13 Funny Food Names That Will Make Your Stomach Rumble

Hey foodies and humor enthusiasts! Today I’m excited to discuss one of my favorite topics: funny food names.

Homemade Bangers and Mash with Herbs and Gravy

While there’s no shortage of food items out there that will make you chuckle or scratch your head in confusion by their name, some of them are actually quite tasty!

In this article, I’ll share my top funny food names, discuss some of the most bizarre examples, share some of the origin stories of the names, and also explain why I like these foods despite their silly names!

So, grab a snack (preferably one with a hilarious name), and keep reading!

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash is a well-loved British dish of sausages and mashed potatoes that people often serve with gravy on top.

Bangers and mash food photography recipe idea

The name comes from the sausages, which were historically made with a high-water content and would “bang” or explode when cooked.

I love to enjoy this hearty meal on a cold winter night, paired with a pint of amber ale.

Bubble and Squeak

Bubble and Squeak is another traditional British dish made from leftover vegetables – potatoes, parsnips, carrots, etc. – typically from a Sunday roast.

Bubble and Squeak-traditional English dish

The name comes from the sound that the vegetables make as they fry in a pan.

The end result has a crispy texture and savory taste, and I like to enjoy it as a breakfast dish, served with a perfect poached egg on top.

Spotted Dick

Another British item on the list of funny food names is Spotted Dick, a British dessert made of suet pastry and dried fruit, often served with custard.

Spotted dick pudding with custard

The “spotted” part of the name comes from the dried fruit, which looks like spots in the pastry.

Despite its questionable name, it has a sweet taste, perfect for a comforting dessert on a chilly or rainy evening.

Clootie Dumpling

Clootie Dumpling is a traditional Scottish dessert made from suet, flour, dried fruit, and spices, which is then boiled in a “cloot” or rag cloth.

Clootie Dumpling with icing sugar

It has a deliciously rich and fruity taste, making it perfect for festive occasions like Christmas or Burns Night.

I love to enjoy it with a generous dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream and a bit of whisky on the side!

Rocky Mountain Oysters

Rocky Mountain Oysters, or Prairie Oysters, are a Western American “delicacy.”

Rocky Mountain Oysters Special plate

Despite their name, they’re not oysters but are made from bull testicles that have been peeled, breaded, and deep-fried.

While not for everyone, they have a savory and meaty taste.

I prefer to enjoy them at a rodeo or cowboy-themed event, paired with a cold beer and some spicy dipping sauce.


We think of annoying emails when we think of spam, but another kind of spam has been around since the 1930s.

Canned food, luncheon meat sliced on dish

This canned meat product is made from chopped pork and ham, and while it may not sound appetizing, it has a salty and savory taste.

It’s delicious when thinly sliced on a sandwich or fried up for breakfast with eggs.


Sweetbreads are organ meat from the thymus gland and pancreas of a calf or lamb.

Grilled beef sweetbreads on a wooden plate

This dish’s name is funny because it’s so misleading, as it’s not sweet, nor is it bread!

It has a creamy texture and can be prepared in various ways, such as sautéed, grilled, or fried.

It’s not my favorite dish, but it makes for a nice lunch paired with a light salad.

The Imam Fainted

The Imam Fainted, also known as Imam Bayildi, is a traditional Turkish dish made from eggplant stuffed with onions, garlic, and tomatoes, then braised in olive oil.

The Imam Fainted

The name comes from the story that the imam fainted with pleasure after tasting the dish.

I enjoy it as a fully veg main course with some crusty bread on the side.

Witchetty Grub

Witchetty Grubs are the larvae of several species of moth found in Australia.

Worm beetle or Witchetty grub for eating as food item

They’re a traditional Indigenous Australian food with a nutty, buttery taste with a soft, creamy texture.

I have never tried them, but I would be open to trying them in a traditional dish, such as roasted or smoked over a fire.

Blood Sausage

Blood Sausage, or black pudding, is a type of sausage made by cooking animal blood with a filler such as oatmeal or barley.

Baked blood sausage

It has a rich, iron flavor and slightly grainy texture, making it a delightful addition to a full English breakfast paired with eggs, bacon, and mushrooms.

Golden Gaytime

Golden Gaytime is an iconic Australian ice cream with a toffee and vanilla ice cream center coated in chocolate and biscuit crumbs.

Golden Gaytime Unicorn Ice-cream for sell in the supermarket

It has a creamy and crunchy texture and a deliciously sweet taste, so I love eating Golden Gaytime on a hot summer day at the beach or as a nostalgic treat any time of the year.

Pu Pu Platter

Finding “pu pu” funny might be elementary humor, but it’s hard to resist smirking when ordering this classic American-Chinese appetizer platter.

Chinese food take out Pu Pu Platter

The Pu Pu Platter typically includes a variety of meats, seafood, and vegetables cooked over an open flame and served on a sizzling hot plate.

I love to share a Pu Pu Platter with friends and family at a Chinese restaurant as a fun and delicious way to start a meal.

Limping Susan

Limpin’ Susan is a Creole dish that typically consists of a combination of meats, such as sausage and chicken, mixed with okra, tomatoes, and spices.

The origin of the name is unclear, but it is believed to be a reference to the dish’s limp appearance due to the cooked okra or as the “girlfriend” to another dish called “Hoppin’ Johns.”

Either way, I enjoy Limpin’ Susan as a hearty and flavorful main dish with rice or cornbread.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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