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Trademark Favorite Food: Real L Ife
  • Animals typically have a food associated with them, even if they don't eat it in the wild or that much in captivity/domestication
    • Mice and rats love cheese, except that they actually don't. It's an old wive's tale that has been debunked.
      • A more practical thing to bait rodent traps with is peanut butter, since it's less likely to spoil and more attractive to rodents than cheese.
    • Cats love milk, except that it's not good for them. Don't feed your cats milk.
      • Unless you give them lactose-free milk, since what gives cats problems is lactose.
      • Oddly enough while mice hate cheese cats love it, and since the aged cheese has had a good portion of it's lactose removed it's okay for them in small doses.
      • Also, while cats tend to love fish (especially tuna,) they should NOT eat it steadily. Cats are also known for chasing mice and birds.
      • Cats adore Marmite even if it divides humans.
    • Dogs like Stock Femur Bones. Meat, especially those that leave behind Stock Femur Bones, and manmade dog treats, especially those shaped like Stock Femur Bones.
      • Like mice Dogs also really love peanut butter, which is starting to find it way into those shaped treats.
      • Dogs also love cheese. So much that it's a common hiding place for medication.
    • Elephants and peanuts
    • Monkeys and apes love bananas. This one dates back to the work of primatologist Jane Goodall, who used bananas in order to get close to the chimpanzees she was studying.
    • Bunnies' love of carrots was actually derived from Bugs Bunny, and though some do, others prefer bananas and grass hay.
      • You shouldn't feed a rabbit only carrots though, the sugar content can make them diabetic. They should only be reserved for special treats.
    • Small birds and seeds or worms, except for parrots and crackers.
    • Ducks and other waterfowl and bread.
    • Horses and hay.
    • Sharks and humans. You can thank Jaws for this one, because it's not true. The average number of people killed every years by sharks is often in the single-digits, and sharks typically won't eat humans even if they do attack. Apparently, sharks don't like the taste of us.
    • Bears and honey, fish, or whatever people leave in picnic baskets. In fact, in some languages the word for bear roughly translates to honey-eater or honey-pig.
      • Anteaters are called anteaters in English for the same reason
    • Pandas and bamboo.
    • Frogs and long tongued reptiles eat flies.
    • Snakes steal eggs or eat rodents whole.
  • US president Ronald Reagan and jelly beans, to the point that there is a portrait of him at his presidential library made of Jelly Bellies (his preferred brand) and he required that Air Force One have them at all times. There's a duplicate at their factory too. He started eating them regularly to help him quit smoking and the habit never went away. On the 1983 flight of the Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger, Reagan had some jelly beans stashed on board in secret as a surprise for the astronauts.
  • US president William Howard Taft was known for being a Big Eater and for the lavish banquets he held at the White House; however, he had a surprisingly healthy favorite food: almonds. He ate them when he was worried, and claimed they helped him think. He kept up the almond habit after losing over a hundred pounds and becoming Chief Justice; since thinking is more or less a judge's job, we'll assume he ate a lot of almonds then.
  • US president George W. Bush's favorite food is enchiladas, a Mexican dish consisting of shredded, melted cheese rolled into softened corn tortillas and topped with a spicy, chili powder-based sauce, more cheese, and diced onions. He often had the White House chef prepare them for him and based his favorite restaurants in his home state of Texas off of the strength of their enchiladas.
  • US president (and father of Dubya) George H.W. Bush was partial to crispy fried pork rinds, aka chicharrones. This salty snack is a Southern American and Mexican staple and is slightly similar to the British favorite pork cracklings (except cracklings aren't as "clean" as pork rinds).
  • US president Lyndon B Johnson loved the citrus soda Fresca so much that he had a special tap installed in the Oval Office that dispensed nothing but the drink.
  • Bill Clinton was known for his love of Mc Donald's and fried chicken.
  • Tea for the British. To the point that one item of British military equipment is a vessel for boiling water that runs off the battery in armoured cars, enabling the British soldier to have hot fresh tea (in British parlance "having a brew") literally anywhere their unit is not actually being shot at. During WWI, the common British infantrymen rarely had access to vehicles, so they used the water from their water cooled machine guns, often firing off shots pointlessly just to produce the water for tea.
    • Also for the Russians.
