10 American foods people outside the US think are strange

ShutterstockSome people just don’t understand the popularity of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

To many people outside the US, some foods that hardly any Americans would blink at are actually quite puzzling, according to this Reddit thread.

Here are some foods Americans eat that some individuals from other countries apparently find fairly strange. Of course, this is just for fun, as INSIDER cannot independently authenticate these answers.


Peanut butter and jelly seem like a strange sandwich combination to some people.

ShutterstockNot everyone understands the combination.

“I have lived in both Finland and the USA. Once I woke up in the middle of the day after a house party. I got up and found peanut butter in a cabinet and jam in the fridge.

“As I started making a class PB&J the other people in the house surrounded me and gave me a face of confusion. Someone asked me ‘wait.. you are really going to eat that?’ I guess people in Finland do not eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.. they all thought the idea was gross.” – Reddit user amsenaia


Refried beans in tortillas aren’t appealing to everyone.

Flickr/hmkSome feel refried beans and tortillas don’t belong together.

“I … stayed in a hostel and me and another American managed to find some refried beans and made some bean burritos. All the Australians in the hostel just watched us eat them and couldn’t believe we were eating ‘dog food wraps.'” – Reddit user emrhiannon


Corn dogs seem “weird” to some.

Flickr/Adrianne Behning PhotographyCorn dogs aren’t a staple everywhere.

“Those coated hot dogs on sticks. I’ve seen them in movies, they look really weird.” – Reddit user VeryThoughtfulName


To some, canned spray cheese seems like a joke.

ShutterstockSome can’t believe spray cheese exists.

“I heard you can get cheese in a spray can!!! Surely this is a joke, right?” – Reddit user fifyi


Some people are puzzled by the idea of eating peanut butter on apples.

ShutterstockSome are criticised for this snack pairing.

“As an American living in Australia I was criticised for eating apples with peanut butter.” – Reddit user PavlovaPanda


Some think pairing chicken and waffles just isn’t right.

ShutterstockTo some, it feels wrong.

“Waffles with chicken. It just seems so wrong.” – Reddit user iammrsbug


Some people just can’t get behind refrigerated bread.

PixabaySome don’t feel that bread belongs in the fridge.

“I’m a [Scot] just back from [California] a week ago. … Bread in the fridge? No thanks.” – Reddit user ActTuffGetMuff


Casseroles are a confusing concept to some.

ShutterstockFor some, the concept of casseroles is hard to grasp.

“I dont [sic] understand what casserole really is. theres [sic] [dessert] casserole, meat casserole, pie casserole?” – Reddit user 7teen38


Some people don’t think undercooked burgers sound appealing.

Flickr/jesswebbSome don’t understand why one would enjoy a medium rare burger.

“I cannot understand why you people don’t cook your ground beef all the way through. … I go to a restaurant in Florida and they ask ‘how would you like your burger cooked’ and I just look at them thinking to myself ‘why are you even asking me?'” – Reddit user Excelaustica


Boxed mac ‘n’ cheese isn’t appetizing to everyone.

Andrew Dobrow/FlickrNot everyone enjoys boxed mac ‘n’ cheese.

“That mac and cheese in a box monstrosity. … My friend bought some from an import shop here and we tried it for a taste of American stuff one night.

“My arteries, taste buds and stomach all rebelled at once and violently. How do you eat this stuff?” -Reddit user TheWelshPanda

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