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What Were the Most Popular Breakfasts in the Decade You Were Born?

What Were the Most Popular Breakfasts in the Decade You Were Born?

What we eat for breakfast has certainly evolved over the years

Cereal has been a popular breakfast for more than 100 years.

It’s one of the oldest adages in the book: If you want to have a productive day, you need to eat a good breakfast. But this crucial first meal of the day has really evolved over the years, with new innovations and trends transforming breakfast faster than you probably realize.

What Were the Most Popular Breakfasts in the Decade You Were Born? (Slideshow)

The fundamentals of breakfast haven’t changed too much over the years: Eggs, toast, breakfast meats, hot and cold cereal, juice, milk… Through the years, these have always been the most commonly-eaten breakfast staples, even during phases when fat and cholesterol were shunned, because nothing will ever change the fact that people like their bacon and eggs for breakfast.

But just like every other aspect of American life, breakfast has been the subject of near-constant innovation, with new products coming onto the scene that have done everything from briefly capturing the zeitgeist to completely revolutionizing breakfast as we know it. And because breakfast is so inextricably linked to our childhood, and so many breakfast products are marketed directly to children, the breakfasts we eat in our youth can leave an impression that lasts a lifetime.

Read on for not only a stroll down memory lane, but for a comprehensive history of breakfast through the years, from 1920 through 2010, assembled with the help of resources including Sherri Lieberman’s American Food by the Decades. Next time you reach for that Greek yogurt, Kind bar, or Taco Bell Breakfast Crunchwrap, don’t forget that those are among the trendiest breakfast foods of the current decade.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

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Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.


What’s the Most-Popular Breakfast Item in America?

Eggs! They beat out coffee and cereal. And don’t get us started on toast.

468064758

Photo by: AlexPro9500 ©AlexPro9500

Buh-bye, breakfast? Is the morning repast losing its standing as the most important meal of the day?

The average American eats breakfast only three days per week, according to a survey about eating habits and preferences conducted by OnePoll on behalf of the hummus company Sabra. What’s more, 13 percent of the 2,000 Americans who participated in the survey said they rarely or even never partake of a morning meal.

As for what people who do eat breakfast like to eat to start the day, well, take a guess as to what the most popular breakfast item is, according to the OnePoll/Sabra survey:

Tick … tock … tick … tock …

Time’s up! It’s eggs. No word on how people like them to be prepared, but fully 65 percent of the Americans surveyed ranked eggs as their top breakfast pick, while coffee and cereal followed with 58 percent and 56 percent, respectively.

The survey also suggested differences between those who prefer savory breakfasts and those who like to start their day with sweetness.

Savory breakfast eaters were determined to prefer “rock and electro music,” “sci-fi and thrillers,” cats and staying up late, while sweet eaters allegedly prefer “classical, jazz and pop music,” “comedies, romance and action movies,” dogs and waking up early. While savory breakfast eaters are said to make more money and give more hugs, on average, than those who like their breakfasts sweet, the latter are alleged to have “lively” social lives.

Another interesting survey revelation: While 29 percent of participants said they enjoyed “trendy” breakfast foods like avocado toast and hummus toast, those foods are favored more by men ages 25 to 34 than by any other U.S. demographic.

Given the common concern about the effect of millennial avocado toast habits on home buying, one wonders if there will soon be a spike in female, relative to male, home ownership.

On the other hand, avocado toast probably falls into the savory (not sweet) breakfast category, meaning, if the survey results are reliable, higher incomes for those who enjoy it -- so maybe it’s a wash.