      • With their tea, Brits love biscuits such as digestives, rich tea and hob nobs, and their chocolate varieties. Shortbread is especially enjoyed by Scots to the point that it is a national food. Americans often stereotype Brits as having crumpets or scones with their tea, which is only really true of the elderly, as is the custom of afternoon tea itself.
  • President Barack Obama is a fan of fancy chocolates, especially Fran's Chocolates, an artisan chocolate brand from Seattle.
  • In this interview during March 2013, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says that, since 1992, she has used hot chili peppers to maintain her stamina.
  • Various cultures often have a stereotypical food associated with them, which is often fodder for slurs.
    • English sailors were once known for eating limes to fight scurvy. This is the origin of the slur "limey", and a British ship was called a "lime juice tub". They originally used lemons, but lemons were produced in French colonies and limes in British colonies, so they switched to the more patriotic (and less vitamin C rich) option. The French slur against the British is to call them "les rosbifs," note  due to the British stereotypical love of roast beef. To be fair, during the Napoleonic Wars, this was very much Truth in Television, as the British viewed French cooking as effete and wimpy, and took pride in eating "manly" dishes like roast beef, and the British even wrote a song about it.
    • The Northern English and their black pudding and tripe.
    • Londoners and their jellied eel.
    • The Welsh and leeks (vide Henry V).
    • French and frog's legs, sparking the slur "frog", which was later expanded to include French Canadians. They also eat snails.
    • Belgians and French fries (which has nothing to do with France, but with the verb "to french". Other Belgian dishes are mussles, sprouts, waterzooi and waffles. Very much Truth in Television in central Brussels, where every pub stinks of cooked mussels and there is at least one French fries vendor at each corner.
    • Dutchmen, Swiss people and Frenchmen have a penchant for cheese.
    • Dutchmen and herring which is eaten by tilting your head back and putting the fish slowly down in your mouth.
    • Germans and kraut-based foods, hence a slur during World War II when Germans were called "Krauts" by American soldiers.
    • While in Russia, Germans (and Austrians) have been called kolbasniki (sausage-makers) for centuries, such as in Tolstoy's War and Peace.
    • In Russia and Ukraine Belarusians are sometimes referred to by the nickname/mild ethnic slur bulbashi - bulba is the Belarusian word for "potato" and potatoes are a staple of their cuisine. The most well known example of Belarusian cuisine is draniki - potato pancakes.
    • Ukrainians are well known for their love for salo - cured slabs of pork fat.
    • Irish people have also been stereotyped as eating nothing but potatoes, which comes from the sudden influx of Irish immigrants to the US because of the Potato Blight. Not to mention the reputation Irishmen have for loving whiskey.....
    • Racist depictions of African Americans people invariably feature a love of fried chicken and watermelon, rustic foods from the South. Collard greens are another stereotyped food. The entire "Soul Food" style of cooking is based around foods that are actually popular in the black community.
    • Southerners are also associated with certain foods, such as corn pone, mint juleps, moonshine whiskey, and of course peanuts, immortalized in the song "Goober Peas" popular with the Confederate Army and the mileage comedians all over the world got out of President Jimmy Carter owning a peanut farm.
    • Scots and their haggis and porridge (recall Samuel Johnson's dictionary definition of oats).
    • "Spaghettis'' and "Macaronis" can be used as anti-Italian slurs in German-speaking countries.
    • East Asians are considered synonymous with rice.
    • Koreans are well known for their love of Kimchi(especially Baechu(napa cabbage)-Kimchi). They eat it as a side dish in nearly every meal.
    • Koreans are also infamous for boshintang, aka dog soup. China sometimes gets lumped in with them on this.
    • Depictions of Americans from other cultures will often feature a love of burgers and fries.
    • Scandinavians are commonly stereotyped as eating nothing but fish, cooked in the most repulsive ways they can imagine, all day, every day.
      • Finnish people are stereotyped as having their favorite candy being salty licorice (salmiakki), which is an acquired taste in other cultures. Other Scandinavians and Eastern Europeans also like it, but it's not as widespread.
      • The people of the Nordic countries are also known for drinking large amounts of coffee, which is frequently served black, because they feel that any additions such as milk or sugar dilute the flavor.
    • Mexicans are often slurred with the term "Beaner," referring to the black, pinto, and refried beans common in Tex-Mex food.
