A Taste of America: 10 of the Most Iconic Foods in the U.S.

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Feeling patriotic? If not now, then you soon will be. There’s nothing like a heaping, greasy, and preferably processed glob of Americana to remind you of your roots. From savory staples to classic confections, America’s got something delicious for everyone — well, everyone who isn’t on a diet. Then again, every diet has its cheat day, and there’s nothing in the rules about salivating over yummy looking pictures. Loosen your belt a few notches and take a tour through ten of the most quintessentially American treats.

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1. Twinkies

You may know these as the super synthetic, likely non-biodegradable cake snacks — the ones with a shelf life spanning years, if not decades (okay, maybe just 45 days.) According to Hostess Cakes, the goodie was invented by bakery manager Jimmy Dewer in 1930. En route to giving a presentation on his idea, Dewer saw a billboard for Twinkle Toe Shoes. With that, the adorable name — and the tasty treat to go with it – was born.

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