Why Do We Crave Comfort Food?
When the weather gets cold and gray people crave food that makes them feel comfortable and warm. Comfort food! Where did the term “comfort food come from? Comfort food is food that provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone, and may be characterized by its high caloric nature, high carbohydrate level, or simple preparation. The nostalgia may be specific to an individual, or it may apply to a specific culture.
The term comfort food has been traced back at least to 1966, when the Palm Beach Post used it in a story: “Adults, when under severe emotional stress, turn to what could be called ‘comfort food’—food associated with the security of childhood, like mother’s poached egg or famous chicken soup.” They are believed to be a great coping mechanism for rapidly soothing negative feelings.
Some psychology professionals say it’s not healthy physically or emotionally to self-treat issues with lots of calories, but we think as long as you don’t do it every day, it’s not so bad.
Ranker.com lists the top 10 comforts as:
- Ice Cream
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- French Fries
- Macaroni and Cheese
- Mashed Potatoes
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Fried Chicken
Of course, soups are on many lists of comfort foods, especially homemade, hearty ones.
Panini makers are excellent for making grilled cheese sandwiches, and you can shop a huge selection on our website by clicking here. In super cold weather soup reigns supreme as the favorite comfort food and many restaurants keep large kettles filled with soups, bisque, chowders, and chili. Everything you will ever need to prepare and serve soup can be found on our website by clicking here.
As for the most popular soup in cold weather, almost everyone says chicken soup is their favorite, but who makes the best chicken soup in the world? We’ve tried a lot of chicken soups but we have found this recipe from the New York Times is our favorite: Click here for recipe. It’s made from scratch and takes some time, but it’s really worth it!