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5 foods Americans don't embrace like the rest of the world

Why aren't these more popular in the States?

Amanda M posted in Food Fun
15h ago

Here on FoodDevour is a wonderful community of foodies from around the world who share recipes that stem from varying food cultures. Over time, I've noticed recurring foods in other countries that aren't popular in the United States, and it's peculiar why they aren't. These foods are universal (available in most countries) so what gives?

Here's five foods that Americans haven't embraced that the rest of the world loves.


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Photo by Avinash Kumar on Unsplash

Mango is one of the world's most popular fruits, with India being the largest producer, and the entire Asian continent being their biggest fan. There's an expansive variety of mango products from drinks, desserts, sauces, and uses in savory recipes.

While they've been cultivated for thousands of years, they arrived in the U.S. in the 1800s, but so did other, more popular fruits such as bananas and avocados. Mango simply never caught on like it has elsewhere.


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Photo by Stephanie Klepacki on Unsplash

Originating in France, crepes have since spread across the globe and can be found in high end restaurants to street food vendors. People get creative and fill them with Nutella, fruit, or ice cream. It seems like no matter where you go outside of the U.S., it's easy to find crepes.

Will we ever see the rise of the crepe in the U.S.? I'm not so sure as long as pancakes and waffles continue to reign supreme. But at least they're extremely easy to make at home.


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Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

We have Fanta soda in the U.S., but ours is starkly different, specifically the orange flavor (which is the most popular worldwide). In other countries, orange Fanta is made with real orange juice, but the American version is made with heavy corn syrups, fake flavoring, and added coloring. It doesn't even taste like orange - it's awful.

Orange Fanta is one of the most popular soft drinks throughout Europe and South America. In the U.S. (aside from Coke and Pepsi) some of the most popular sodas are Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, and root beer.

No ice

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Photo by Julia Androshchuk on Unsplash

This isn't exactly a food or drink, but it's related. Americans love ice in their drinks, but more often the rest of the world doesn't see a need for it in excess. Once a drink is refrigerated, it's cold enough.

Of course, this doesn't mean that ice isn't used elsewhere, it's just that it's used less often. If you order orange Fanta in Germany, you won't automatically get ice in your glass. It's actually understandable because the more ice you have, the less drink you get, and who wants that?

Authentic pizza

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Photo by Anastasiia Chepinska on Unsplash

American pizza is different. I love a slice of plain New York-style pie as much as anyone else, but it's disappointing that the authentic, Italian kind is hard to come by stateside. It's easily found throughout the world, especially in Europe, with plenty of cafes offering the delicacy. It's astounding how much the U.S. strays from the authentic, and how it's so popular.

Here we use a cooked and pureed tomato sauce base, whereas Italy uses freshly pureed tomatoes, olive oil, and garlic on theirs. Italians keep their toppings simple, whereas look at any American chain pizza place and you might be overwhelmed with a slew of choices (some strange ones include cheeseburger bits, bacon ranch, and buffalo chicken).

Why stray from classic, fresh tastes for a mess of cheeseburger bits all over your pizza? We need more authentic pizza joints in the U.S., asap.

Which food or drink would you like to see more of in the U.S.?

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Comments (18)

  • Oh you are definitely missing out! All these food mentioned are delicious πŸ˜‹

      15 hours ago
  • I’m not going to lie, you guys are missing out on crepes! So much lighter and you can have sweet or savoury ones too!

      15 hours ago
    • I completely agree. I see so many pictures online and get such a craving for them. What are some of the savory ones like?

        15 hours ago
    • That’s the thing, the crepe is so versatile, you can add anything you want! You want eggs and and mushrooms, BANG put it in there! You want cheese and bacon with some spring onions, BANG put it in there!

        15 hours ago
  • You're missing big time on those crepes! I'm actually surprised about them the most. Because they are very easy and fast to prepare and because anything goes great with them, I thought there's no place in the world where they won't be popular.

      12 hours ago
  • I love mango anything. I even have mango sorbet in the freezer. I prefer crepes to pancakes for sure. Most of the water I drink is without ice.

      10 hours ago
  • Who doesn't like mangoes?

    I really like mangoes even when they are raw or ripe. Due to its popularity, it is even made the National Fruit here in the Philippines. you can make delicious juices, pies, cakes, and can used as souring agent too.

      11 hours ago
    • So true - mangoes are delicious! I don't understand why they haven't caught on in the US.

        10 hours ago