Regardless of how much we care about our health and well-being, most of us simply can't resist junk food. We might not be gulping down burgers and ordering pizza on a daily basis, but we won't stop ourselves from indulging in a well-deserved treat now and again.
When it comes to junk food, we all have our own preferences. Some of us can't imagine giving up buffalo wings, for example, whereas others flinch at the thought of foregoing onion rings on a night out with friends.
While eating junk food every single day is certainly bad, there is absolutely nothing wrong with ordering a cheeseburger with a side of fries once in a while. If anything, a treat here and there is what keeps most of us sane.
The majority of us believe that our junk food preferences are far from interesting. All they reveal about us is the type of treats that we can't live without, right? Wrong! Our food preferences can actually say quite a lot about us as individuals. Indeed, at times they might even reveal our sign. Don't believe us? Then go ahead and pick or pass on the 50 junk food options available below.
Garlic bread doesn't really need explaining. It's just bread (more often than not sourdough bread such as ciabatta or else a baguette) that has been topped with garlic and butter (or olive oil). Sometimes herbs such as chives or oregano are sprinkled on top of the bread before it is broiled or grilled. Garlic bread is what most of us order as a side to our pizza. Sometimes we might go for more indulgent options, such as garlic bread topped with cheese (Wikipedia).
We highly doubt that anyone will want to pass on chocolate. Chocolate is one of those delicious treats that most of us can't imagine our life without. Most chocolate varieties consist of cocoa butter, cocoa solids, chocolate liquor, and sugar (Wikipedia). There are three main types of chocolate out there: dark chocolate (which is very bitter), milk chocolate (which is rather sweet and which contains milk or milk products), and white chocolate (which apparently should not be classed as chocolate at all).
Marshmallows are sugary treats that consist of sugar, gelatin, and water. According to Wikipedia, these three ingredients are whipped to a squishy consistency and are then shaped into small, cylindrical pieces. Finally, they are covered in corn starch. Additionally, some marshmallow recipes call for eggs. Most of us refrain from eating marshmallows on their own (unless we have a serious craving for sugar) but we do use them in making S'Mores and we do like to add them to our chocolate drinks.
We doubt that anyone taking this quiz will want to pass on pepperoni pizza (unless they are vegetarian or vegan, of course). After all, who in their right mind could say no to pizza? As pretty much everyone is well aware, pizza is a dish that originated in Italy (Wikipedia). It consist of a round, flat base of leavened dough that is topped with tomatoes, cheese, and a variety of other ingredients such as pepperoni. Indeed, pepperoni pizza is a classic.
Skittles is a brand of candy, and to be more specific, of fruit-flavored candy. According to Wikipedia, the exterior of Skittles consists of a hard sugar shell made from sugar whereas the interior consists of hydrogenated palm kernel oil, corn syrup, citric acid, fruit juice, and natural and artificial flavors. Skittles are sold in many different flavors, such as Wild Berry, Tropical, Sweet Heat, Sour, and Dessert. Compared to other candy on the market, Skittles have not been around for all that long. Indeed, they were only invented sometime in the 1970s.
If you love chocolate then you will without a doubt want to pick this particular dessert (which is also, unfortunately, junk food for it is not very healthy). Chocolate cake, also known as chocolate gateau in some countries, is a super indulgent cake that is flavored with melted chocolate or cocoa powder (or, in some cases, both!) According to Wikipedia, there are many different variations of chocolate cake out there. For example, you might have tried chocolate layer cake (a layered cake held together by filling), fudge cake (chocolate cake that also contains fudge), and red velvet cake (chocolate cake with a delicious cream cheese icing).
Snickers is one of those chocolate bars that most of us can't resist. It is made of nougat that is topped not only with caramel but also with peanuts. As if that wasn't quite indulgent enough, the whole thing is then encased in chocolate. Most of us don't stop to think as to how long our favorite chocolate bar has been around. But according to Wikipedia, Snickers was invented almost a century ago. Indeed, to be even more specific, Snickers was introduced to the market all the way back in 1930.
Four cheese nachos?
Nachos, a dish that consists of warm tortilla chips covered in melted cheese (or alternatively, a cheese based sauce) originated in northern Mexico. Nachos are often served as a snack or else as an appetizer. According to Wikipedia, sometimes the dish consists of other ingredients too. When additional ingredients are used, nachos are usually served as the main dish. Apparently, nachos were invented more than half a century ago, all the way back in the early 1940s. Popular cheeses used include cheddar cheese, shredded cheese, and Swiss cheese.
