What are America’s favorite foods? When I asked ten questions about “your favorite food”, 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.
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.
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 the answers to five of the ten questions I posted on my Facebook page and in a forum I belong to. The answers surprised me- I’ll bet they’ll surprise you, too!
What’s your favorite food?
Pizza got eight votes.
Seafood got six votes.
Fruit got five votes.
Four votes for each: pot roast/roast beef, spaghetti, and “don’t have one/can’t pick just one”.
Three votes for each: cheese, vegetables, and salad.
Two votes for each: chocolate, chicken, and cookies.
One vote for: borscht, fries, BBQ ribs, cereal and milk, Bierocks, anything Italian, sushi, popcorn, peanut butter, cream cheese won-tons, anything spicy, burritos, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, Cadbury caramel cream eggs, chille rellenos, persimmons, mashed potatoes, ice cream, pasta, steak, crème brulle, and binimnaengmyun.
What’s your favorite snack?
12 votes for some form of chips, including six votes for potato chips/chips and dip, four for tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole, one for Doritos, one for sweet potato chips.
Nine votes for fruit, including two for banana, two for fruit in general, one vote for each: watermelon, strawberries, tangerines, grapes, and apple.
Five votes for popcorn.
Five for (various) nuts.
Four votes for each: cheese, yogurt (with or without fruit), cheese curls (two crunchy, two puffed), some type of healthy bar (two granola, one protein, one breakfast bar).
Three votes for each: pretzels, chocolate, and cookies.
Receiving one vote each: sweets (in general), hummus, Mallo Cups, Nachos (with melted cheese and salsa), hot fries, peanut butter on crackers, chocolate milkshake, stuffed mushrooms, ice cream, chocolate covered honey buns, white cheddar Cheez-its, green olives, cake, salad, and one vote for “I’ll eat any snack!”
What’s your favorite cuisine?
Italian was the run-away winner with 26 votes.
Mexican came in second with 10 votes.
Chinese received five votes.
Indian had four votes.
Japanese had three votes.
Receiving two votes each: American, Mediterranean, Southern/country, Thai, and “I don’t eat that stuff”.
Receiving one vote each: BBQ, Lean Cuisine, Korean, seafood, Native American, French, Russian, Lebanese, Canadian, and Moroccan.
What’s your favorite dessert?
15 votes for ice cream.
12 votes for cheesecake.
11 votes for cake, most were chocolate cake (one flourless) or cake in general, and one each for carrot cake and red velvet cake.
Eight votes for pie, including two for pumpkin pie, two for apple pie, and one each for sweet potato, any type of cream pie, pecan pie, and grape pie.
Four votes total for flan, custard, crème brulee, and pudding. (They’re kind-of-like-the-same, right?)
Two votes for cake and ice cream together, not included in cake or ice cream above. (Both chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.)
Two votes for cobbler- specifically one for blueberry and one for peach.
One vote each for baklava, brownies, banana nut muffin with chocolate chips, cinnamon roll, chocolate chip cookies, Boston Cream Pie (not included in pie or cakes above), sorbet (not included in ice cream), chocolate, fudge, cherries, and “I don’t eat desserts”
What’s your favorite cold drink?
17 votes for pop/soda including six for Coke, three for Sprite, three for Pepsi, two for Dr. Pepper, one each for Mountain Dew, ginger ale, and “soda”.
13 votes for diet pop/diet soda, including five for Diet Coke, two for Diet Citrus Drop, one each for Diet 7 Up, Diet Dr. Pepper, Diet Cherry Coke, Diet Mountain Dew, diet root beer, and “diet whatever”.
11 votes for water
10 votes for sweet tea/iced tea, including one for raspberry tea.
Eight votes for cocktails, including three votes for champagne, one for sherry, one for Coors Light, one for Scotch ale, one for White Russian, and one for margarita.
Two votes for iced coffee.
One vote each for chocolate milk, strawberry smoothie, fruit juice, bubbly water, lemonade, and coconut water.
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!