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Study Finds That Some Comfort Foods Span Generations

Cheese Please! Some Comfort Foods Span Generations

Do you crave ice cream or feel comforted by mac and cheese? You're not alone. These classic American treats are considered comfort foods by eaters of all ages. According to a new survey by the Center for Culinary Development and Packaged Facts, certain comfort foods span generations from Baby Boomers to Generation X and Gen-Yers.

The survey of 3,700 people found that sweets top the list of comfort foods, no matter how old you are — and even more so if you're female. But there were also some interesting discrepancies in what different generations consider comforting. Keep reading.

Some 51 percent of women, compared to just 36 percent of men, claim to be comforted by sweets, with ice cream being the most popular. Cheese is also a common denominator:


Cheese — either by itself or with a bread or starchy food — seems to elicit the most "passionate" response across generations, but with generational nuances (Boomers citing artisan cheeses versus Gen-X's cheese crackers, for example).

The study unwrapped interesting insights about generational differences: Baby Boomers tend toward traditional foods like casseroles and chicken noodle soup, while Gen-Xers are more likely to mention fast food and hamburgers. Gen-Y respondents offered burritos and sushi, as well as instant ramen! Younger generations were also more likely to mention specific brands than their parents' generation.

I, for one, could be equally comforted by an overstuffed burrito and a delicious grilled cheese. What are you favorite comfort foods? Are they are reflective of your generation?

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CanadianAlissa CanadianAlissa 7 years
pasta with marinara sauce homemade macaroni and cheese chili homemade soup or stew Sunday style dinners, chicken or roast with mashed potatoes and veggies. yummmm.
victork victork 7 years
Grilled cheese, with a big bowl of tomato soup. Instant ramen. During college I got hooked on these cheap little packs of Mi Goreng. Walked though the student village last week, and noticed the vending machine was stocked with them. Yum!
soapbox soapbox 7 years
Potatoes! Wether its french fries, latkes, hash browns, mashed, or sweet, I could eat them all day! Another comfort food is a small hot latte or Sudanese milk tea with a petite four. I have a natural high tolerance for caffeine so a latte or black tea can be a post-bedtime treat for me.
smorzalli smorzalli 7 years
Ice cream and anything cheese-based certainly top my list.
Azurefire Azurefire 7 years
My mom's potato, chedder, and asparagus soup. Spaghetti. Beef stew. Fresh artisan breads and cheeses. Ice cream. Cake/brownie batter, I know raw egg is bad, but I eat batter anyway!
opentypeA opentypeA 7 years
ICE CREAM. That's all I need.
Super_stargirl Super_stargirl 7 years
ice cream is definitely up there as well as anything chocolaty and fudgey.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Lasagna, chili, vegetable beef soup, and homemade chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins are my favorite comfort foods. I'm not a big cheese person, but I like things that are warm and filling.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
spaghetti is my favorite comfort food, followed by mac & cheese and mashed potatoes. gee, can you tell i like carbs? or that my mom fed me a LOT of carbs as a kid? =P
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 7 years
grilled cheese sounds really good right now!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
cheese is my favorite food group for sure ;)
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