Who doesn’t love food? Fortunately for foodies, the United States is home to many cultures with their own individual culinary styles. While we might not have the opportunities to experience them all firsthand, we can still learn about their histories and what makes them special. That’s why we created this list of food trivia items!
In addition to helping you learn more about the subject, this list is also a great way to keep the kids entertained, be it for a birthday party, long car ride, or something else altogether.
Family food trivia games are not only a test of food knowledge – gaining a better understanding of other cultures and their cuisine may just help influence your next vacation or even a trip to a local eatery.
Now, check out the list below to get started!
Fun Food Trivia Questions and Answers
Enjoy the list of food trivia questions below for your next family trivia night.
General Knowledge Food Trivia Questions
Trivia Question: This Balkan city, where the first modern Olympics were held, is known for its classic dishes spanakopita and baklava.
Answer: The ancient city of Athens, Greece. Ancient Greeks and Romans enjoyed pies made from milk and honey as early as the 5th century B.C.
Trivia Question: Pop star Michael Jackson had a famous preference for food from this country..
Trivia Question: Which Ivy League college once had to ban Nutella jars from their dining hall, citing consistent stealing of said jars?
Answer: New York City’s own Columbia University had to rid their dining halls of delicious Nutella.
Trivia Question: Goran Ivanišević, the only wild card entrant to win Wimbledon, is from this country, known for its national dish Peka, a slow cook of meats, vegetables, and spices.
Answer: He hails from Croatia.
Trivia Question: In Greek mythology, what food was considered the food or drink of the Olympian gods?
Trivia Question: What is gelatin made of?
Answer: Gelatin comes from boiling the skin, bones, and cartilage of animals such as pigs, cows, and chickens.
Trivia Question: Which healthy food has more vitamin C than a navel orange and often comes in a jar?
Answer: Red peppers
Trivia Question: Which spicy food can be part of a healthy diet due to its positive impacts on heart health?
Answer: Red chili peppers
Trivia Question: What word describes the process of slow-cooking meats like pork or duck to cook the fat out of them?
Trivia Question: The ‘Iron Chef America’ TV shows were based on the ‘Iron Chef’ show that originated in which country?
Trivia Question: Where was ice cream invented?
Answer: Though often debated, it seems that ice cream was invented in the 16th century in England.
Trivia Question: Which country is the biggest exporter of coffee beans worldwide?
Trivia Question: How many herbs fight inflammation and are part of a balanced diet?
Trivia Question: How many pounds of potatoes come in a standard-size bushel?
Answer: 60 pounds
Trivia Question: What type of acid is lime juice high in?
Answer: Citric acid
American Food Trivia Questions
Trivia Question: The top United States food consumption days are Christmas, Thanksgiving, and what day?
Answer: Super Bowl Sunday
Trivia Question: Of all the teenage mutant ninja turtles, Michaelangelo loves this Italian-American food the best.
Trivia Question: Which American soft drink company originated in Atlanta, Georgia?
Answer: Coca Cola
Trivia Question: Which state has pumpkin pie listed as its official state pie?
Trivia Question: What is the national dish of the United States?
Trivia Question: Which American city is most famous for its deep-dish pizza?
Trivia Question: This American hot dog eating icon broke his own world record this year by consuming 76 franks in 10 minutes.
Answer: Joey Chestnut
Trivia Question: What is the most commonly ordered seafood item in American restaurants?
Trivia Question: What food was rationed in America after the second world war but not rationed during it?
Trivia Question: What year was the chocolate chip cookie invented?
Answer: The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1938 by Ruth Wakefield, who famously ran the Tollhouse Restaurant in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
Fast Food Chain Trivia
Trivia Question: Name a fast food joint specializing in Italian food and Italian cooking, with its most notable dishes being pizza and garlic bread.
Answer: Papa John’s Pizza
Trivia Question: What fast-food chain first introduced the drive-thru window?
Trivia Question: Which fast-food restaurant sells a “Happy Meal”?
Trivia Question: Which two fast-food restaurants have the same menu, including a signature burger called the double six dollar burger, and come from the same fast-food franchise?
Answer: Carl’s Jr and Hardees.
Trivia Question: Which fast-food chain was the first to begin serving breakfast? In which decade did this happen?
Answer: McDonald’s in the 1970s.
Trivia Question: What popular Mexican restaurant is considered a fast-food concept chain, as opposed to a traditional fast-food chain, due to the quality of the food served in a short amount of time?
Answer: Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Trivia Question: Which United States fast-food chain is known for its regional fried chicken?
Answer: Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC.
Trivia Question: Which pizza parlor chain first developed and still sells the (in)famous stuffed crust pizza?
Answer: Pizza Hut
Trivia Question: What was the first fast-food restaurant opened in the United States, and in what state and year did it open?
Answer: White Castle, in Kansas, 1921.
Trivia Question: Which burger restaurant is easily identifiable by the famous gold star as its logo?
Answer: Carl’s Jr
Trivia Question: Which fast-food franchise developed the Ch’King to compete with the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich?
