15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It


There are certain foods and drinks, that have been passed as American in most people's minds, including those from other countries. But are they American?

(In alphabetical order)

1) Apple Pie (British)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Apple pie, a signature American food. To the point there is a phrase called as American as apple pie. Which means typical American. But is true? No it isn't. Apple Pie was invented in England. The first recorded recipe was written in 14th century in England.

2) Bacon (British)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

The American-favorite breakfast, is actually not American. The first people who started to produce Bacon as we know it, were British. Then Americans took bacon, and made their own pattern. In most countries, they believe that bacon is American, but actually it's not. British were those who introduced it to Americans first.

3) Beer (German)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Americans consume a lot of beer, and there are American beer brands indeed. But beer American? Nein! First of all beer is one of the most ancient drinks, being existed for thousands of years. Obviously way before America was discovered. But the modern beer as we know it, it started being produced in Germany around 14th century, and it's Germany's national drink.

4) Burgers (German)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Burgers are one of the most Americanized things indeed. But are they American? Answer is, no. Even the name itself, sounds German. They are originated from Hamburg. The reason they have passed as an American thing, because of McDonald's (the famous American fast-food chain), which don't resemble original burgers at all.

5) Crisps (British)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Or chips in American English. But since they are British, let's call them crisps. Crisps were an English patent, written by an English cook in 19th century. Such recipes were written just a few years later in America as well, but that was in 1824. British came two years earlier, so they take the credit here.

6) Donuts (Dutch)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Donuts were introduced to Americans, by Dutch people during the 18th-19th century. They are based on a traditional Belgian/Dutch dessert called Oilebol. The ring-shaped donut is an American patent indeed. But the recipe is Dutch, so credit should be given to the latter.

7) French Fries (Belgian)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Many people from other countries as well, consider fries an American thing. But in fact they are Belgian and this is their international food. The French term is a wrong term that was coined during the World War I era, by British and American soldiers believing the food was French.

Still, in fries' case there is an American patent. Fries with ketchup is an American pattern indeed. In Belgium mayonnaise is preferred, which tastes better by the way. Try with mayonnaise once, if you have never did, and you will realize the difference.

8. Gummy Bears (German)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

The favorite candy for kids, started being produced in Germany, and not in America. Haribo, the famous company that produces gummy bears, was the first and they started in Germany.

9) Hot-Dog (Polish)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

The popular food, sold in the streets during the 4th of July (American Independence Day), is NOT American, but Polish. It was introduced to Americans by a Polish Although the sausage was German (from Frankfurt), the hot-dog patent is Polish, and later Americans made their own version of hot-dog, and turn it into one of their international foods.

10) Ice-Cream (Chinese)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

The ice-cream as we know it, was being eaten in China for centuries, before it came to Europe and then in America. The reason why someone might believe it's American, is because ice-cream cake (with various themes on it) is a popular dessert, among birthday parties in America, something that many cultures have adopted later.

11) Ketchup (Chinese)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Maybe fries with ketchup might be an American patent indeed. But both fries (as I said above) and ketchup are not American. Ketchup was used as a fish sauce in China, originally. People believe it's American, because it's being used in Americanized foods a lot, like hot-dogs, burgers and fries. Which all of them are not American too.

12) Macaroni and Cheese (British)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Or Mac and Cheese like Americans say it. The famous American dish is not American as well, but British! In fact Americans have adopted many things from British people, most notably the language they speak. The first Macaroni and Cheese recipe was recorded in a 18th century cooking book, from an English woman.

13) Peanut Butter (Canadian)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

The favorite American spread, is not American as well. A form of Peanut butter existed, during the time of Aztecs and Incas, but the peanut butter as we know it, started being produced by a Canadian man.

14) Pizza (Italian)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

If you have tried pizza from an Italian pizzeria, then you can realize the difference. Americanized pizza is with a thick crust and thin filling, whilst Italian pizza is the other way round. Pizzas were supposed to have thin crust. So even though pizzas are originated from Italy, we can have American Pizza, as a separate food. Calling them just Pizza is just wrong.

15) Whisky (Irish)

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It

Whisky is Irish. Ever heard of the traditional Irish song Whisky In The Jar ? The American patent is what we call Bourbon. But whisky has its origins in Ireland, as the word itself. It comes from the Gaelic language (uisce beatha), meaning water of life. The reason many might believe it's American, is because of Jack Daniels being the most popular whisky brand, along with Wild Turkey and Fireball as well.

