A classic – The Lamington (affectionally known as ‘lammos’). A simple creation, beginning with a buttery, no-fuss sponge cake. This cake is then cut up into squares and each square is then coated in some delicious chocolate glaze and desiccated coconut.
Thanks to the simplicity of the recipe, Lamingtons can also contain cream and/or jam! The Lamington is often called Australia’s national dessert, and was even named one of the country’s favorite icons by the National Trust of Queensland.
The Witchetty Grub is a delicacy of the Aboriginals in the Australian outback but was popularised by the British TV series, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!! with their inclusion as food in ‘bushtucker trials’. These grubs are found below the root system of a Witchetty tree.
Mostly eaten raw, the grubs are cold and slippery. The Witchetty Grub has been known to taste like almonds when raw, but with a crispy chicken-style skin if cooked. If that doesn’t whet your appetite, we don’t know what will!
Vegemite is like Marmite’s more marmite cousin! The unique taste and smell will either make you feel deeply in love with the Australian delicacy or have you running for the next flight straight out of town! Perhaps, even both!
Made from yeast extract, Vegemite is a by-product of brewing beer and is basically the slurry from the bottom of the barrel that most breweries throw away. Yum! This creates a sticky brown, salt-flavored paste that is usually spread on buttered toast and eaten with crackers and cheese.
Apparently, everyone in Australia is brought up on Fairy Bread. A combination of the stereotypical topping of ice cream, hundreds and thousands (sprinkles), and bread with margarine, this sugary snack is a firm favorite with the kids!
Such was the childhood obsession with Fairy Bread, the recent attempt at gentrifying the meal with sourdough bread has been met with an online backlash. Keep it simple, it’s a cheap, happy substitute for a birthday cake!
Pies in Soup
Pies in soup? This is madness! Or is it? Known as the pie floater, and originating in Adelaide, the meal consists of a thick pea soup (with the possible addition of some tomato sauce) and a humble, but substantial, meat pie.
The perfect dish for those cold Australian evenings, eh? The pie floater actually began life as a popular street dish, which explains the intense affection Australians have for the unique item.
Made by the Australian biscuit company, Arnott’s, the Tim Tam consists of two malted biscuits separated by a light chocolate cream filling and coated in a thin layer of textured chocolate. We’re salivating just reading that; does anyone have a chocolate bar we can borrow?
The Tim Tam was created by Ian Norris after traveling the world and arriving in Britain, where he discovered the Penguin biscuit. Pleasantly surprised by the taste, he declared he “would make a better one”. And so, he did. Well, according to Australians anyway.
Outside of Australia, the kangaroo is seen as the free-spirited, free-hopping mischievous emblem of a highly influential country. Inside of Australia, the kangaroo is still all of those things – as well as a tasty piece of meat!
Exported to 55 countries worldwide, Kangaroo meat isn’t exactly a hidden delicacy. But, ever since the time of the Aboriginals, kangaroos have long been viewed as a source of vital protein – perfect for a barbecue!
Moreton Bay Bug
These bugs, named after the bay near Brisbane, are actually crustaceans – not insects! Yes, they do look a bit alien-like, but Australians actually eat them as readily as crawfish is consumed in New Orleans. One slice down the middle, throw it on the grill, and you’ve got some Australian lobster!
Known for their slang, Australians have dubbed the creature as a ‘bug’, much to the annoyance of meat sellers who prefer the official term, bay lobsters. Personally, if it is slathered in garlic butter, we will eat it no matter what they call it…
Historically prepared by drovers, stockmen, and other travelers in a cast-iron pot with a lid, called a “camp oven”, this was a staple meal of early Australians. So much so that each Australia Day, it is customary to make a fresh batch to help celebrate your national pride!
Damper, due to the reduced availability of ingredients, was originally made with plain flour, salt and water. Over time, adding butter and self-raising flour to the mix became popular as it gives a much tastier result.
Once dubbed the ‘next red meat’, with extremely high iron content, the interest around eating Emu has changed several times in the last few years. As with a lot of Australian delicacies, it has a strong history with the Aboriginal community.
Emu eating has been traced back for thousands of years. But, unlike other native meats like Kangaroo, it hasn’t taken off with modern Australian life. However, Emu oil has been sold for years as a medicine.
Australians love to barbecue, that’s a well-known fact. But what is less well known is their love for a Snag Sizzler. A Snag is an un-expensive sausage, grilled or barbecued, and placed on a piece of similarly priced piece of white bread with some fried onions, the Sizzle.
On top of all this comes the sauce of your choice. Typically, this is tomato sauce. But as with the beloved American hotdog, the inspiration for the snag sizzler, it is really up to your own tastes and palate.
Chicken Flavoured Salt
Yeah, you read that right. Chicken Flavoured Salt. But, to be clear, it is not salt flavored with chicken or chicken stock. Its origin, the exact location of which is highly debated, can be traced back to South Australian chicken shops in the 1970s.
Chicken Flavoured Salt is a seasoned, savory salt with just a hint of sweetness. It was developed to season chicken being cooked on rotisseries, and one day, spilled over onto some hot chips. The rest is history.
Long seen as a staple of Australian life, by outsiders at least, the crocodile is synonymous with the continent. However, its popularity as a meal has only risen with the turn of the century with its unique flavor.
Described as succulent white meat that is low in fat but high in protein, crocodile meat is cooked similarly to both pork and chicken. The meat is usually supplied trimmed of fat, vacuum packed, and frozen.
