20 Foods That Only Exist In Europe

By molly atherton 7 months ago
France boasts pastries so buttery, even the croissants do Pilates and Nordic seafood is so fresh; it brags about its morning swim! Come with us on Europe's food journey of taste bus and mouthwatering flavors.

1. Choucroute Garnie (France)

Choucroute garnie is a classic French dish that was created in the region of Alsace.  It combines sauerkraut, which is fermented cabbage if you were unaware. with various pork-based meats, that are usually smoked, sausages, and potatoes.  This hearty and flavorful dish warms you up during the festive season and the cold winter months.
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It's produced with various pork-based meats, that are usually smoked, sausages, and potatoes.  This hearty and flavorful dish warms you up during the festive season and the cold winter months.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. Cullen Skink (Scotland)

Cullen skink originates from Cullen in Scotland and is a traditional Scottish soup that contains smoked haddock, potatoes, onions, and cream.  It's a comforting, delicious and warming dish.
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The fish is poached to perfection, infusing the soup with a rich smokiness.  It is often garnished with parsley and served with crusty bread or Scottish oatcakes.

3. Stroopwafel (Netherlands)

Stroopwafel is a delicious Dutch treat that is a beloved snack in the Netherlands.  They are often enjoyed alongside a warm drink, like coffee or tea. and
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It consists of two thin and crispy waffle-like cookies that are glued together with sweet and sticky caramel sauce. Traditional stroopwafels are made using a specialized waffle iron.

4. Burek (Balkan Region)

Burek is a savory pastry and is very popular throughout Eastern Europe.  It originated in the Balkan region and consists of thin layers of flaky and buttery filo pastry that is rolled into a spiral shape.
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It can be filled with anything such as minced meat, cheese, spinach, and potatoes.  Typically, this mouth watering snack is usually enjoyed with yogurt or sour cream.

5. Saganaki (Greece)

Saganaki is a rich and satisfying dish that is popular in Greece.  It is known for its deliciously crispy, tangy, and savory flavors and consists of a variety of cheeses.
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These are usually Greek Kefalograviera or halloumi that are drizzled in lemon juice.  It is often enjoyed as a meze and is a beloved dish among both locals and visitors.

6. Scouse (England)

Scouse is a hearty and slow cooked meat and vegetable stew that hails from Liverpool in England.  The traditional dish typically contains tender chunks of beef or lamb.
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Authentic scouse contains root vegetables like carrots and potatoes, and is often served with pickled red cabbage or beetroot.  An addition of sweet potatoes is also popular.

7. Trdelník (Czech Republic)

Trdelník is a traditional Czech sweet treat that originates from the Slovak region of Horehronie.  It is made up of golden and crispy dough with a fluffy inside rolled into a cylinder shape.
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The pastry is typically coated in sugar, filled, and then sprinkled with a variety of toppings like cinnamon, nuts, or chocolate.  Delicious, whichever way you eat it!

8. Beinenstich (Germany)

In German, the name of this dessert is 'Beinenstich' which translates to 'bee sting', and is a delicious sweet, and rich dessert that has roots in Germany.
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It is made up of rich, buttery dough with a luscious vanilla cream or a custard filling and then topped with scrummy caramelized sliced almonds and honey.

9. Varenyky (Ukraine)

You might already know this Ukrainian dish as Pierogi but if you don't, they are dumplings that are made from unleavened dough and are also known as Varenyky.
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These comforting dumplings are so versatile and are served with different garnishes including melted butter, sour cream, or fried onions, and can be filled with mashed potatoes, cheese or sauerkraut.

10. Gravlax (Scandinavia)

Gravlax is a Scandinavian delicacy that is traditionally served on special occasions and consists of thinly sliced, cured salmon and originates from Norway.  It is often served as an appetizer.
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It has a salty, sweet, and herbal taste, is typically accompanied by a tangy mustard or dill sauce and presented on a bed of crisp bread or crackers.

11. Weiner Würstchen (Austria)

Weiner Würstchen is also known as Vienna sausages or Vienna frankfurters and is a popular sausage from Austria.  They are often enjoyed as a quick snack and served in a bread roll.
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It's served with mustard, sauerkraut, and potatoes.  The sausages are loved for their distinct smoky and savory flavor and are now enjoyed across Europe and further afield.