Buffalo wings are unbreaded chicken wing sections (also known as flats or drumettes according to Wikipedia) that are deep fried and then dipped or else coated entirely in a sauce that is made of melted butter and vinegar-based cayenne pepper sauce. Buffalo wings have been around for quite a while. Indeed, they were invented in New York sometime in the mid-1960s. It is custom to serve buffalo wings sizzling, alongside carrot and celery sticks and a delicious blue cheese dressing.
Who'd like to pick and who'd like to pass on Butterfinger? If you have a sweet tooth you are probably well aware that Butterfinger is a candy bar that consists of a deliciously crispy peanut butter core that is engulfed in milk chocolate. Like most chocolate bars, Butterfinger has also been around for quite some time. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, it was invented all the way back in 1923 in Chicago. Today, Butterfinger is associated with its superb marketing and its numerous spokespersons, including Bart Simpson and Rob Lowe.
Hershey’s Bar, also known as Hershey Bar or Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar, is the most famous product sold by the Hershey Company. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, the company itself refers to the bar as the greatest chocolate bar in the U.S. We’re not the first generation to get to enjoy this tasty chocolate bar. Our parents, grandparents and possibly even our great-grandparents, snacked on it too. In fact, this bar was invented more than 100 years ago, all the way back in 1900.
Mozzarella sticks are pretty self-explanatory. They are fried pieces of mozzarella. According to Wikipedia, while you can eat mozzarella sticks on their own, it is fairly common to serve them alongside various condiments such as marinara sauce, tomato sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce, jalapeno jelly, plum sauce, honey mustard sauce, and ranch dressing. Furthermore, mozzarella sticks and raspberry sauce are apparently served as part of the regional cuisine in New York’s Capital District. Want to make mozzarella sticks at home but don’t have mozzarella on hand? You can substitute it with other cheeses, such as cheddar or Edam.
Fried shrimp is nothing more than shrimp that has been deep fried. It is popular in countries all over the world, and in particular in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. According to Wikipedia, fried shrimp was thought of as an early 20th century menu item. However, for one reason or another it did not make its debut until after the Second World War concluded, which is when pre-cooked frozen shrimp was introduced onto the market. Not everyone likes fried shrimp however. Are you a fan or would you rather pass on it?
If you love cold desserts then you will without a doubt want to pick frozen custard. If, on the other hand, you are not a huge fan of sweet things or if you prefer cakes and cookies to cold desserts, you might want to pass on it. If you have ever tried frozen custard you are probably well aware that it is very similar to ice cream. However, unlike ice cream, frozen custard is made with eggs as well as sugar and cream (Wikipedia).
Cheerios are a type of breakfast cereal. They consist of pulverized oats that are shaped like a solid torus. According to Wikipedia, Cheerios were first manufactured in 1941. Back then they were known as CheeriOats however. The name change came about only four years later though, in 1945. In the mid-70s, customers were treated to a new variety of Cheerios. This new variety was called Cinnamon Nut Cheerios. The second variety, Honey Nut Cheerios, was introduced in the late 70s.
Ginger snaps, also known as ginger nuts or ginger biscuits, are hard gingerbread biscuits. As the name of this snack makes it quite obvious, these biscuits are flavored with powdered ginger as well as other spices, such as nutmeg, molasses, and cinnamon (Wikipedia). There are many different recipes out there that you can use to make these delicious cookies. In addition to the spices, you will also need brown sugar, vegetable oil (or butter), molasses, eggs, flour, baking soda, and salt.
Cheese puffs are a puffed corn snack. The puffs have a distinctive flavour thanks to a generous coating of cheese or cheese flavoured powders. According to Wikipedia, they are made by extruding heated corn dough through a specialized tool that forms the very particular shape that is associated with cheese puffs. However, while the puffs are usually ball-shaped, they can also be straight, curly or irregular shaped. Sometimes they are referred to not as cheese puffs but as cheese balls or indeed even as cheese curls, corn curls, corn cheese, or cheesy puffs.
If we were given a choice between various different potato chips on the market, most of us would probably opt for Pringles. Pringles have not been around for all that long. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, Pringles chips were invented just over a decade ago, back in 1967. Pringles are popular not only in the U.S. but also in plenty of other countries around the world. Indeed, since 2011 Pringles have been sold in more than 140 countries around the globe. Perhaps the reason they are so popular is their variety of flavor. Popular flavors include salt and vinegar, cheddar cheese, and sour cream and onion.
