Guess What America's Favorite Comfort Food Is

The food Americans go to most when they need a little pick-me-up is …
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If I were to ask you what America’s favorite comfort food is, there are those among you who would probably guess macaroni and cheese, chocolate, burgers and fries, or even popcorn.

All of those are good, solid guesses, but according to a recent survey conducted by the Harris Poll, none of them is the correct answer. In actuality, Americans’ favorite comfort food is ...


(Is it me, or is pizza nearly always the correct answer when it comes to food superlatives? Pizza is also the food Americans consider “ most addictive” and is the world’s “ most-Instagrammed” food.)

Nearly 15 percent of the 2,252 adults surveyed by Harris listed pizza as their top comfort food, more than twice as many as said chocolate (7 percent) or ice cream (7 percent) and more still than said mac and cheese (5 percent), chips (4 percent), hamburgers (3 percent), steak (3 percent), or either popcorn, pasta or Mexican food (2 percent apiece).

More than two-thirds — 67 percent — of all Americans say they turn to their favorite comfort food as a mood booster, Harris found, and most of us (65 percent) don’t feel guilty about that.

Interestingly, although pizza was named the No. 1 comfort food by a wide swath of Americans — topping the list across age, gender and locale — there was one group that seemed impervious to its charms. Adults age 70 and above didn’t even rank it in their top three, favoring ice cream, steak and chocolate instead.

Who said with age comes wisdom?
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