15 Foods/Drinks That Americans Adopted From Other Cultures, And Took Credit For It
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Most Helpful Girls

  • HauteBrilliance
    As a proud Canadian I never knew peanut butter was Canadian. Guess it was true when they said you learn something new everyday aha
    Is this still revelant?
  • Luci92
    Nice take, but it made me really hungry :(
    Is this still revelant?

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  • Prof_Don
    America is very much a melting pot of several cultures, so the info in this MyTake don't offend my Yankee ass one bit. :-D
    Is this still revelant?
  • Anonymous
    That's what Americans do, they steal shit and say : WE DISCOVERED IT !
    just like the country itself.
    Is this still revelant?

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  • lumos
    Actually according to wikipedia, ice cream is as old as ancient Greece. "During the 5th century BC, ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit in the markets of Athens. The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, encouraged his Ancient Greek patients to eat ice "as it livens the lifejuices and increases the well-being.""
    But then again the Chinese were the first to incorporate milk into the ice cream so... is that where the line is drawn?
    • Flurr

      You might be right but for the future Wikipedia should never be referenced.

    • lumos

      @Flurr wikipedia is actually quite trustworthy, especially if you pay attention to the cited sources under every article.

  • AleDeEurope
    The only ones Americans take credit for are apple pies, burgers, donuts, and hot dogs, and we don't really know exactly were burgers were invented, some sources say the US, others say Germany.

    Americans don't take credit of the others.
    • Anonymous

      What about Macaroni and Cheese?

      As for burgers... doesn't the name itself sounds German to you?

    • Though Americans love mac and cheese, I'm pretty sure they know it's not an American invention. Most people, not just in America, would think it's an Italian thing, basically cause macaroni are Italian and the cheese... well you can get that anywhere.

      That doesn't mean anything, there's lots of German immigrants in America, so it's not surprised that the burger has that name, cause it's know that a German invented it, they just don't know where.

    • oddwaffle

      Burgers come from Hamburger which is pretty close to Hamburg, Germany.

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  • John_Doesnt
    A lot of these look wrong especially the peanut butter and potato chips. Everyone knows the story of a New York chef who cut potato slices way too thin in order to piss of a customer, but they turned out to be really good potato chips.
    Also, peanut butter is famously credited with being invented by George Washington Carver.

    Even if these were invented by other nations, America made them way better. Which is why other counties eat our version.
    • Anonymous

      Look at wikipedia.

    • No, because Wikipedia is highly inaccurate about stuff like that.

    • Anonymous

      I trust wikipedia more than an... you know what.

  • WillowTree
    America is made up of many cultures so naturally those things appeared on our shores. Taking credit for them though? Nah. Especially the alcohol. We treasure imported liquor. And pizza? We know it's not an American invention. Same with fries and certain baked goods.

    The only one I agree with is the Apple Pie and Peanut Butter. Those inventions are in our biased and truth twisting school history books.
  • 99percentangel
    I never thought that America was trying to take credit for these, and they're not. What's wrong with enjoying these? Yes they were invented somewhere else but everyone gets something from somewhere...
  • vishna
    As an American, there are many dishes here I've heard no Americans claim were invented in America, especially beer, pizza, and whiskey... and when it comes to the other things, it's like these thing came to America via immigrant most likely and over time they were changed, pretty radically (hamburger) into forms that suited American culture.
    Thank you people around the earth for giving America your foods.
  • Spiorad_Aisce
    Just a small point on semantics.
    Whisky is Scotch (Scottish Whisky). Irish Whiskey has an "E".
    • Anonymous

      Cool, OK.

  • Hidden_P
    I thought ice cream was Italian?

    Also, isn't it doughnuts if we are using proper English?
    • Anonymous

      Dunno whether they are donuts or doughnuts.

    • Hidden_P

      The official dictionary spelling of the word is doughnut with donut generally being listed as a variant of the preferred original spelling. Doughnut is the original spelling of the word, coming onto the scene in the early 1800s.

    • Hidden_P

      After all, if we are being hardcore it should be pronounced a "do-nut". And it's made out of a more dough like substance than cake like substance.

  • Tarvold
    Credit where credit is due - when Americans took these foods and adopted them as their own, they really did create a new cuisine that is truly something special.
    • Anonymous

      Well I kinda disagree. The Americanized burgers for example from McDonald's, are really fake compared to the real German burgers.

    • Tarvold

      Yes, but go to America and get yourself a proper gourmet burger and then say that they can't make burgers.

  • Telekinetic-Potato
    I would say that many Americans think that Whisky comes from Scotland So many of these things I never thought came from our country however Pizza, while still Italian really is an American creation.