12. Lángos (Hungary)

Lángos is a yummy and mouth watering Hungarian dish and is certainly an indulgent treat.  It consists of a deep-fried flat bread or doughnut that is golden and crispy on the outside.
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It is light and fluffy on the inside and is typically served with a variety of toppings like garlic butter, sour cream, grated cheese, and other toppings like bacon, sausages, or vegetables.

13. Pastéis de Nata (Portugal)

Pastéis de Nata are also known as Portuguese custard tarts and are certainly a must-try for pastry lovers.  They are golden tarts that are made with a crisp and flaky puff pastry shell.
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The shell is filled with a rich and creamy egg custard.  The best thing about them is the way they are baked until they develop a caramelized, delectable, and slightly burnt surface.

14. Arancini (Italy)

The name 'Arancini' literally translated to 'little oranges' in Italian which owes to their round shape and golden color.  They are essentially rice balls that are covered in breadcrumbs.
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They are made with creamy risotto and can include a range of ingredients such as cheese, meat vegetables, or even seafood, which ever choice you prefer.

15. Köttbullar (Sweden)

Köttbullar, also known as Swedish Meatballs, is a popular Swedish dish that has gained popularity internationally (think Ikea!).  They are small, tender, and very flavorful meatballs.
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They are made from a mixture of ground beef and pork, along with breadcrumbs, onions, and seasonings including allspice and nutmeg.  Their deliciousness makes them a staple in Sweden.

16. Placki Ziemniaczane (Poland)

Placki Ziemniaczane are delicious and versatile potato pancakes that hail from Poland and are made from grated potatoes that are mixed with eggs, flour, salt, and pepper.
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.  They are often served with sour cream and topped with ingredients like sauteéd mushrooms and smoked salmon.  And they're so versatile that they can also be enjoyed as a sweet dish too!

17. Salade Niçoise (France)

Salade Niçoise originates from the French coastal city of Nice and is a vibrant and refreshing salad that typically features fresh lettuce leaves, boiled or steamed potatoes.
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It can also contain green beans, tomatoes and hard boiled eggs as well as black olives, anchovies and tuna.  It is a perfect dish that is enjoyed during the summer.

18. Marmitako (Basquee Region)

Marmitako is a traditional fishermen's stew and originates from the Basque country in northern Spain.  It typically consists of chunks of fresh tuna or bonito fish, potatoes, onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
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These are cooked alongside garlic, paprika and bay leaves.  This comforting nourishing stew is a popular choice among locals and tourists and really showcases the region's love for bold aromatic flavors.

19. Fårikål (Norway)

Fårikål is considered Norway's national dish and is a comforting and hearty stew that is made with lamb and cabbage.  It is made by layering lamb meat ....
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.... along with meat bones and cabbage in a pot and despite its simplicity, it is incredibly flavorful and satisfying as it shows its country's culinary heritage.

20. Bakewell Tart (England)

Bakewell tart is an English classic and is a sweet treat that features a sweet and crumbly pastry crust, that is filled with a layer of almond frangipane and a layer of raspberry jam.
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It also features a layer of thick white icing too.  It dates back to the mid-19th century and originates from the English town of Bakewell in Derbyshire.

21. Lapin à la Moutarde (France)

Lapin à la Moutarde translates to Mustard Rabbit and is a rich and flavorful French dish.  It is made with tender pieces of rabbit meat.
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This is cooked in a very creamy mustard sauce that features ingredients such as white wine, Dijon mustard, cream and herbs such as thyme and tarragon.

22. Faggots (Wales)

Herbert Hill Brain was a traditional butcher who hailed from Bristol in England and he began to make heart warming meals in 1925.  One dish that became a favorite across the nation was his pork faggots dish.
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It consists of meatballs made with off-cuts and offal mixed with herbs and breadcrumbs, served alongside a West country sauce.  This dish is popular across south and mid-Wales.

23. Sachertorte (Austria)

Sachertorte is an indulgent and famous Austrian chocolate cake that is dense, rich, moist and absolutely delicious!  This decadent cake is made with a tangy apricot jam and a smooth and glossy chocolate glaze.
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Due to its luxuriousness, this cake is enjoyed during special occasions, including weddings and, to be honest, whenever anyone wants to indulge!  It's a real crowd pleaser!

