Whether it’s chuckling that Hawaiian pizza doesn’t, in fact, hail from Hawaii and that German chocolate cake doesn’t come from Deutschland (it’s named for a Texan baker with the surname German), there are so many fun facts about food; and definitely enough fare for an epic trivia night. With that in mind, we’ve put down our forks and, instead, curated this epic smorgasbord of foodie facts; with these 100 food quiz questions and answers!
Well we know there are definitely some weir-doughs (get it?!) out there that, like us, admire more than just the taste of their favourite foods and we hope this quiz gets those brains whirring and those taste buds tingling.
Yup, it’s time to gather round your friends and family and hope that they can a-peach-iate this epic food quiz 🍑
Main Ingredients Quiz Questions and Answers
Ready to tuck in? In this first round we keep the savoury (and sweet) questions pretty simple – yup, we’re just looking for your contestants (and you of course) to identify the key ingredient in these famous dishes.
1. What is the main ingredient of a marinara sauce?
2. What is covered in batter to make the dish Toad in the Hole?
3. Which ingredient is wrapped in bacon to create Angels on Horseback?
4. Which non-alcoholic drink is an essential ingredient of the desert tiramisú?
5. Which edible flower buds are a key ingredient of tartare sauce?
6. What type of beans are the main ingredient of Heinz Baked Beans?
7. Which ingredient do you need to add to a béchamel sauce to turn it into a mornay sauce?
8. Which vegetable is a key ingredient of the Greek pie spanakopita?
9. Sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs) encased in stomach lining is the main ingredient of which dish, traditionally eaten on January 25th?
10. Which vegetable is the essential main ingredient for a Sicilian caponata?
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Main Ingredients Quiz Answers
- Cheese (traditionally gruyère)
- Haggis (January 25th is Burns Night)
- Aubergine / Egg Plant
Did you know? Poet Robert Burns was such an admirer of the haggis that he wrote a poem about it (Address to a Haggis) in which he calls it the “Great chieftain o the puddin-race” (which means he considers it the greatest of all sausages).
Drinks Questions and Answers
Love your tipple trivia? Whether it’s the hard stuff or teetotaller facts, this second round of your food trivia night is all about the liquids that usually accompany your main meals. From James Bond’s delicious drink to India’s favourite pale ale, here are 10 drink quiz questions and answers:
1. Pu’er and oolong are types of what drink?
2. Which soft drink was marketed with the line “What’s the worst that could happen?”
3. Originating in Punjab, what name is given to a blend of yoghurt, water and spices, often flavoured with fruit?
4. How is the Primitivo wine grape, commonly grown in Southern Italy, typically known when it is grown in the USA?
5. Which gas makes fizzy drinks fizz?
6. Liberica, Excelsa, Robusta and Arabica are types of what?
7. Which spirit would you use to mix a Pink Lady?
8. To the nearest ten per cent, what percentage of the average adult human body is water?
9. Which type of pale lager takes its name from a city in the Czech Republic?
10. Which two fruits make up the “totally tropical taste” of Lilt (original), a soft drink produced by Coca-Cola?
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- Dr Pepper
- Carbon Dioxide
- Coffee (bean)
- Pilsener (Plzeň)
- Pineapple and Grapefruit
World Food Quiz Questions
From asada in Argentina to sadza from Zimbabwe, regardless of which country in the world’s alphabet you’re talking about, there is always a more-ish meal to match. So, for this round, we travel around this palate-pleasing planet of course, and ask you to identify the national dish simply from the description and the country of origin!
1. Battered cod or haddock and deep-fried sticks of potato; UK.
2. Choux pastry cylinder filled with cream and topped with chocolate; France.
3. Baked dough circle topped with tomato sauce and other ingredients; Italy.
4. Ice cold tomato soup; Spain.
5. Vinegared rice, typically with vegetables or fish; Japan.
6. Fruit bread with nuts and spices, topped with powdered sugar; Germany.
7. Layered filo pastry with chopped nuts and syrup; Greece.
8. Sour soup made with beetroots; Russia.
9. Dessert made with meringue, cream and fruit; New Zealand.
10. Fresh raw fish cured in citrus juice; Peru.
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World Food Quiz Answers
- Fish and Chips
Spanish Food Quiz Questions and Answers
Spanish cuisine is not just hearty helpings of paella and endless jugs of sangria, but has a unique approach to eating with friends and family, with a great tradition of ‘tapas’ or ‘snacks’. For this round of food pub quiz questions we ask: how much do you know about these classic Spanish tapas dishes?
