In The United States, Hotdogs, Hamburgers, French Fries, And Ice Cream Have Long Been Considered National Favorites. What Cultural Patterns Help Explain The Love Of These Kinds Of Foods?


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Shirley McLean answered
Ice cream has been around as long as people had cows and access to ice.  I think the combination of cream and flavorings frozen together was an experiment.  I collect antiques, and I've never found an ice cream maker older than about 75 years old.  Hamburgers seem to be a natural evolution of the grinding of meat, and when people could hook a meat grinder on the end of a table, and grind meat, then shape the meat into patties to cook, hamburgers were invented.  Again I've never seen a meat grinder older than an ice cream maker.  French fries, I believe, evolved just by frying cut-up potatoes in lard, and were refined from there.  You really got me on hot dogs; I don't have a clue.  So really, these delicacies aren't that old....but they are loved.   Yay for the 4th of July!

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