14 Names Other Countries Have For Food That Will Confuse Every Aussie
There’s nothing that can unearth the patriotism you didn’t know you had inside you, like hearing what another country calls a common food.
If you’ve never left Australia, or don’t watch international cooking shows, you might be unaware that not all English-speaking countries refer to food by the same names. It’s unsurprising that on the other side of the world, colloquial terms are used — but that doesn’t make them any less baffling.
We’ve dug deep to find some of the most unexpected food names.
Here are 14 names other countries have for food that will confuse every Aussie:
1. Dessert is called pudding – The UK
A baffling phenomenon, especially as this confuses whether the dessert in question is actually pudding, or a whole different kind of sweet treat. This makes even less sense than Irish people referring to dessert as “Afters”.
me, sobbing: please stop, you can’t just call every single kind of dessert pudding
british person, pointing to a cake: pudding
— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) June 28, 2020
2. Cordial is called Kool-Aid (and it sucks) – The US
Kool-Aid is the go-to term, but it’s also the main brand that makes flavoured water — although Kool-Aid is a powder, not a liquid. Traditional cordial doesn’t seem to be overly popular in the US, and to add insult to injury, in the UK, cordial is sometimes called squash. Excuse me?
JUST DISCOVERED AMERICANS DON'T HAVE CORDIAL! This discovery totally requires capitals. Seriously weird.
— Cassandra (@Cass040) November 20, 2014
3. Vanilla slices are called custard squares – New Zealand
Yes, these bakery staples are made of custard and in the shape of a square, but a little imagination wouldn’t go astray, NZ!
Cultural learning #1: a vanilla slice is a NZ custard square.
The more you know.
— Adele Walsh (@snarkywench) September 28, 2018
4. Jam is called jelly – The US
In the US seedless jam is jelly, so what is jelly called? Jell-O! Again, it’s a specific brand (not to mention, it sounds like baby talk!)
up until a while ago, i didnt know americans call jam ‘jelly’. i really thought you guys put actually jelly in your sandwich pic.twitter.com/YKFEvlUuFP
— Mari⁷ ⚡️ (@J00NIEWORLD) December 17, 2020
5. HP Sauce is called brown sauce – The UK
If you’ve ever spent time with anyone from the UK, or even just Europe, you’ll know they love a bit of brown sauce. For a long time, I thought brown sauce was any sauce that was brown — like BBQ sauce! It turns out, brown sauce is closer to what Australians know as HP Sauce.
ok seriously @europe what is brown sauce why is the only description i get its color
— liz (@lizcarroll415) January 30, 2017
6. Chips are called fries – The US
Australians categorising fries, chips and potato chips all under the the umbrella term ‘chips’ is simply just our culture. Lean into it!
As An Australian I Shall Say: Both are chips https://t.co/wiJjJurU4a
— Braith (@braith_johnson) July 20, 2021
7. Supreme pizza is called All-Dressed pizza – Canada
I kind of love this one. All-Dressed just sounds so fancy!
My Canadian slipped out this week when I forgot the name for a “Supreme” slice of pizza at DHOP and asked for it “All-Dressed” instead 🤭 pic.twitter.com/ssDgCfyWa1
— Sara Girard (@SaraGirardNews) July 23, 2021
8. Soft drink is called soda, pop or soda pop – The US
If this isn’t enough to bend your brain, in the South, some Americans just refer to all soft drinks as…coke! Not confusing at all!
You damn brits, americans and canadians with your damn pop or soda or whatever each place says us Australians keep it strangly complex we have
Canna sof drink (can of soft drink)
Boll o' sof drink (bottle of soft drink)
— Dripped Joshua, The Ambassador And Stan Of Menulog (@LzrdYT) July 6, 2018
9. Icing sugar is called powdered sugar – The US
I mean, the sugar is powdered but the word “icing’ just has a little more pizzazz.
I need help. When Americans say "powdered sugar" do they mean icing sugar??????????
— Tylah 🌻 (@tylahhhmarie) October 23, 2015
10. Scones are called biscuits – The US
They’re not sweet and served with jam and cream, instead these scones are commonly served with gravy.
Why do Americans eat biscuits and gravy? Have they never heard of tea?
— She (@vikatoyah) January 16, 2018
11. Dessert slices are called squares or bars – Canada
Riddle me this, Canada: if slices are bars, then what are chocolate bars? If you made a chocolate slice, would you call it a chocolate bar?! Make it make sense!
I recently learnt that Canadians call sweet slices “bars” or “squares” and seriously, this has pushed me over the edge.
— Tara Watson (@tara_watson_) July 27, 2021
12. Chicken burgers are called chicken sandwiches – The US
This has always baffled me. Americans classify pretty much any chicken wedged in bread as a chicken sandwich — even when it’s clearly a burger bun. This, again, just defies logic as what is an actual chicken sandwich then?! How do y’all even function!
people really call this shit a sandwich and not a fucking chicken burger pic.twitter.com/005SsHDnYt
— Jobby but not dead (@TheBestJobby) July 27, 2021
13. Woolworths is called Countdown – New Zealand
This isn’t just an item of food, this is an entire grocery store. Where were you the day you found out that the Woolies chain is called Countdown over in New Zealand? Mind. Blown.
14. Capsicums are called peppers – The US & The UK
It turns out, Australians are one of the only English-speaking countries to say capsicum. The vegetable is known simply as pepper in the UK and bell pepper in the US. For added confusion in America’s Midwest, green capsicums are sometimes called mangoes.
come back we just got here. capsicum is called "bell pepper" what a fucken world
— computer gooding junior (@bonerman_inc) October 9, 2016
I’m more confused than ever.