    The Italian Immigrants made it. Some people say because many were poor and the materials to make it were pretty cheap and Italian. Almost like it was made out of homesickness.
  • dipta
    The only one I thought might be American was the peanut butter.
    Ketchup as it's known, with tomatoes, I believe it was invented in the US by an Italian person?

    Well, it seems most (good) things in the US were brought in by immigrants or created by immigrants, yet they still get the 'American seal'.
  • oldanddecrepid
    All I know is Canada perfected beer LOL There are very few beer products in the US that taste half decent.

    Of course there are many things that I do like to eat when I am down in the states, beer is just not one of them.

    Normally I grab a Canadian beer brand when I travel to the US, or a Heineken.
  • Shottagyal
    So 13 just discredits George Washington Carver entirely...
  • PT1911
    Ever hear the term "melting pot?"

    Jesus, what is with all the hostility?

    Maybe I should write take constantly bashing your country and people
    • Anonymous

      I value my time, so I won't read it anyway. The fact that you sat and read mine satisfies my a lot. And as usual... BLOCKED.

  • Fathoms77
    You know... just as a side point here, Americans aren't all drooling morons. I've never met anyone who thinks that most of these were invented in this country... I mean, if you believe the U. S. invented things like pizza and beer, you're just a moron.

    We all KNOW we didn't "invent" these. Thing is, America POPULARIZED most of these, which is why they're considered very "American." Food has been shared with and inspired by cultures since the dawn of time, anyway; if you go back far enough, I sincerely doubt you could figure out exactly which country invented everything. I can almost guarantee macaroni and cheese isn't even originally British, as the idea of combining pasta and cheese in SOME capacity could've been tried by just about anyone, from the Italians to the Chinese.
  • Maxemeister
    Woah woah woah the burger patty and the sandwich part was invented by Americans, so in essence yeah it is America. Fact check
    • And no flavored ice was used in China and used by the Greeks before them. Ice Cream was introduced in the American World Fair in St. Louis. Get rekt

    • Anonymous

      Dude I couldn't care less. Don't make me start again about Americans, now that I have calmed down a little bit.

    • I don't care, your facts are incorrect and you're already starting shit about Americans. Don't write about what you don't know.

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  • mermaidrocketship
    I doubt anything is truly ours. America has too many cultural influences to create something 100% ours. Didn't realize Mac and cheese was British though. I'll have to look into that some more.
  • anonman32
    yes, finally recognition for my countries delicacies. Belgium thanks you.
    • Anonymous

      Yeah fries with mayo for the win. No ketchup.

  • Izzex3
    Uhm.. Didn't know we were taking credit for those?
    Like everyone I know is aware that those things weren't invented in America.
    We're a huge ass melting pot.
    I think they can those things American because the majority of Americans enjoy them.
  • LittleSally
    Oh, I already knew all of these originated somewhere else. Knew about pizza, whiskey, apple pie, hot dogs, and every food originated in Germany. Although I thought ice cream was Italian as well...
  • RedRobin
    I had no idea America had calmed most of those, especially pizza and whiskey
  • Jackblue
    It isn't always clear cut who invented what. It depends on how you define the object to a large extent. If you define it a certain way pizza was actually invented in China. Most inventions are innovations on a thing which came before it. If for instance you asked who invented the television set or the toilet you would get about a dozen different answers each, as it largely depends on what variation of the tv or toilet you are talking about.
  • MrAtticusLebowski
    Half of these are BS, i would like to meet the American that truly thinks we invented Pizza, Hotdogs, bacon, beer or whiskey.

    A few of those are kinda surprising actually.
  • lime_rampljuset
    The European version of hot-dogs is different (and better) from the US one.
    • What's the European version? In Spain it's basically just the bread, the sausage, and then they give you some options like onion, some green stuff, ketchup, and mustard.

    • @AleDeEurope the way the bread is cut is different.

    • How is it cut?

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  • KittieCat
    The US is a melting pot, I doubt any of our foods are really ours. I mean shit look at the English language lol
    • KittieCat

      *And yes Ik English wasn't created in the US but rather a comparisson of it being a melting pot as well. Sorry I'm half asleep lol*

  • DodgersGM
    Apples originated in Central Asia, though, so really it's a Central Asian-British-American concoction!

