If you looked up the term "junk food" (which dates back to the 1950's) it would define it as "any food that has low nutritional value, typically produced in the form of packaged snacks needing little or no preparation." These high calorie snacks have often been associated with negative health effects but once eaten in moderation, we should be OK, right?
They're being sold in every major supermarket, the corner stores down the street, in many of our schools as well as on planes, and while they may not be good for us, many of us just can't help but eat them. From childhood favorites like gummy bears and chocolate, to movie snacks like hot dogs and popcorn, to comfort foods like pizza and fried chicken, junk food has become a major staple in many of our diets.
Do you eat junk food? If yes, how much and what kind of junk food do you eat? If not, will you still be able to identify some of the most popular junk food in the world? Only 1 in 18 people can, will you be one of them? There is only one way to find out, and that is by taking this quiz!
Gummy bears are gelatin-based candies approximately 2 centimeters long which come in the shape of a bear. They treat originated in Germany back in 1920. Today, these bears come in a wide variety of flavors, the most popular of which are raspberry, strawberry, lemon and pineapple.
Nachos are a Mexican dish which consist of fried corn tortilla chips covered with a melted cheese-based sauce and is often topped with olives, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes and avocados. There are also variations called loaded and epic nachos with a lot more toppings than usual.
Onion rings are an appetizer made of circular onion cuts which have been dipped in a batter made of flour, milk and eggs or bread crumbs only to later be deep fried. It is usually accompanied by multiple sauces, some of which include ketchup, mayonnaise and ranch.
Oreos is a brand of cookies that consists of two chocolate wafers which sandwich a sweet crème filling. Since its introduction in 1912, it has been the best-selling cookie in the United States.
Cheetos is an American brand of cheese puffs which brings in approximately $4 billion in retail sales annually. They come in different flavors and varieties like crunchy, flamin’ hot, reduced fat and cheddar jalapeno.
A cupcake, sometimes called a patty cake or a fairy cake, is a small cake designed for one person. The earliest cupcake dates as far back as 1796 and like any regular cake, it is frosted and decorated and is usually cooked in an aluminum cup.
A Twinkie is a type of snack cake which consists of sponge cake with a crème filling, which is made and distributed by Hostess Brands. The snack, which recently celebrated its 85th anniversary, has been criticized for having a high caloric value and low nutritional value.
French fries or chips are elongated pieces of potatoes which have been fried and are usually served on menus everywhere from fast food to fine dining restaurants. Once out of the oil and after being salted, they are typically accompanied by ketchup, vinegar and mayonnaise.
The original potato chip or crisps recipe consists of thinly sliced pieces of potatoes that have been baked or deep fried and are often eaten as a snack. Today, they can be made from sweet potatoes and there are different flavors like barbecue, sour cream and onion, jalapeno and ranch.
Doughnuts or donuts are a type of fried dough usually eaten as a snack. They are typically covered by powdered confectionery sugar, sugar icing and are sometimes filled with cream, custard or fruit preserves.
Popcorn is a snack which is made by heating corn kernels, causing them to expand. Popcorn comes in different shapes like mushroom and butterfly, and it also comes in a wide variety of flavors like cheddar, sweet pecan, caramel and toffee.
Pizza is an Italian dish which dates as far back to the 10th century and consists of a yeasted flatbread which is topped with cheese, tomato sauce, vegetables, condiments and meat. Pizza is sold both fresh and frozen either in its entirety or in portioned slices.
A burger is a type of sandwich that consists of a bread bun which holds a patty (usually made of beef, tofu, vegetables, or chicken), lettuce, tomatoes and a wide variety of condiments and other toppings. When cheese is added, its name changes to cheeseburger.
Ice cream is a sweetened frozen treat that is usually eaten as a dessert treat. The earliest ice cream recipe dates back to 5th century BC where the Greeks mixed snow with honey and fruits. Today, most ice cream recipes have a milk or cream base, mixed with sugar and different types of flavoring.
Froot Loops is a sweet fruit-flavored breakfast cereal which come in a ring shape, hence the name of the cereal, Froot Loops. Although it is a breakfast cereal, many people eat it as a snack without milk.
M&M’s are colored chocolate treats in the shape of buttons and have the letter “M” printed on each one. The original M&Ms candy ,which was introduced in 1941, was made of milk chocolate, but now comes in varieties like peanut butter, caramel, almond and dark chocolate.
A hot dog, which is also called a wiener or frankfurter, consists of a steamed or grilled sausage served in a bun and is usually garnished with mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish and a variety of vegetables and other toppings.
Chocolate is a treat (usually sweet) that is made from Theobroma cacao seeds. Chocolate is extremely popular throughout the world and has significant health benefits in its natural state, but once the sugar, milk, oils and butter have been added, it becomes a junk food.
Licorice or liquorice is a sweet treat which is flavored with extract from the root of the licorice plant called Glycyrrhiza glabra. The most popular type is red licorice and can be flavored with strawberry, cherry and cinnamon when licorice flavoring isn’t used.
Fried chicken is a dish made from chicken pieces which have been battered then coated with some sort of breading then is either pan-fried or deep fried. The dish is one of the most popular in the United States and is sold at many fast food chains.
