Well, I read about this a long time ago in What Flavor is Your Personality? Discover Who You Are by Looking at What You Eat when skimming it in the book store, but couldn't find an online quiz for it, so I made my own. I found plenty of articles with exact excerpts from the book, so I've just supplied the interactivity. ;)
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Based on what you generally like (rather than what you're in the mood for at the moment), what is your favorite snack food out of the options listed below?
This poll is based on the Snack Food Hedonics and Personality study, which was conducted by the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. Dr. Alan R. Hirsch heads the Chicago-based organization. Take it for what it's worth as a fun little pop psych quiz. :)
Hirsch is so sure of his personality and food preference study he says only five people out of 100 won’t fit his profiles. For example, a cheese curl lover might not be orderly and detail-oriented. There also could be parts of the snack cracker personality profile that don’t fit the Better Cheddar cracker lover.
However, the study has its critics. "When you’re not feeling well, and it’s been a tough day and you’re tired, we all go home and eat junk," says Dr. Terence Davidson, MD, who is chief of Head and Neck Surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital in San Diego. "It just satisfies some internal cravings, but that has nothing to do with personality. The science isn’t in it."
While the researchers claim that favorite junk food says a lot about you, Dr. Davidson -- probably not alone among his peers -- says food and personality correlations and predictions are pure baloney.
"This article is an embarrassment to science, it was poorly done, the conclusions are not logical, they don’t follow the science," he says. "It was irresponsible to have published it. I know people that are high achievers who eat potato chips, and I know people who are low achievers who eat potato chips. If you want to know where that comes from, I suggest you go ask your mother because she’s the one who taught you what to eat."
The "snack soul mate" conclusions suggest likely pairings of snackers for greater compatibility in romantic relationships. Those who crave cheese curls, in one correlation, tend to be compatible with potato chip fans.
"It doesn’t have to do with personality," says Dr. Davidson, popping the researchers’ snack bag of findings. "It has to do, in my opinion, with the cultural, and if you were exposed to certain kind of potato chips versus tortilla chips, then you like potato chips."
Formal, always proper, conscientious, and principled, the cheese curl lover maintains the moral high ground with family, work and romantic partners. They have a fine sense of right and wrong, and treat those with whom they interact justly -- the CEO as well as the busboy. Cheese curl lovers are best described by one quality - integrity.
They plan and anticipate any possible catastrophes. Whether it be bandages or batteries, the cheese curl lover’s house is stocked and ready. Orderly perfectionists, they are most comfortable with a neat, uncluttered desk. At work, play or at home, they prefer that no detail be left undone. Although they may appear uptight to others, cheese curl aficionados are simply highly conscientious and treat everyone in the same fair and wise manner.
Cracker snackers are contemplative, thoughtful, and logically rather than intuitively oriented: their decisions are reasoned and not based on emotions. Shy and introspective, they avoid confrontation so as not to hurt the feelings of others. They have many diverse interests and are involved in a multitude of projects simultaneously, all competing for their time and attention. They value their private time and are most creative when allowed to be alone, free from daily responsibilities and interruptions. Hirsch extrapolated that "those who prefer crackers may easily find themselves romantically involved in an Internet relationship."
Gregarious and social, meat snack lovers are at their best when in the company of others. They are generous to a fault, and will make extraordinary sacrifices of their own comfort to please others. Those who prefer meat snacks are loyal and true friends who can always be trusted. However, their over-trusting nature predisposes them to emotional turmoil, especially when breaking up with a lover. Meat snack types tend to be male.
Those who prefer nuts tend to be even-tempered, empathic, easy-going and good in jobs dealing with the public. "Nut lovers may not be outstanding leaders," explains Hirsch, "but their overall demeanor and willingness to lend a hand contribute to a peaceful home and an effective office."
Popcorn munchers are generally take-charge types. They maintain modest exteriors which can hide successful and penny-wise characteristics. "If you inherit money from a relative who you thought was flat broke," Hirsch predicts, "he or she was most likely a popcorn muncher."
Those who love potato chips are ambitious, successful, high achievers. They enjoy the rewards and trimmings of their success, both in business and family life. They seek nothing less than the best in those around them. Whether in business, sports or a social situation, some other snack types may face dogged competition if they do battle with a potato chip adversary.
Potato chip lovers are easily frustrated by and indignant over life’s inconveniences. They are furious when stuck in rush hour traffic, or when required to wait in line. They may sometimes selfishly inconvenience others. For example, insufferable though it may be, they are more likely (though not always) to be "Type As" who talk on their cell phones in movie theaters.
Lively and energetic, those who prefer pretzels crave novelty and easily become bored by routine. They are excited by challenge, whether it be at work, sports or home. They thrive in the world of abstract concepts and tend to lose interest in the day-to-day world. There is a tendency to initiate new projects without having completed the last, and to over commit to work or family chores.
Happy in their role as a "flirt," pretzel lovers are trend-conscious people who are comfortable when dressed in an attractive manner.
Pretzel lovers generally make decisions based on intuition and emotion. At times, they are overly trusting, especially in romantic relationships. One pretzel lover is a welcome addition to any grouping - they are the "life of the party," lively, enthusiastic and fun to be with.
Tortilla chip eaters are "humanitarians who are often distressed by inequities and injustices of society." In other words, if you've got the munchies, hook up with a Doritos devotee, who will share, rather than a Lay's lover, who won't.
Those who crave tortilla chips are perfectionists who always have the highest expectations for themselves. They will redo a task or project if it demonstrates anything less than a perfect performance. Tortilla chip lovers aren’t satisfied with getting a grade of A, it must be an A+.
The tortilla chip lover is a stickler for punctuality and tries never to be late for an appointment. Always prim and proper at social gatherings, the tortilla chip lover is conservative.
Tortilla chip lovers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, making sure all is well with finances, health, children, car repairs and household chores. If you’re ever marooned on a deserted island, just hope your companion is a tortilla chip lover. Says Hirsch: "If you want a partner to help you fight injustice, then look to the people who are eating tortilla chips."
Snacks and romance
- Cheese curl lovers are compatible with potato chip and tortilla chip lovers.
- Snack cracker fans should hook up with someone who loves pretzels.
- Meat snack lovers are suited to those who prefer potato chips or meat snacks.
- Potato chip lovers are most compatible with someone who prefers potato chips or pretzels.
- Pretzel lovers are compatible with lovers of potato chips, pretzels or cheese curls.
- Tortilla chip lovers should find someone who prefers tortilla chips.