These 10 American Foods Have Had Us All Fooled
In a country as young as the United States of America and built by so many immigrants, its hard to claim any food as being our own. Sure, some of our favorite foods were talking burgers, hot dogs and doughnuts feel quintessentially American, but that doesnt mean that they originated in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
We can take claim for the invention of the unicorn latte, because that was born in a Brooklyn cafe just this year, but do we really want to? And where many other beloved American foods are concerned, weve been falsely staking a claim.
Heres a list of 10 foods we often think of as being created by people from the U.S., but actually have their roots in faraway places:
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and coffee are a beloved American breakfast treat, but the doughnut got its start across the ocean in the Netherlands. The Dutch introduced their olykoeks
— which translates to oily cakes — to New York City back when it was still called New Amsterdam. And the rest is glazed history.
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If you look closely at the names of hot dogs — frankfurters
and Vienna sausage — you’ll see where these sausages gained their popularity: Frankfurt, Germany and Vienna, Austria, of course. It is commonly believed, however, that Americans added the bun
(therefore making it great).
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Yep, ketchup is Chinese in origin and it actually started off as fish sauce
. British soldiers had a taste of it when overseas and began exporting it back home. It wasn’t until the 19th century when people began adding tomatoes. Eventually the anchovies were taken out of the adopted recipe and ketchup as we know it was born.
have been around for thousands of years
. Even Cleopatra was rumored to love them
. They are, after all, a means to preserve food during a time of bounty for months of the year when there is less bounty. Of course, Americans have come to love them on burgers, served on the side of sandwiches, and cut up into relish on hot dogs, but that doesn’t mean that we’re the only ones who adore them.
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Fried chicken is beloved all around the world. That’s evident in the number of countries it’s thought to have originated from. The cooking method was first invented to soften up old hens that no longer laid eggs
. This method involved first frying it and then braising it for a long period of time. But it has since evolved into one of the best meals in the world, one that is made with tender hens and a proper crisp coating
England is credited with the origin of sweet pies, even apple. The first recorded recipe was written there in 1381
. Of course, this apple pie recipe
— which also called for raisins, saffron and pear — is very different from what we know and love in America today.
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Of all the foods on this list, none feel quite as American as peanut butter. Most of us grew up on this stuff. But alas, peanut butter was enjoyed by the Aztecs before us
. The manufacturing process and the machinery used to make it can be credited to multiple peoples — mostly Americans, but one also Canadians.
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Budweiser — the quintessential American beer — may have been first brewed in the states, but it was done so by German immigrants
. And those immigrants used a German style of brewing to produce the lager, which is so popular today.
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