American Foods That Look A Lot Different In Other Countries

When we pop into the grocery store and search for some of our favorite snacks it all feels so very normal and like it’s probably like this everywhere else in the world. It probably feels like that everywhere else in the world, just with different snacks! It turns out that some of these snacks aren’t so different after all…and some of them really are.

I’d Be All About That Milk Tea

different kinds of iced tea in Japan
Photo Credit: Reddit / GothamGuardian12
Photo Credit: Reddit / GothamGuardian12

I love how these Lipton iced tea containers line up to make one whole picture! That’s so cute. It kind of makes you want to buy all three. I guess if I ever visit Japan, I can!

OK, This Is Kind Of Genius

Oreo sticks instead of cookies
Photo Credit: Reddit / cupknifespoon
Photo Credit: Reddit / cupknifespoon

You can find these Oreo sticks in Asia! It might be a little bit of a bummer to not have the satisfaction of twisting off the top, but you can use these Oreos as straws, so it kind of evens out.

Maybe Everywhere Should Do This

coke in Mexico tells you when it has high levels of things in it that are bad
Photo Credit: Reddit / zzzzebras
Photo Credit: Reddit / zzzzebras

This can of Coke comes from Mexico and it looks mostly the same. What makes it different is that this can actually has a warning letting you know that it has a high level of ingredients that might be bad for you.

Yes To The Hot Sauce

ruffles that came with hot sauce
Photo Credit: Reddit / Jagator
Photo Credit: Reddit / Jagator

Another great snack to come out of Mexico are these Queso Ruffles that are probably delicious. They also come with a complimentary packet of salsa because why wouldn’t you want that?

Which Would You Prefer? Rockets Or Smarties?

rockets are called smarties at other places in the world
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Photo Credit: Reddit / heleeeeen

Americans call these sugary delights Smarties, but since Canada already has their own version of Smarties (the chocolate candy rainbow), they needed something else. So, in Canada, they’re called Rockets!

Does “Bubbles” Really Fit?

rice bubbles cereal
Photo Credit: Reddit / toddch
Photo Credit: Reddit / toddch

This cereal box comes from New Zealand, where they’re called Rice Bubbles instead of Rice Krispies. Is it just me, or do the little elves look kind of different, too?

Something About This Isn’t Right

hot dogs in a can
Photo Credit: Reddit / miskoboe
Photo Credit: Reddit / miskoboe

The Netherlands wanted to appeal to their citizens that are curious about American culture, and what better way to do that than to offer them hot dogs in a can? Do you think they’re pickled?

That’s What All My Friends Call Me

Doritos that are called
Photo Credit: Reddit / p0laroids
Photo Credit: Reddit / p0laroids

So, the name of the brand is the same, Doritos, but instead of “Cool Ranch,” they’re called “Cool American” in Holland. I’d be very interested to know if they still taste the same.

Would You Try These?

Pringles makes noodles in asia
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Photo Credit: Reddit / officer_rupert

In Asia, Pringles are a big hit, but not in the way you might think. Pringles has branched out into the instant noodle market. Those salty noodles would be delicious in broth.

They’ve Got A Whole Shelf

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Photo Credit: Reddit / Ikosaedri
Photo Credit: Reddit / Ikosaedri

This is another cool example of “American food” in Finland. They have a whole grocery section of it stacked with all the favorites like Pop-Tarts, Sriracha, and even Twinkies!

Diet Coke’s More Polite Cousin

diet Coke is called Coca Cola Light
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Photo Credit: Reddit / Samthescott

No one wants to put it out there that they’re trying to be on a diet, so wouldn’t you feel so much classier ordering a Coca Cola light instead of a Diet Coke? Those fancy Italians.

Which Side Are You On?

mac and cheese in the states and in Canada
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Photo Credit: Reddit / PettySetGo

The box on the left is a box Kraft Dinner from Canada, and the one of the right is from the United States. Interesting that the Canadian box uses a fork and the American one uses a spoon!

That’s Another Way To Put It

sour patch kids called very bad kids
Photo Credit: Reddit / Jagator
Photo Credit: Reddit / Jagator

Apparently, in France, they don’t have Sour Patch Kids, but they do have Very Bad Kids, which are exactly the same thing with a hilariously similar name. I like Very Bad Kids better.

OK, This One Isn’t Food, But It’s Funny

red solo cups called American Cups
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Photo Credit: Reddit / slotownmike

To us, these are known as the classic red Solo cups, and you probably feel a hangover coming on just looking at them. In the Netherlands, they just think of them as American cups.

Do They Think We’re Obsessed With Hot Dogs?

hot dog stuffed pizza
Photo Credit: Reddit / ebjazzz
Photo Credit: Reddit / ebjazzz

This American-style stuffed crust pizza has hot dogs in the crust! You can buy this pizza in Germany, and apparently it’s delicious and a favorite of pizza lovers over there.

Mmm, Hot Dog Juice

hotdogs in a jar
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Photo Credit: Reddit / EustressedOut

I hope there isn’t someone out there who loves hot dog juice, because it’s kind of gross. This is another German invention, although I’m not sure that it’s loved as much as the hot dog pizza.

You’d Know That Yellow Bag Anywhere

plain potato chips are called American Classic in Japan
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Photo Credit: Reddit / Cystian

It’s interesting that these plain flavored chips aren’t just plain everywhere, but “American Classic Flavor,” and that’s if they even taste the same! Maybe that means the plain chips in China are a totally different thing!

I’d Give It A Try

salted egg flavored lays chip
Photo Credit: Reddit / Plurkitto
Photo Credit: Reddit / Plurkitto

You can buy these Salted Egg flavored Lays in Thailand. Apparently, they have a kind of sweet and sour taste thing going on. I would have thought they’d be savory all around.

Is That Like Ketchup?

tomato flavored chips
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Photo Credit: Reddit / jackson_yu

I guess ketchup isn’t a thing everywhere in the world, so if you had to make the equivalent with what you’ve got, then tomato would be it! These come from China.

Starbursts, Is That You?

starbursts are called Opal Fruits in the UK
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

In the UK, Starbursts aren’t a thing…or not exactly. The exact same candy is a thing and they’re in their trademark yellow package, but they’re called “Opal Fruits” instead. They are even all the same flavors!