How do you feel about having small, dense bricks of wheat for breakfast? Well, Australians love them! Very similar to the British Weetabix, this breakfast has long been a staple of Australian life. In fact, it has been endorsed by some of Australia’s brightest stars
Cricketer Brett Lee, in his promotional role for the company under its former name, claimed to eat seven of the condensed wheat biscuits every morning. To top that, footballer Tim Cahill claimed to eat nine!
Burger Flavoured Crisps
Barbecues and Australia; a match made in heaven. There’s nothing better than relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, lighting up the barbie, and hanging out with friends. But what if you don’t live near a beach? And what if you don’t own a barbecue?
Burger Flavoured Crisps! The solution to all of your worries. These intense, savory crisps are an incredibly popular snack in Australian life. They may not taste like an actual burger, but they are devilishly moreish!
Bacon and Cheese Rolls
These fluffy rolls are a favorite of the youth of Australia. These delicious rolls come from a simple, hard-to-do-wrong recipe – sprinkle chopped up bacon bits and cheese onto your dough and toss them into the oven for just thirty minutes.
Most people wait until the cheese is melted and the bacon is crispy, but considering how easy they are to make, a number of variations can be made at once. A warming, tasty snack that is very, very difficult to top.
Deep-Fried Cabbage Rolls
Rolls such as this are seen around the world. And, in large parts, the recipe does not change – chop up a whole bunch of vegetables, alongside some meat, and then roll it all up. Quite possibly it is the ultimate comfort food.
But, In Australia, things are different. In Australia, these rolls are primarily filled with cabbage and beef, and deep-fried in vegetable oil. Sold as an on-the-go snack, Chiko Rolls have been a staple of Aussie cuisine since 1951.
Servo Sausage Rolls
With a history similar to the vegetable roll, the sausage roll has long been the snack choice of many. In Australia, the most popular version is a flaky pastry available at all good Servos (we know them as gas stations).
Seen as the perfect driving snack, the servo sausage roll has been lovingly embraced by Australian society. Such was the intensity of this love that in a poll in 2019, the roll was deemed the ‘best’ food on sale at all Servos!
Dim Sum is an umbrella term that refers to a wide range of small, bite-sized portions of Chinese food. Dim Sim is a Chinese inspired snack, which consists of meat and vegetables encased in a wrapper, which can be itself be eaten.
The Asian-inspired snack can be served deep-fried or steamed and is commonly accompanied by soy sauce. But Australia being Australia, the Dim Sim can be barbecued for a delicious alternative.
Be honest now, when you think of Australia, what do you tend to think of? If insects and/or creepy crawlies aren’t in your first five thoughts, we cannot be friends. To most people, Australia is spiders and spiders are Australia.
But we love these spiders, and so do most Australians! Regularly brought out for children’s birthday parties and celebrations, these chocolate coated noodles are always a hit – no matter the age! Fear not, they don’t contain actual spiders.
Although they may look like primary school pencil erasers, Musk Sticks are an intensely popular confectionary snack across Australia. Available from a number of different suppliers, the sticks are made from a semi-soft stick of fondant (which is usually pink) and with a star-shaped cross-section.
Their flavor and smell are quite floral, hence the musk name. Notably, in October 2018, the Australian treat was entered into Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum – sparking outrage across the nation!
By combining sugar, water and vinegar in a saucepan, a must-have of the traditional Australian cake stall can be made! In using such simple ingredients, this recipe is cheap but a guaranteed crowd-pleaser – especially with the kids!
Dependent on the length of time given to cook, you can even make stick-jaw toffees. These are impossible to resist with their sticky texture and shining amber glow – especially if covered in rainbow sprinkles!
A chewy flavored treat that obsesses the island of Australia is Milk-Chew Sweets! For many, the sweets are considered a staple of their childhood where they could be found for the extraordinarily low price of five cents at the local corner store.
Although they aren’t already included in Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum, we formally declare our application for Milk Chewy Sweets to enter into the prestigious house of the repulsive.
In Australia, such is the demand for the Barramundi fish that local producers and fishermen cannot keep up. Otherwise known as the Asian sea bass, the species can be widely found across the globe, from South Asia, to Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia.
The Barramundi fish possesses a gentle, mild flavor with a moderate fat content. Combine this with its lack of odor in comparison with other fish such as salmon, make it the perfect fish for cooking in your kitchen at home!
As with many of the world’s diverging cuisines, the success of a dish, generally speaking, can be found in how much is left of it at the end of a party. Well, with these deep-fried crisps, you can all but guarantee there will be none left come morning!
Taking the classically humble crisp or chip, and throwing it into a vat of boiling vegetable oil, provides an already irresistible snack, with a super crunchy finish!
Combining the long-life miracle that is canned beetroot with the timeless classic that is the hamburger has proven to be a huge success in Australia! Now, to many, this may appear sacrilegious – a crime against meat up there with the pineapple topping on pizza.
But, in Australia, they’ve been putting slices of beetroot on their juicy buns since way back in the ’50s and ’60s! Pro tip – to avoid a soggy burger, make sure to add your wet vegetables (tomatoes, beetroot, etc.) at the very last opportunity!
Devon and Tomato Sauce
Known in Australia as Devon, but to the rest of the world as baloney, or bologna, the local slang for this beloved creation is a ‘fritz and sauce sandwich’. Basically, Devon is a type of processed meat.