    (see how silly this is?)
  • Lordcatfish
    Omg, I am so damn hungry now! I was just gonna drink a protein shake but then I saw the burgers, hot dogs, and donuts. #daym 🍩 🍴
  • Flurr
    I didn't know peanut butter was Canadian, and I thought peameal was! (As what appears to be in the photo). Hence Canadian bacon. Could be wrong, don't care either way because they are both delicious!
  • LaVilaine
    Do you have sources for the two Chinese ones? Because that doesn't sound right to me.
    • Anonymous

      Ketchup (and many others among the list):


      As for ice-cream, I remember reading it in a Mickey Mouse magazine, in one of the columns about bizarre facts. That was like 15 years ago when I was 9-10.

    • LaVilaine

      Tomato ketchup is American. Tomatoes are native to North America.

      The sauce called kê-tsiap (bastardized to ketchup by uncouth sailors) was fermented fish brine with ground beans.

      So the word is Chinese. The sauce itself is not.


    • Anonymous

      Well to be honest, this MyTake was an attempt to humiliate Americans.

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  • TheButterfly
    Its surprise that you don't know by now our culture is a mishmosh of everyone else
  • Peelikeafrog
    The Brit's got it going on! I think a better question would be, why would America's invent foods, and give other cultures credit. Like fortune cookies, and egg foo Yung?
  • WhaChaChaKing
    We're a lot younger than Europe or China, like seriously? Almost everything has been done. Give us a break.
  • lost_alice
    yes!! they are all considered American but they aren't American
  • jameson187
    Hahaha whiskey comes from the Gaelic term "water of life". Couldn't have put it better myself.
  • SleepingSnorlax
    Literally take credit for none of those thing besides peanut butter
    I thought peanut butter was invented by george w carver an American dude
  • AhGojira
    Oh so the Belgians were the first ones to think about cutting up a potato and cooking them... I'm sure the the people of Peru cultivated them and studied the strange brown object for thousands of years devoting all their efforts to crack this mysterious object from the Earth. Tis obviously why the fall of Machu Picchu occurred. If only they had thought to cut them up... If the Belgians had only visited them maybe a once complicated and ancient civilization would still exist, but cutting the potato obviously was a technological marvel that had to wait until the great minds of Belgium assembled and diligently collaborated around the clock to break through to the dawn of a new age of culinary excellence. No other minds would have ever imagined that the potato could be cut...
    • AhGojira

      Chinese Stir Fry technique + Peruvian stable food = French Fry... There were Chinese cooking staple foods in Puru in 1613 and likely earlier...

  • ThatBritishLad
    It's fine because they're 2% Italian, 4.7% German and a whole 5% English. You know, because that makes them part Italian, German and British.
  • Alex88F
    whatever, let's make a party and bring all those stuff to the table man!!
  • bubbletrouble
    true but we made it all better ;)

    besides America is a melting pot of other cultures
    • I agree, places like Canada and the U. S are just a huge pot mixed with different races and cultures!!

  • BigBallerSodaPop
    What's with the constant dissing on Americans?

    We're also the world's police when we need to be.
  • Pacificblue62
    Key Lime Pie, Pecan Pie, Corn Dogs, Milkshakes and Tater Tots dont belong to Europe though.
  • YummyYumi
    Americans have best foods! :) But they can't beat our Kleftiko.
    • Anonymous

      Are you Greek? If yes, I want to ask you something then.

    • YummyYumi

      Sure ask me.

    • Anonymous

      Ωραία, τα Ελληνικά επιτρέπονται στα σχόλια, οπότε δε θα μας καταλάβουνε.
      Ξέρεις που μπορώ να βρω μαγαζιά (ή και sites ακόμα) που να αγοράζουνε διάφορα αντικείμενα, σε καλές τιμές; Δεν εννοώ παλαιοπωλεία, γιατί τα αγοράζουνε για λίγα.

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  • YourFutureEx
    Good take :)
  • Rissyanne
    I want some pizza now..
  • ThisDudeHere
    Nobody's forcing you to eat the American variants.
    • Anonymous

      Why so supportive to the Americans lately?

    • I'm not supportive of them at all. I don't like them taking things and selling them as their own either. But then again I don't care of them doing so since I'm not forced to buy them. Besides, the 80's culture you like so much (I'm assuming you're who I think you are), draws most of the influence from America anyway.

    • Anonymous

      You are spot on about who I am. And ironically, the most bands I like are... American (!)

      Does it mean I accept it, when they want to take credit for anything? No.

  • dudeman
    yeah but when other did that stuff it was stupid.
  • FanGirl67
    Damn, whatdid Americans make?
  • lazermazer
    Yummy take😋
  • Jersey2
    Success breeds success bitches.
  • CorrectGirl
    God Im soooooo hungry