These 8 American Foods Have Foreign Tourists Scratching Their Heads

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As Americans, we have our own culture surrounding the food we eat. Each region of the country has their own specialties, but they always seem to span the country as we revel in our delicious edible creations.

Even though we love our American cuisine, people from outside the United States don't always agree with us and our choice in food. That being said, here are 8 purely American foods that the rest of the world just can't seem to get on board with.

1. Velveeta and other "American" cheese slices

When is cheese no longer cheese? It's a question that we have been asking ourselves for some time now. It's true, velveeta and other American "cheeses" might not necessarily fit the textbook definition of the dairy product, but I dare you to find something that melts as perfectly on things like grilled cheese, or cheeseburgers.  


2. Alligator meat

Sure, even to most Americans, trying alligator meat for the first time might be a little difficult to do, but after you do, it is one of the most delicious things you will ever eat. A lot of Europeans have a hard time figuring out why were would eat reptile meat, but honestly, it tastes just like chicken.

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3. PB & J in the same jar

This might actually be one of those times where I agree with the tourists. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are about as American (if not more so) than apple pie. I would be willing to wager that the two products are in 90% of American households. But combining them in the same jar might be taking it a step too far. Apart from the visual appearance once they have been mixed, non-Americans say that it tastes rather chemical because of what they assume would be the amount of preservatives needed to keep these two ingredients edible for the same amount of time.


4. Chicken and waffles

I love fried chicken. I love waffles. It isn't much of a stretch to wonder why someone would have put these two things together on the same plate for the first time, and boy are we glad that they did. The combination of sweet and savory is just amazing, and for some reason, foreign visitors think that we are crazy for mixing the two, especially for a meal other than breakfast. Honestly, who cares what they think, it's freaking delicious and we don't want to share anyways.

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