13 American Food Items That Look Entirely Different in Britain


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Food items in the USA and UK are like first cousins. They don’t look similar but share a familiar taste and have a complicated rivalry. Got it? No?

Think of it like this; if the USA is a chubby girl, then Britain would be an older cousin who gained weight over time. We’ve seen them since much of their childhood, and know most of the secrets about them. And you may or may not agree, but both of them are always under inspection for their dining habits. While Britain loves overcooked food with less or no taste, America has a crush over the pretentious fries, burger and donuts.

So, if you travel between these two places or planning to, we’re here to prevent you from all the confusion. We’ve listed down the list of similar American food items that look entirely different in Britain.



One of the most general differentiative things which you’d notice in American food items vs British food items is — the US dishes are more thick and fluffy. For instance, US biscuits are spongy while in the UK, they are chocolaty.

Pigs in blankets.


In America, Pigs in blankets are rolled in crispy loaves of bread while in the UK are wrapped in slices.



American breadsticks are circular, more long and thick whereas in the UK, they are crunchy and thin.



In America, gravy is prepared using milk which appears to be a strange combination while in Britain, gravy has a brown tint.


‘Streaky bacon’ is more famous in the USA than any other. While Britishers use the back of bacon which is more suitable to put into sandwiches.



In America, you’d find pancakes thick, fluffy and would have to eat with bacon and eggs. In the UK, scenes are exactly opposite.
Grilled Cheese.


It’d not be wrong if you call Grilled Cheese a Grilled Cheat in the US; because it is not grilled and only cooked in pan. In Britain, it lives upto your expectations.



The only common point between chips in the USA and UK is the potato. Americans like to have crisp chips, while Britishers like it soft (somewhat similar to french fries).

Milky Way Bars.


If you’re in the USA, then you’d get chocolate nougat and caramel when you ask for Milky Way Bars. Whereas in the UK, it’s all about nougat. Both are delicious.


In the US, Flapjacks is a synonym for Pancakes. Whereas in the UK, there are 24 different names used for the same food based on the area you’re in.


Pudding in America is a creamy fruit-food that you eat using a spoon. While in the UK, pudding is just another synonym for dessert.



In American, they call it ‘seedless jam,’ which is also used for making peanut and jelly sandwich. While in Britain, jelly means a sweet dessert which is served at birthday parties or events.



Do you know eggs in the USA are sanitized and cleaned before they are sold to consumers? On the contrary, the UK has banned the process of sanitizing the eggs. Because of this, it becomes necessary for America to refrigerate eggs if they wish to store them for an extended period. In case of Britain, it doesn’t matter.

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