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?
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?
Tailgating, cookouts, ball games -- none of these activities would be complete without beer. What's the oldest brewery in the United States?
Pabst Brewing Company
Americans eat 16 billion quarts of popcorn each year. Why does popcorn pop, but other corn doesn't?
Popcorn contains a complex carbohydrate, TNT, that becomes unstable and explodes when heated.
A thicker hull allows moisture inside popcorn to turn into pressurized steam when heated, causing the kernel to explode.
The hulls of popcorn develop minute cracks during drying that rupture when the kernels are heated.
When you're on the go, which of these foods is the equivalent of a pizza sandwich?
Favorite foods of Americans include imports from all over the world, but peanut butter is an indisputably American invention. Who invented it?
George Washington Carver
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?
marinate the steak before cooking it
ask guests how well-done they want their steak
stab it with a fork
The U.S. is the world's No. 1 coffee consumer. What percentage of Americans drink coffee?
Which of these favorite foods has more calories?
a Philly cheesesteak
a Triple Whopper
a fried chicken breast
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?
vodka barbeque sauce
mustard barbeque sauce
Which answer indicates the three most frequently purchased grocery store items in the U.S.?
milk, eggs and bread
bottled water, lunch meat and potato chips
breakfast cereal, sodas and milk
McDonald's boasts about the number of hamburgers sold, but which hamburger chain was the first to open?
True or false: Some candy retailers are selling chocolate-covered bacon.
Which state has adopted America's favorite dessert, apple pie, as its official state pie?
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.
Americans eat more than 2 billion grilled cheese sandwiches every year. There's even a National Grilled Cheese month. Which month is it?
Buffalo wings get their name from their origin in Buffalo, N.Y. When did these party icons first show up?
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?
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?
Which of these favorite Mexican dishes didn't originate in Mexico?