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Survey Reveals Americans’ Love For Sandwiches As Cost-Cutting Meal Option

Two-thirds of Americans could live on sandwiches alone for a week, with tomato, cheddar cheese, and Black Forest ham as top choices.

Two in three Americans (67%) said they could live on sandwiches alone for a full week, according to new research.

The perfect sandwich, according to a survey of 2,000 Americans, consists of tomato (54%), cheddar cheese (39%) and Black Forest ham (39%).

The survey also found that the average American craves a sandwich four times a week. 

It seems that the best solution for your tastebuds and your wallet is a sandwich as 42% polled said they are actively looking for ways to cut down the cost of food, with sandwiches being a good money-saving option for 67% of respondents, according to a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Buddig.

For favorite ingredients, barbecue sauce, mayonnaise and honey mustard topped the list all at 58%. The least favorite was ranch (26%).

Regular ham, honey turkey, honey ham and Black Forest ham all rank equally as favored meat options (39%).

Two in three Americans (67%) said they could live on sandwiches alone for a full week, according to new research. PHOTO BY AMINA FILKINS/PEXELS 

Following cheddar, Swiss cheese (36%) and American cheese (36%) were top choices. Respondents’ least favorite cheese was Gruyere (1%). 

Among the respondents, whole wheat bread (37%) was the top choice for their favorite sandwich. Sourdough bread (36%) followed closely, while multigrain bread (33%) was the third most popular option. 

Half of those polled said they like to have their sandwich toasted (58%).

The top vegetables included onion (54%), and cucumber (51%). 

When it comes to sandwich personalities, people have different preferences and tastes. Twenty-nine percent identified as a “minimalist” who prefer simple toppings. Another, 27% identified as “savory lover,” and 15% said they have  a “sweet tooth” sandwich personality. 

Fifty-nine percent of people said the best time to enjoy a sandwich is outside of traditional lunchtime.

“Today, people are working differently than before and lunchtime can be different times of day for different people based on their circumstances. A sandwich provides an affordable and convenient option no matter what time they can take a moment to eat in their busy schedule,” said executive vice president of marketing, Tom Buddig.

According to 38% of those polled, sitting on the beach is the best place to bite into a sandwich.

The best places to enjoy a sandwich are at the beach (38%), at home (36%), or in a park (36%).

“Given the rising cost of groceries, the majority of those polled have switched over to preparing meals at home with 67% saying sandwiches are a good value, with lunchmeat providing consumers with protein options that are both tasty and affordable,” Buddig said.  

TOP 5 CONDIMENTS PEOPLE WOULD PREFER IN A PERFECT SANDWICH

  • Ketchup – 61%
  • Barbecue sauce – 58%
  • Mayonnaise – 58%
  • Honey mustard – 58%
  • Mustard – 56%

TOP 5 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PEOPLE WOULD PREFER IN A PERFECT SANDWICH

  • Tomato – 54%
  • Onion – 54%
  • Cucumber – 51%
  • Lettuce – 47%
  • Pickles – 46%

TOP 5 MEAT PEOPLE WOULD PREFER IN A PERFECT SANDWICH

  • Black Forest Ham – 39%
  • Ham – 39%
  • Honey Turkey – 39%
  • Honey Ham – 39%
  • Black Forest Turkey – 37%

TOP 5 CHEESE PEOPLE WOULD PREFER IN A PERFECT SANDWICH

  • Cheddar cheese – 39%
  • Swiss cheese – 36%
  • American cheese – 36%
  • Pepper jack cheese – 31%
  • Provolone cheese – 30%

Produced in association with SWNS Research

(Additional reporting provided by Talker Research)

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