24. Pirozhki (Russia)

Pirozhki are popular in Russian cuisine and are savory stuffed pastries that can be filled with a variety of ingredients including round meat, potatoes, cabbage, cheese, mushrooms.
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Sometimes they are filled with a combination of them all!  They are a staple of Eastern European cuisine and are enjoyed as a yummy snack or appetizer.

25. Pastéis de Bacalhau (Portugal)

Pastéis de Bacalhau is a cherished part of Portuguese cuisine and are golden brown fritters that are made with salted codfish, mashed potatoes, eggs, onions, and parsley.
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The mixture is then formed into small, oval shaped fritters that are then deep fried until golden brown.  The problem is, once you start on them, you can't stop!

26. Bouillabaisse (France)

Bouillabasse is a Provençal fish stew that is traditional and originates from the Mediterranean coast of France.  It contains a collection of fish and shellfish that can vary.
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The dish often includes red snapper, sea bass, monkfish, mussels, clams and shrimp.  It is cooked in a hearty broth combined with aromatic herbs, garlic, onions and tomatoes.

27. Lardy Cake (England)

This sweet and indulgent treat is a traditional British pastry known as Lardy Cake.  It consists of buttery dough that contains lard, sugar, dried fruits, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Interestingly, its origins date all the way back to Medieval England with it being originally created as a nourishing and filling pastry for laborers and workers in the English countryside.

28. Smalahove (Norway)

Smalahove is a traditional Norwegian dish that is made from sheep's head and the name literally translates to "sheep's (smale) head (hovud)".  The head is usually salted, dried, and then roasted or boiled.
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It is then served as a dish and is actually considered a delicacy in certain regions of Norway where it was originally eaten in the lead up to Christmas and on Christmas Eve.

29. Lörtsy (Finland)

Lörtsy is a delicious Finnish pastry that is usually filled with various savory fillings including minced meat, vegetables, or cheese.  They can also be really sweet too.
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It is a thin, half-moon-shaped pastry that was first invented in eastern Finland in Savonlinna. It can either be baked or fried and is often enjoyed by many as a snack.

30. Leberkäse (Germany/Austria)

Leberkäse translates to "liver cheese" and is a meatloaf-like dish that originated in Germany.  And no, it doesn't actually contain liver or cheese!  It is actually usually made up of meat.
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The meat would be ground pork, beef or a combination of both, along with various seasonings.  It can either be served in slices for a sandwich or with mustard and pretzels.

31. How about the best American snacks that you can't get anywhere else? Teddy Grahams

When you're in the US, seeing this adorable teddy faces is a comfort thing when it comes to snacks you can rely on.  You're not going to find them anywhere else past the border!
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The best thing about these snacks are the childhood memories of definitely having them in your lunchbox - or playing pretend with them and marching them across the table!

32. 100 Grand Bars

You won't even find 1 Grand Bar, never mind 100 Grand Bars, if you cross the border out of the US! Because these tasty treats definitely aren't for snacking if you're in another country.
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Just think about all that delicious chewy caramel in the chocolate bar that has pride and place only on the grocery shelves in the States and nowhere else.

33. Pop-Tarts

If there's one delicious and tasty snack that the US is known for, it's the Pop-Tart! As it rightly says on the packing: proudly baked in the US! And that means you're likely not to find these in any other country.
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If you're so used to having these little guys as your healthy (not) breakfast choice every day that you wake up in the US, then you're going to have some seriously disappointing breakfasts in other countries.

34. Cheez-Its

If there's one thing Americans like with their snacks, it's some variety of processed cheese - and cheese combined with a cracker snack? Divine. There is good news about this snack.
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After some scouring about, you may pick up a poor equivalent of this snack in other countries although they don't quite cut it on the cheesiness.

35. Combos

Another thing that America is known for in the delicious snack world is pretzels, with this being a popular choice for most people in the US if they fancied something crunchy and delicious.
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The pretzel doesn't seem to have taken off very well in other countries, even though you should be able to find something similar - or a pretzel of some variety!

36. Airheads

Airheads are not only an iconic American candy staple, but they're also one of those retro, nostalgic ones that you enjoy now as an adult as much as you did as a kid
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The best thing about this candy offering was the sheer amount of flavors and colors they came in. Maybe it's the high sugar content that made them less appealing in other countries.

