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Comfort Food-20 Popular Choices

Updated on October 25, 2013

There's nothing like homemade soup

Mmm, Mmm good!
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Comfort Foods

There are many foods that can be used for pleasure or comfort. Depending on what part of the world you grew up in; what your family of origin experience was; and what your relationship with your mother was as a child, will determine what you consider a comfort food.

In the United States some of the top comfort snacks include potato chips, (salty), and ice cream, (sweet). Although it is shown that more women go for this sweet / salty combination, it is not exclusively gender based. As for chocolate, again, more women than men consume chocolate when emotionally spent, while men will usually look for a full bodied ‘meat and potato’ meal to fill them up.

The Cure-all: A Hearty Bowl of Soup

My experience growing up with an Italian mother was that no matter how hot it got during the summer or no matter how cold in the winter soup was frequently part of our meal. If we were ill she would serve homemade chicken noodle soup. The most prominent snack and dessert foods in our home were potato chips, ice cream, and chocolate chip cookies. It’s no wonder I crave those when a bit of nostalgia creeps in.

But, food preferences are based on the region you grew up in as well. I never experienced grits or hushpuppies until I came down south. If you ask a family in New York for a comfort food on their list it will be different from a person living in San Diego, California or New Orleans, Louisiana. Well, you get the picture. One man’s epicurean delight is another man’s junk food.

Popular Snacks

Popular Snacks and Desserts

1. Ice cream

2. Chocolates

3. Cookies

4. Potato chips and dip

5. Salsa and chips

20 Popular Comfort Foods

Here are twenty food ideas that frequent the top of the comfort food list. If any of them catch your eye, perhaps you’d like to add that to this week’s menu during this cold snap that has spread across our nation:

1. Soup-a favorite combo is: tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich.

2. Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and brown gravy.

3. Pot Roast

4. Chicken Pot Pie

5. Macaroni and cheese-and anything else to go with it.

6. Pancakes with warm maple syrup.

7. Chicken and Dumplings Casserole

8. Spaghetti and meatballs

9. Steak and mashed potatoes

10. Sweet potato pie (or casserole)

11. Shepherd’s pie

12. Country fried steak

13. Pan fried pork chops

14. Lasagna

15. Jambalaya

16. Corned Beef and cabbage

17. Bratwurst and sauerkraut

18. Stews

19. Chili

20. Chowders


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    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Alecia-thanks for your input here. I agree that soup hits the spot any time of the year!

      Hi Dianna-Haha-what did you end up eating? Thanks for your info...pancakes and syrup, yum. Mine is probably chicken pot pie or soup. (Too many calories in that pot pie!)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I see many of my favorites here, especially pancakes with maple syrup. I am now heading for my kitchen. Comfort foods make any day go better. Voted up.

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 

      7 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I love comfort foods of all kinds. A lot of times it has to do with my mood. Other times it's just a craving. My favorite on your list has to be soup- it makes you feel better when you feel nothing else can.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Marie-I know what you mean. I agree. Even as I wrote the hub it grated against every sensibility in me. I guess that is why it is considered a comfort food. It doesn't have to make any sense.

      Boxxies (Poutine)-hello. Nice to meet you. I think mac and cheese is the number one choice for many people. Thanks for commenting.

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      9 years ago

      Comfort food for me is "mac and cheese",no doubt about this one.


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      Marie Landry 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Mmmm, so many of my favorite comfort foods in one spot, it's making me hungry! It's unfortunate that so many of these things aren't exactly what I should be eating as part of my healthy living lifestyle, but I do indulge once in awhile! The snacks are bang-on though, those are what I crave more than anything and try not to even keep in the house! LOL

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      jen tse 

      9 years ago

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Amy, I guess I should have added tacos...seems to be a popular favorite.

      Hi Johnny, Nice to meet you and have you join in on the 'food' discussion. LOL! Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Johnny Parker 

      9 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

      That's made me hungry!!

      Sausage and mash with onion gravy does it for me followed by treacle sponge and custard!! Mmmmh

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      9 years ago

      This is a good HubPage, and your comfort foods are not too far off from ours. We tend to have more taco's and nacho's too though, pretty close. A.B.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Carrie for reading and commenting. I appreciate it. Unfortunately, I don't consider this a good piece of work. It was late, I was tired and this is the end product. But, it was one more under my belt.

      Darski--Tacos! Of course. It's a family favorite here in my home. Thanks for sharing.

      Susan-oh my...I had to laugh when I read your comment. I was getting hungry writing it and there was no food in the house. I went groc shopping tonight after work. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your hub has made me hungry. Thanks for sharing your list of comfort foods.

    • Darlene Sabella profile image

      Darlene Sabella 

      9 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Great hub my friend, however in our family you left out one, just one...home made taco's, my fav....Love this hub and rate you up, love & peace darski

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      9 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      A nice list of comfort foods to choose from Denice at this time of the year, thanks

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Rich. Sometimes when I'm in the mood I will whip up a batch of pancakes for supper. It hits the spot...

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      9 years ago

      Macaroni cheese and pancakes!

      These foods are certainly scrummy and making me hungry.

      Off to eat now so God bless and happy writing.

    • Denise Handlon profile imageAUTHOR

      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi telltale. If you read the first couple of paragraphs it states that it is by region as well. Since I am an American I can only speak of my experience as popular choices. I can only guess at other culture popular comfort foods which may be way off and inaccurate. So, I stayed with what I knew. Thanks for commenting. Perhaps that would be a hub you would consider doing, if that is your familiarity, and we could tie them in together?

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      9 years ago

      The list consists of only western food... the eastern guy may have a different list... :) Personally, I think food is very subjective and personal, to a certain extent. Either way, it's good to know a list of comfort food, on hand. Thanks!


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