People Debate What the USA Would Taste Like If The Country Had A Flavor
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When you go to the food court in any of the fast-disappearing malls across America, you may find cuisine from many parts of the world.


Italy is epitomized by its delicious food staples, pizza, and pasta. Let's head to Sbarro's.

Craving Chinese food? Panda Express and other similar knock-offs using stereotypical names have got you covered.

But what is the taste of America? Is any food, distinctly American? Even hot dogs are a cultural import from Germany, as are hamburgers.

Maybe those tailgate party staples are distinctly American after they've been popularized in the heartland.

Expanding on the notion of the flavor of America, Redditor SalmonSoup15 asked:

"If American was a flavor, what would it taste like?"

Likening the flavor of America to condiments was the first thing that came to Reddtors' minds.

The Very Definition

"It IS a flavor: it’s how ranch gets named in some European countries."

– ToBePacific

"I was in the Caribbean when I found out Cool Ranch Doritos are called Cool American in some countries."

– BeTooLive

What's In It?

"Ranch dressing is an American salad dressing usually made from buttermilk, salt, garlic, onion, mustard, herbs, and spices mixed into a sauce based on mayonnaise or another oil emulsion. Sour cream and yogurt are sometimes used in addition to, or as a substitute for, buttermilk and mayonnaise. The dried version on chips is delicious."

– BreakfastTequila

The German Interpretation

"In Germany, American dressing is Thousand islands."

– BonScoppinger

Effect On Buffalo

"Buffalo is appalled to learn this."

"Edit: This comment was about blue cheese vs ranch. Go search "ranch" on any buffalo-related subreddit (r/buffalo, r/buffalobills)."

– fatloui

Let's Not Forget...

"BBQ"

–Senator_Chickpea

"With beer, whiskey and cigars!! Murica!"

– IrishWhiskey556

What U.S. teenagers haven't participated in this atrocious soda trend?

The Everything Elixir

"You know when you used to mix every drink at the soda machine as a kid?"

"Like that."

– juspassinby12

Washingtonians Call It:

"WA state here."

"We called them 'Graveyards.'"

– anon

It Does Sound Toxic

"We called them 'suicides'"

"Edit: love hearing all the different names. I wonder if it's a geography/generational thing? I grew up in the Midwest in the 80s."

– greenvillain

Candy You Can Drink

"We called it skittles soda."

– suckmytoes27

The taste of America wasn't necessarily thought of as anything that would be beneficial to our health.

The Ingredients Found In All American Junk Food

"Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, milk solids, ascorbic acid, xanthum gum, red dye #5, MSG, marshmallow fluff, and hollow point bullets."

– GlitchyMcGlitchFace

Vegetable Oil Jacuzzi

"Deep fried."

– billybobjimmyjoe

"That deep fried bar and grill taste. Where it's good dipped in ranch, but after a basket of any deep fried food... it just tastes and feels heavy. Like way too much of whatever it is."

– zXster

Interestingly, having grown up in Los Angeles–where authentic Mexican food was in abundance–I associate the flavor of America with chili con carne in chili colorado sauce.

Additionally because of my Japanese heritage, I also associate teriyaki sauce–which my dad marinated chicken skewers in for our backyard BBQs–with 'Murica.

My American flavors are a kaleidoscopic mish-mash of different cultures. Because aren't we supposed to be a melting pot anyway? Or so I've thought.

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