Arancini (or "little oranges" as they would be known in English) are of Italian origin. To be even more specific, they were invented in Sicily. They are stuffed rice balls that are also breaded and then deep fried. According to Wikipedia, the most popular fillings for arancini balls are ragu (basically, mince cooked with spices and tomato sauce), mozzarella cheese, peas, or ham and mozzarella. That being said, the filling of arancini balls varies from one region to the next.
Blondies are rich and very sweet dessert bars. Indeed, they are very similar to brownies except that they are white in color, not brown. That’s because blondies substitute vanilla for cocoa. Blondies are available for purchase in most grocery stores around the country. You are also likely to find them on the menus of most restaurants and cafes. However, they are also very simple to make at home. Indeed, all you need if brown sugar, flour, eggs, butter, baking powder, and vanilla, although you can also add walnuts or pecans (Wikipedia).
This kind of baby pancake is a large popover (a hollow roll that is made of egg batter very similar to that used in Yorkshire pudding). Unlike most pancakes, this one is always baked in the oven as opposed to fried on both sides on a frying pan. Furthermore, it is usually much thicker than regular pancakes. Also, it does not require any chemical leavening ingredients such as baking powder or baking soda, according to Wikipedia. How do we feel about it?
Popcorn is an amazing snack. Indeed, most of us can't imagine a movie night without a large bowl of popcorn resting beside us. We probably don't need to explain what popcorn is, but just in case: popcorn is a sort of kernel that expands and becomes bigger when heated (Wikipedia). The majority of us are used to seeing (and eating) savory popcorn (i.e. popcorn that is plain, sprinkled with salt, or perhaps even covered in cheese). But sweet varieties of popcorn, such as caramel popcorn, are popular too.
If you're into beef jerky you'll without a doubt want to go with the first option (i.e., pick) to this question. If, on the other hand, you can't stand beef jerky, you'll obviously want to go with the second option (i.e., pass). Beef jerky is quite a popular snack, although it is certainly not for everyone. It is meat that has been trimmed of all fat, cut into small pieces, and dried (the latter prevents it from going bad according to Wikipedia).
Fries are pieces of deep-fried potato. They make for a delicious snack although they are also sometimes served as a side, especially to dishes such as steaks and burgers. Fries are rarely, if ever, served as the main meal. French fries tend to be salted and served with condiments such as mayonnaise, ketchup, vinegar, or tomato sauce (Wikipedia). Those who lead a healthy lifestyle often bake their French fries in the oven (and use little to no oil). Health nuts might even replace normal potatoes with sweet potatoes.
Pop-Tarts (a brand of toaster pastries) are not just a breakfast food. Many of us also eat them when we are craving a sugary snack. Indeed, they are the perfect food to satisfy our sweet tooth: they consist of a sugary filling that is sealed inside two rectangular pastry crusts. As if that wasn't quite enough, most Pop-Tarts are also frosted. Pop-Tarts are sold pre-cooked but that doesn't mean that you should eat them straight out of the packet. Indeed, they are designed to be warmed inside a microwave or a toaster first (Wikipedia).
A cheeseburger is just that: a hamburger that contains cheese. It is one of the most popular burgers out there. Indeed, many of us order a cheeseburger when we're eating out with our friends. According to Wikipedia, the cheese is usually placed on top of the meat patty right before serving, which gives the cheese just enough time to melt. Like most other burgers, a cheeseburger can consist of a number of other ingredients, including lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onion.
Froot Loops is a fruit-flavored breakfast cereal. However, it is not unheard of for people to indulge in a bowl of Froot Loops in the middle of the day or indeed even after dinner. If you've had Froot Loops before (and indeed, who hasn't?) then you probably know that the cereal pieces are ring-shaped (hence the word "loops" in the name). These rings come in a wide variety of different colors but they are all actually the same flavor (Wikipedia).
Anyone up for a corn dog? Corn dogs are not exactly the most elaborate junk food out there. A corn dog is simply a sausage that has been coated in a layer of cornmeal batter and fried. According to Wikipedia, it originated in the U.S. and is very popular throughout the country to this day. Corn dogs might seem boring at first glance but there are actually many different variations out there. For example, cheesy variations are usually prepared with melted cheese between the sausage and the breading.
Most people associate cotton candy with their childhood. Cotton candy, or candy floss as it is known in some countries around the world, is a form of spun sugar, according to Wikipedia. It is the snack that most of us couldn't get enough of when we were kids (probably because we only got to eat it when we went to the circus or when we accompanied our parents to a festival). Cotton candy is mostly made up of sugar although flavoring and food coloring are also added to it to make it more appealing.