The sandwich itself, like many national favorites, requires little culinary skill to assemble. There are three steps. One, butter your white bread. Two, place the fritz inside. Three, smother the entire thing in tomato sauce. It is nearly impossible to get it wrong.
Naturally, Australians have taken the lavishly decadent smorgasbord of antipasto meats and extravagant cheeses served on a platter around the world and made it their own. For their own twist, the locals prefer to feast on cabanossi (otherwise known as kabana).
Paired with this, they choose dried, mild pork-like salami, cheddar cheese cut down to bit-sized cube chunks, and salty crackers available at the local supermarket. Sometimes in life, the simple option is the best option.
Le Snak is a childhood Australian favourite. It’s the snack every child had in their lunch box. And if they didn’t, it’s the snack, or Snak, that they wanted! A simple, timeless savoury snack. Each pack was made up of a mix of crackers and real cheese.
These treats are so popular than many Australians who’ve moved to foreign lands still request a special Le Snak shipment from their family back home! They’re available in a range of flavors, from nacho cheese to French onion.
Crowned Australia’s most iconic lolly, Fantales have been conquering Aussie hearts since way back in the 1930s. After nearly a hundred years of success, the taste, unsurprisingly, has not changed. Introduced originally by Sweetacres, the sweet consists of chocolate-covered caramels.
Chocolate plus caramel is undoubtedly a winning combination. The sweets owe their name to the appearance of celebrities on their wrappers – quite literally, they are fan tales. They were first created to cash in on the rising popularity of the ‘talkies’ – that’s the original cinema to everyone in 2020.
Coat of Arms Burger
On the Australian coat of arms there are two animals – a Kangaroo and an Emu. So, when a burger was created containing the two symbols of the Australian national identity, it was met with some criticism.
The aptly named Coat of Arms Burger was deemed as a mockery of national identity by the Australian Monarchist League. Personally, we are just impressed at the hunter who was able to catch both an emu and a kangaroo. They are two very fast animals.
Commonly sold in bakeries across Australia’s gigantic nation, the Vanilla Slice is affectionately known as a ‘Snot Block’. This grotesque imagery comes from the thickness and consistency of the custard which tops the confectionery. Doesn’t this snotty pastry sound delicious?
Often eaten several hours after baking, allowing time for the custard and other fillings (most popular choices are vanilla, chocolate, raspberry or passion fruit icing) to congeal and thicken, these slices can be eaten straight from the oven if you’re hungry enough.
Bubble O’Bill Ice Cream
Made by Unilever’s Streets brand, Bubble O’Bill Ice Cream is an Australian icon! The unique name comes from a pun on Old West figure Buffalo Bill, giving a nod to the product’s former availability in the United States of America.
Now only available in Australia and New Zealand, the ice cream resembles a cowboy with a large hat named Bill. He has a strawberry ice cream face, a caramel mustache and a chocolate hat with a hole resembling a gunshot. And, instead of a nose, he has a delicious gum-ball!
Lemon, Lime and Bitters
More than one hundred million Lemon, Lime and Bitters are served in Australia every year. No wonder it has the unofficial title of Australian national drink. Lemon, Lime and Bitters is traditionally made using Angostura bitters.
In the 1840s, these bottles were found on British Royal Navy ships where bitters were used to treat seasickness. Within a few decades, owing much to the refreshing taste, the drink became just as popular on land as it was at sea!
Solo is a lemon-flavored soft drink launched way back in 1968. Although originally it was sold in glass bottles, now, the deliciously citrus liquid is available in 375 ml cans. Presented as a highly masculine drink, the Solo Man (the drink’s chosen mascot) advertised Solo as the “thirst crusher”.
Sold as a ready-to-drink pub squash, the beverage has had a resurgence in popularity with the turn of the century and the abandonment of previous advertisement campaigns.
Nellie Melba was an Australian operatic soprano, dubbed one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era-early 20th century. Such was the infamy and adoration that she enjoyed that French Chef Auguste Escoffier created the Peach Melba dish in her honor!
A lavishly decadent combination of peaches, raspberry sauce, and ice cream of choice (although largely popularised with vanilla ice cream), the dish was first presented to Nellie Melba in an ice sculpture of a swan!
A perfect lockdown snack, Anzac Biscuits are an unpretentious yet salivating snack. The perfect combination of crunchy, chewy, and crispy, it’s no surprise at all that this humble treat is held in such high regard – it even has golden syrup in it!
Due to the time taken for food to get to the men on the front lines, the Australian army needed long-life ingredients that didn’t spoil easily – rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup, and bicarbonate of soda. Combine all of these, you will get Anzac Biscuits. To get the real military taste, make sure to keep them in a tin of Billy Tea.
Considered a staple of pub food, Chicken Parmigiana is typically served in Australia with a side of chips and salad. However, where these chips are placed is a matter of national debate. Some argue the French fries should be under the chicken, others say alongside the chicken.
Often served as an entrée in North America, the meal consists of breaded chicken breast topped with pasta (tomato) sauce and a heap of cheese – preferably mozzarella, provolone, or parmesan.
Pavlova was actually invented in Australia! The first known recipe for a dish with the name “Pavlova” was found in Australia in 1926 and was published by the Davis Gelatine company in Sydney. However, it was actually a multi-layered jelly rather than a meringue.
With a simple recipe, the meal has often been served during periods of celebration or holiday meals. ‘The pav’ is a popular dish across both Australia and New Zealand, believed to have been created to honor Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova.
Most commonly sold as a powder in a green tin, Milo is a malted dairy milk drink. Milo can be served with either hot or cold milk and mixed through to create a rich, chocolatey flavor.