1. What are you ordering if choose “Gambas al ajillo”?
2. What are the two non-negotiable main ingredients of a Tortilla?
3. Which country is referenced in the name of the hugely popular potato mayonnaise salad dish?
4. What is the Spanish name of the ubiquitous tapas dish of fried potatoes with a mildly spicy sauce?
5. At what temperature would you expect to receive an order of Gazpacho soup?
6. Boquerones (“Mouthfuls”) are which type of fish?
7. Prevalent in the coastal region of Galicia, what are you ordering if you opt for “Pulpo”?
8. Which traditional Spanish sausage spiced with paprika is often served on its own cooked in wine, as well as popping up in a host of other dishes?
9. What is the name, taken from a municipality in La Coruña, of the peppers which are normally mild but will occasionally contain one or two very spicy ones?
10. Which part of the pig are you ordering is you are brave enough to choose “Orejas a la plancha”?
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Spanish Food Quiz Answers
- (Garlic) Prawns
- Eggs and Potatoes
- Russia (Ensaladilla Rusa / Russian Salad)
- Patatas Bravas
- Padrón Peppers / Pimientos de Padrón
Fascinating fact: Whether or not any given pepper ends up being spicy is related to the amount of water and sunlight it receives, but there is no exact formula for producing them.
Pasta Quiz Questions
From sunny Spanish to iconic Italy, the home of pizza is also known for another p-named dish, famous the world over. It can only be… pasta! While we’re quite sure you’re adept at eating it, how good are you (and your participants) at naming it? Let’s see if you can identify these 10 different types of pasta, by guessing the shape just from the English translation!
Hint: Think carefully about the English translation – there are often some very literal clues hidden in them to find the Italian version!
3. Little worms
4. Little ribbons
5. Little tongues
6. Little ears
7. Badly cut up things
10. Big ridged things
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Chocolate Bars Quiz Questions and Answers 🍫
From gnocchi to ganache, it’s the sweet stuff that so many of us love. So we honestly couldn’t deliver a list of food pub quiz questions without a round revolving around chocolate. In fact, we felt it was ‘mint’ to be… ☺.
And, just in case you’ve landed on this quiz outside of the United Kingdom, we’re sorry in advance since many of these questions centre on the gooey goods sold in Britain; although the love of chocolate is universal, right?
1. Which caramel and nougat bar shares its name with a planet in our solar system?
2. Which chocolate bar was advertised with the strapline “the taste of paradise”?
3. Which bar has a glass and a half of milk in every pound of chocolate?
4. Which chocolate bar was historically called “Raider” in Europe?
5. Which hazelnut bar was removed from boxes of Celebrations in 2006, never to return?
6. Which distinctive bar has a picture of the Matterhorn mountain on its packaging?
7. How did Nestlé’s “Wonka Bar” promote a 2005 Tim Burton film?
8. Who is the cartoon frog that gives his name to a low-price Cadbury’s bar sold since 1930?
9. Which Swedish bar was marketed in the UK as being the inverse of an armadillo: smooth on the outside and crunchy on the inside?
10. Which alliterative Australian chocolate biscuit was inspired by the British product “Penguin”?
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Chocolate Bars Quiz Answers
- Dairy Milk
- By hiding golden tickets in 5 of its products
- Tim Tam
Unusual Food Quiz Questions
It’s time to separate the real culinary quizzers from the dining dunces in this, a round of unique and unusual food quiz questions. Whether it’s about super smelly fruits or odd pairings that tickle the olfactory senses, here are ten questions about unusual foods:
1. Strictly speaking, what is unusual about strawberries, peanuts and Jerusalem artichokes?
2. What is fermented to make Hákarl, is an Icelandic delicacy? The traditional fermentation process involves it being buried in the ground for several months.
3. What is unusual about eating a dish of Sannakji Octopus in Japan?
4. What is the common English name for the expensive Chinese broth made from the gummy saliva which the swiftlet uses to make its home?
5. What is mixed with oatmeal to make a black pudding?
6. The slightest error in the preparation of the prized Japanese dish Fugu can cause quick and painful death for the customer. What is a Fugu?
7. Why could you be fined for carrying the Durian fruit onto the metro in Singapore?
8. What is the name of the traditional English pie served with fish heads protruding upwards through the pastry?
9. Unusually for food, in what state must a raw oyster be when shucked, if it is safe to consume?
10. In Vietnam, what is the unusual ingredient of the rice wine known as Rượu rắn?
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Unusual Food Quiz Answers
- They are misnomers (not a berry, not a nut, not an artichoke)
- It moves
- Bird’s Nest Soup
- Pig’s blood
- It stinks
- Stargazy Pie
No way! The Octopus in Sannakji Octopus are sometimes served whole and alive. More commonly, they are killed and cut up, but nerve activity means the tentacles continue to move on the plate. The suction cups also continue to function, and the dish is a potential choking hazard.
