12 Foods That Have Been Named All Wrong
So many foods have been named all wrong causing confusion for cooks and hungry folks alike. We get to the bottom of 12 food misnomers.
Boston Cream Pie
The official Massachusetts state dessert, Boston cream pie is two layers of spongy yellow cake with a layer of vanilla pudding or custard in between. It’s then frosted with a rich chocolate fondant—not a pie at all!
If you don’t want to commit to the whole pie—we mean cake—bake this cookie version instead.
This one is not for the squeamish among us. It sounds like a loaf of something sugary (bring on this easy banana nut bread!), but sweetbreads are actually the thymus glands and pancreas of an animal, usually a calf or lamb. The dish is a delicacy in France.
One of the biggest lies of all time, white chocolate doesn’t contain any cocoa powder—the ingredient that makes chocolate chocolate. Instead, it’s made with cocoa butter (which comes from the bean), milk, sugar and other flavorings. The news won’t stop us from enjoying it in this white chocolate fudge, though!
Mincemeat is a food even vegetarians (and vegans) can enjoy because it isn’t meat at all. Instead, mincemeat is a combination of chopped nuts, dried fruits and spices, like clove, cinnamon and allspice. Sometimes it even includes a dash of brandy or rum.
There’s no corn involved in the making of corned beef. This traditional Irish dish is prepared by curing a beef brisket in a salty brine until tender. Eat your roast with a side of stewed cabbage and potatoes to feel like you’re on the Emerald Isle.
You may be turned off by the name (after all, who wants to bite into the behind of a pig?). But pork butt, often used when making classic Southern barbecue, comes from the hog’s shoulder.
Obviously, you aren’t eating a human hand, but the name isn’t very helpful in determining what this treat is. Often the foundation for classic desserts like tiramisu, ladyfingers are long, delicate biscuits with the texture of a sponge cake.
Ah, Cool Whip. A favorite of grandmas everywhere. But that dollop you’d find on your slice of pumpkin pie or mixed into an icebox cake isn’t actually whipped cream. It’s just an imitation made with water, corn syrup, vegetable oil and a tiny bit of skim milk.
Though the name says it, everyone’s favorite salty stadium snack are not nuts. They’re legumes, aka seeds that grow inside of pods like beans, chickpeas and lentils. Fun fact: A lot of the most common “nuts” are actually fruit seeds in disguise including almonds, pistachios and cashews.
No, we’re not talking about the kibble you feed to Fido every morning. Puppy chow (also known as muddy buddies) is a snack mix made by tossing Chex cereal with peanut butter, melted chocolate and powedered sugar. Basically, it’s heaven in a bowl.
Here’s another food pretending to be a nut. You’re probably familiar with water chestnuts as an ingredient in your favorite Chinese takeout stirfry. It got its name because of its resemblance to a chestnut but the crunchy bite is a vegetable that grows underwater in marshes.
Chicken Fried Steak
There’s no poultry to be found in this classic comfort food. Chicken fried steak is a slab of cube steak that is dipped in bread crumbs and fried up in a pan (don’t forget to smother it in gravy, too!). Why the name? You follow a similar process to frying chicken.