One variation is to mix as above, followed by a sprinkling on of powder top. A truly Australian product, it was developed by Australian industrial chemist Thomas Mayne who launched Milo at the Sydney Royal Easter Show – with the name derived from the famous ancient athlete Milo of Croton.
Violet Crumble was first made by Hoadley’s Chocolates in South Melbourne around 1913. Now made in Adelaide, the bar is made with a crumbly honeycomb toffee center surrounded by chocolate. It is similar to the British product, the Crunchie, made by Cadburys.
Such is the popularity of the chocolate bar, that students at the Melbourne Wesley College have been mocked for their uniform (a purple and yellow attire) and its similarity to the packaging of a Violet Crumble.
Another product from the Australian confectionery giant, Arnott’s, Iced VoVos were first launched in 1906. Previously known as Iced Vo-Vo biscuits, they are a wheat flour biscuit topped with 2 strips of pink fondant, alongside a strip of raspberry jam and sprinkled with coconut.
Iced VoVos have been a source of Australian pride for many years, so much so that upon his election victory in 2007, Prime Minister Rudd urged his team to celebrate with a cup of tea and an Iced VoVo!
There are plenty of treats that Australians live by and simply couldn’t go a day of their lives without. Although it’s British confectionary manufacturer Cadbury that is responsible for this popular bar, it can only be found Down Under, which is what makes it even more peculiar to the eyes of outsiders.
What makes Cherry Ripe unique is its cherry filling which is mixed with coconut, as well as its unorthodox, dark chocolate coating. Many consider it a better version of the more famous bounty.
John Dory Fillets
Of course, fish and chips are a classic staple that is associated with the British fast food scene. So it should come as no surprise that Australians have invented their own versions of the battered fish. Sure, like their British cousins, they will serve them with salt and lemon and wrap them in paper.
But in Aussie, many shops will use John Dory, which swims along the Sydney Harbour. It is a meaty fish and extremely popular amongst locals and tourists alike.
You might be asking yourself: What could possibly be so unique about the coffee in Australia? While the answer will often be “not much,” there is a specific cup of coffee that is quintessentially Australian.
Similar to an Americano, the Long Black is a mix of a shot of espresso with hot water. What makes it unique though is that the espresso is directly extracted into the hot water. This ensures that the creamy foam stays on top.
Another deep-fried food item that Australians can’t seem to get enough of is the battered sav. Sav is short for saveloy, a type of sausage. If you have ever heard a local say “fair suck of the sav,” it is probably inspired by this fast-food dish.
It can either be served on top of chips or on a stick and is usually covered in tomato sauce. Other variants of this dish include the Dagwood Dog or the Pluto Pup.
While these crackers might not look particularly groundbreaking, the story behind them is certainly interesting. The SAO biscuit used to be handed out by Salvation Army officers, hence the name. This light square cracker is the result of thinly rolled dough sheets.
Many use them to make small snack sandwiches, often including butter, Vegemite, and chopped veggies. Children can often be seen squeezing condiments through the holes in the crackers to created tasty “worms.” These crackers can be found in many families’ kitchen cupboards.
Serving pizza with fish on top is nothing new, but in Australia, the seafood pizza is an institution unto itself. Many pizzeria-goers love nothing more than having the finest fruits of the sea, including shrimp and calamari, sprinkled over their cheese, tomato-sauce pies.
They will also put a generous amount of chili flakes on the pizza. In Aussie, locals refer to this pizza as a “marinara,” which can be confusing for both locals and tourists. After all, outsiders often associated “marinara” with tomato sauce.
While seafood and grilled meats are a large part of Australian cuisine, it’s not the be-all and end-all. Many Aussies are big fans of soup, especially ones that are vegetarian. Pumpkin soup is a big hit in this part of the world, especially when the Australian winter comes along.
If you want an authentic Down Under version of this soup, you should add a Granny Smith apple, which originated here all the way back in 1868.
Salt and Pepper Calamari
While calamari in itself, is well-known throughout the world, Aussies seem to do it a bit better. This is in no small part due to the fact that Australia is blessed with some of the most pristine waters in the world, which facilitates a wide variety of seafood for its locals.
In Aussie, chefs will cover their squid in salt and pepper batter and then deep fry it. Most pubs have this on their menu and will serve it with a small tub of sweet chili sauce.
Lamb Leg Roast
A traditional Sunday dinner in many Australian family households would be a lamb leg roast. Many kids will grow up eating this dish every week. What makes this version unique to Down Under is the olive oil, garlic, and rosemary that takes the meat to another level of flavor.
Like many Australian foods, this dish can trace its origins to places beyond its borders. However, Aussies seem to have perfected the dish, and baked potatoes are usually served alongside it.
The term “crab sticks” might be confusing for outsiders, especially since these sticks are rarely filled with actual crab meat. Whitefish are often beaten into a soft, almost-pate that resembles the meat found in crab leg.
The Japanese brought this snack to Australia in the 20th century, but the people Down Under seem to have fallen in love with the sticks and made them their own. You’ll often see pub-goers ordering a bowl of crab sticks to complement their drinks.
First produced in Victoria, Australia in 1952, these savory biscuits are also produced by Arnott’s. Originally, they were made in the shape of potato chips but after realizing this led to an excessive waste of dough, they were switched to flat biscuits in 1974.
