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20 Foods That Start With C

Take a second to think about foods that start with C.

I’m thinking cappuccinos, cheesecakes, and clam chowder with a double C. Yum!

Foods That Start With C

So I’m here today to appreciate the letter C and all the glorious foods and drinks it gives us.

Some might be unfamiliar, while some are everyday favorites (like Cookies!).

Keep reading to learn about twenty awesome and delicious foods that start with C. 

Chocolate Cake

1. Cake

What a way to start off a list. Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love cake?

Chocolate, vanilla, yellow, red velvet. When it comes to cake you can’t go wrong.

It’s this strange mixture of flour, sugar, butter, and more, that comes together in a soft, fluffy, flavorful way that is simply undeniable.

Deep Fried Calamari

2. Calamari

Calamari comes from the Italian word for ‘squid’, and that’s precisely what it is. Sounds strange, but stay with me.

In the U.S., it’s served battered and fried so that it has the best crunch and just the right amount of fishy flavor. Just try it, it’s great!


3. Cannelloni

Imagine lasagna but made into perfect little tubes.

Cannelloni is tube-shaped pasta that you can stuff to your pleasure. Sounds like heaven to me. 


4. Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is an orange-ish melon that is sweet, juicy, and lovely.

It’s wonderful in salads and on charcuterie boards with salty ham and cheese. Just be sure you know how to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe!

Fun fact: in Australia, a cantaloupe is called a rock melon. But they are anything but rock-like! A ripe cantaloupe is soft, juicy, and succulent.


5. Cappuccino

Cappuccino refers to a coffee drink that originated in Italy. It consists of layers of espresso, milk, and foam.

The difference between a cappuccino and a latte is that it has more foam than milk and the milk or cream is not be mixed into the espresso.

It’s a great boost on an early morning!


6. Carrots

Did you know that carrots aren’t always orange? These root veggies can be yellow, white, red, purple, or even black.

Carrots are rich with beta-carotene and other antioxidants that have been linked to better eyesight. 

Fried Catfish

7. Catfish

Catfish is a mouth-watering fish with barbels that resemble a cat’s whiskers.

It’s popular in the southern United States, where they often fry it up to eat. It’s oh so yummy!

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

8. Cauliflower

The weirdly white cousin of broccoli, cauliflower may not be your first vegetable choice, but it’s actually chock full of vitamins and nutrients.

That’s why it’s become a low-carb replacement for things like white rice and pizza crust! Go ahead, give cauliflower a chance.

Cherry Cheesecake

9. Cheesecake

Mix together a soft cheese (like ricotta or cream cheese), eggs, and sugar, put on top of a nice, crumbly crust, and you have a cheesecake!

The crusts are often made from crushed cookies and the toppings are almost endless, making cheesecake an absolutely divine dessert.

Of course, you can also make any number of no-bake, vegan, and even savory cheesecakes. The possibilities are endless.


10. Cherries

Cherries are those bright and shiny, red or dark purple little fruits that taste so tart, sweet, and just magical.

They grow on trees in the Northern Hemisphere, and can be eaten straight from the tree. But be sure to watch out for the pits!

Chicken Pot Pie

11. Chicken Pot Pie

Imagine putting your fork into a buttery, flaky crust – steam and some juicy gravy start to leak out.

Inside is a decadent mixture of chicken, veggies, and creamy sauce.

Chicken pot pie is an iconic comfort food. Try it out on a cold winter evening. It’s sure to warm you from the inside out.

Bowl of chili

12. Chili

Another classic winter dish, chili can also be enjoyed during the summer. Chili is a tasty mixture of meat, beans, tomatoes, and spices.

It’s super versatile and can be made with just about any meat or bean, and to varying degrees of spicy.

On a hot summer day, I love to top a freshly grilled hot dog with some chili, onions, and cheese.

Clam Chowder

13. Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder is an awesomely creamy soup filled with delightful chunks of clam.

It often includes potatoes, onions, and celery to balance out the fishy flavors, and can be topped with bacon bits and parsley to garnish.

Sounds heavenly to me.


14. Coconut

The coconut got its name from the old Portuguese or Spanish word ‘coco’ which meant ‘head’ or ‘skull’.

This is because when a coconut grows on its palm tree, there appear to be three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features!

A coconut is subtly sweet and can be eaten straight up, dried and shredded, or can be used for its milk and creamy goodness.

Coffee Cake

15. Coffee Cake

Coffee cake is supposed to be eaten with your coffee, it doesn’t actually need to have coffee in it.

It’s usually a thick pound-type cake with spice flavorings like cinnamon and a nice streusel topping. Yum!

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

16. Cookies

Ah cookies, my old friend. We all know what cookies are, right? Although in the U.K. I believe they call them biscuits!

Cookies are small, flat, sweet little bakes that can include just about anything – chocolate chips, oatmeal, peanut butter, cinnamon, you name it, it’s probably in a cookie.

Corn on the Cob

17. Corn

There aren’t many things that I enjoy more than munching on a freshly grilled corn on the cob.

Corn is so versatile, it can be eaten as a vegetable, but can also be harvested as a grain, and even as a form of fuel!

Crab Cakes

18. Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are these nice little bundles of fried crab mixed with breading and seasonings to combine it all together.

They’re usually served as an appetizer and go great with coleslaw, grilled veggies, potato salad, and much more!

Creme Brulee

19. Creme Brulee

Creme brulee is a French custard-like dessert with a caramel topping that is torched until it crystallizes and hardens.

Besides being a delicious treat, the funnest thing about creme brulee is using your spoon to crack the top open. It’s the perfect combination of crunchy and creamy.


20. Cucumbers

Cucumbers are small, tube-shaped green veggies that come in three types – those you can easily slice and eat, those you pickle, and some called burpless.

This last variety is seedless and has a thinner skin, both things that have said to give people gas. The magic of science! 

Foods That Start With C


  • Cake

  • Calamari

  • Cannelloni

  • Cantaloupe

  • Cappuccino

  • Carrots

  • Catfish

  • Cauliflower

  • Cheesecake

  • Cherries

  • Chicken Pot Pie

  • Chili

  • Clam Chowder

  • Coconut

  • Coffee Cake

  • Cookies

  • Corn

  • Crab Cakes

  • Creme Brulee

  • Cucumbers


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Foods That Start With C

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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