Favorite food of americans

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Americans are an interesting mix of cultures and cuisine aficionados. We love sushi, Chinese and Mexican food, Italian restaurants and designer coffee beverages, yet when it boils down to it, there aren’t many surprises. We buy the same basics that have existed for decades, largely because we grow them up, they’re served up in school lunchrooms, and they’re around every corner.

Overall there are no surprises and this list has seen little change in decades, so let’s begin with the Big Ten of America’s overall favorite foods (no veggies in sight):

Hamburgers – since the first White Castle opened, we were hooked

Hot Dogs – the all-American food

French Fries – can not do much to improve these

Oreo Cookies – chocolate chip cookie lovers will disagree

Pizza – lots of toppings, but the base remains the same

Soft Drinks – as a nation we guzzle them all day long (not technically a food, but hey)

Chicken Tenders – we know what fast food chain started it all

Ice cream – thank foodie president Thomas Jefferson for this one

Donuts – breakfast of champions

Potato chips – our favorite snack food, hands down

Mac and cheese (yes, Thomas Jefferson also introduced this)

Apple Pie – been around in some form for centuries

Soft Drinks:

Colas – since the first soda fountain opened, they have maintained their status

Lemon/Lime drinks – since Americans discovered lemons, a fizzy variation of good old lemonade

Dr Pepper – first considered a medicinal tonic (like cola) it still has a loyal following

Fruits:

Berries-ever since man began gathering wild berries in the woods (it’s a toss-up-some surveys will assert it’s bananas or apples)

Bananas – no washing required

Grapes – price can vary, but still wonderful, especially seedless

Veggies:

Broccoli – serious doubts here, but some polls insist

Potatoes – due in no small part to French fries and potato chips

Tomatoes – the base for ketchup (our favorite condiment) and a lot of other foods

Candy (no surprise the top five are chocolate-based):

Hershey’s – Milk Chocolate Bar – can’t improve on that

Kit Kats – crunchy and fun

Candy corn – at Halloween, for sure

Vanilla – so versatile and the foundation of many treats

Cookie Dough – a relative newcomer compared to the vanilla

Unlike many categories, price plays a major part with Seafood:

Shrimp, which tops the list, would definitely be much greater in consumption if the price was reduced

Steak – a distant second (but by far the most popular ordered at restaurants)

Tuna – cherished sandwich filling as well as dining out

Tilapia – frequently bashed as”dirty” it is still Economical, light, easy to prepare

Best-selling Cold Cereals:

Cheerios – both Honey Nut and plain

Frosted Flakes – sugar added to old-timer corn flakes

Mini-Wheats – similarly shredded wheat – sugar-coated and smaller size compared to initial

Special K – touted as a”diet” food, we can still fool ourselves if we do not add sugar

Triple Mocha Frappuccino – simply can’t have too much chocolate

Coffee Frappuccino – the basic which started it all

Double Chocolaty Chip Creme Frappuccino – getting a little complicated here

Caffè Mocha – beats out lattes – gotta have that shot of chocolate

As a foodie country, we are still conservative and stuck in a rut, as we cling to our old criteria for convenience, How to Get Rid of Possums, price, habit and just plain good taste. But don’t we like to live vicariously if we watch cooking shows, devour cookbooks and feel adventuresome when we frequent ethnic restaurants. Although a diverse state of many backgrounds and cuisines, the same foods stand the test of time. And we might not be into haute cuisine but we definitely enjoy our native foods to the max. And that’s just fine with us.

 

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