Since that day, they have remained unchanged. Owing much to the Aussie fondness for slang, they were named Shapes due to the irregularity of the individual shapes within the bag. Boasting a selection of flavors, from Nacho Cheese to Chicken Drumstick, it’s not hard to see why they have become a national obsession!
Goanna, as a term, refers to around 80 species of reptiles, around 25 of which reside in Australia. Being predatory lizards, Goanna tends to be quite large, with sharp teeth and claws, and a reportedly venomous bite.
But many indigenous Australians claimed to have successfully hunted the reptile for thousands of years. Traditionally, they were then cooked whole over hot cools and their white meat is known for its oily texture and chicken-like flavor.
Kangaroo Tail Soup
This is essentially the Aussie equivalent of oxtail soup, which doesn’t sound like a very appealing meal either to be quite honest. But, once more owing to Australian’s Aboriginal history, this soup is a source of great warmth and sustenance.
For the modern eater, the Kangaroo Tail Soup has been livened up by the addition of carrots, celery, onions, herbs, and seasoning. In fact, in an effort to make it even heartier, local chefs have been known to add potato dumplings to the mix!
Devon and Mash
Once more showing the Australian fondness for Devon, this combination is just as unique as the Fritz and sauce sandwich. A traditional party snack, Devon is used as a restricting jacket for the mashed potatoes, held in shape by a rigid toothpick!
To be more adventurous, one can add some vegetables to the potato as well. Typical choices include spring onion and chives, but, for a real adventure, some chefs have suggested altogether replacing the potato with a tangy pumpkin.
First released in 1959 and distributed by the Streets confectionary company, Golden Gaytime has long embedded its place in Australian society. Golden Gaytime is a popular ice cream snack, combining toffee and vanilla ice cream, which is then dipped in chocolate, and then wrapped in honeycomb biscuits.
The company has not been shy in embracing its rather camp name, running popular advertisement campaigns with slogans such as “it’s hard to have a Gaytime on your own” and, on their in-home boxes for freezers, “four delicious chances to have a gay time”.
When you think of iconic American products like Lay’s, Coca-Cola, or Burger King, there’s probably a distinct image that pops into your head — a certain slogan, a logo, or even just a color scheme. Those images are universal to Americans, inseparable from the products in question. But, what if we told you that the seemingly unshakeable image you have of a certain product may be completely different in a foreign country? The packaging may look different, the product may have different ingredients in it, and the brand may even have a completely different name! Here, we’ll cover some very popular American products and brands that are different in other countries, be it by design, content, or name.
Some Very Bad Kids
When it comes to most name or symbol changes, usually it’s because the name or symbol means something undesirable in a particular foreign market. However, we’re not sure why Sour Patch Kids needed to be changed in France. For some reason, it’s “Very Bad Kids” over there.
Maybe Sour Patch was too metaphorical, but on the other hand, “Very Bad Kids” doesn’t actually tell you that these are sour gummies, which seems a little odd as far as reaching the intended market is concerned. In fact, do you want to label any candy as very bad?
A New Oreo Variant
Sometimes, a foreign country gets a variation of an American product before the American market does. Maybe this is to test the reception. Either way, there’s a country in Asia (we’re not sure which one exactly) that has Oreo sticks available.
They’re like those cereal straws that were in grocery stores awhile back, with a hollow inside that you can drink something like milk through. Needless to say, it’s an option we would certainly like to have available to us in America as well.
Light, Diet, What’s the Difference?
When it comes to diet food and drink, it’s not all that rare to see them labeled as “lite” when you’re shopping for them. However, it’s a little different in Italy for one beverage in particular. Diet Coke is how you know it in the United States.
But in Italy, it’s called Coca-Cola Light. Unlike some of the other products on this list, there’s no actual difference between this Coca-Cola Light and the Diet from the USA. They’re the exact same product, just with a different name.
Brazil loves what we Americans know as soccer. And we Americans have a somewhat amusing stereotype about announcers during soccer games, and how they announce the instance of a ball going into a net. You all know what we’re talking about.
Apparently, Pringles knew about it as well, and they decided to make the most of it with their product name and its packaging. These “Pringooools” were sold in Brazil for a time, but apparently in Mexico as well. We’re assuming it went over decently well.
It’s Not Delivery…
“It’s not delivery. It’s DiGiorno.” Practically everyone in America knows that slogan, even if they don’t like the brand. It’s a universal name when it comes to frozen pizza, and it does taste pretty good. Not everyone would recognize the slogan or even the brand name itself, however.
For reasons we don’t exactly know, DiGiorno pizza is sold in Canada as Delissio. We’re not sure if DiGiorno has some sort of bad connotation in Canada or if Delissio is just a more popular Italian name, but either way, this is how the brand has been sold in Canada since 1990.
A Little Extra
At first glance, this bag of Ruffles from Mexico looks pretty normal. It’s just cheese flavor, after all. However, it does have something unique that sets it apart from the American variety. In this case, that’s a packet of hot sauce that comes with the chips.
Some people just like more spice than others, and more importantly, some cultures are just used to more heat in their cuisine than others. That’s probably why you would expect to find hot sauce along with a bag of chips in Mexico.
Poulet Frit Kentucky
We don’t know if this is a law in Quebec only or in all of Canada, but in Quebec at least, business names are required to be in French. That being the case, the American fast-food staple Kentucky Fried Chicken has a different name — though it’s just a direct French translation.
That translation is Poulet Frit Kentucky, which literally means the exact same thing. Either way, this makes the abbreviation in Quebec PFK instead of KFC, which would probably throw off a lot of Americans. Doesn’t really have the same ring to it either.