    • For Puerto Ricans, it would be "Arroz con habichuelas" or Some Tostones and Mofongo.
    • Hawaii is one of the only places in the world where you'll be able to find SPAM in a McDonald's or Burger King. They even make sushi out of it!
    • Australians will put another shrimp on the barbie! (Which is completely inaccurate - firstly, we call them prawns, not shrimp, and secondly, we prefer sausages, chops and steak on the barbie)
    • Swedes and the rest of Scandinavia, consider pickled herring a delicacy, and it is eaten at Christmas, Easter, Walpurgis night, and Midsummer's eve. Surströmming however, is only a trademark food.
    • 22 out of 23 dishes on a Romanian restaurant's menu probably contain pork, with the 23rd usually being a salad.
    • There is also the tradition, which drives the straw vegetarians nuts, of sacrificing the pig for the Christmas meal, which has to include roasted pork, pork sausages and pork bacon.
    • Canadians love poutine (french fries covered in gravy and cheese). And Timbits (AKA donut holes). And Kraft Dinner (macaroni and cheese), as immortalized in the Barenaked Ladies song "If I had $1,000,000". Also, maple syrup.
    • American adults staying in Europe often order Coca Cola with their meals in fancy restaurants, when the custom is to drink wine. It's disparagingly referred as the 'American Wine' by some people working in said establishments (especially in France). It's emblematic of how wary Americans are of alcohol compared to their cousins across the Atlantic.
    • Japanese: Sushi, rice, sake, green tea, Wasabi, hot mustard.
      • Rice is such a staple food in Japan that the word for cooked rice, gohan, also means "meal".
  • Napoleon Bonaparte loved potatoes and onions cooked in olive oil before every battle.
  • Based on a few "about the author" blurbs, Neil Gaiman appears to really like sushi.
  • Dave Kellett (creator of the webcomic Sheldon), is extremely fond of Hobnobs, which aren't readily available in the US. Bringing him boxes of them at conventions has become something of a Running Gag.
  • Ulysses S. Grant was famous for eating coffee and pickles for breakfast.
  • According to some sources, eggs are the Trademark Favorite Food of the Parsi (Indian Zoroastrians) community. There is an authentic Parsi recipe out there for eggs on potato chips.
  • Elvis Presley had a few, being a Big Eater later in life.
    • He loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches for lunch, sometimes with bacon.
    • Bacon, in fact, seemed to be something he loved in general, mostly because it was a luxury that his mother couldn't afford when he was a child. As an adult, he often kept a large plate of it on his piano to eat while he played it.
    • He also really liked the Fool's Gold Loaf, an extremely rich and expensive sandwich made by the Colorado Mine Company (which is in fact a five-star restaurant in Denver) consisting of a hollowed out loaf of Italian bread, a full jar of peanut butter, a full jar of jelly, and a full pound of bacon. Each one of these has about 8,000 calories. Elvis and two Colorado police officers were discussing the sandwich late at night on 1 February 1976 at Elvis' Graceland Ranch in Tennessee. Just talking about the sandwich made them all very hungry for one. What did they do? They hopped on Elvis' private jet, landing in Denver two hours later, where they found 22 Fool's Gold Loaves (Elvis having made arrangements with the owner of the Colorado Mine Company, a personal friend) and ate all of the sandwiches between him, the policemen, and the pilots of Elvis' plane over the course of three hours (that's 4-5 sandwiches=4-5 pounds of bacon and 32-40,000 calories per person in three hours), washing them down with Perrier and Dom Perignon. After the sandwiches were gone, Elvis, the police officers, and the pilots flew back to Memphis without ever leaving the airport.
    • When feeling less ambitious, Elvis would often "settle" for a simple Monte Cristo, a ham and cheese sandwich egg-batter-dipped, pan-fried, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with a side of syrup for dipping. When Bob Zmuda asked a man who had been one of Elvis' personal assistants if he thought Elvis was still alive, the man responded, "Nobody can eat that many Monte Cristo sandwiches a day and expect to live."
  • The Trobrian Islanders of Papau New Guinea - Yams. To the Trobrianders Yams aren't just a food source, they're a major way of economic and political life. For them, trading yams is like trading money. A chief's power is usually symbolized by how many yams he has in his yam house (yam houses are like bank accounts to the Trobrianders), which is the result of marrying many wives and the families of those wives tending his yam gardens. A slight subversion to this trope is that unless out of hunger or for a truly special occasion (like marriage, with the sharing of yams creating alliances and social obligations), the Trobrianders rarely eat their yams because eating them is like eating their own currency.
