pizza number 1 comfort foodA recent Harris Poll showed favorites and that where you live, your age and gender impacts your comfort food choce:

What are Americans favorite comfort food?

  1. Pizza 
  2. Chocolate and ice cream  tie for 2nd place
  3. Mac & cheese a
  4. Chips 
 
Who eats comfort foods and when:
  • Women turn to chocolate and ice cream as their second and third choices, respectively. Men, on the other hand, opt for ice cream and then chips. 
  • Ice cream is the second choice for Easterners and Southerners alike, while Midwesterners turn to chocolate and Westerners prefer to dig into some mac & cheese. In third place, those in the South and West opt for chocolate, while those in the Midwest want a bowl of ice cream and the East is hankering for mac & cheese. 
  • While chocolate is number two for Gen Xers, this treat is reserved for third place by all other generations. Millennials’ second choice is mac & cheese, while Baby Boomers opt for ice cream and Matures reach for steak. Gen Xers name chips as their third place pick.

So when do you eat your favorite comfort food?

The poll showed:

  • 45% reach for comfort food when they’re stressed
  •  43% after a really bad day 
  • 33% when they’re depressed.
  •  54% of women are most likely to reach for their favorite comfort food when they’re stressed 
  • 43% of, white men are most likely to turn to comfort food after a really good day
  • 58%  Millennials are most likely to need comfort food when they’re stressed
  • 50% Gen Xers are most likely to need comfort food when they’re stressed
  • .38% of  Baby Boomers, indulge after a really bad day 
  • 39% of Seniors enjoy comfort food a really good day

 

 

Geraldine Jensen

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