14 Foods You Didn’t Know Were Called by Different Names in the U.K.

The chips/fries difference is just the beginning.

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Zucchini

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If you want some summer squash during a U.K. visit, keep an eye out for “courgette” instead of zucchini. The name also lends itself well to British “courgetti”—courgette spaghettie—or as Americans say, “zoodles.” Check out these other delicious pasta substitutions.

Shrimp

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In the United States, there’s a difference between shrimp and prawns; shrimp are small with short legs, while prawns are larger and have more claws. In the United Kingdom though, both of the little crustaceans are almost always called prawns. Find out why shrimp is a superfood every woman needs.

Seltzer

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If you’re looking for sparkling water in Britain, ask for soda water. Americans adopted the names “seltzer water” and “club soda” after World War II, but the original “soda water” name stuck around in the U.K. Finally learn the difference between seltzer, club soda, and tonic water.

Fries

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Don’t blame your British server if burger and "chips" comes with a side of fries—in the U.K., that’s technically what you asked for. But Brits wouldn’t consider every French fry a chip. Chips specifically have to be thick cut, sort of like steak fries. Those skinny ones you get at American fast food restaurants aren’t true chips.

Chips

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If you actually are dead-set on some American chips, ask for a bag of crisps. Oh, and look for the brand Walkers, which is the British Lay's brand. Sour cream and onion might be popular in America, but you’re more likely to find cheese and onion in the U.K. At home, try these healthy chips recipes.

Candy

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A little packaged good for your candy craving would be called “sweets” or “sweeties” in Britain. Just don’t call that Cadbury’s bar a sweet. Chocolate bars are their own category, but sweets can be any other confection, from fruity gummies to hard toffees. Find out how a nutritionist ranks your favorite candies.

Cotton candy

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The spun sugar still gets its “candy” claims in the U.K., where it’s called candy floss. You won't believe the ironic story of the dentist who invented cotton candy.

Cookies

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In the U.K., a cookie specifically refers to a chocolate chip cookie. (Don't miss these hacks for the perfect chocolate chip cookies.) Anything else would be called a “biscuit.” Biscuits aren’t the chewy cookies you’d find in American bakeries, but have a crisper texture, like shortbread.

Cilantro

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Cilantro is one of those foods you either love or hate. If you’re in the latter group, steer clear of “coriander” in Great Britain. But if you're in the former, check out these easy Mexican appetizer recipes.

Grilled cheese

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Don’t get disgruntled when you can’t find your favorite comfort food on a British menu. A cheese toastie will give you that same deliciously toasted bread and heavenly melted cheese that you’re looking for. It might be panini-pressed or baked in the oven instead of on a skillet, but it’s guaranteed to satisfy your craving. This is how a professional chef makes the best grilled cheese.

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