  • After John Glenn was reported to have eaten steak and eggs for breakfast just before becoming the first American in orbit, it became tradition for all NASA astronauts to have a steak and egg breakfast on the morning of a lift-off. Glenn also confessed to smuggling some bologna sandwiches with him on board.
  • Walt Disney loved chili and beans, usually with soda crackers. He'd always take cans of it on vacation and eat it in the hotel room, much to the ire of his wife Lillian.
  • Salvador Dali ate copious amounts of camembert cheese every night in order to have the dreams that he later painted.
  • Paula Deen loves butter. She puts it on every dish she makes. She even made a dish accompanied by shots of melted butter. The "Ross Report" segment on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno turned this into a drinking game: everytime Jay high-fived Ross, they would roll the clip of Paula Deen downing the melted butter shot.
  • German chancellor Helmut Kohl had Saumagen. Which he used to eat with other heads of government, including Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was known for his enormous appetite. His advisor Asaf Shariv says that Sharon's favourite meal was "meat in every way". When Sharon first went into a vegetative coma in 2006, doctors attempted to use the smell of roasted meat to wake him. It did not work, and Sharon remained in a coma until his death in January 2014.
  • Interactive Fiction writer Emily Short makes no secret of her fondness for cheese, once writing a list rating Interactive Fiction games according to cheese content. In one rather charming IF game, there was a puzzle featuring tyromancy (divination by cheese). The game featured about 30 different cheese varieties, all with full descriptions of sight, smell AND taste.
  • Don Gorske takes this to an extreme: not only are Big Macs his Trademark Favorite Food, but he (quite literally) eats almost nothing else (not even the fries).
  • Try to find a Bobby Flay recipe that doesn't call for chili peppers in any form. This applies, in a way, even when he appears on Iron Chef America, as not a battle goes by where Flay doesn't make his two signature oils as part of his dishes.
  • Good Eats host Alton Brown has his kosher salt, and his fresh-ground black pepper (he has used the latter in a dessert).
  • College students are known for living on ramen, which is easy to make and cheaper than food.
  • Richard Nixon — Cottage Cheese and Ketchup
  • Gerald Ford liked Cottage Cheese and A-1 Steak Sauce
  • Jamie Oliver admits to being addicted to chili peppers, and claims that he needs to nibble on them to get going every morning.
  • Shigesato Itoi loves croquette rolls, so inevitably they were a regular feature of the MOTHER trilogy.
  • When he was coaching the Washington Redskins in the 1970s, famously quirky head coach George Allen had the same thing every day for lunch. A Peanut butter & jelly sandwich and a glass of milk, made by his secretary. This prompted NFL Films President Steve Sabol to say once "Thanks to him, I'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again."
  • During the late 1960s, Eric Clapton was a huge fan of Machintosh chocolates.
  • Frank Zappa with the "Burnt Weeny Sandwich", which involved splitting a hot dog lengthwise and roasting it over an oven flame, then eating it with two slices of bread and mustard. He also liked to eat Hormel Chili with Beans cold right out of the can.
    • Also well known as a coffee fiend; it and cigarettes were the only substances he normally indulged in.
  • H.P. Lovecraft seems to have loved ice-cream (plus other sweet things) and baked beans. Of course, his least favorite was seafood—a rather unfortunate thing for a New Englander. At least we have an explanation for The Shadow Over Innsmouth...
  • Dwayne Johnson sure does love pie. He also implied John Cena likes Fruity Pebbles, though whether that's true or not is unknown to me. Then there's Sheamus's apparent obsession with potatoes, CM Punk's Pepsi Globe tattoo, and Matt Hardy's addiction to grapes.
  • Writer and food critic Anthony Bourdain LOVES pork. He even said he went on heart medication because he refused to give it up.
    • He also loves anything spicy, as well as durian.
  • VlogBrothers John and Hank Green make a big fuss about their favorite foods: Pizza and corndogs, respectively. The former even has a shirt in honor of his love for pizza.
  • Comedian Gabriel Iglesias and chocolate cake. Fans often send him cakes backstage at his shows - a practice he encourages.
