50+ Differences Between British vs. American Food Names

Last Updated on January 30, 2023

Learn the useful list of 50+ differences between British vs. American food names illustrated with pictures.

British vs. American Food

When it comes to food, the British have a much bigger appetite than Americans. A British breakfast typically includes sausages, eggs, bacon, beans, black pudding, mushrooms, and toast, matched with a beverage such as coffee or tea. The American breakfast, on the other hand, can be quite varied in juxtaposition.

Aside from appetite, dining etiquette is also quite different between these two. One noticeable difference is the way Brits and Americans hold their knives and forks. In the UK, eating out is a way to celebrate an occasion or to mark a milestone while Americans dine out all the time. A possible reason could be because restaurants in the US are way cheaper than in the UK.

British vs. American Food Names

Aubergine —–<>—– Eggplant

Beetroot —–<>—– Beet

Biscuit —–<>—– Cookie

Black Treacle —–<>—– Molasses

Broad Bean —–<>—– Lima Bean

Candyfloss —–<>—– Cotton Candy

Chips —–<>—– French Fries

Cling Film —–<>—– Plastic Wrap

Cooker —–<>—– Range, Stove

Courgette —–<>—– Zucchini

Coriander—–<>—– Cilantro

Crisps —–<>—– (Potato) Chips

Cutlery —–<>—– Silverware

Desiccated Coconut —–<>—– Shredded Coconut

Eggy Bread —–<>—– (Fried) French Toast

Fairy Cake —–<>—– Cup Cake

Flan —–<>—– Fruit Pie

Food, Grub, Nosh —–<>—– Food

Gammon —–<>—– Ham

Gherkin —–<>—– Pickle

Icing Sugar —–<>—– Confectioner’s Sugar

Powdered —–<>—– Sugar

Jug —–<>—– Pitcher

Kipper —–<>—– Smoked Herring

Maize —–<>—– Corn

Marrow —–<>—– Squash

Mid – Morning Meal —–<>—– Brunch

Minced Meat —–<>—– Ground Meat

Muesli —–<>—– Granola

Pepper —–<>—– Bell Pepper

Pilchards —–<>—– Sardines

Porridge —–<>—– Oatmeal

Puddings, Afters, Dessert, Sweets —–<>—– Dessert

Rasher —–<>—– A Slice of Bacon

Runner Beans —–<>—– Green Beans, String Beans

Rubbish —–<>—– Garbage, Trash

Sandwich, Butty, Sarnie —–<>—– Sandwich

Sausage, Banger —–<>—– Sausage

Scone —–<>—– Biscuit

Semolina —–<>—– Cream of Wheat, Manna

Serviette —–<>—– Napkin

Semi-Skimmed Milk —–<>—– 2% Milk, Low-fat milk

Smoked Salmon —–<>—– Lox

Sorbet —–<>—– Sherbet

Spring Onions —–<>—– Green Onions

Squash —–<>—– Juice Concentrate

Starter —–<>—– Appetizer

Sweets —–<>—– Candy

Tin —–<>—– Can

Toasted Cheese (Sandwich) —–<>—– Grilled Cheese

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12 thoughts on “50+ Differences Between British vs. American Food Names”

  1. In England, Sorbet is a type of Frozen Slushy-Type of Dessert (Slushy=Slurpee or whatever other Americans call it) whereas Sherbet is the Powder. In the USA Sherbet refers to both.

  2. Fries, you fry them in vegetable oil French? I dunno why we call them French though

    Rugby and American Football are similar, but it’s like comparing Tennis and Badminton

    We call it football because the field is measured in Feet and Yards instead of metres. I’d prefer it be called Leatherball or Pigskin if it were renamed

    We say mom because it’s short for Mother

    We say color instead of color because American English refers to Latin roots closer and it’s quicker to spell

    – An American

  3. Half of the stuff in this is just wrong. the UK doesn’t say maize over corn or at least not american “corn” is wheat and maize we call sweetcorn. A scone is not a biscuit w*f are you dense? American appetites are much larger compared to the UK. In the UK you typically only eat what you order whilst in America they will commonly give you unlimited salad and breadsticks. The English Breakfast is only eaten on rare occasions for most potentially for a hangover on the weekend it is not an everyday occurrence. Typical is not what I would describe as the breakfast used in this context. It’s so dumb, you say one eats one specific meal and the other has a varied.


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