How much do you know about these iconic American foods?

By: John Miller
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How much do you know about these iconic American foods?
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Some foods are quintessential American cuisine -- or, at least, they seem to be. From hamburgers to hot dogs, how much do you know about iconic American foods?
Which American food is almost always served on a wooden stick?
Steak
Corn dogs
Corn dogs, a staple of county fairs and street parades everywhere, come on a handy stick, which makes them easy to eat on the go.
Apple pie

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Where did the cheesesteak sandwich come from?
Philadelphia
The cheesesteak features strips of beef with cheese served on a hoagie roll. It's one of the most famous foods to come out of Philadelphia.
Mexico City
Someplace in Russia

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What is NOT an ingredient in s'mores?
Chocolate
Marshmallows
Gum drops
S'mores combine graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows into a gooey confection that's perfect around a campfire.

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Which meat do Americans almost always consume during Thanksgiving?
Turkey
Never mind that it's often as dry as chalk dust. That Thanksgiving turkey is a tradition that Americans will never give up.
Octopus
Salami

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"Cowboy beans" contain beans and what?
Sushi
Beef
Cowboy beans are pinto beans and ground beef. Cowboys didn't eat this dish, so it's unclear where the name came from, but anything with "cowboy" in the name is definitely American.
Pure crude oil

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Which part of America is famous for its clam chowder?
New England
New England is renowned for its creamy clam chowder. Or as they say in the Boston area, "clam chowda."
Nashville
Southwest

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What in the world are "grits," anyway?
Ground corn
Grits are a popular American dish, particularly in the South. Made from ground corn, it's a food that's notoriously easy to ruin if you don't know what you're doing.
Puréed lettuce
Minced gravel

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Hamburgers are typically made from what?
Beef
As red meat has developed a stigma in the health community, some recent burgers have been made from turkey, pork or veggies. But traditional burgers are always beef.
Chicken
Terrorists

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If you're a true American, you've eaten biscuits and _____ for breakfast.
Gravy
Biscuits and gravy is undoubtedly a quintessential American breakfast. The greasier the sausage gravy, the better.
Butterscotch
Bullets

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Where in America would you find gumbo?
The Northwest
The South
Gumbo is a type of soup that's common in the South, particularly in Louisiana. Gumbo comes in a variety of forms and every family has its own secret recipe.
Hawaii

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What is the primary food in "mac 'n cheese"?
Weird yellow chemicals
Pasta
Macaroni and cheese is the pasta dish that (almost) every American kid loves. The boxed version comes with powdered cheese that likely doubles as a chemical warfare agent.
Lobster

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Which of the following border-related foods is a real thing?
Kota-Can
Tex-Mex
Tex-Mex is a true Americanization. It blends elements of Mexican cooking with an American (read: Texas) twist.
Min-Can

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Which famous American food is often "flame-broiled"?
Hamburgers
Hamburgers are deeply ingrained into Americana. Whether you like them grilled, flame broiled or pan fried, they are always scrumptious.
Alligator toes
Fried chicken

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What meat is NOT included in a "turducken"?
Chicken
Turkey
Lobster
The turducken is a true monument to gluttony. It's a turkey stuffed with a duck that's stuffed with a chicken.

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What's the most American of pies?
Apple pie
If someone wants you to name the most iconic American pie, there's only one right answer -- apple.
Hamburger pie
Rhubarb pie

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True or false, did Americans invent apple pie?
True
False
Apples and pie are as old as humankind, so no, America didn't invent this concoction. America did, however, perfect it.

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In America, a "surf and turf" dish combines seafood with what?
Bananas
Red meat
Surf and turf is an American steakhouse classic. It's an entree that includes seafood, such as lobster, with a red meat like steak.
Organic kale

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"Burnt ends" are in which category of American food?
Cajun
Salad
Barbeque
Burnt ends are a type of barbecued delicacy. Often a bit charred, they are bits of meat from a beef brisket. They are sometimes cubed and served with sauces.

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The first Buffalo wings were typically served with what?
Red wine
Blue cheese dressing
These days, you'll find people dipping Buffalo wings in every sauce known to humankind. But the first Buffalo wings were always served with blue cheese dressing.
Marinara sauce

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Where was the hamburger invented?
Guatemala
China
Texas, of course
The hamburger is one of those foods with murky origins. But one of the most famous claims to its invention came from a man named Fletcher Davis, who served the tasty treats at his bar in Texas in the 1880s.

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In the South, true Americans serve fried chicken with what?
Pickles
Waffles
Chicken and waffles is a thing. In the South (and increasingly, across America) this is a not-so-healthy treat.
Clam chowder

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What are "Rocky Mountain oysters"?
Pencil shavings
Oysters from Denver
Bull testicles
"Bull testicles" just didn't have the same ring. Call them "Rocky Mountain oysters," though, and suddenly people will scarf them down.

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Where did the first Buffalo wings originate?
Mexico
India
Buffalo, New York
Buffalo wings are fried chicken wings. They first emerged at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, back in the 1960s.

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What is chicken-fried steak?
It's shrimp
It's actually chicken
It's steak
Chicken-fried steak is an inexpensive cut of steak that's deep fried in a delicious golden batter. And it is, of course, topped with gravy.

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What sound do fried cheese curds make when you bite into them?
They explode
They squeak
Fried cheese curds are particularly popular in the Midwest. They have an unusual characteristic -- when you chomp them, they provide a uniquely satisfying squeak.
They scream in pain

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True or false, did America invent most soft drinks?
True
America is famous for Coca-Cola and Pepsi, two of the most popular beverages on the planet. Whether you call it pop, soda or tonic, America invented most of these fizzy drinks.
False

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True or false, were corn dogs invented in America?
TRUE
Like bald eagles and big machine guns, corn dogs were indeed invented in America. They are often credited to German immigrant sausage makers trying to find new ways to make their meats more appealing to customers.
FALSE

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When the first peanut butter and jelly sandwich appeared, how was it regarded by the American public?
It was fancy food
America did invent the PB&J sandwich. But when it first appeared, it was regarded as a rather fancy food. Why? Because in the late 19th century, peanut butter was still an expensive food item.
It was super boring
It had too much crust, Mom!

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True or false, did America invent the hot dog?
True
False
Americans actually did not invent this most American of foods. We refuse to discuss this matter any further, except to say something vague about Germans.

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What's a defining characteristic of New York style pizza?
It's thick
It's thin
Chicago-style pizza is very thick. New York style? It's thin and floppy and you can fold the pieces and cram them down your throat.
It's moldy

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