  • Auburn University linebacker Cassanova McKinzy admitted that he chose the school over Clemson because the former had a Chick-Fil-A right on campus. After his statements, many news sources noted that Clemson actually does have the chain on campus. Oops.
  • Gamers with Mountain Dew and Doritos (according to the people who make them anyway).
    • Tabletop gamers doubly so, along with Cheetos.
    • M&M's and Cheez-It's are also very popular with gamers, in part because they don't leave behind any residue on the hands and fingers.
    • Geeks in general are stereotyped as junk food junkies.
  • After word got around that Beatle George Harrison loved Jelly Babies, his many fangirls started pelting him with them at concerts. It was even worse in the United States, where girls couldn't get their hands on Jelly Babies and instead threw jelly beans, which are far tougher; describing it to a reporter, George said, "Imagine waves of rock-hard little bullets raining down on you from the sky." Furthermore, he completely subverted the trope by saying that neither he nor anyone in the band liked Jelly Babies to begin with. (He had claimed to like them in a 1963 interview, but it's easy to imagine how he might have lost his taste for them after being hit with them one too many times.) George's love of Jelly Babies remains a Running Gag in Beatles fandom.
  • Prussian king Frederick The Great loved potatoes so much he turned them into a staple crop of his kingdom. Since his peasants were not too fond of the new vegetable, legend says Frederick posted his guards around a potato field, hoping that people would "steal" and cultivate them after realizing they were so important that the royal guard watched their fields. It worked.
    • That Frederick did this is doubtful, as the first records of the tactic link them to French agronomist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier "guarding" his potato patch in Sablons in the mid-to-late 1780s (late in Frederick's life); the association with Frederick did not come until later, so the tale about Frederick is probably apocryphal. That said, potatoes were definitely Parmentier's Trademark Favorite Food, as well, as he wrote incessantly about how awesome potatoes were, how they would save Europe from famine, etc., etc., etc., even to the point of sending bouquets of potato flowers to the King.
    • Frederick did, however, encourage production of potatoes, using a rather more traditional Prussian method: severe penalties for farmers who refused to grow them, with regular checks by the Army to ensure they complied. Parmentier's obsession with the potato actually came from his time held prisoner by the Prussians during the Seven Years' War; the food for POWs included potatoes.
  • NFL running back for the Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles, and is often seen snacking on them on the sidelines during games. This became a Running Gag when the Hawks made it to the Super Bowl - confectionaries and stores around town were finding increasingly creative ways to incorporate them into gameday treats.
    • When the Hawks won the Super Bowl, he turned the tables, showering his fans with Skittles from the victory parade.
  • In the rest of the United States, cereal and doughnuts are popular breakfast foods. In Texas, however, particularly parts south of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, breakfast tacos (soft flour or corn tortillas filled with savory fillings such as potatoes scrambled with eggs or refried beans and melted cheese) are a beloved breakfast food that people can't get enough of.
  • Leopards are known to be very fond of dog, although other sources say impala (the animal, not the car) is their favorite.
  • Britney Spears is always seen with Cheetos, Fanta or a Starbucks frappacino. She also had favour towards A Coffee Mocha when she was younger. She a favourite of paparazi and the photos are infinite proof ans in interviews she notes it too.
  • Selena Gomez is known to love fried pickles, often combined with french fries, a delicacy she claims she acquired as they served it in movie theaters in her home state of Texas. She often jokes about how unusual (and hard to get) the snack seems to be outside of her home state.
  • Michael J. Fox really loves his Diet Pepsi. Although, according to his Lucky Man memoir, it was his second favourite drink behind beer. Although, prior to becoming a vegetarian, he really loved chicken.
  • American Civil War general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was said to have a fondness for peaches.
  • Emperor Franz Jozef of Austria loved a certain type of fluffy pancake known as Kaiserschmarrn.
  • Electronic/metal musician Celldweller really likes Reese's Puffs cereal. In his behind-the-scenes video regarding the making of his first album, he even states that after he rented the studio he recorded the album in, Reese's Puffs were the only food he had with him.
  • Hippies and granola.
  • Hipsters: Anything vegan, organic or gluten-free.
  • Charles M. Schulz was known to digest a ham sandwich and a glass of milk when drawing comic strips.

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