37. Butterfinger

You might find that Butterfingers slip right out of your hand if you're hoping to enjoy them anywhere outside of the US. Ooh, those buttery, chocolate-covered fingers.
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This American candy staple will be very difficult - even impossible - to find in different countries, unless they have one of those blessed 'American candy' aisles in the supermarket.

38. All Those Tasty Oreo Flavors!

If there's anything that's the pinnacle of American treats, it's the Oreo! The good news about this one is that you can actually find Oreos outside of the US.
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In other countries, like the UK, you won't have the same luck with some of the tastier flavors, like Birthday Cake flavor Oreos or Apple Pie flavor Oreos!

39. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn

Sure, popcorn can be found as a tasty snack most places in the world but Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Popcorn is a flavor very specific to USA enjoyment and that's a fact!
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Don't cry if you're an American staying in a different country.  If you want to get creative, you can mix up your own attempt at the recipe by adding some chili sauce to a bag of popcorn!

40. Lay's Biscuits And Gravy Potato Chips

if you're looking for this very specific flavor: Southern Biscuits & Gravy, we don't even know how you'd create that yourself with a plain brand of potato chips, unless you want to add gravy!
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Luckily, the brand of chips Lays can be found in other countries - or at the very least, there will be a very similar tasting knock off that you'll happily enjoy.

41. Reese's Cups

We have sung the praises of A LOT of American candy on here, but let us be honest - nothing really comes close to peanut butter Reese's cups!
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There's always the worry that you won't be able to find them outside the US! The best thing you can do is ask a friend back home to mail some to you!

42. Hostess Cupcakes

Hostess Cupcakes are a cafeteria staple and they made basic cupcakes look boring in comparison! The key selling point of Hostess Cupcakes is of course that unbelievable creamy filling.
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If for some reason you're very specific about eating Hostess Cupcakes, and only Hostess Cupcakes will reach the spot, then you're going to want to stay in the US.

43. Chex Mix

Not only is Chex Mix the ultimate stay at home snack with a variety of flavors but it's also one you can depend on to be served in your local bar or around town.
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There's nothing quite like this addictive savory snack - but the sad news is, not every country in the world will agree with you!  So better fill your pockets!

44. Peanut Butter M&Ms

No matter what kind of candy it is, peanut butter just makes every one of them better if you're an American and you'll struggle to find this flavor outside the Sates
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If you can hack it, then you will be able to get the normal chocolate M&M's in other countries of the world, but you'd have to buy a separate jar of peanut butter and combine the two!

45. Jell-O

You can definitely get gelatin in other countries but nothing will compare to the good ol' fashioned Jell-O you know and love back home especially Jell-O Creations Dessert Kit.
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The thing about Jell-O as well is it's not just about the basic fruity gelatin but it's also about the other options they have going on.  No one does it like us Americans.

46. Nutter Butter

You don't realize how much you seriously need it in your life until you start traveling to other countries and get that craving for the treat that is Nutter Butter.
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Unfortunately, Nutter Butters won't be something you can find outside of the US - again, only if you take the time to hopefully find a US candy part of the grocery store - risky!

47. Twinkies

If crunchy peanut butter isn't your thing - or chocolate candy items - maybe your go-to snack is more of a cake dessert, like the legendary Twinkies - an American legend!
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The experience is made all the more better when you have one deep fried while you are out and about.  Are we making your mouth water?

48. Lucky Charms

You might get less than lucky if you're looking for this in another country and having to go with the next best thing, not a patch on the original.
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So we know that there's pretty much no nutritional value... but give us a break.  We're definitely not eating this cereal for health reasons but pure taste delight.

49. Root Beer

Root beer is pretty much an exclusive when it comes to American soft drinks. It's the bottle you reach for when you're enjoying any of the snacks on this list, to wash them down nicely.
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The closest thing in places like the UK in terms of flavor might be a drink called Dandelion & Burdock - but even then, you'll just know it's not the real deal!

50. Cheetos

So Cheetos actually can be found in certain countries, like the UK, but not all of them! If you're desperate for a very cheesy savory snack, then there will be variations of the cheesy corn snack.
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You might be able to find a new brand or flavor that you can put up with whilst traveling - as long as it's cheesy enough, of course!  Second best will have to do.