything is a sad product of the convenience explosion post WWII. We do have a sweeter tooth than the Britis. And Hersey’s isn’t meant to be good chocolate. It’s meant to be cheap chocolate from a time when the finer stuff was still a luxury item.

  • woofa

    There’s plenty about Brits we don’t get and it’s not limited to food. We’re all different. BTW, the vast majority of Americans have never had nor “get” the Rocky Mtn Oysters thing either. Fair food is a once a season “try this” exercise. We DON’T put sugar in everything, at least I don’t nor do those I know. Entire meals in a sandwich, and you include sloppy joes and meatball sandwiches in this? As for number one, you don’t get it. Apparently the sweet potato vs. yam thing due to stupid labeling here. Others have covered it, the writer is clueless.

    • frozen01

      Regarding sugar: I think they mean in processed foods, like bread, baked beans, etc. And in that regard, it’s absolutely true.
      I recently had to switch my brand of bread when I became ill and realized that, for bread, it was awfully sweet.

  • http://beautifulsynthesis.com Andrea

    So is kettle corn not a thing in Britain? It’s delicious. Better than candied yams is sweet potato casserole with brown sugar and nuts. It’s practically dessert!

    We put way too much sugar in things. I have a recipe for Shoo-fly Pie, a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch pie that got its name from being so sweet. It’s mostly molasses. But compared to modern pastries, Shoo-fly’s tame! (And delicious.)

    I despise American portion sizes.

    In college, I knew a girl who liked to harvest her own Rocky Mountain oysters. Yeah, she was raised on a ranch!

    • frozen01

      I think they were actually referring to sweet potato casserole, not candied yams. The two get mixed up a lot.

  • sawagner09

    I’m from America and I wouldn’t eat a thing on this list. Some of them I’ve never even heard of.

  • CT Mummy

    As a Brit at a Christmas Brunch party this morning, everyone was intrigued as to why the whipped cream that accompanied my cranberry and walnut tart was so delicious – they’d never had it like that before – oh, you mean WITHOUT ADDED SUGAR!!!!

  • Amanda

    The deep fried thing is not uniquely American, BBCA. We got the idea for deep frying Mars bars from the Scots, who did it first. 😉

  • Monica from all over

    Y’all sweet potatoes/yams aren’t a savory. It is not a sweet and savory dish, it’s a freaking dessert! Sweet potato pie, candied yams, sweet potato souffle, it’s all sweet.

    • Rick Kitchen

      candied yams are not a dessert, they’re a side dish.

      • Angie Poole

        So is cranberry sauce 😉

  • Gina Romantica

    A country that serves French fries with lasagna has no room to talk about American food

  • MrsSpooky

    I love the huge portion sizes. I’ll go to a restaurant, eat a little of everything (which fills me up), then take the rest home. I’ve gotten five meals out of one restaurant dinner – six if I go to the right restaurant and order the right dish. I do that deliberately, eat for a week for $15. Can’t beat that, it’s cheaper than groceries.

  • MrsSpooky

    My favorite breakfast in the whole world (which I never eat any more) is pancakes, sausage and eggs, maple syrup on everything. I never thought I was big on sweet and savory, but when talking about sausage and/or bacon and maple syrup, I’m all over it. :)

  • Sarah Grace

    Actually, most of these things mystify me, too. Deep-fried things absolutely disgust me. The only deep-fried food I like is funnel cake, but even then, I can’t eat too much. I also hate the huge portion sizes at restaurants, as well. It’s kind of ridiculous. I also agree that we add sugar where sugar is unnecessary. And bull testicles…um, I don’t ever plan on trying them.

