In “America’s Favorite Food”, I posted the answers to five of ten questions I asked Americans about their favorite food. “America’s Favorite Food, Part Two” has the answers to the other five questions. All the questions were open-ended. (I’ve never liked surveys where there are five choices and my choice isn’t one of them.) Respondents were able to give the answer they wanted, with no prompts.
A total of 66 people responded over the course of two days, the youngest respondent is nine, the oldest is 70. They’re all US citizens or residents. 52 of the respondents are female, and 14 are male.
Many of the totals don’t add up- if someone gave two responses, I took two responses. If someone couldn’t answer, they didn’t have to. So, this isn’t a scientific study- it’s a just-for-fun, let’s-see-what-people-say survey. The answers surprised me- I’ll bet they’ll surprise you, too
What’s your favorite fast food?
Eight votes for Subway.
Seven votes for McDonald’s, with two specifically for the Big Mac, one for McDonald’s hot apple pie, one for their salad, and three Mickey D’s in general.
Six for Wendy’s- two Baconator, two chili, one cheeseburger, one Frosty.
Five votes specifically for the Whopper (Burger King).
Five for pizza.
Four for Taco Bell (in general).
Three votes for “I don’t have one/don’t eat fast food.
Two votes for Culver’s Butterburger and two each for Chipotle (general), French fries (general), and KFC.
Receiving one vote each: Grilled chicken, chicken sandwich and fries, chicken nuggets, Taco Bueno (specifically), tacos (in general), White Castle, Smash Burger, Jack in the Box, Nick Tahou’s, Chick-fil-a, Culver’s cheese curds, gravy biscuit, Panera, guac burger, Popeye’s, Arby’s, Steak and Shake Burger, Sonic’s chili chicken frito burrito, Moaz falafel, Long John Solver’s, Dunkin’ Donuts’ Coolatta, El Pollo Loco.
What’s your favorite fruit?
12 votes for apples.
10 for bananas.
Seven for strawberries.
Five votes each for cherries and blueberries.
Four votes for grapes ( two general, one green, one red).
Three votes each for pears, peaches, and watermelon.
Two votes for each of the following: black plums, oranges, mangoes, pomegranate
Receiving one vote each: nectarines, grapefruit, persimmons, figs, kiwi, pineapple, raspberry, avocado, “whatever’s in season”, “don’t know”, and “love them all”.
What’s your favorite candy?
12 votes for chocolate (five for chocolate in general, five for Hershey’s (one with almonds) one for Ghiradelli chocolate chips and one for Cadbury’s).
Nine votes for Snickers.
Eight votes for Reese’s/peanut butter cups.
Four people don’t have a favorite/don’t eat candy.
Three votes each for Almond Joy and M&M’s.
Two votes each: Milky Way, Milk Duds, fruit jellies/peach rings, and 3 Musketeers.
One vote each: homemade buckeyes, butterscotch, candy corn, turtles, Junior Mints, gummi bears, 5th Avenue, penuche fudge, Reese’s Pieces, sea foam, Toblerone, Jolly Ranchers, crystallized ginger, Whatchmacallit, Mr. Goodbar, Bit o’ Honey, Whoppers, Crunch bar.
What’s your favorite meal?
Nine votes for seafood (including three specifically for salmon, two for variations of shrimp, one for )
Eight votes for spaghetti/pasta with meat sauce/spaghetti and meatballs.
Five votes for Thanksgiving dinner/turkey, stuffing and trimmings.
Five votes for a steak dinner (some include a salad or vegetable, all included some sort of potato).
Four votes for roast beef/prime rib/pot roast dinner.
Three votes for lasagna.
Two votes each for “meat and potatoes” (unspecified), burrito, and surf and turf (I didn’t know whether to put it in seafood or meat, so I let it stand on its own).
Receiving one vote each: enchiladas, anything Korean, hot dog and fries, BBQ chicken, Vegetarian, burger and fries, meatloaf with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts, chicken French, Indian buffet, pizza, stuffed grape leaves, Ethiopian, Thai, waffles with syrup and bacon, hot and spicy pasta, BBQ ribs, Mediterranean-style pita, roast pork, Szechuan veggies, roast beef sandwich.
I intentionally left the wording vague, so as not to prompt anyone, but I have to admit to being surprised by these six answers:
Three votes for “dinner”, two votes for “breakfast”, and one for “lunch”.
What’s your favorite hot drink?
28 votes for coffee
15 votes for hot chocolate
Eight votes for tea
Four votes for hot apple cider
Two votes for hot chai latte
One vote each for Russian tea, a hot toddy, a Milky Way (hot coffee concoction), French vanilla cappuccino, and one person doesn’t drink hot drinks.
How do your favorites match up with these results? Let me know by leaving a comment in the comment section below- I’d be interested to hear what your favorites are!
To see the answers to the other five questions- favorite food, snack, cuisine, dessert, and cold drink- please click here.