Why do we love American food so much?
That was the question asked by at least two articles we spotted over the weekend. One was in The Guardian, the other a ‘lifestyle tips’ blog called SleekGossip.com. Both claimed that at least part of it was the fact that American food is packed with more fat and sugar than British food which makes it easier for the ‘average Joe’ to enjoy. Which is complete nonsense, of course.
Sure, a lot of food from the States is filled with sugar or fat, but then take a look at a chippy meal! Fish and chips is quintessentially British, but you’d hardly called it non-fat!
The Guardian blog post did a pretty good job of explaining how American food reminds us all of 50′s Americana, rock and roll and all the other good things that come from our cousins across the pond. That IS undoubtedly true. There’s a lot of American foods that we stock at American Soda that bring to the fore thoughts and memories of what makes America, America!
Take, for example, pancake mixes and syrups. Whip up a batch of those, covered in maple syrup and maybe some crispy bacon and yeah, you could be sat in a diner on a shiny read leather stool asking for free top ups on your coffee, not sat at your kitchen table surrounded by washing.
Our love of American food reflects our love of all things American. But it goes further than that. It’s about the flavour.
We British do some fantastic cooking, have some delicious foods and recipes. This is not an anti-British post at all. But let us give you an example of where the States DO IT BETTER.
Kellogg’s Froot Loops. You can buy these from us, imported direct from the US. But as many of you have pointed out, you can buy them in the likes of Asda and other supermarkets too – and cheaper.
Well, we challenge you to buy both and then do a taste test. Which tastes better? We bet it’s the ones imported from the States. Why? Because that box from Asda or wherever is NOT a genuine American product. For a start, the flavours are different, the ingredients are different. Secondly, simply because the cereal wasn’t made in the US it doesn’t taste like a US cereal.
There are other examples of this. Plenty of them. If you can buy it here in the UK in a supermarket less than you can buy it from us at American Soda then chances are it’s NOT a genuine American food. Check the packaging next time you’re out.
We DO love American food here in Britain. But don’t be fooled by the stuff you can buy in the supermarkets masquerading as American food.
ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS! All the food and drink we bring you is made in America – no Polish Mountain Dew with us, no Middle Eastern made chocolate. Just good old American fare or we won’t stock it – and if we do, we’ll say, quite clearly, that it’s NOT genuine American.
We’ll say it again – ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS.