When were these 9 American foods invented?

The combination of peanut butter and jelly in a sandwich became popular in the early 20th century, with both peanut butter and jelly being widely available by that time.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Twinkies were first introduced in 1930 by the Continental Baking Company during the Great Depression.


Grits have been a staple in Native American and Southern cuisine for centuries, with the dish dating back to pre-colonial times.


The origins of root beer can be traced back to the 19th century when various root-based beverages were made for their medicinal properties. The commercial production and popularity of root beer grew during the same period.

Root Beer

Deep-fried versions of Twinkies and Oreos gained popularity in the late 20th century, particularly at state fairs and carnivals.

Deep-fried Twinkies/Oreos

Tater Tots were created in the 1950s by the Ore-Ida company as a way to utilize potato scraps and cuttings, transforming them into bite-sized, crispy potato nuggets.

Tater Tots

Jell-O itself was invented in the late 19th century, but the concept of incorporating fruits, vegetables, or other ingredients into Jell-O to create a salad-like dish gained popularity in the mid-20th century.

Jell-O Salad

Biscuits and gravy have roots in Southern cuisine and can be traced back to early American settlers who made use of available ingredients. The dish gained popularity in the 19th century.

Biscuits and Gravy