Answer: Burger King
Trivia Question: Which fast food outlet is well known for its crunch wrap supremes and Doritos locos tacos on its list of food items?
Answer: Taco Bell
Trivia Question: In what year did the first Taco Bell open?
Thanksgiving Food Trivia Questions and Answers
Trivia Question: Thanksgiving is best known for what three types of food?
Answer: Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce
Trivia Question: What was the first country that celebrated Thanksgiving?
Answer: The United States of America
Trivia Question: Which country produces the most turkeys per capita but consumes the second most behind Israel?
Answer: The United States of America
Trivia Question: When did pumpkin pie become a Thanksgiving tradition?
Answer: At the second Thanksgiving
Trivia Question: Why was pound cake originally called pound cake?
Answer: In the original recipe, there was a pound of every ingredient in the cake.
Trivia Question: Which Thanksgiving staple is heated in a saucepan and sometimes combined with bacon bits to give it a smoky flavor?
Answer: Baked Beans
World Food Trivia Questions
Trivia Question: What is the name of the rolled raw fish most usually served at Japanese restaurants?
Trivia Question: What is the most widely-eaten food worldwide?
Trivia Question: What are two types of sauces commonly used in Chinese cooking?
Answer: Soy sauce, Hoisin sauce, Oyster sauce, Chili Bean sauce, etc…
Trivia Question: Where was chicken tikka masala invented?
Answer: The dish was supposedly invented in Glasgow, Scotland, in an impromptu fashion, by combining yogurt, cream, and spices.
Trivia Question: Which country gets credit for developing French fries?
Trivia Question: What is the most expensive spice in the world when listed by weight?
Answer: The most expensive spice in world cuisine is surprisingly Saffron, which some say is more costly than gold.
Trivia Question: In what country did brie cheese originate?
Answer: France. The French word brie itself means “marshland.”
Trivia Question: What is the world’s oldest soft drink?
Answer: Dr. Pepper, which pharmacist Charles Alderton invented in 1885 in Waco, Texas.
Trivia Question: Which world food is the most popular among all the different continents and countries?
Answer: Pizza and pasta.
Weird Food Trivia Questions
Trivia Question: What fresh fruit can be kept fresh for over a year if kept cold enough?
Trivia Question: In what country is bird poop considered a delicacy due to its remote nature and limited food resources?
Answer: Greenland (Bonus: from the Ptarmigan bird).
Trivia Question: The world’s fastest aquatic animal is also known for being tasty when tenderized in a brine of plenty of salt and even more sugar. What is the name of this fish?
Trivia Question: What part of a giraffe is “prehensile,” meaning that it can grab things?
Answer: A giraffe’s tongue. They use it to look for food at the top of tall trees!
Trivia Question: Which popular and crunchy American snack was invented by a janitor working in the Frito Lay plant?
Answer: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
Trivia Question: Which Fast Food Chain was the biggest purchase of kale in the United States until 2012 when kale sales soared after the “kale craze”?
Answer: Pizza Hut
Trivia Question: This food, perhaps the most widely-eaten meat on planet earth, was also the first food eaten on the moon?
Trivia Question: What is the most stolen food worldwide?
Answer: Cheese. Up to 4 percent of the world’s cheese production is stolen annually.
Random, Weird, and Wacky Food Trivia Questions
Trivia Question: What is the term for fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth and choking?
Trivia Question: Which US celebrity and creator of the hit song “Bad Romance” owns and operates a restaurant in New York City?
Answer: Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga’s birth name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Her family owns Joanne Trattoria in New York City.
Trivia Question: What is the name of the female flower’s reproductive organ that you must remove before consuming?
Trivia Question: This seafood fast food restaurant chain was inspired by this famous one-legged pirate and his parrot.
Answer: The restaurant chain is Long John Silvers. Long John Silver’s parrot is named Captain Flint.
Trivia Question: More than two billion people worldwide eat this insect, which has spent most of its life underground.
Answer: The cicada. Cicadas typically live underground for 17 years before surfacing.
Trivia Question: What were the first vegetables ever planted in space?
Trivia Question: How did pineapples come to be called pineapple?
Answer: The original discoverers of pineapple thought they looked like big pine cones.
Trivia Question: What is the one food available nearly worldwide and is considered the only edible food that never expires?
Why Food Trivia Matters
Food plays a significant role in defining the many different cultures around the world. You could spend your entire lifetime studying just one place and still not be an expert about the details of diet, nutrition, and cultural dishes!
While we have included a bunch of fun food trivia above, there is so much more out there to explore! Feel free to inject some knowledge of your own and continue quizzing the kids. You can even ask them to join you in the kitchen next for a more hands-on experience with one of the trivia items mentioned.
More From Great Wolf Lodge.
While we’re probably best known for our indoor water park, we also take our food pretty seriously. We’ve even developed a Junior Chef Council to get kids more involved in the kitchen!
Even if you don’t have plans to visit the lodge this year, you can still enjoy some of our meals. Check out our blog for original recipes, mocktail creations, cook-off challenges, and so much more!