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Melting Pot of Munchies

The United States is frequently referred to as a melting pot, a place where cultures meet and evolve, as shown by its diverse culinary scene. When it comes to satisfying munchies—those cravings for quick and easy food—Americans have adopted cuisines from all around the world. In honor of “Celebrate Diversity Month”, we’re diving into a variety of cultural staples that double as munchie favorites. 

We’re using our munchie meter to rank these foods based on availability in the United States. Check out the scale we used: 

  • 1.0:  0-3,000 locations: Very low availability
  • 2.0: 3,001-10,000 locations: Low availability
  • 3.0: 10,001-20,000 locations: Moderate availability
  • 4.0: 20,001-30,000 locations: High availability
  • 5.0: 30,001+ locations: Very high availability

Italian Cuisine- 49,773 locations in the U.S.

Italian cuisine continues to find its way into American food culture, particularly when it comes to tasty meals. Imagine this: gooey cheese, zesty tomato sauce, and a crispy crust—we’re talking pizza! Pizza is the ultimate comfort food, whether you go for a classic pepperoni or a veggie-loaded slice. There are over 3,000 pizza businesses in Ohio alone, making it extremely simple to discover one near you. Who can resist garlic knots dipped in garlic butter? Pair them with marinara sauce for dipping, and you’ve produced a masterpiece.

Munchie Meter: 5.0 out of 5.0

Mexican Cuisine - 47,813 locations in the U.S.

Mexican food holds a special place in American hearts and bellies. Think about the rich flavors of burritos and the deliciousness of tamales—both are popular choices for many. Crunchy tortilla chips and creamy guacamole make for a quick and easy meal. And tacos are highly versatile! Whether you fill them with seasoned pork, spicy chicken, or grilled vegetables, they taste excellent.

Munchie Meter: 5.0 out of 5.0

Chinese Cuisine- 24,128 locations in the U.S.

Chinese cuisine has a distinct range of flavors and textures that Americans like. For example, the spring roll is crunchy on the surface and filled with a mix of fresh vegetables, making it a light and fulfilling snack option. Dumplings are versatile and can be used for a quick snack or a full meal. Another popular Chinese cuisine that Americans enjoy is General Tso’s chicken, which involves crispy chicken pieces mixed in a sweet and sour sauce and served with steaming rice or noodles. 

Munchie Meter: 4.0 out of 5.0

Greek Cuisine- 4,321 locations in the U.S.

Greek food is a bright blend of fresh ingredients and strong flavors. From the classic gyro to moussaka, Greek cuisine adds a Mediterranean flavor to the table. Daily staples such as olive oil, feta cheese, and aromatic herbs contribute to a thriving Greek food market. Meze, or small plates, provide a broad selection of appetizers, ranging from tzatziki to spanakopita, perfect for sharing with loved ones.

Munchie Meter: 2.0 out of 5.0

Middle Eastern Cuisine - 3,300 locations in the U.S.

Middle Eastern cuisine has been gaining popularity in America, and for good reason. Hummus is known for its creamy texture and earthy flavors and has become a staple dip for chips, crackers, and veggies. Falafel, those crispy balls of chickpeas, are a vegetarian-friendly option packed with protein and flavor. And who can resist shawarma, with its tender, spiced meat wrapped in a warm pita?

Munchie Meter: 2.0 out of 5.0

Celebrating Diversity In Cannabis

In recent years, fusion cuisine has taken the culinary world by storm, blending staple flavors and techniques from various cultures. However, this process of blending cultures isn’t new to our country. In honoring Celebrate Diversity Month, it’s essential to acknowledge the rich history of diversity that contributes to the cannabis experience.  From product innovation to delicious solutions for satisfying munchies, diversity has been a driving factor in the evolution of cannabis culture and industry.