As the saying goes, the grass is always greener on the other side, and I think we can all agree that when it comes to Americans vs. the Brits a truer word was never spoken… especially when it comes to food. America is renowned for it’s many wonderful delicacies but what do they look like on the other side of the world? Well, pretty different I think you’ll find. But different isn’t always a bad thing, right? I’ll leave it to you to decide.
1. Pigs in Blankets in America:
In Britain these would probably fall into the “sausage rolls” category due to the “blankets” being made of pastry, but technically they are still pigs wrapped up in blankets so, yeah. (Update: I just Googled “American Sausage Rolls” and got the word “Puff Dogs”, which is amazing.)
Pigs in Blankets in Britain:
So British pigs in blankets are primarily sausages wrapped in bacon, which as I’m sure you know is just more pig, and because of this my mom refers to the as “Pig Hugs” instead. They are responsible for 80% of family fallouts across Britain during the Holiday season because there just never seems to be enough for everybody.
2. Gravy in America:
I’d like to just take a minute to thank whoever thought about mixing together milk and sausage. Yes, it sounds like an incredibly weird combination, but nobody can argue with the delicious results!
Gravy in Britain:
Brown, watery, literally everything that American gravy is not. Traditionally made from meat juices that run naturally from meat during the cooking process and is then later thickened with a touch of wheat or cornstarch.
3. Biscuits in America:
If you handed a plate of these to a Brit they’d assume they were scones and ask for you for a pot of clotted cream and jam to go along with them.
Biscuits in Britain:
In Britain pretty much anything you can dunk in a lovely cup of (hot) tea can be considered a biscuit. I would not recommend having them with a side of sausage gravy.
4. Breadsticks in America:
This is just my own humble opinion but I personally think that American breadsticks are the greatest kind of breadsticks on the planet, because they actually look and taste like bread. And don’t even get me started on the marinara dipping sauce. YUM.
Breadsticks in Britain:
British breadsticks look like they were American breadsticks at one time in their life but were then left out in the open air too long so they just turned stale and lost a ton of weight. Not so yum.
5. Bacon in America:
Gloriously crispy, streaky bacon. When you watch American cartoons and a character is enjoying a delicious piece of bacon, this is exactly how it looks.
Bacon in Britain:
British bacon is very different. A little bigger, a little rounder, a little less crispy. Traditionally enjoyed as part of a staple British hangover cure: “The Bacon Butty“.
6. Pancakes in America:
America loves pancakes so much they have billions of international houses dedicated to them. And who could blame them when they look like that?
Pancakes in Britain:
Most Brits only indulge in a good bit of pancake eatin’ once a year on “Pancake Tuesday” (also known as Shrove Tuesday), and when I see their pancakes in comparison to American ones, I understand why.
7. Chips in America:
Any Brit going to America for the first time and ordering a bowl of chips would be severely, severely disappointed. These are great and everything, but definitely wouldn’t work next to a delicious piece of battered cod.
Chips in Britain:
I’m sorry America, you may have top trumps when it comes to gravy and pancakes, but when it comes to chips the Brits take the crown. Chips can often be seen being enjoyed by miserable looking locals next to the seaside in the pouring rain, and are usually wrapped up in yesterdays newspaper. Beautiful.
8. Grilled Cheese in America:
Two of my favourite things on this planet are cheese and bread, so imagine how much better my life got when I discovered this magical combination of both. Although I feel as though I should point out that American grilled cheese’s are not actually grilled, they’re fried in a pan. I’m totally okay with it though.
Grilled Cheese in Britain:
In Britain they actually do grill their grilled cheese using an actual grill (I know, crazy, right?) however more often than not it’s not actually a sandwich but a single slice of bread with the cheese grilled on top of it.
9. Pudding in America:
Pudding in America is a sweet, gelatinous substance which comes in a variety of flavours and is usually eaten with a spoon.