Names for Cocoa
Do you remember the cereal called “Cocoa Krispies?” It’s a fairly popular chocolate-flavored cereal, so you probably do. Either way, it actually has a much different name in countries around the world. In the UK, it’s called Coco Pops, and in Germany, it’s called Choco Krispies.
It has many other names around the world, and honestly, we’re not sure why these names are so different in so many places. We’d like to sit down with the marketers and learn why they felt such changes were or weren’t necessary, and what criteria they use.
Ah Yes, “American”
You know those red plastic cups that you see at every party? They’re immensely popular and widespread, even though many people have no idea that they’re called Red Solo cups. At least, they are in America. In the Netherlands, they’re actually just called “American” cups.
Sure, we suppose these cups were mostly popularized and produced in America, but it still seems pretty weird to label them as such. Apparently, though, it’s not even just the Netherlands that does this — many other countries do as well.
Everyone in America knows about Lay’s. It’s a universal name when it comes to chips. But, in the UK, they are actually called Walker’s. Weird, right? However, we do actually know why this name change occurred. You see, Walker’s was a famous chips brand in the UK before Lay’s ever showed up there.
So, when they moved in, the guys that own Lay’s bought Walker’s, and simply kept the name for their chips, since the name was super iconic and recognizable for people that lived there. Kind of shady if you ask us, but it’s a good business decision, we suppose.
Everyone in America knows about Kraft. It’s just a really easy way to enjoy some macaroni and cheese without making it from scratch. As with all the products on this list, it’s branded a little differently in other countries, however.
This ranges from being called “Kraft Dinner” to more minor changes, such as the spoon on American boxes being replaced by a fork. Maybe the only reason for that is because forks are more common for eating pasta elsewhere.
Mr. Clean is a very well-known brand name for cleaning supplies in America. And yet, he has a pretty different name in other countries. In many places, he’s better known as Mr. Proper. This is probably because the word “proper” isn’t used in reference to cleaning as much in America.
For whatever reason, we don’t feel that it has quite the same ring to it as Mr. Clean. But, then again, with us growing up with Mr. Clean as the familiar name, it’s probably no surprise that we feel that way. People in other countries probably feel differently.
The Soup of Batchelor’s
If you’ve ever had a cold, chances are you at least considered a can of Campbell’s condensed soups. Hardy and easy to make, they often serve as relief for such ailments. But, in the UK, there’s no Campbell’s — there’s only the condensed soup known as Batchelor’s.
We’re actually not sure if they’re the same brand, just renamed. After all, almost nothing about the packaging is the same. Even the colors are different. But, they’re both the premier condensed soup products in their countries. It’s uncanny regardless.
The Newest Flavor
Ramen may be a dish from Asia, but Americans are no stranger to it — or at least, they are no strangers to Maruchan and the cheap noodles of the grocery store. There’s a variety of flavors available, but they’re all pretty common and understandable. Chicken, beef, shrimp, you know how it is.
But, in other countries, there are actually even more crazy flavors you may not expect. In this case, there is actually Pringles-flavored ramen. What type of Pringles, though? We’re not exactly sure, since those chips come in many flavors themselves.
Everyone loves Hershey’s, but even so, Dove is usually regarded as the “fancier” chocolate option here in the United States. That said, Dove is not the same name in some other countries. In the UK, Dove is actually branded as “Galaxy.”
If you recall the entry about chips from earlier, this is actually another example of a company being bought out, but keeping the name. Dove bought the well-known “Galaxy” company in the UK and simply used their popular name for their chocolate.
The Power of Initials
Familiar with T.J. Maxx? You know, that department store that mostly sells clothes, but doesn’t shy away from some of the other things? Well, in Europe, that store is known as T.K. Maxx. The difference? Literally nothing. It’s the exact same store.
However, there’s a pretty good reason for this. There’s another popular store in Europe called T.J. Hughes. In order to avoid any confusion with this, T.J. Maxx replaced the J in their name just to be safe. But, what does the replacement K stand for?
Raiding Some Candy
Of all the products that had their name changed on this list, we actually find this one to be one of the most curious. Here in America, most people are familiar with the popular candy bar, Twix. But in some other countries, these bars are actually called “Raiders.”
Why? We have no idea. Maybe “Twix” sounds like some sort of inappropriate slang or something in a variety of countries. Or maybe “Raiders” just has more significance in those countries. We’re not sure, but either way, it seems like a weird name for a candy bar.
American Classic Flavor
So these Lay’s, found in China, are still called Lay’s. But, the name of the flavor has been oddly changed, if you look down closely. While these chips are just the original flavor of Lay’s, in China, they are called “American Classic Flavor.”
Seems strange at first, but when you think about it, products that are super popular in America and known for being American are probably readily identified as such in many foreign countries. So in a way, it does make some sense, even if it sounds weird.
Oil of Olay
Oil of Olay was the intended name for the line of skincare products we know and love as Olay, but you won’t find it under that name even here in America. It’s just “Olay” here. But, in Germany, the name of the product is actually “Olaz.”
It’s not just Germany — Olaz is the name of the game in any country that speaks German as their primary language. In some other countries, such as Italy or the Netherlands, Olay doesn’t exist at all, under any name. They must have their own skincare preferences.
Lynx Body Spray
Axe body spray is well-known here in America, though whether the reputation is good or bad depends on who you ask. In Australia, though, it has an entirely unrelated name, that being “Lynx” body spray. There’s actually an understandable reason for this.
