What Do Your Favorite Comfort Foods Say About You?

   By ChefErin  Nov 06, 2009

I recently read a summary of a report by the Center for Culinary Development (CCD) that discussed trends in generational comfort foods.  The idea that different generations might crave different comfort foods fascinated me, so I decided to create my own informal poll examining both generational and regional influence on comfort foods. 

My survey was simple.  I asked people to identify: their generation, their favorite comfort food, and where they were raised.  In all, I received nearly 100 responses from around the country.   

So, here are the results of my little poll.  When it comes to comfort foods; starches and fats topped the list.  In general we crave pasta, potatoes, and cheese, most of all.  Sweets, including ice cream, cookies, and chocolate, are a close second. 

In terms of generational influence, Baby Boomers seemed to long for foods that remind them of their childhoods; home-cooked comfort.  High among the results were casseroles, stews, and roasted meals. 

Gen Xers hungered for grilled cheese sandwiches, potatoes in all forms - from mashed to chips - and pastas.  They were also more likely to mention Mexican foods like burritos, tacos and nachos than other generations.

Gen Yers craved convenience foods like pizza, cookies, and chips, but continued the international food trend with Asian dishes like sushi and miso soup.

I didn’t find huge generational trends from region to region.  However, there were regional generalities. I found that Easterners liked belly-warming dishes like pastas, stews, and soups.  Midwesterners were fond of sweets and potatoes, particularly mashed potatoes and gravy.  West Coasters had a desire for Mexican and Asian food.  Southerners often mentioned baked goods like cookies or biscuits. 

So what was the most mentioned comfort food of all?  Macaroni and Cheese, of course.  

What are some of your favorite comfort foods?


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enizabeth2004 by enizabeth2004 | SANTA ANA, CA
Nov 10, 2009


dreamkel03 by dreamkel03 | Christiana, TN
Nov 09, 2009

Pizza, choclate, ice cream, and cheese dip!

Beatrice by Beatrice | Hayden, ID
Nov 09, 2009

I'm of Basque heritage, and married a Turkish man. Both of thos cuisines, are my favorites. Oh my, my homemade Baklava it reminds me of all the wonderful Holidays before my husband passed.

Saintfae by Saintfae | Strafford, MO
Nov 09, 2009

Ohh fried chicken and potaotes, yummy.

gjet68 by gjet68 | Dexter, MO
Nov 09, 2009

Im a Country Girl at heart and nothing will satisfy me like a Piece of Fried Chicken , Milk Gravy and a Buttermilk Biscut or two.

tara1sh by tara1sh | HAYWARD, CA
Nov 09, 2009

I love Mexican food and Asian foods. I really like foods spicy! The hotter the better for me! I also like to cook foods and soups in my crockpot.

Nov 09, 2009

Apparently I'm a mixed bag, as I go for casseroles (Baby Boomer), hearty soups (Easterner), Doritoes (Gen Y), and pie (which wasn't anywhere, but should be). And I'm a Gen Y from the South!

wythout by wythout | unsubscribe, SD
Nov 09, 2009

Midwesterner! Mashed potatoes and gravy! So true!

has1kat by has1kat | MIDWEST CITY, OK
Nov 08, 2009

Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate... I just love it anyway it's fixed!

jlincon71 by jlincon71 | san antonio, TX
Nov 08, 2009

I have to agree i love mexican food!

ChinaCita by ChinaCita | thomson, GA
Nov 08, 2009

im with kellijac, i love mexican food! but im from georgia...i love a big plate of collard greens mixed with cornbread and hot sauce.

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Nov 07, 2009

I like Mexican food... it's the only thing I can taste when I'm sick.

kellijac by kellijac | ANAHEIM, CA
Nov 07, 2009

Mexican food, now thats where I'm at. :)

loli1707 by loli1707 | BONITA, CA
Nov 07, 2009

Goowy Cheesy PIZZA!! yumm

aimeeroo by aimeeroo | Orem, UT
Nov 06, 2009

How interesting! I guess I am a typical GenXer because those are my favorites. :)