14. Jeff Darcy
Fluffer nutter. Peanut butter and “fluff” – nominally a marshmallow spread, but not much like regular marshmallows and completely unrelated to the plant of the same name.
Even Americans think it’s weird. I’d been living here for years when I saw a hiker wolfing one down. It looked like he was foaming at the mouth. After a while, I couldn’t resist and asked him what it was. It’s a New England thing, apparently. Truly frightening, though I admit that some variants such as fluff with jam or honey might be worth a try.
15. Jonas M Luster
To Europeans, spray cheese is still one of those curiosities.
Italians are always amazed and appalled by meatballs on spaghetti and most “Italian” restaurants, even the supposedly “authentic” ones.
When I came to the U.S. I was most stunned by the lengths to which the cooks and food sellers in this country go to make food as bland, unified, and non-specific as possible. All smells, textures, and tastes seem to have been bred out to the meats and grown out of the vegetables to be replaced by a unified seasoning. The most strange dish for me was Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese, which was a combination of all of the above, bland spray-on cheese, anemic macaroni made from processed flour and bleached, and packed into a “just-add-water” form. “Who in their right mind would eat that shit,” I asked back then. Turns out… everyone does.
The most appalling dish in the U.S. is, to me, the Hungry Man series of freezer foods. People actually PAY to buy 2000 calories worth of fat, starch, seasonings, and reconstituted foods, none of which is anything like the stuff it claims to be.