Pudding in Britain:
Pudding in Britain can literally mean anything sweet you eat after having a main meal. Cake, ice cream, chocolate, mousse… if you eat it after your dinner then it automatically becomes your pudding.
10. Milky Way Bars in America:
There is a huge divide between American and British chocolate bars, and a lot of American’s will literally spend hundreds of dollars on overly-priced British chocolate bars from the supermarket. There are some similarities however, take the American Milky Way for example. Okay so it’s not similar to a British Milky Way, but it is similar to a British Mars Bar, so close enough, right?
Milky Way Bars in Britain:
British Milky Way’s are literally just a chunk of nougat wrapped in a milky layer of chocolate. So just like the American Milky Way is a British Mars Bar, the British Milky Way is an American 3-Musketeers bar. Confused yet? No? Good.
11. Jelly in America:
Let’s talk about a Brit going to America for the first time again. They walk into a diner, see “Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich” on the menu, and walk straight back out again. American jelly is basically just British jam, so it’s perfectly okay for it to be on a sandwich.
Jelly in Britain:
Jelly in Britain is a completely different ballgame altogether, think of it as American “Jell-O”. It was a massive hit at British Kids parties in the 90’s and can be moulded into all kinds of fun shapes and colours, but these days you can mostly find it inside an English Trifle.
12. Flapjacks in America:
I know what you’re thinking, because I thought it too; FLAPJACKS LOOK EXACTLY LIKE PANCAKES! Well as it turns out that’s because they are, literally, just pancakes. Flapjacks is another word used for pancakes in America, mostly used in the South-Western region.
Flapjacks in Britain:
Flapjacks in Britain are definitely not pancakes. They are in fact a sweet, tray-baked oat bar which is traditionally baked using oats, brown sugar, butter and golden syrup, although there are many different varieties. Personally, I am not a fan.
13. Eggs in America:
No, these eggs haven’t been photoshopped. American eggs are cleaned and sanitised before they’re sold which gives them their crisp, clean look. Also, they have to be kept in a fridge.
Egg in Britain:
If eggs are cleaned and sanitised in Britain it makes them no longer fit to be sold. Why? I have no idea. but I quite like that it means you get all kinds of different shades of egg. Also, British eggs aren’t required to be kept in a fridge.
14. Fanta in America:
It’s so ORANGE. Like really really orange. I mean I know Fanta is an orange drink but still, the intensity of this orange terrifies me a little.
Fanta in Britain:
A lot less orange with a lot less sugar. I also really like the shape of the British Fanta bottle.
15. Pies in America:
This is an American pie (no pun intended). Pie’s in America are usually sweet and/or fruity and baked within a heavenly buttery crust. They are a HUGE deal during Thanksgiving.
Pies in Britain:
Although dessert pies do exist in Britain, the 9 times out of 10 if you’re talking about pies there Brits will naturally assume you’re talking about their beloved meat pies which have a more savoury crust. Even at Christmas time one of the top items on the list is mincemeat pies, which is eaten as a dessert!
16. Cooked Breakfast in America:
In America there aren’t exactly strict rules about what needs to be included in a cooked breakfast, although usually it will resemble something like this, a sordid mixture of both savoury and sweet. Sometimes you may even see it accompanied by a side of French Toast.
Cooked Breakfast in Britain:
Brits are VERY PROUD OF THEIR COOKED BREAKFASTS, loving referred to as a “Full-English Breakfast” (or a “Fry-up”), and there are VERY strict rules about what and what shouldn’t be included. There have been wars started over such disputes. From what I gather, the most wildly-accepted Full-English includes bacon, fried eggs, sausages, fried tomatoes, beans, mushrooms, fried bread (I’m beginning to see where the term “fry up” comes from) and black pudding… which is essentially dried pigs blood. Erm… okay.
So there we have it, 16 weird and wonderful differences between popular dishes in both America and “Merry Old England”. Have you had the pleasure of trying any of the British versions? What did you think? One thing’s for sure, reading this post has made me CRAZY hungry… I wonder where I could get my hands on some Black Pudding?