America's Favorite Foods Quiz

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The United States is known as a melting pot of cultures, and its cuisine shows influences from countries all over the world. Just how much do you know about American food?

Which favorite snack food rivals green tea for health benefits?

Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, has vitamins and nutrients that benefit your body. It rivals green tea for the number of health-boosting antioxidants it contains.

As far as comfort food goes, macaroni and cheese tops the list. How much did Kraft spend in 2009 advertising their macaroni and cheese product?

According to AdWeek, Kraft spent $28 million on macaroni and cheese advertising, an increase of $5 million over 2008.

Tailgating, cookouts, ball games -- none of these activities would be complete without beer. What's the oldest brewery in the United States?

David G. Yuengling founded Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, Penn., in 1829. Not only is it America's oldest brewery, it's still owned and run by the Yuengling family.

Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year. Why does popcorn pop, but other corn doesn't?

Popcorn has a thicker hull than sweet corn. When you heat popcorn, the moisture can't escape. It turns to steam inside the kernel and eventually builds up enough pressure to burst through the hull.

When you're on the go, which of these foods is the equivalent of a pizza sandwich?

The calzone is a hand-held sandwich-style version of pizza. Cannelloni are large, tubular pasta, and cannoli are cream-filled tubular dessert pastries.

Favorite foods of Americans include imports from all over the world, but peanut butter is an indisputably American invention. Who invented it?

Peanut butter was one of more than 300 uses George Washington Carver found for peanuts during his many years of research as a faculty member at Tuskegee Institute.

Beef production is a $66 billion dollar industry that brought 26.4 billion pounds of beef to America's dinner tables in 2007. When grilling a steak, what should you never do?

Never pierce a steak while cooking it. The puncture openings allow juices to escape, leaving you with a drier, tougher entree.

The U.S. is the world's No. 1 coffee consumer. What percentage of Americans drink coffee?

80 percent of Americans drink coffee, and more than 50 percent enjoy at least a cup a day.

Which of these favorite foods has more calories?

At 1,200 calories, the Philly cheesesteak just beats the Triple Whopper's 1,130 calories. In comparison to these, the fried chicken breast's 320 calories seems measly.

People from different regions argue over the best meat for barbecue. Southerners insist on pork. Texans prefer beef. Some people slather sauce on chicken and call it barbecue. But South Carolina brings something unique to the table. What is it?

South Carolina has a distinct, mustard-based barbecue sauce that originates with German settlers. During the early to mid-1700s, South Carolina recruited German families to come and settle in the state.

Which answer indicates the three most frequently purchased grocery store items in the U.S.?

Sodas are the most frequently purchased item, with milk and breakfast cereal in second and third place.

McDonald's boasts about the number of hamburgers sold, but which hamburger chain was the first to open?

White Castle established America's first hamburger chain store when it opened its doors in 1921 in Wichita, Kan.

True or false: Some candy retailers are selling chocolate-covered bacon.

It's true. You can order chocolate-covered bacon over the Internet.

Which state has adopted America's favorite dessert, apple pie, as its official state pie?

Vermont named apple pie its official state pie in 1999.

True or false: Renowned TV chef Julia Child had a chocolate cake "fall" during filming of an episode. She made the best of the situation by inventing brownies.

It's false. Brownies, America's favorite cookie bar, first appeared in a Sears, Roebuck & Company catalog in 1897, and they didn't even contain chocolate.

Americans eat more than 2 billion grilled cheese sandwiches every year. There's even a National Grilled Cheese month. Which month is it?

April is National Grilled Cheese Month. San Francisco holds a Grilled Cheese Invitational grilled cheese cooking contest each year to commemorate it.

Buffalo wings get their name from their origin in Buffalo, N.Y. When did these party icons first show up?

Teressa Bellisimo is credited with inventing buffalo wings in 1964. Teressa and her husband Frank owned the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y.

Despite the available flavors, Americans like vanilla ice cream the best. How many pounds of milk does it take to make 1 gallon of ice cream?

You'll need 12 pounds of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.

Potatoes -- we like 'em fried, boiled, baked, mashed, hashed, chipped, dried and powdered. How many pounds of potatoes does the average American eat in a year?

Per capita, Americans eat 126 pounds of potatoes every year.

Which of these favorite Mexican dishes didn't originate in Mexico?

Chili, the meat and bean soup that Americans love to eat from a bowl or on top of a hot dog, isn't part of the Mexican national cuisine. It's only served in areas that cater to tourists. Since it's available in every U.S. state, it's probably an American concoction.

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