10 Foods That People Claim Are Particularly American

2. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is an iconic, classic American dish. It’s a simple yet delicious combination that has been around for generations. To make one, you spread creamy peanut butter on one slice of bread and jelly or jam on another. Then, you can either combine the two slices together to form a traditional sandwich or cut the top of the bread off and layer the peanut butter and jelly in between. The savory flavor of the peanut butter combined with the sweetness of the jelly makes this dish enjoyable for all ages. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are ideal for lunchboxes, picnics, and quick snacks throughout the day—no matter what time it is! It’s a timeless favorite that never seems to get old.

Someone shared his story with a German fella and got many likes on Reddit:

“PB&J. I was grocery shopping recently when a very nice German man approached me for advice. He had friends coming to visit from his home country, and he wanted to introduce them to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. He asked if I could advise him on the best ingredients. He already had some kind of artisanal bread from the bakery aisle in his cart, but I told him to put that back, go to the bread aisle and get the plain white Wonder Bread. Then there was some discussion about the merits of Welch’s grape jelly vs. strawberry jam, and how most big-brand peanut butter is optimal, as opposed to the oily natural kind. He walked away delighted, and I felt like a cultural ambassador.”


3. Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate chip cookies are a classic favorite. They originated in the United States around 1938, and have been popular ever since. A chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie that is distinguished by its inclusion of chocolate chips or chunks of chocolate. The variety of chocolate chips used can range from semi-sweet to dark, and they can also include other mix-ins like nuts or coconut flakes. Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite for all ages, and countless recipes are available to make them at home. They are perfect for an after-school snack or dessert, especially when served warm with a glass of cold milk. No matter how you make them, chocolate chip cookies will always be a classic treat!

Both Dutch and Italians planted the American flag for this crispy edge deliciousness:

“Chocolate chip cookies. I live in the Netherlands now, and they have foods resembling chocolate chip cookies here, but they are mediocre at best. And they call them all ‘American cookies’ — which I think is hilarious. I once made chocolate chip cookies from scratch and gave some to our Italian neighbors. Watching their faces as they ate them for the first time was amazing. There’s nothing like that crispy edge, soft middle, and buttery, chocolaty deliciousness.”



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