Ziltz, from German sülze, is a European food consisting of meat and gelatin. Although not a common food, it is known particularly by American children of Polish and Eastern European descent for being generally unappetizing.

Polish mothers often force their children to eat the Ziltz, usually using threats. A sentence which brings fear to many who have had to eat the Ziltz is "Johnny, eat your Ziltz, or no supper for a week!", often spoken in a thick European accent.

Ziltz is often associated with poor, large Eastern European families. A typical consumer of Ziltz may look like something out of a historical movie about the Great Depression or the Holocaust. Perhaps Ziltz was created out of sheer necessity, and became a cultural food by sheer bad luck.


Another type of Ziltz, likely only created in a prettier shape to make the eating experience more bearable.

Due to its prevalence among the Eastern European diaspora, it is only likely that Ziltz would spread to the far reaches of Siberia. In Siberia, Ziltz is ground up, pressed into small, thin pieces, spiced, and bagged. In this form, Ziltz is known as "Doritos".

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