It's always interesting to see what other people think of your culture's eating habits and having a look at foreign store shelves is a great way to do it. This is exactly what happened when skiptonskipper posted an image of what the "American Food" section looks like in the UK and other people followed up as well.

The majority of them feature sugar. Lots and lots of it. Pop-Tarts, cookies, soft drinks, and various candies are among the most popular choices, however there is one product that seems to be everywhere - marshmallow fluff! According to findings in Ireland, Australia, Spain, Germany, the UK, and other countries this is one of the most American-like food there is. It would be interesting to hear what our American readers think of these "menus"!

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American Food Section In England

American Food Section In England

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Mari Fletcher
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4 years ago

That is either my local Tesco or Sainsbury's. Sorry cousins, but that's how you're percived thanks mostly to the TV.

Jen Jamieson
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4 years ago

As an American living in Ireland, the main reason the shelves look like that are because those are just the things that we miss that you can't already buy over here. Not what is considered an entire diet 😂

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Stephen Harris
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4 years ago

This looks just like the "British Food" section in my local supermarket in France !?!

Terry Weddleton
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4 years ago

Sugar, sugar, oh & more sugar !

Caroline R
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4 years ago

This article is misleading. The photo above is from a special section in Tesco for imported big-branded US foods that you can't get in the UK. It's aimed at Americans and it's not supposed to represent ALL American food. If you want fresh burgers, apple pie, Tex Mex, you just go and buy the ingredients in the rest of the supermarket. Most of the stuff here the ordinary person in the UK hasn't even heard of, so it's certainly not what springs to their mind when they think of US food.

Anne Cox
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4 years ago

I lived in London for nine years. This is not how they perceive Americans--these are foods that Americans miss when they live abroad; foods that don't really have an English equivalent. I used to have friends send me Pepperidge Farm sugar cookies and Skippy peanut butter because there was nothing like that there.

Robert Olsen
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4 years ago

they forgot the cool whip wonder bread and miracle whip

spirit wolf
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4 years ago

And little debbie...

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Olivia W
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4 years ago

It's not saying that Americans only eat junk like in the picture, it's just that we don't have those candy in the UK

Roni Ingram
Community Member
4 years ago

And it is all soooooo expensive!!

Stephen Harris
Community Member
4 years ago

This looks just like the "British food" section in my local supermarket in France!!?!!

Christian Copay
Community Member
4 years ago

actually, US food is worse...

Cesi Baca
Community Member
4 years ago

Sugar, sugar and more sugar.

Superluminal1
Community Member
4 years ago

Breakfast of Champions?

bern Habubbi
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3 years ago

I like the fact that a fair few of these we have on our shelves anyway.

Lily Mae Kitty
Community Member
4 years ago

the British section of our US grocery stores looks exactly the same only half of it is Indian food(I assume lots of Indian food b/c at least that has flavor!) These are processed "treat" type foods and condiments, not what a person's entire diet consists of. There isn't going to meat, veggies and fruit or staples like rice and pasta in the section, now is there? When McDonalds came to your shores, did you all boycott? I don't think so. FFS.

Eric Trahan
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4 years ago

A-1 steak sauce, really? kinda figured that wouldbe universal.

CandyCorn
Community Member
4 years ago

"Nice fake maple syrup, America" -Canada

DeadStillPretty
Community Member
4 years ago

Twinkies, Poptarts, Lucky Charms...seems about right. MURICA!

Giselle Catoni
Community Member
4 years ago

I just want to know why every picture has peanut butter? Is that not common everywhere else or is it just the name brand?

Estefania Ibanez
Community Member
4 years ago

I think it's because it was originally created and used in the U.S. as a product. And it is also not so common in other places, or probably too expensive.

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James Johns
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4 years ago

no wonder they think we're all lunatics

LisaMarie Artino Schultz
Community Member
4 years ago

Pretty accurate...minus the fries and chicken nuggets

Tim Morgan
Community Member
4 years ago

It's Tesco in that photo. Some other products that originated from America are actually in other parts of the store. For example Betty Crocker in the Baking aisle.

Catherine Wards-Davey
Community Member
4 years ago

yup, fake shit. sorry, how is that inaccurate?

Tony Aston
Community Member
4 years ago

Twinkies are now made in Europe - but they don't taste anything like as good as the real American ones

lukastruss
Community Member
4 years ago

and my local shop (REAL) in berlin, didn't have twinkies. life is unfair :(

natie marie
Community Member
4 years ago

admittedly, its only because they wouldn't be able to shift healthy American food off the shelves. people want the fun stuff!

Kami Parkinson
Community Member
4 years ago

Almost $5 for Mac & cheese? Crazy

Achmad Sudibyo
Community Member
4 years ago

No comparison, in my country all grocery store much like that so to me that's normal

Philip Atkins
Community Member
4 years ago

Spoiler alert! It's all high sugar and fat content items that travel well. More a case of brands than of actual opinions on what americans eat.

G. Hawk
Community Member
4 years ago

What are Marshmallow Mateys? And who eats cream of wheat? Hahaha this is so bizarre!

Sara Shrader
Community Member
4 years ago

We have way better stuff than that

Joe Bearnickel
Community Member
4 years ago

It looks more for expats than locals.

La
Community Member
4 years ago

To the people talking about others being too 'lazy' to buy and prepare 'real' food I suggest you read Nickel and Dimed.

Cassie
Community Member
4 years ago

I find it amusing that canned pumpkin is included here. Do Europeans not have canned pumpkin? The only time we buy canned pumpkin in my family is when the dog as a tummy ache.

