Every country has its favourite foods and as an immigrant living here I am often asked what I think of various American staples. Sometimes the reaction to the fact that I haven’t tried something is the type of shock usually reserved for people who haven’t seen Star Wars or listened to The Beatles. Occasionally I am moved enough to actually go and try the product in question so that I am not treated as a food pariah anymore. I will forever avoid the person who told me that I’d “just love root beer” and I won’t be rushing to order iced tea again either.
Yesterday my wife bought the ingredients to make smores when we were grocery shopping so I decided to try some for myself. In case you don’t know smores are made from graham crackers, chocolate and melted marshmallow. Now I must admit that my technique wasn’t the best; I held the marshmallow too close to the fire so it ended up looking like one of the torches they used to light medieval castles but the end result was pretty tasty. I think next time I will swap out the vile Hershey’s chocolate for something palatable but I’m definitely willing to make them again!
While we are on the topic of food why is apple pie considered so American? Pretty much every country in Europe has some version of apple pie and it was one of my favourite desserts growing up as a kid in England. I think that the phrase should be “as American as mac and cheese” or “as American as smores.” I know you guys have a slightly important election coming up first so I’ll give you some time but maybe you could reconsider the idiom? Below is my table of some of the American things I’ve tried and how I rate them, is there anything you think I need to try?
|Delightful||Passable||I wouldn’t touch it again if you paid me|
|Pumpkin pie||Pumpkin beer||Root beer|
|Mac and cheese||Lucky Charms||Necco wafers|
|Smores||Ice cream sandwiches||Iced tea|
|Cider doughnuts||Goldfish crackers||Hershey’s chocolate|