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Americas Favorite foods

Hamburger, Burger, Barbeque, Bbq, Beef

Americans are an interesting mix of cultures and cuisine aficionados. We love sushi, Chinese and Mexican food, Italian restaurants and designer coffee drinks, yet when it gets right down to it, there are few surprises. We buy the very same basics that have been around for decades, mainly because we grow up on them, they’re 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 us begin with the Big Ten of America’s overall Preferred foods (no veggies in sight):

French Fries – can not do much to improve on these

Oreo Cookies – chocolate chip cookie fans will disagree

Pizza – plenty of toppings, but the foundation remains the same

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

Ice cream – thank foodie president Thomas Jefferson for this one

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

Apple Pie – been around in some form for centuries

Soft Drinks:

Colas – because 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 began gathering wild berries in the woods (it’s a toss-up-some surveys will assert it is bananas or apples)

Apples – easy to grow and transport

Bananas – no washing required

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

Veggies:

Broccoli – serious doubts here, but some surveys insist

Corn – probably America’s first native veggie and still right up there

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 Squirrel Poop-based):

M&Ms pretty much tied with

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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

Kit Kats – crispy and fun

Candy corn – at Halloween, for sure

Cookies N’ Cream – part of the Oreo craze

Chocolate – just a continuation of America’s love affair with chocolate anything

Vanilla – so versatile and the base of many treats

Unlike most categories, cost plays a major role with Seafood:

Shrimp, which 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 is still cost effective, light, easy to prepare

Best-selling Cold Cereals:

Cheerios – equally Honey Nut and plain

Frosted Flakes – sugar added to old-timer corn flakes

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

Special K – touted as a”diet” food, we can still fool ourselves if we don’t add sugar

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

Coffee Frappuccino – the fundamental which started it all

Double Chocolaty Chip Creme Frappuccino – getting a little complicated here

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

As a foodie nation, we’re still conservative and stuck in a rut, as we cling to our old standards for convenience, cost, habit and just plain good taste. But do not we like to live vicariously if we watch cooking shows, devour cookbooks and feel adventuresome when we frequent ethnic restaurants. Although a diverse country of many backgrounds and cuisines, the same foods stand the test of time. And we may not be into haute cuisine but we certainly enjoy our native foods to the max. And that’s just fine with us.