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 Challenger spacecraft, 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.
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 HW 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.
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.
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 French pronunciation of "the roast beefs" 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 beef.
The Northern English and their black pudding and tripe.
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.
Depictions of Americans from other cultures will often feature a love of burgers and fries.
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.
Finns also are 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!
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 vegetariansnuts, 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.
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).
Japanese: Sushi,rice,Sake aka green tea,Wasabi aka hot mustard.
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. He 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 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 ammounts 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.
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 is still in a coma to this day.
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.
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.
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.
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 BourdainLOVES pork. He even said he went on heart medication because he refused to give it up.
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.
Animals typically have a food associated with them as well, 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.
Bunnies love of carrots was actually derived from Bugs Bunny, and though some do, others prefer bananas and grass hay.
Small birds and seeds or worms, except for parrots and crackers.
Ducks and other waterfowl and bread.
Horses and hay
Sharks and people!! or just anything that moves.
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
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.
After word got around that BeatleGeorge 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 Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles, and is often seen snacking on them on the sidelines during games.
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.
Britney Spears is always seen with Cheetos, Fanta or a Starbucks frappichino. 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.