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 same basics which 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’s start 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’t do much to improve on 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 (similar to 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 argue it’s bananas or apples)

Apples – easy to grow and transport

Bananas – no washing required

Grapes – cost can vary, but still wonderful, 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 so many other foods

Green beans – what’s not to like?

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

M&Ms pretty much tied with

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Snickers – peanuts, caramel – nougat – the best of everything

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

Kit Kats – crunchy and fun

Candy corn – at Halloween, for sure

Ice Cream flavors:

Cookies N’ Cream – part of the Oreo craze

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

Mint Chocolate Chip – refreshing

Vanilla – so versatile and the foundation of many treats

Cookie Dough – a relative newcomer compared to the original vanilla

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

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

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

Tuna – beloved sandwich filling as well as dining out

Tilapia – frequently bashed as “dirty” it’s still cost effective, light, easy to prepare

Best-selling Cold Cereals:

Cheerios – both Honey Nut and plain

Frosted Flakes – sugar already 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 can still fool ourselves if we don’t add sugar

And at Starbuck’s, the Frappuccinos rule:

Triple Mocha Frappuccino – just 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

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, cost, habit and just plain good taste. But don’t we love to live vicariously when we watch cooking shows, devour cookbooks and feel adventurous when we frequent ethnic restaurants. Although a diverse country 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.



Source by Dale Phillip

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