Ruffles are a famous brand of ruffled (i.e., crinkle cut) potato chips. According to Wikipedia, Ruffles were first marketed sometime in the early 1960s. The name of these tasty potato chips is apparently an analogy to the ruffle, a piece of fabric that is sometimes gathered, consequently creating distinctive folds. The ridged corrugations are not just a marketing gimmick. Indeed, they were designed with the intent of creating a crunchier potato chip that is less likely to break in the package.
Cupcakes, also known as fairy cakes and patty cakes in some parts of the world, are tiny cakes that are intended to serve just one person. Cupcakes are usually baked either in aluminum cupcake tins or else in thin paper cups. They are often iced and decorated with fruit, nuts, chocolate, and cream. Cupcakes can come in a variety of different flavors (although it is worth pointing out that they are almost always sweet and never savory). The most popular cupcake flavor is probably vanilla though.
Crepes are very thin pancakes that originated in France. They are usually made from wheat flour (or else buckwheat flour), milk, flour, and eggs. There are two main types of crepes out there: sweet crepes and savory crepes (which are sometimes known as galettes). Crepes are often served with a variety of fillings such as sugar, Nutella, maple syrup, lemon juice, custard, fruit spreads, whipped cream, ham, cheese, eggs, and even vegetables (Wikipedia). Who'd like to pick crepes and who'd like to pass on them?
Making cookies is not always easy, even if we consider ourselves pros in the kitchen. The hardest part is without a doubt resisting the urge to eat the entire cookie dough before we even begin forming the cookies. When made at home, cookie dough tends to consist of pretty basic ingredients such as sugar, eggs, flour, butter, salt, and vanilla extract. If the dough is made with the intention of baking it, leavening agents such as baking soda or baking powder are also added (Wikipedia).
You don't have to love sweet things to know just how popular Twix bars are. Walk into your local grocery store and chances are, you'll see at least one customer purchasing this delicious chocolate bar. Twix bars consist of a biscuit base that is topped with deliciously gooey caramel. The whole thing is then encased in milk chocolate. According to Wikipedia, Twix are usually packaged with either two or four bars in one packet (which means that we have no excuse for not sharing it with our friends).
Macarons are sweet meringue-based treats. They consist of egg white, granulated sugar, icing sugar, almond powder (or else ground almonds), and last but not least, food coloring (the ingredient responsible for making French macarons so pleasing to the eye). According to Wikipedia, people disagree on whether the term "macaron" or "macaroon" should be used hence why it is not at all uncommon to see this mouth-watering confection confused with the equally as delicious coconut macaroons. So what do we think?
Tempura vegetables is a dish that originated in Japan. As the name (and the picture) probably makes it quite clear, Tempura vegetables consist of vegetables that have been battered and then deep fried. According to Wikipedia, this unique dish was influenced by fritter-cooking techniques that were introduced to Japan by the Portuguese sometime in the 16th century. In fact, the name "tempura" apparently relates to this origin! Tempura vegetables are probably not the most unhealthy snack out there (the vegetables have to count for something, right?) but they are certainly not that good for you either (they are, after all, deep-fried).
Pretzels are an awesome snack which is perhaps why most of us stock up on bags and bags of them when we go on our weekly trip to the grocery store. According to Wikipedia, Pretzels originated in Germany. They are a variety of baked bread product and are made from dough that is usually twisted into a very distinctive knot. There are a few different types of pretzels that we can choose from. For example, hard pretzels have a long shelf-life and make for a perfect movie night snack whereas soft pretzels have a short shelf-life and go well with tea or coffee.
Toffee, which is a type of confection that is made by caramelizing molasses or sugar with butter, is delicious. But it is also very unhealthy. Consequently, most of us try to limit the number of times that we indulge in toffee a year. But when we do have it, we make sure to take our time eating it. And we always enjoy it immensely. Plain toffee is probably the most popular but sometimes toffee is also mixed with nuts and raisins whereas other times it is topped with chocolate (Wikipedia).
Bear claw is a delicious pastry that most of us can't quite resist when we're having a cup of coffee or tea. Like most pastries, bear claw is sweet and is raised by yeast. It is very similar to a Danish. According to Wikipedia, it originated in the U.S. sometime in the 1920s. A bear claw stands out from other pastries in that it is filled with almond paste (and in some cases, raisins). The shape of this pastry resembles a bear's claw, hence the name (Wikipedia).
Peanut butter chocolate donuts?
We can't imagine that anyone will want to pass on donuts, a delectable fried dough confection. Donuts are popular in countless countries around the world. They are sold in bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, and specialty shops. However, dedicated cooks are also well able to make them at home. Most donuts are ring-shaped. However, it is not unusual to see donuts in other shapes too. For example, some donuts resemble balls and are filled with various fillings. Different types of batters, not to mention toppings and flavorings, are used to make different types of donuts (Wikipedia).
