These 15 ‘American’ Versions of Foods Are Baffling to Many Non-Americans

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Americans just ruin a lot. First, it was the English language, and now, it’s food!

While we might enjoy some local takeout Chinese food or Taco Tuesday at home, other cultures are actually scoffing at what we’ve done to some versions of food. Take a look at some of these “abominations” as told by the BuzzFeed community.

  1. Croissant Sandwiches

    “I will never forgive America for what they did to our beautiful croissants. Used as a sandwich? Grilled with cheese?? Deep-fried??? We gave you something so pure and you couldn’t handle it, you monsters!”

  2. Healthified Hummus

    “It wasn’t supposed to be some vegan, low-carb food for people to gently dip their vegetables in. This is a glorious, greasy dish made in heaven with a ton of tahini and olive oil. ‘חומוסיות’ are restaurants that only sell hummus, topped with either beef, an egg, or cooked beans, alongside falafel and an infinite supply of pita flatbreads.”

  3. Simplified Tacos

    “Tacos with the hard shell, cheese ‘sauce,’ ‘taco-flavored’ ground beef, heaps of sour cream, and then instead of using real salsa, just flavorless diced tomatoes. Sad, sad.”

  4. Americanized Chinese Food

    “The US seriously screwed up their version of Chinese food. The ‘Chinese’ food you find here is ridiculously greasy and drowned in sauce. As a Chinese American, I can definitely tell you that’s not even close to real Chinese food.”

  5. No-Flavor Spaghetti Sauce

    “Way too many times I’ve seen people drop plain tomato sauce on spaghetti. No sautéed onions or garlic, no spices, NOTHING. Abomination.”

  6. Frosting on Cinnamon Rolls

    “I think it’s quite disturbing that Americans put that weird frosting-type thing on top of cinnamon rolls. I’m from Sweden and here we only ever put egg wash and pearl sugar on top before baking our kanelbullar.”

  7. Microwaved Tea

    “No proper tea comes in a bag, and then they have the nerve to microwave the water for the tea.”

  8. “Tapas”

    “I am originally from Barcelona. All these new hipster places claim to be ‘tapas bars’ but they are nothing more than fancy South American food places. They just place the meal on small dishes (nothing wrong with South American food btw) but that’s definitely not what tapas are!”

  9. Using Mint With Lamb

    “Why you gotta ruin anything you call Moroccan? We don’t serve lamb roast with mint sauce and pomegranate.”

  10. Warm Avocados

    “When people heat up avocado, it is a desecration of holy proportions. Leave avocados alone. They’re perfect! Stop ruining them with your ignorance.”

  11. Deep-Dish Pizza

    “It’s not pizza. It is disrespectful to the Italian culture and Neapolitans. Deep-dish completely ruins pizza!”

  12. Crab Rangoon

    “Crab rangoon doesn’t exist in Asia. Most Asian countries rarely incorporate milk in traditional food.”

  13. Pigs in a Blanket

    “I’m honestly surprised Americans have taken ‘pigs in blankets’ to mean a little sausage wrapped in pastry. Considering your love of bacon is well-known, I would’ve thought the British ‘pigs in blankets’ would be an instant hit with you guys. For us it’s a little sausage wrapped in bacon and is one of the best parts of a Christmas dinner.”

  14. Chocolate

    “American chocolate is somehow too sweet and too bland at the same time. The texture is weirdly gritty as well. How do you ruin chocolate? Why would you ruin chocolate?”

  15. Cheddar Pierogies

    “I cringe whenever I see frozen ‘pierogies’ with cheddar. That’s so wrong. It’s ‘pierogi’ and cheddar does not belong to them.”

What “American” version of food do you think went too far?