American Comfort Foods That Hit Differently


Reaching for a pint of ice cream to cope with a broken heart is just what women do; it’s parts of the comfort foods craze. Something we all use to help us feel better when we’re otherwise feeling down and depressed. It’s the kind of food that reminds you of your happy childhood visits to grandma’s or your special meals with your family.  Many people thing this is the best food, hands down. Unfortunately, a new study proves that this type of food can actually cause us more depression than enjoyment. Read on to find out which 12 comfort foods top the list for Americans.


Macaroni and Cheese

Your mouth is already watering; I can hear it. Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. It reminds you of happy childhood days and it tastes like a million dollars, even though it cost you $1 and took you less than 10 minutes to cook.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soup

Your mom made it for you when you didn’t feel good and it’s the first thing you turn to – after the cold and flu medicine – when you aren’t feeling well. It’s warmth takes you back to a time when someone was there to hold you and tuck you in so you’d feel all better.


Biscuits and Gravy

Let’s be honest; we all order biscuits and gravy when we head out to breakfast on a Sunday morning after church. It’s the best and no breakfast is complete without it.


Fried Chicken

Mmm….it brings back memories of family BBQs, long summer nights and Sunday evenings in the backyard with your friends and family. No wonder we all love this greasy meal so much.



Aside from the fact that you can call someone and have them deliver it to your home anytime of the day or night, pizza is just delicious. It’s a staple. It’s a hardcore comfort food that reminds us of casual nights at home, birthday parties and sleepovers with friends.


French Fries

It’s true, no one makes them quite like the genius’ behind the golden arches, but French fries certainly top the list of best comfort foods ever. Dip them in a little honey mustard (ketchup…whatever you like) and taste Heaven in your mouth.


Spaghetti and Meatballs

Remember when you used to call it basketti? I do. In fact, sometimes I still refer to spaghetti as basketti in my mind because it reminds me of the laughter it always elicited from my family when I was a child. It’s so comforting.


Mashed Potatoes

Instant potatoes, get out of the way. There was nothing more comforting growing up that the sight of a big pot of boiling potatoes on the counter and mom mashing them into a bowl, adding milk and butter and using the blender to cream them to perfection.


Grilled Cheese

It’s simple, it’s tasty and it’s so comforting, especially when you add a bowl of soup to the side. We make it for our kids, we eat it ourselves and we just always contemplate ordering it when we see it on the menu at a restaurant.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Being completely honest, we’ll go forth and say that the taste and smell of a fresh from the oven homemade chocolate chip cookie is second only to the taste of the uncooked batter (loaded and swarming will salmonella, of course) used to make those decadent cookies.



Come on, it’s not even funny how much you love a good old PB&J. And no one, I mean no one, makes it quite like your grandmother. Hard as you try, yours just doesn’t even come close, but it’s still comforting to make it and think of her while you’re eating it.



Remember waking up on a weekend morning to the smell of your dad in the kitchen cooking pancakes and bacon? The pound of butter and syrup over the top of both made it worth every single calorie consumed (not that you even knew what calories were at that age). Pancakes, bacon (and really the butter and the syrup) are so comforting you find yourself making them for your own family on weekend mornings.


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