Twinkies are a popular snack cake that consist of wheat flour, corn syrup, sugar, water, niacin, eggs, shortening, and high fructose corn syrup. According to Wikipedia, Twinkies were invented almost a century ago, all the way back in 1930. Curiously enough, there exists a common urban legend that claims that Twinkies can last unspoiled for as long as a century due to the chemicals that are used in their production. That is, of course, not true. Twinkies can last on the shelf for no more than 10 days.
Goldfish crackers are pretty self-explanatory. They are just crackers that are shaped like fish. According to Wikipedia, goldfish crackers were invented sometime in the late 1950s. They come in many varieties, such as Original, Cheddar, Parmesan, Pizza, Ranch, BBQ, and Salt and Vinegar. Since the early 1960s, the crackers contain a tiny imprint of a smile and an eye, hence the tagline "The Snack that Smiles Back." Goldfish crackers are popular not only in the U.S. but also in plenty of other countries around the world.
M&M's are button-shaped chocolates that come in a variety of colors. Each button has the letter "m" printed on one of the sides. Each colorful button consists of a candy shell that encases a filling. The filling depends on the variety of the M&M's. According to Wikipedia, the original M&M's had a milk chocolate filling. Today, milk chocolate M&M's are known as "plain." Other varieties include peanut butter, crispy, pretzel, almond, caramel, and dark chocolate. Some varieties are only available in certain geographic locations or for a limited duration.
Rocky road is one of those desserts that we can easily whip up together when we don't feel like baking. It consists of milk chocolate and marshmallows. Sometimes, other ingredients such as nuts and dried fruit are also added. Rocky road is somewhat similar to a brownie in that it is also served in an individual portion. According to Wikipedia, the exact origin of rocky road is debatable. However, it is believed that it was invented in Australia sometime in the mid-19th century.
Strawberry ice cream?
Ice cream is a frozen sweet treat that we eat either as a snack or as a dessert. Ice cream is usually made using milk or cream (although it can also be made using plant-based milk too, which means that those who follow a plant-based routine don't necessarily have to give up this cold treat when they embark on their vegan journey). Ice cream is generally flavored with sweeteners such as sugar, as well as spices such as vanilla. Indeed, vanilla ice cream is probably the most popular variety out there but strawberry ice cream is pretty common too.
Onion rings are a well-loved snack that most people can't help but reach for when they are watching a movie or hosting a party. They are made from the cross-sectional "ring" of an onion that is dipped in batter (or alternatively, bread crumbs) and then deep-fried. However, you can also make onion rings using onion paste instead. Onion rings are usually served as a side dish. Nonetheless, it is not at all uncommon to eat them on their own either (Wikipedia).
Mars is a type of chocolate bar that consists of caramel and nougat encased in milk chocolate. According to Wikipedia, the first Mars bar was invented in the early 1930s in England. It is very similar to Milky Way, another popular chocolate bar that was created a decade earlier. Initially, the bar was sold in two different formulations. The U.K. version consisted of nougat and caramel in milk chocolate whereas the U.S. version consisted of nougat and toasted almond covered in chocolate. Later, a layer of caramel was added to the U.S. version. The U.S. version was apparently discontinued in 2012 but has been revived a couple of times since.
Kit Kat is a chocolate bar that consists of several layers of wafer coated in chocolate. A standard Kit Kat bar is made up of two or four pieces or fingers. Each piece can be snapped from the bar separately, meaning that it is the perfect chocolate bar to share with others. According to Wikipedia, over the years many different flavors of Kit Kat have been invented, including dark, milk, and white chocolate. The original bar was invented in the mid-1930s.
Peanut butter cookies?
Peanut butter cookies are obviously a type of cookie. They stand out from other cookies in that their principal ingredient is peanut butter. As such, if you love peanut butter, you will probably want to pick this snack. If, on the other hand, you are not a big fan of peanut butter, you will probably want to pass on these distinctive cookies. According to Wikipedia, it is generally agreed that peanut butter cookies originated in the U.S. Their development dates back to the early 20th century.
Milky Way is a type of chocolate bar that consists of caramel that is covered in milk chocolate. According to Wikipedia, Milky Way bar was introduced to the market sometime in the early 1920s. It is very similar to Mars bar which originated a decade later (indeed, it is very likely that Milky Way inspired Mars bar). Interestingly enough, the European version of Milky Way has a nougat center. Furthermore, in the U.K. one can purchase a child-oriented derivative of this chocolate bar.