Developed by Unilever in France around 1983, Axe ran into a problem with the name when expansion into other countries was being considered — a copyright on the name “Axe” in several countries, including Australia, forced a name change for the body spray.
Specific to America
This is a bit of an odd one for the list, as the country changing brand names is actually America this time around. You can find an Exxon gas station just about everywhere in America, but we’re actually the only country that calls it this.
Literally everywhere else, the same company is called Esso, or in some cases just Mobil. Why is America the only one calling it Exxon? We’re not exactly sure — maybe we just like the letter ‘x,’ and feel that it doesn’t get enough respect around here.
Not So Cool Ranch
Cool Ranch is undoubtedly the most popular flavor of Doritos, at least here in America. But, for some reason or another, “ranch” isn’t a particularly popular term in other countries. Maybe it’s because ranch dressing itself is most popular in America.
Either way, other countries have a different name — in Holland, they call it “Cool American,” and in the UK it’s apparently just called “Cool Original.” It seems that other countries just don’t readily identify with ranch as a flavor, even if that’s what it is.
Make it Obvious
When you need to market a brand in a different country, it may seem a little on the nose to just tack the name of that country onto the packaging. But sometimes, that really does work. People like the idea of a product being tied to the country in which they live.
Coke did this in Japan, simply labeling their products as “Japan Cola.” Far from subtle, no doubt about it — but if it works, it works. Besides, it’s not like we don’t have products that do the exact same thing here in America, even with products that are made here.
The Milky Way
You’re never spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a chocolate candy bar at a grocery store. There’s plenty of options, one of which is Milky Way for Americans. But literally, everywhere else except the USA, these bars are actually called “Mars Bars.”
You may be familiar with the fact that Mars is actually the name behind a whole bunch of different candy bars, so that could be an explanation for that. Either way, most Americans probably wouldn’t recognize the bar as the one they know and love, what with the name and the packaging.
It Gets Worse
If you thought the business with the aforementioned Mars bar was bad, things actually get even more confusing. You may know Three Musketeers here in the United States, but in other countries, it’s actually those candy bars that are called Milky Way bars. Yeah, it gets worse.
Basically, candy bars have wildly varying names that overlap and get exchanged and whatnot in various countries around the world. If you leave the United States, you can never really be sure if a bar is what you think it is based on the name.
The Same, But Not
“Frosted Flakes. They’re Gr-r-reat!” In Europe, they’re just as great, but they exist under a slightly different name, that being “Frosties.” Once again, we’re not quite sure why this decision was made or what concern was being considered. Do Europeans not like flakes?
It could be some sort of slang or something — or maybe the people in charge of the cereal just wanted to try a different name and see how well it would stick. There’s not a particularly deep explanation for everything out there, even if we want one.
The Old Days
Alright, so technically we’re cheating a bit here — it’s not that Snickers go by a different name in other countries, as the guys in charge actually wanted Snickers to be branded consistently across the globe. However, the candy bar did have a different name in the past.
Back in the day, they were called Marathon bars. They changed to the much more iconic “Snickers” in 1990, and the rest is history. That said, you can actually find some Snickers bars marked as “Marathon” today, though these were just special ones going for the retro appeal.
Not Working Out
If you live in America, you know about Downy. It’s only one of the most popular cleaning detergents out there. However, Downy didn’t do so well when it was first introduced in Europe a few decades ago. Because of this, they ended up changing their name to Lenor, which was previously a popular cleaning name.
As you may have surmised by now, a lot of products that got a name change in Europe did so precisely because they wanted to capitalize on an already popular name on that continent. We suppose that does make marketing a whole lot easier when you think about it.
We talked about Sour Patch Kids already, but believe it or not, it’s not even just the name of those candies that’s different in some other places. In fact, the candies themselves look different elsewhere — or at least, they do in Australia.
We’re assuming their factories just pump them out in a bit of a different shape over there. As for why they were made that way, there’s probably no functional reason. Perhaps they just thought it was more aesthetically pleasing, and we can’t really disagree.
A Little Bit of Varie-Tea
Lipton is a popular brand name in America as far as tea is concerned, with most people able to recognize it even if they don’t drink it themselves. That said, Lipton is still Lipton in Japan, but the way it’s packaged is actually quite a bit different.
For one, you can buy the tea in cartons, which is definitely something you won’t see here in the United States. Secondly, the designs for those cartons are quite thorough and well thought out, with appropriate designs for each flavor. Neat!
Burst Your Bubble
If you know Starburst (and who doesn’t), you know that it’s one of the most popular fruity candies in the United States. But, as you know since it’s on this list, things are a little different in other countries. In the UK in particular, Starburst is instead called “Opal Fruits.”
Apparently, Opal Fruits actually came before Starburst, which was the name the candy adopted when it came into American markets. That said, regardless of name, the two are exactly the same, with no differences in their flavor or consistency.
Too Generic for Us
Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, is something that has benefitted a ton of Americans over the years. But, if you went to some other countries, it’s very likely that the name wouldn’t be recognized. This is because Vaseline is considered a generic term in many countries.
In Spain and Portugal, as well as German and Slavic speaking countries, it goes by a different name — Vasenol. The two names are probably close enough that people would know what it was regardless, but they would definitely be confused about it.
OK, so even in the United States, not everyone is familiar with Dr. Oetker. It’s not a household name like some other brands, but it’s still one you find in America. And like everything else on this list, it has a different identity overseas.
