Foods that Represent American Culture

With so much international foods available in America, do we know what food is actually associated with American culture? An internet poll asked readers what foods they thought were American and here’s what they said.

One reader mentioned jambalaya, calling it the ‘chef’s kiss’ and another reader said gumbo. “Now, individual states/regions have their own cultural Identity as well: Cajun/Creole food from Louisiana reigns supreme over all of it though”

Cajun Food

Chocolate Chip Cookies

“Had a German exchange student stay with us when I was growing up. She couldn’t get enough chocolate chip cookies. Had never had them in Germany and was totally fascinated by them.”

“Extremely popular here in the US, to the point where a lot of young adults are sick of them now including me, because we ate them everyday as our packed school lunch lol”

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

“We invented them. We turned refuse into money. It’s food for the common man. It’s unhealthy. It’s sold at baseball stadiums. It’s common to eat on Independence Day. It is meat. It is the most American food.”

Hot Dogs

“I really think cheeseburgers might be our most important cultural export. They’re at least in the top 5.”


Philadelphia is credited for one of the most delicious sandwiches in the country.

Philly Cheesesteak

A reader pointed out that it may be Canadian and mentioned Kraft Dinner. Whatever the case, Americans still love their mac n’ cheese and feel its American enough.

Macaroni and Cheese


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