    HOWEVER. Entire meals in sandwiches are awesome and delicious. And sweet and savory flavours go perfectly together! Although I always make sweet potato casseroles using sweet potatoes…not yams…

  • Thanatos

    Beg to differ on one point. Rocky mountain oysters are pig testicles, not bull. Just a small thing, but a thing all the same. Personally, although I hear they are good, I wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole and I’m considered a very adventurous eater….lol

    Also, Sweet Potatoes are already sweet, so adding sugar is not changing them from savory to sweet, just adding more sweetness. When I make them, I never add marshmallow to them, however, as I don’t like marshmallow.

    • http://expatmum.blogspot.com/ Toni Hargis

      Click on the link for the oysters or google it. There are many reliable web sites claiming that they are bulls’ testicles.

      • Angie Poole

        I’ve also heard the term used for deer, so I think it’s a generic term for things I’ll just avoid.

  • lellingw

    You know these aren’t common foods most Americans are aware of either. I’ve never been to a state fair or eaten bull testicles. I do like pepperoni and pineapple on pizza with banana peppers for heat. Had to be talked into it but it’s great. And many people don’t eat ham. Really.

  • Emily

    For that sandwich all in one meal
    http://primantibros.com/02menu.html it’s a restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA (where I live)

  • Stephanie Boor

    So I am an American visiting England and staying with a family. They are discusted by peanut butter and jelly(jam here) sandwiches. I also told them about the faire food of deep fried everything. Also very discusted. Thoughn I do have to say, here they have chips(fries) with everything and almost everything is fried.

  • AZComicGeek

    Don’t go bad mouthing back bacon (canadian bacon, rashers, whatever) and pineapple on my pizza. You have haggis, after all. I definitely agree there is too much sugar in processed american foods. I usually cut the sugar in half in most recipes and even then it can be too much. One appetizer in a restaurant is good enough for me, unless I want to take the extras home for a few more meals.

    • http://expatmum.blogspot.com/ Toni Hargis

      The reference to pineapple on pizza was the British habit.

  • Count The Shadows

    American here. First off, “candied yams” or sweet potatoes (as cooked for Thanksgiving and Christmas) as I’ve grown up calling them, are delicious. Horrid for you, and that’s why they’re only made twice a year in my house, but delicious. Give them a try, then tell me what you think. My cousin avoided them for 30 years. and then a couple Thanksgivings back, she finally tried them and she was like, what have I been doing? These are delicious!

    Second, it is truly a task to avoid some sort of sugar or high fructose corn syrup additive in our food. It is in just about everything, and we have to search far and wide, and the food that doesn’t have it a lot of times costs much more than the food that does have it. That’s how they keep ups buying stuff with it. Our Food and Drug Administration is not so great with what is good or bad for us, so long as they get paid.

    Third, Ew to just about every single fair food ever conceived. The only one I will ever eat is Funnel Cake, and I don’t know if there is a British equivalent or a different name, but that stuff is so good, and I only eat like a third of one big plate of it. Far more than I need honestly, but so good.

    Also, in your mentioning of whole meals in sandwiches…the ones you mentioned are nothing compared to Grease Trucks sandwiches. Oh my gosh, one of those could kill you. Look up Grease Trucks Rutgers, and you will see, and be disgusted. Trust me. We’re talking all in one sandwiches that put Meatball subs to shame. *shudder* My ex was still hungry after eating one.

  • Sabrina Monson

    I am an American and don’t like any of the foods on the list. I am also pretty sure I would starve if I visited England as most of the food there looks awful. Sorry but I am extremely picky. (Don’t eat potatoes or fish)

  • Joyce Adrian

    As an American, I often roll my eyes at the new food inventions, and most of the above mentioned oddities are not on my list of faves. I do not eat deep-fried anything, and always small portions. Sloppy Joe’s are good, though.

  • declan casey

    Trust me, American food isn’t global. All you have over there are hot dogs and hamburgers. There is an incredibly long list of dishes and sub-cuisines of American cuisine that the British have never heard of.

  • deboola

    I’m with you on that crazy fried Fair food and the bull testes.Never seen them offered anywhere that I have been but would be grossed out if I did.