In Italy, the brand is instead called “Cameo.” Apparently, this was because the name “Dr. Oetker” was more difficult to say in Italy, so they changed it to a name that rolled off the tongue more naturally. Well, we can’t fault them for that.
A Brand New Chip
We’ve mostly talked about name changes on this list, but products change in other ways too when they’re sold around the world. For instance, the flavors you find for different food items are very different in other countries, where the dominant cultural flavors may be different.
Now, we don’t know if tomatoes are really that popular in China or not, but needless to say, most Americans would probably back away from such a flavoring in their own country, seeing as how tomatoes are almost entirely reserved for ketchup.
Keeping it Real
It’s not just flavors and brand names that are different around the world. Sometimes, it’s the very transparency of the package. By that, we mean how upfront the packaging is about the product itself. For instance, in Mexico, Coke cans are required to clearly say that there’s excess sugar in them.
This is actually a lot more common around the world than it is in America, because we don’t like telling people things that might turn them away from buying a product. Understandable from a business perspective, but probably not the right thing to do.
There are many ice cream brands available in the United States, one of which is Good Humor ice cream. But, of course, it’s different in other places. In the United Kingdom, it’s actually just called Wall’s, and in Australia, it’s called Kwality Wall’s.
Unlike some other products, though, you could probably still recognize this ice cream from its packaging, which is almost identical in all of these countries regardless of the name change. They all even have that little heart that Unilever likes putting on their products.
The Best Mayonnaise
Not everyone likes mayonnaise, but for those that do, they often turn to Hellmann’s here in the United States. In some other places? Not so much. Oh, they still turn to the exact same recipe and the exact same product, but instead, it goes by the name “Best Foods.”
Oddly, the name Hellmann’s is still used in several countries around the globe, but in a few, both names are used. Australia, for instance, has areas that use one name and areas that use another. We couldn’t really guess why this is the case or what the purpose is.
Have it Your Way
When it comes to fast-food, America has a little bit of everything. Burger King is a very popular option — perhaps one of the most popular, in fact. But in Australia, the name is completely different, instead being regarded as “Hungry Jacks.”
Sorry, but we don’t actually know why this name change happened. Maybe it has something to do with the “King” part of the name. But, we have to say, what des the mascot for Hungry Jacks look like if you don’t have the Burger King? Just doesn’t seem right.
There’s Only So Many Cool Names
Toyota isn’t an American company, but every American knows its vehicles. In particular, the Toyota Highlander is a very popular model. But, in Japan and Australia, it’s actually called the Toyota Kluger. Why does it get a German name in those countries?
Well, apparently Hyundai already had a Highlander in those countries, so Toyota couldn’t use it there. They had to pick something else to avoid legal issues. Luckily for them, the name was still free game here in the United States, so they took it while they had the chance.
How Do You Say That?
Dannon yogurt is a very popular choice for people that want a somewhat healthy snack to tide them over between meals. Oddly enough, this iconic brand name is different in literally every other part of the world, instead being recognized as “Danone.”
The reason for this? Apparently the company didn’t want any issues with Americans pronouncing the name wrong, so they changed it. Though, for the life of us, we can’t actually see what those issues are or would be. Maybe they’d just be offended.
Ah, Smarties. That one hard candy that seems like it’s everywhere, favorite among teachers for handing out to kids. Love them or hate them, they’re iconic. But, in Canada, they’re called Rockets for some reason. Why? We have no idea, though we don’t hate the change.
According to other people around Reddit, the candies actually have different names in other countries, too. We’re curious to know why “Smarties” didn’t work so well in other countries. Then again, maybe people just didn’t like the name elsewhere.
Weird Even for Us
Americans love hot dogs, no one can deny that. It’s a staple of backyard barbecues, parties, get-togethers, and easy dinners. But, even we don’t put our hot dogs in cans. In the Netherlands, you can actually find canned hot dogs. Like, cans with six hot dogs in them.
It’s a little weird to see them sold in such a manner, but you know, it’s probably pretty effective. The reason it doesn’t happen in America is probably because consumers would just assume they’re bad. Canned goods don’t really have the best reputation.
What Style Now?
Everyone loves pizza. There’s no one in this world who doesn’t love a certain type of pizza, because pizza is so versatile. You can make pizza out of almost any ingredients, creating the perfect pie for you. But, what exactly is “American” style pizza?
Well, according to Germany, it’s pizza with sausage and what appears to be peppers, as well as crust stuffed with hot dogs. We’ll admit the crust part sounds very American, but we’re not actually sure we do that very often even here in America.
Rice Bubbles Treats
Rice Krispies are loads of fun because there’s a bunch of cool things you can do with them, from eating them like cereal to making bars out of them. But, if you wanted to get your hands on them in Australia or New Zealand, you’d have to look under a different name.
In those countries, they’re called Rice Bubbles instead of Rice Krispies. We don’t really know why. Not that it’s an entirely unsuitable name, but it sure does seem a little odd. Then again, they could say the same thing about Rice Krispies. We just wonder if the slogan is the same — “Snap, crackle, pop!”
Ultimately, food and branding and packaging and all that good stuff changes every time you visit a new country. And this image perhaps sums that up very well — just like American grocers may have international food sections, other countries may have an American section.
It just goes to show that our food culture is just as foreign to them as theirs is to us and that ultimately, there’s a great deal of diversity in the ways people enjoy food, even though there’s a great deal of similarity as well.