As all of you who have ventured across the pond will know, Americans have a sweet tooth. These dudes will even go so far as to put a scoop of ice cream on your bacon sandwich at breakfast (it’s true!) Although we all gasp as we look at piles of pancakes dripping with honey, we secretly love it.
In fact, we love it so much we’ve made a list of some of our fave American foods and wonder if you agree that we should bring them to our Cornish shores….have a read and let us know what you think!
A corndog is more than just a hotdog sausage. It’s been coated in corn batter and sits proudly atop a stick. This is an arrogant sausage; it’s a sausage with a chip on it’s shoulder and a stick up it’s unmentionable.
It’s a high calorie, low nutrient portable snack you can dip into whatever sauce you fancy without getting your hands dirty. Walking along eating a bare sausage with probably raise a few eyebrows in polite society, but covering it in batter and putting it on a stick somehow makes sausage-eating on the go acceptable. Inventor of the corndog, we salute you.
A s’more is something eaten around a campfire; probably at one of those summer camps near a lake that always appear in american films. It’s essentially a sugar sandwich.
Instead of bread, you need to use Graham Crackers (another American staple pronounced Gram Cracker) which is sort of like a square digestive biscuit. For your filling, you need to toast a marshmallow (that’s where the campfire comes in), add a layer of chocolate (a whole bar of dairy milk will do) then add another marshmallow for good measure and voila. Apparently they taste so good that you’ll want s’more. Which may or may not be where the name comes from.
A Twinkie is a cake which according to wikipedia is a ‘golden sponge with creamy filling’. To the naked eye, it looks like an overly processed chicken nugget that has never seen a fresh ingredient. It is quite possible that the shelf life of a Twinkie could be thousands of years – no one has yet lived long enough to find out. However synthetic-looking they may be, they are clearly a firm favourite State Side. We know this because we distinctly remember Jan – a Pink Lady in the film ‘Grease’ – loves a Twinkie… and if they are good enough for a Pink Lady they are good enough for us!
Jerky, for those of you unfamiliar with it, is a sort of crisp made from meat. It is totally dehydrated, old, salted meat. The most surprising thing about Jerky is how good it tastes despite it’s scab-like appearance. Why is jerky so popular in America? Why is it sold in every convenience store and gas station (that’s a corner shop and a petrol station to you and me)? Well, it’s stuck around from the pioneer days. Jerky became a ‘pioneer’ food because when you’re pioneering the hostile American frontiers you need something that is light so it’s easy to transport, something long lasting, something tasty and something nutritious too. it’s these attributes that make it a favourite with astronauts today too.
5. Philly Cheese Steak
It will come as no surprise to learn that the Philly Cheese Steak originated in Philadelphia. This is a sandwich so greasy that in some parts of America they call it ‘The Philadelphia Lean’. The reason for this name is that if you want to eat it without dribbling grease all over your clothes you have to adopt a leaning posture. Food so good it’s worth the risk of ruining an outfit? You have our attention! It’s basically beef chopped, grilled and soaked in as much grease as possible with added greasy cheese and an extra helping of greasy fried onions in a long bun. Add a squirt of mustard and you have yourself a real taste of America…So there you have it!
We do love a bit of comfort eating American style but have decided we’ll stick to the good old Cornish Pasty.