Healthy Food Quiz Questions and Answers
By now your stomach is undoubtedly rumbling and you’re salivating after seven rounds of delightfully delicious food questions. But we had to pay homage to some healthier foods; the super foods that help to feed your body and your mind; perfect to get you ready for your next quiz!
And, just to keep it flavourful, we’ve hidden a clue in this round. It’s an acrostic, so keep your eye on the first letter of each answer to reveal it!
1. High in Omega 3 and an excellent source of potassium and phosphorus, Salmo trutta is a species of which fish?
2. Which creamy fruit is loaded with healthy fats as well as fibre and potassium
3. High in iodine, calcium and iron, nori and kelp are types of what?
4. Antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes and potassium-heavy potatoes are edible examples of which organs, used by some plants to store nutrients?
5. Low in lipids and carbohydrates and high in protein, how is albumen more commonly known?
6. By far the most nutritious offal, which organ contains super high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin B12?
7. Named after an eponymous Old Testament character who lived off it for two years in the desert, which super healthy flourless bread is made from sprouted grains?
8. Which small, oily fish is one of the most nutritious foodstuffs there is and high in Omega-3?
9. Flax and Chia are two of the healthiest type of what?
10. What word is spelled by the first letter of the answers to questions 1-9?
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Healthy Food Quiz Answers
- Egg white
- Ezekiel bread
Interesting Fact: Marine algae such as seaweed create 70-80% of Earth’s oxygen. It doesn’t get better for your health than that!
Indian Food Quiz Questions and Answers
The spice capital of the world has to play a starring role in any virtual pub quiz dedicated to food, right? Producing over 70% of the world’s spices, India has a veritable feast of dishes you have to eat at least once in your lifetime. From perfectly-seared paneer to beautifully cooked butter chicken, our penultimate round is all about Indian food quiz questions:
1. What is the Indian word for lentils that bequeaths its name to various soup-like dishes?
2. Which meat would you be ordering if you went for Murgh on the menu?
3. Which Goan dish, heavily influenced by the Portuguese, is made of meat marinated in vinegar and garlic?
4. Which unleavened flatbread is thicker than a chapati as it contains layers of wheat dough and ghee?
5. Which Parsi Zoroastrian dish is made by cooking meat and lentils in spices?
6. Which vegetable would you expect to arrive if you ordered “gobi”?
7. Which widely used term in Indian cuisine is the Urdu word for “spice mix”?
8. Which frozen dairy dessert is often described as traditional Indian ice-cream?
9. Which widely used term in Indian cuisine means “ground meat”?
10. Which Indian snack is made from puffed rice, vegetables and tangy tamarind sauce?
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Indian Food Quiz Answers
Funny Food Quiz Questions and Answers
Last, but definitely not least? It’s good to be a more humorous look at what’s on your plate. We break down some of the most chuckle-inducing cuisine in this final round of our food knowledge quiz!
1. What are the spots in a Spotted Dick?
2. What sort of product is Stinking Bishop?
3. Which of these would you not find on a menu in the South of the U.S.A.: Limping Susan, Skipping Sam or Hopping John?
4. What is a Sloppy Joe?
5. A Bedfordshire Clanger is a pastry with meat and potatoes at one end and what at the other?
6. Which smoked fish is known as a Kipper?
7. What would you find in the centre of a Pond Pudding?
8. Also a name for a hangover cure involving a raw egg, what meat does the name Prairie Oyster refer to in the U.S.A.?
9. The Andean dish Ch’arki, made of dried and salted alpaca or llama meat, is the origin of the name of which snack?
10. Which vegetable is sometimes known as Lady’s Fingers?
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Funny Food Quiz Answers
- Skipping Sam
- Ground meat sandwich
- Something sweet (jam or fruit usually)
- A Lemon
- Calf’s Testicles
Did you know? Historically, Bedfordshire Clangers were made for agricultural workers to eat as their midday meal so they would have both savoury and sweet in one pastry.
Any of your contestants bit the ‘crust’ in this quiz? Or have there been some spec-taco-lar points on your leader board? Regardless of the results, we hope you’ve really enjoyed our epic food quiz and all the knowledge you’ve noshed on today.
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