- Around the world, there’s often a perception that the typical American diet consists mostly of junk foods and sugary treats.
- According to photos of “American” food aisles, some grocery stores seem to have taken the stereotype to heart.
- Sweet treats like Twinkies, Pop Tarts, and maple syrup seem to be on offer at most grocery stores that have a selection of American food.
- It’s worth noting that many stores likely stock such items to cater to homesick US expats.
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Around the world, there’s often a perception that the typical American diet consists mostly of junk foods and sugary treats – a notion that’s fuelled in part by representation of the US in popular culture.
But, according to photos of “American” food aisles at certain grocery stores, it seems that people in some countries have taken the stereotype to heart, with grocery stores stocking everything from maple syrup to Pop Tarts.
Of course, it’s worth noting that many stores likely stock such items to cater to homesick US expats so these sections devoted to “American” foods could be more of a reflection of items expats aren’t able to find easily abroad than the average American’s diet.
Still, the foods stocked in these aisles could help perpetuate certain myths about what people in the US like to eat. Take a look at some examples of “American” aisles from around the world below.
A Colombian grocery store had an interesting mix of condiments and boxed foods in its USA aisle
This fancy Colombian grocery store has a section for us foreigners from the USA. Hot chocolate and peanut butter ftw! pic.twitter.com/CmBHQV6aqg
— Liz Steininger (@liz315) December 30, 2014
Salad dressings, ketchup, mustard, relish, and steak sauce could be found alongside canned soups, instant potatoes, and baked goods.
People in France might think Americans are all about sweet treats, at least according to these supermarkets
According to this French supermarket, maple syrup, boxed cake mix, peanut butter, and mustard could be considered American staples.
A very real picture of the "American" shelf in the ethnic aisle of a French supermarket pic.twitter.com/8pPOfbNziY
— Joseph Fink, ????????healthcare is a human right???????? (@PlanetofFinks) February 28, 2013
In Ireland, the USA section of this grocery store might bother dentists across America
Our grocery store in Dublin now has a "USA" section. Interesting ???? pic.twitter.com/b2xqg2Nu4p
— Matt Sheldon (@WaterPM) January 3, 2015
One such aisle in Dublin appears to stock candy and sugary snacks like Twinkies and Pop Tarts.
A store in Myanmar might give the impression that Jell-O and Milano cookies are a big part of the American diet
What American food would you miss? Lindsay Swisher @msfsinfo'19 was entertained at this USA section of the international aisle in a grocery store in Yangon, Myanmar, where she is interning @PlanGlobal. #SummerSFS pic.twitter.com/FYUMkD2H28
— Georgetown SFS (@georgetownsfs) June 11, 2018
You can also find Goldfish.
An American aisle in a supermarket in Spain entirely consists of Fluff, frosting, and ranch dressing
— Solomon Pastor (@SolomonPastor3) August 18, 2014
There’s also chocolate sauce, hot sauce, and sprinkles to round out the display.
This American aisle at a grocery store in Sweden is all about sugar
reminds me of the "american section" I saw in Sweden pic.twitter.com/5LJHNF2NiK
— Kristin (@lolkristin) June 6, 2019
You can find everything from Twizzlers to Toaster Tarts.
And across the pond, British grocery stores seem to stock their US aisles with junk food
Browsing the "American foods" aisle at Tesco. Glad to see you Brits think so highly of us. pic.twitter.com/2A2LbJmR2k
— quarrygirl (@quarrygirl) August 25, 2014
Americans favourites like Twinkies, A.1. Sauce, peanut butter, and Fluff are all for sale.
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