Patrizia Franchini
Community Member
4 years ago

Never saw canned pumpkin. Pumpkin is not so popular, but more popular thanks to Halloween, which is not a traditional celebration. (Switzerland)

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Owiella Freddie
Community Member
4 years ago

Good God! This American would not eat any of that crap! Well, maybe the Reese's Puffs, but that's it! Oh, and maybe the Baby Ruth. And "Wonka" isn't even American!!!

Estefania Ibanez
Community Member
4 years ago

I don't see what's wrong with this and the other pictures. Most of these products (if not all) were created in the U.S. Yes, it's junk food. But it's not perception, it's the truth.

.gas.
Community Member
4 years ago

Almost seems like this was around a holiday, with the random pumpkin and other stuff that could be used to make pie.

Krysta Storer
Community Member
4 years ago

I'm glad to see the world thinks we eat nothing but pop tarts and candy...

Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

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The only thing missing is the word "Junk" in between the two words American and Food. This IS a perfect example of what those who are too lazy to cook would eat.

Arty
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4 years ago

trough the yes of the world "american junk food" is a pleonasm...

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Jonathan Eatsalot
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4 years ago

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Lol, the English eat WAY more candy and chocolate than Americans. What a fail

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This Is The American Section In A New Zealand Grocery Store

This Is The American Section In A New Zealand Grocery Store

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

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lol - Just point me to the "non nutritional processed food" aisle please! Ewww

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Belgian Grocery Store's American Section Is Just Pop And Guac Mix

Belgian Grocery Store's American Section Is Just Pop And Guac Mix

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Shari H
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4 years ago

Finally, Coke instead of Pepsi :-)

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The "usa" Section At The Local Galleria Upscale Grocery. Note: Poptarts, Swiss Miss, Syrup. Basically, Diabetes.

The "usa" Section At The Local Galleria Upscale Grocery. Note: Poptarts, Swiss Miss, Syrup. Basically, Diabetes.

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Daniel Mallory
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4 years ago

aww no jerky or ceral or eggs no life

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#5

This Fancy Colombian Grocery Store Has A Section For Us Foreigners From The Usa. Hot Chocolate And Peanut Butter Ftw!

This Fancy Colombian Grocery Store Has A Section For Us Foreigners From The Usa. Hot Chocolate And Peanut Butter Ftw!

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

Move over instant macaroni and pass the champagne!!

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The American Food Section In My Local Supermarket - North Suburb Of Paris

The American Food Section In My Local Supermarket - North Suburb Of Paris

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Yannick Trudel
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4 years ago

The Celebration cookies on the middle shelf are from Québec, made by Leclerc 😉

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American Food Section In France

American Food Section In France

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Erin Booth
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4 years ago

I've been traveling through South America for 3 months (have 15 more to go) and would kill for peanut butter. That's all. Just some peanut butter.

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UK

UK

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Jen Ray
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4 years ago

Do these countries think we eat only cereal and candy?

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Australia

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Erin Cridge
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4 years ago

As long as there's Dr Pepper and Nutter Butters, I'm happy.

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Denmark. This Is A Typical ‘american’ Section In A Scandinavian Grocery Store.

Denmark. This Is A Typical ‘american’ Section In A Scandinavian Grocery Store.

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frank0ys
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4 years ago

...It seems orderly than the other pics.

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The American Food Section In A Finnish Grocery Store Will Always Amuse Me. Hot Sauce Everywhere

The American Food Section In A Finnish Grocery Store Will Always Amuse Me. Hot Sauce Everywhere

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Mike Bateman
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4 years ago

They've got Sriracha [Asian] relatively new to American shelves. Some regions have had it for awhile, but over new. And they've got Chocolate [Mexican] not available everywhere in the US.

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American Food In German Super Market

American Food In German Super Market

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Pennyworth
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4 years ago

Nothing more American than Royal Milka Cookies. Hahahaha

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What The Us Food Section Looks Like In France

What The Us Food Section Looks Like In France

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

I've never even seen ANY of these things in my life. Except the label Old El Paso, but I highly doubt those are tortillas (which is mostly considered a Mexican food anyway)

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#14

In Sweden They Have An American Food Section

In Sweden They Have An American Food Section

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Daniel Mallory
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4 years ago

pretty close to the real thing

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American Food Section In A Uk Supermarket. This Is Their Cross Section Of Your Eating Culture

American Food Section In A Uk Supermarket. This Is Their Cross Section Of Your Eating Culture

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Daniel Mallory
Community Member
4 years ago

add cheese balls and thats y life in americia and milk

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#16

We Have A Special Shelf For American Food In Most Swedish Supermarkets. It's Disgustingly Delicious.

We Have A Special Shelf For American Food In Most Swedish Supermarkets. It's Disgustingly Delicious.

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Fire Bird
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4 years ago

I have never seen Ass Kickin' Peanuts here in the U.S. But I live on the east coast so it may not be here.

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American Section Of International Grocery Store In Amsterdam

American Section Of International Grocery Store In Amsterdam

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Fire Bird
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4 years ago

Fluff again.

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The American Section

The American Section

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Graciela Mireles
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4 years ago

Seriously what's with all the Pepsi?

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Our Grocery Store In Dublin Now Has A "usa" Section

Our Grocery Store In Dublin Now Has A "usa" Section

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Daniel Mallory
Community Member
4 years ago

yay finally you have nerds me secandfaverate but not alot of those are here in americia man

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#20

American Section In A Spanish Supermarket Sums Up The Stereotype

American Section In A Spanish Supermarket Sums Up The Stereotype

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Cody Eriksen
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4 years ago

All made in Mexico.... lol... j/k. Don't go crazy vatos.

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