Foods aren’t like artists, putting out new content every few years. Steak and eggs won’t be going on a blockbuster worldwide tour. Mashed potatoes didn’t just land a comeback role in the new Tarantino film. That’s why trying to nail down the top 10 foods of the decade is a tricky proposition.
But a market research firm, the NPD Group, decided to tackle the question anyway, surveying consumers about their eating habits between February 2004 and February 2014, for its 29th annual Eating Patterns in America Report. The firm’s take: “The real foods and beverages of the decade are those that have increased the most in American diet,” NPD vice president Harry Balzer told Nation’s Restaurant News.
That criterion seems as valid as any other. So without further ado, here’s the top 10: