German Cuisine Series: The Influence of German Food in the United States

Do you shop at Trader Joe's or ALDI? Do you cook German food or eat candy with German origins? In this specialized series, we will take a look at the influence German cuisine has in US kitchens.

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The History of Gummy Bears

In the first edition of our "German Cuisine" series, we look at the history of gummy bears, which originated in Germany less than 100 years ago. From the kitchen of a German man named Hans Riegel to grocery stores around the world, these colorful chewy candies quickly became a beloved staple across the globe.


German Brothers Brought Grocery Empires to the US

Two of America's largest grocery store chains - Trader Joe's and ALDI - have German origins dating back over a century. Both stores are owned by the same company, but were initially managed by two brothers who split up ownership.


Doughnuts: An Old German Creation

Since the early 20th century, doughnuts have been a popular treat in the United States. More than 10 billion doughnuts are consumed annually in the US, due in part to the large-scale expansion of corporations like Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. Although the diversity of colorful and frosted doughnuts might seem like an American delicacy, the origin of these sugar-laden treats lies at least partially in Germany.

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The Hot Dog: An All-American Treat with German Origins

The hot dog: a delicious and convenient meal often found at sporting events, late-night eateries and the food carts on the streets of New York. But this "All-American" treat has origins in Europe and is a variation of the German "Frankfurter".


Pretzels: A Medieval German Delicacy

If you've ever been to a German bakery, you might have noticed the fresh-baked pretzels every morning behind the glass. Pretzels have long been a part of German food culture - but they have also made their way to the United States.


Sauerkraut: Cuisine for the Winter

It might not be difficult to guess that Sauerkraut is a popular dish in Germany; after all, it is a German word. But this popular German dish - which directly translates to "sour cabbage" - is also widespread in the United States, and has been used in American English since 1776.

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In Germany, the regional differences in the gastronomy are as numerous and varied as the dialects. Professional and amateur chefs embrace these distinctions, yet a cosmopolitan fare reflecting the country’s vibrant immigrant population has also emerged.