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Wednesday
May022012

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of American Creamy Sauce

 

So in our most recent episode (#9: Finger Lickin' Good - Junkfood), Dana noted that the cheesy flavor of Cheetos did not test well in China so the two flavors that were first introduced were "Zesty Japanese Steak" and the elusive "Savory American Cream."

BUT WHAT THE HECK IS AMERICAN CREAM

We thought maybe it was country gravy. Very creamy and very American. Sarah from Germany wrote in and suggested:

In many countries, like Germany, ranch dressing is called "American dressing". Also, Cool Ranch Doritos over here are called "Cool American".

Oooo, a very wise guess. With a bit more digging, we finally found out what "Savory American Cream" is. According to a New York Times article back in 1994, the HOTLY-CONTESTED American Creamy Sauce flavor is essentially...

 

 

...buttered popcorn.

 

CASE CLOSED!

 

Reader Comments (5)

I can't decide whether buttered popcorn is more or less awful than I was imagining.

May 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

I've been following this podcast for quite some time and LOVE it! : ) I just heard this episode (a bit late) and I'm a huge fan of Cheetos and I'm from China!! Surprisingly, we don't have a flavor called American Creamy Sauce here…We do have two regular flavors and that would be "Japanese Steak"in blue and "American Turkey" in red(which taste totally the same to me).They do some other flavors like tomato or onion now and then but these wouldn't last long in the market cuz' no one would buy them for a second time…I remember once buying one in white that came in with no flavor but a small bag of sweet&sour powder! Anyway..wanted to share this with you guys:)

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabel

I've been following this podcast for quite some time and LOVE it! : ) I just heard this episode (a bit late) and I'm a huge fan of Cheetos and I'm from China!! Surprisingly, we don't have a flavor called American Creamy Sauce here…We do have two regular flavors and that would be "Japanese Steak"in blue and "American Turkey" in red(which taste totally the same to me).They do some other flavors like tomato or onion now and then but these wouldn't last long in the market cuz' no one would buy them for a second time…I remember once buying one in white that came in with no flavor but a small bag of sweet&sour powder! Anyway..wanted to share this with you guys:)

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabel

I've been following this podcast for quite some time and LOVE it! : ) I just heard this episode (a bit late) and I'm a huge fan of Cheetos and I'm from China!! Surprisingly, we don't have a flavor called American Creamy Sauce here…We do have two regular flavors and that would be "Japanese Steak"in blue and "American Turkey" in red(which taste totally the same to me).They do some other flavors like tomato or onion now and then but these wouldn't last long in the market cuz' no one would buy them for a second time…I remember once buying one in white that came in with no flavor but a small bag of sweet&sour powder! Anyway..wanted to share this with you guys:)

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabel

OMG three of them! What happened up there..

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnabel

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