Favorite foods

Burger, Hamburger, Bbq, Food, Fast Food

Americans are a fascinating mix of cultures and cuisine aficionados. We love sushi, Mexican and Chinese food, Italian restaurants and designer coffee drinks, yet when it boils down to it, there are few surprises. We buy the very same basics that have existed for decades, mainly because we grow up on them, they are served up in school lunchrooms, and they are around every corner.

Overall there are no surprises here 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) and know What do possums eat:

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

French Fries – can’t do much to improve these

Oreo Cookies – chocolate chip cookie lovers will disagree

Pizza – lots of toppings, but the foundation 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

Donuts – breakfast of champions

Potato chips – our favorite snack food, hands down

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

Apple Pie – existed in some form for centuries

Soft Drinks:

Colas – since the first soda fountain opened, They’ve maintained their status

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

Fruits:

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

Bananas – no washing needed

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

Veggies:

Broccoli – serious doubts here, but some polls insist

Tomatoes – the base for ketchup (our favorite condiment) and so many other foods

Green beans – what’s not to like?

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

M&Ms pretty much tied with

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

Kit Kats – crispy and fun

Candy corn – in Halloween, for sure

Cookies N’ Cream – part of the Oreo craze

Vanilla – so versatile and the base of many treats

Cookie Dough – a relative newcomer compared to the vanilla

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

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

Salmon – 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’s still cost effective, light, easy to prepare

Cheerios – both Honey Nut and plain

Frosted Flakes – sugar added to old-timer corn flakes

Mini-Wheats – likewise shredded wheat – sugar-coated and smaller size than original

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

And at Starbuck’s, the Frappuccinos rule:

Triple Mocha Frappuccino – simply can not have too much chocolate

Coffee Frappuccino – the basic which started it all

Double Chocolaty Chip Creme Frappuccino – getting a little complicated here

Caffè Mocha – defeats lattes – gotta have that shot of chocolate

So there you have it. As a foodie nation, we are still conservative and stuck in a rut, as we cling to our old standards for convenience, price, habit and just plain good taste. But do not we love to live vicariously if we watch cooking shows, devour cookbooks and feel adventurous when we frequent ethnic restaurants. Though a diverse country of many backgrounds and cuisines, the very same foods stand the test of time. And we might not be into haute cuisine but we certainly like our native foods to the max. And that’s just fine with us.