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Top 10 Products That Scream All-American . . . But Aren't

Top 10 Products That Scream All-American . . . But Aren't

What do Budweiser, Church's Chicken, and Toll House cookies have in common? Not that they're the fixins of a perfect three-course meal (or that they're all brown, though that occurred to me judging from the pic) these goodies all made The List Universe's list of "Top 10 American Icons That Are Not American." We took a peek at 10 decidedly Made-in-the-USA products a while back — comparing the two lists, it seems like Firestone Tires (Japan) are the anti-Harley Davidson (USA.)

Also on the list of "you're not from around here, are you?" Dial soap, Holiday Inn, and 7-Eleven. The stories behind the products are pretty fetch: for instance, Church's Chicken was invented across the street from the Alamo, but was sold in 2004 to an Islamic venture capital firm in Bahrain. The company doesn't invest in any businesses who deal in pork or porn among other items prohibited by Sharia law, a position that's gotten the business sued by franchise owners.

Though the roots of a product are a little different than the politics of a company, do you pay attention to where something comes from before you buy? Check out the whole list to see the story behind the products and where they're from.

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Ella-Pretty Ella-Pretty 7 years
That link to the "islamist" website is SCARY...it seems like the purpose of that blog is to vilify everything Islamic...seems like a hate-mongering website to me. Maybe you want to rethink linking to it?
Ella-Pretty Ella-Pretty 7 years
That link to the "islamist" website is SCARY...it seems like the purpose of that blog is to vilify everything Islamic...seems like a hate-mongering website to me.Maybe you want to rethink linking to it?
lorenashley lorenashley 7 years
church's chicken is GROSS! :sick:
lorenashley lorenashley 7 years
church's chicken is GROSS! :sick:
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Mmm, I just had my fried-chicken dinner and it was delicious. Thanks for the idea, Citizen. And thanks to my wonderful boyfriend who cooked it for me :) Now I just need a nice, warm chocolate chip cookie to finish it off...
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
You can have the chop suey as well, that's American :) Ima, thanks for the recipe--I totally forgot you put other stuff in there besides tea :oops: It's been a while.
meringue meringue 7 years
So the cookies are american? I'll take those please...and the mercedes
Imabeliever Imabeliever 7 years
allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chinese-Tea-Leaf-Eggs/Detail.aspx you are so right..very yummy and lots of ooo's and ahh's when you make them The ONLY Bud I can stand is the new Bud Light Lime. I used to buy American cars right up and until I purchased my Prius. In the end so few things are truly American since we are a country of immigrants. I think fortune cookies are American. :)
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
No prob! I love cars! :)
Sticker1 Sticker1 7 years
Interesting Hausfrau...you sure know a lot about this issue, that's neat. As for the price of parts, I think someone earlier said something about imported car parts being more expensive. I like Northern European cars though, they always drive really well. Thanks again for the info.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Sticker - Sometimes the engines come assmbled and the parts can be made in Germany or Austria is a big one for them. I don't know that thats the cause of it being more expensive though. I'm of the school of thought that you get what you pay for, so the cost of that doesn't really bother me. The ones that are made here the parts come from all over yes, but I beleive thats the same with American manufacturers. This particular plant for MB uses approx 65% of parts from NAFTA suppliers, so that might address the import premium. Its important to remember too, continuing with the Mercedes example, that those models that are made here - M, ML, GL, and R - are made here for a global market. So they actually make them here and then ship them all over the world.
Sticker1 Sticker1 7 years
Thanks for the info Hausfrau! So is the import premium passed onto the customer different depending on how much of the car was imported? And then even if in the case of the M Class Mercedes being built entirely in the US, do all the parts come from Germany and are thereby more expensive?
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
the have Church's Chicken in the south too.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 7 years
Eww Church's chicken is hella scary I think they use genetically modified Chickens because the size of the parts are 3 times any chicken place I have ever been too. I also notice that they are typically in lower income areas which makes me leery ( yes a conspiracy ahahah). Anyway my coworker who is Originally from Peru and I had a conversation regarding "What's American" ( something that originates from this Country)several months ago. I was trying to find an American Liquor, American Food anything we can call our own and I haven't found one yet.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
Churches -- is on the west coast!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
There are many car companies that have a final (and sometimes mostly) assembly here in the states, but with foreign cars, esp. German ones, usually the engine is built somewhere else. There a few exceptions of course, like the M Class Mercedes which is made entirely in Alabama and the BMW Z series which is made in South Carolina.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Sticker - You look on the sticker in the window, it tells where the parts come from and where the final assembly point is. If you don't have that sticker, you can run the VIN through a decoder. For example, all the VWs that VIN # start with 3VW have a final assembly point in Mexico.
Sticker1 Sticker1 7 years
Yeah the chicken does look like the rock monster from Galaxy quest, I didn't even know it was chicken when I first saw it. What is Church's Chicken anyway? Is that a Midwest thing? East Coast thing? How do you know if a car has been imported? Aren't there like Kia and Hyundai factories in Alabama? How does that work?
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
Church's Chicken is BEYOND delicious -- there's one just up the road!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
That does sound yummy! Kinda like those noodles in green tea idea on YumSugar...
indielove indielove 7 years
AWESOME, thanks! :)
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
They're yummy. You don't even need to put salt or anything on them, because they have all the flavor from the tea. They're easy to make. If you ever want to try them, just do as I described above (make sure you just crack the eggshells lightly, though) and then cook them for a while with a strong dark tea, like oolong.
indielove indielove 7 years
Interesting, Jude. I'd like to try it.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 7 years
I laugh (or cry...depends on my mood) every time I see a Budweiser commercial now. I know they're not going to change anything about the image, but it just doesn't have the same American feel to me. I still won't drink it though. :raspberry:
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
The eggs are hard-boiled. Then the shells are lightly cracked, and the eggs are further cooked in tea. The eggs turn this lovely shade of brown and are delicious!
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