I Hate To Say It, But Non-Americans Think These 21 American Foods Are "Disgusting," And They Might Be Right

A while back, we wrote a post where non-American Redditors shared American foods that seem gross or — at the very least — quite confusing. Even more Reddit users shared the American foods they're not too fond of — and of course, it gets heated. Here's what they had to say:

1."I remember a lime jello tuna salad ring made in a bundt pan by a distant relative. We told her with her work schedule, she shouldn't bother with bringing food to potlucks."


A gelatin mold filled with tuna and garnished with lettuce and olives, presented on a kitchen counter
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2."That sweet potato casserole recipe topped with pecans and marshmallows — a 'traditional side at Thanksgiving table.'"


"Marshmallows on sweet potatoes is so gross and foreign to me."


Sweet potato casserole topped with toasted marshmallows, served in a glass dish on a dining table
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3."Canned things that probably don't need to be canned. Looking at you, whole white potatoes in water."


A stacked whole canned potatoes next to its container on a kitchen counter
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4."I'm sorry but those slices of American cheese have always tasted so fake and plastic to me personally."


Two slices of bread with a single cheese slice on each, one with wrapper partially on
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5."When they introduced me to Chicago pizza, something in me died. That should not be called pizza — it's just a devil fat pie."


Chicago pizza
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6."Grits. I tried it a few times and don't hate it anymore, but it's weird. Very weird."


Bowl of creamy grits with a spoon, close-up, held by a person

7."As an Australian, I would like to know what in the flying firetruck a 'Bloomin' Onion' has to do with anything — let alone the rest of Outback Steakhouse's menu."


Person holding a plate with a blooming onion and dipping sauce
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8."[Midwestern] salads 🥲😬. Like, WTF, America! Crushed pineapples and marshmallows are not ingredients that belong near a salad 🤡😂."


Bowl of fruit salad with creamy dressing and a spoon on a paper calendar background
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9."Mac and cheese where it does not belong. I'm looking at you, pizza and burgers."


Pizza with macaroni and cheese topping, one slice removed, on a baking tray next to a pizza cutter
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10."Coffee creamer. It's wild that's even a thing. Just pour some milk in there."


A cup of coffee with a spoon on a wooden surface
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11."Americans tend to like their bacon crispier. As a Canadian, I say chewy bacon for the win."


Crispy bacon strips on a paper towel-lined plate
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12."Twinkies. WTF is it even made of? In my mind, it's just pure sugar."


Person holding a bitten Twinkie over an open Twinkies snack package
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13."Sloppy joes. The thing I find least appealing about burgers is when the filling falls off."


A close-up of a sloppy joe sandwich with ground beef and onions on a bun
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14."American bread. I'm sure you can get good bread somewhere in the US, but the generally available, sugary, long-shelf-life bread is so appalling."

"Now, of course, your export of fast-food restaurants has nothing to do with haute cuisine, but any burger would be so much better if at least you used acceptable bread."


Three slices of white bread on a patterned plate
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15."Whoever decided we needed to batter and deep fry sticks of butter."


Partially bitten fried stick of butter, oozing out melted butter
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16."Corn syrup everywhere."


"The prevalence of high fructose corn syrup in EVERYTHING. Unfortunately, being in Canada, it's bleeding over the border as a lot of products here are manufactured in the USA."


Syrup bottle labeled "No High Fructose Corn Syrup" next to its Nutrition Facts label that lists "corn syrup" and "sugar"
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17."Ranch dressing. I once had a pizza in America, and it had ranch dressing on it. Ranch dressing doesn't really exist in Europe, and it's this weird, salty, fatty, mayo-like sauce — and it certainly does not belong on a pizza...or inside a human body for that matter."


A jar of creamy Ranch with specks of herbs on a dark countertop
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18."The chocolate out there is FOUL."


"Ghirardelli, Guittard, Dove, Scharffen Berger, and hundreds of smaller companies are fine. Pretty much just avoid anything you would find near the register at a grocery store."


"I tried a big-name American chocolate brand once but couldn't eat it due to the vomit smell and taste."


Close-up of milk and dark chocolate bars with clear detail on texture
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19."I find biscuits and gravy to be absolutely disgusting."

"But I'd like to counterbalance that by adding how delicious cornbread is and why on earth hasn't it become a staple here in Europe? It's SO yummy!"


A person holds a plate of biscuits smothered in creamy sausage gravy, steam rising, kitchen background
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Spray cheese with diced vegetables in a pan
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And finally...

21."Circus Peanuts. What are they? How do they have so much sugar but taste so horrible? What science experiments created them?"


Person holding a peanut-shaped orange puff
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WOW. Americans, do you agree with these opinions? And non-Americans, what other American foods actually seem "gross"? Let us know in the comments below!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.