Tacos are traditional Mexican dishes made of a flour or corn tortilla which has been folded around some type of filling. These fillings could consist of anything from chicken beef, cheese, and seafood to vegetables and are usually garnished with salsa and guacamole.
Chicken nuggets are fried pieces of chicken which have been breaded or dipped in some type of batter and are later been deep fried or baked. Since their invention in the 1950s, they have been produced and sold by every major fast food restaurant.
Ritz crackers are a brand of lightly salted crackers famous for having small scalloped edges. The crackers were first introduced by the Nabisco company in 1934 in order to compete with their biggest rivals, Sunshine Biscuits.
Pop-Tarts is a brand of rectangular shaped baked treat that needs to be toasted in order to be eaten. They have been produced by the Kellogg Company since 1964 and consists of layers of pastry which sandwich a sugary filling and a frosted topping.
Fun Dip is a type of sugared candy treat that is consumed by dipping a sugared treat into a packet of colored and flavored sugar. The candy, which is now manufactured by The Willy Wonka Candy Company, has been in production since the 1940s.
Smarties, known as Rockets in Canada, are small sphere-shaped chocolate confectionary treats with a sugar coating. They were first manufactured in 1937 and are now being produced by Nestle. Apart from being eaten on its own, it is also eaten as an ice cream.
Chewing gum is a cohesive substance that has was designed to be chewed but not swallowed. It has a texture which is similar to rubber and is composed of a gum base, sweetener, and glycerine.
A milkshake is a cold and usually sweet beverage which is made from milk, ice cream and some sort of flavoring which is usually topped with everything from whipped cream to caramel and chocolate syrup to sprinkles and bits of candy to pieces of fruit.
A churro is a fried snack made of choux pastry or dough that originated in the Philippines but is a traditional food in the Spanish culture. It is normally covered with powered sugar and cinnamon and in places where it is eaten for breakfast, is accompanied by champurrado and dulce de leche for dipping.
Raisinets are a type of raisins which have been covered by either milk, dark or white chocolate. The snack which has been produced by the Nestle company since the 1980s, is sold everywhere from the corner store to the supermarket to the movie theater.
Fruit Roll-Ups is a type of flat fruit snacks which have been rolled into small circles with a thin layer of cellophane. They were first sold in 1983 and were manufactured by General Mills.
Runts are small crunchy candies which come in the shapes and colors of different fruits. The hard candy, which currently is produced and sold by Nestle was first seen on the market in 1982 and at the time, the only flavors produced were banana, cherry, orange, lime and strawberry. As the years went on, more flavors were introduced.
Pretzels are a type of baked bread which has been twisted into a knot. In the snack form, it is made of a type of cracker which is usually salted, sugared, glazed, seeded and it is also included in other snacks like Chex mix.
Animal crackers are a type of cookie baked into the shape of different animals. The crackers have a mild sweet flavor and also come in a dark chocolate variety. They come in a packet and usually includes animals like tigers, camels, gorillas, lions, elephants and monkeys.
Jelly beans are small bean-shaped assorted candies made from sugar and different flavoring, some of which include berry, popcorn, fruit and licorice. The sugared candies have a soft candy shell and a thick gel-like interior and were first marketed and sold in 1861.
Rice Krispies Treats are sweet confections made using Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and a binding agent such as melted butter or melted marshmallows. They were traditionally home-made treats, but the company began producing it themselves in 1995.
Skittles are a type of fruit-flavored sweets which have been produced by the Wrigley Company. It is made mostly of sugar and consists of an outward hard shell marked by the letter “S”. They come is a variety of flavors and packages, some of which include original, tropical and wild berry.
Bugles is a snack produced by General Mills and consists of corn which has fried in coconut oil. The popular snack, which first came out in 1966, now comes in flavors like jalapeno cheddar, sweet and salty caramel, chocolate peanut butter and ketchup.
Chex Mix, like many different kinds of mixes, is a type of snack mix that consists of an assortment of chips, pretzels, nuts, Chex cereals, nuts and crackers. The original was introduced in 1937 and the variants include sweet ‘n salty, Snickerdoodle and sour cream & onion.
Combos are thick cylindrical crackers that are filled with various fillings, some of which include different types of cheeses. The newest releases are made of a salted or hazelnut pretzel filled with a vanilla or caramel filling.
Starburst is a brand of fruit-flavored taffy which come in individual wrappers and are manufactured by The Wrigley Company. Apart from the popular original variety, they also come in Superfruit flavors, Tropical Very Berry and Sour.
Technically, soda isn’t a food but it does fall under the umbrella of junk food. Sometimes referred to as soft drink, it is a carbonated beverage made of water, sweetener and some type of artificial flavoring. These drinks are found almost everywhere and are often associated with numerous health concerns.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are an American snack which is made from one of three types of chocolate (milk, dark or white) in the shape of a cup and is filled with peanut butter. Over the years, there have had several variations, some of which include caramel, crunchy, hazelnut cream and marshmallow.
Popsicles are an American brand of ice pops that were first introduced in 1922. It usually comes attached to a stick and is sold in boxes with different flavors. This invention went on to inspire the creamsicle, the fudgesicle and the yosicle (a Popsicle made from yogurt).
Moon pies are a type of pie which consist of two graham crackers which sandwich a marshmallow center and are covered by a chocolate coating. It comes in five different flavors including chocolate, vanilla, banana, salted caramel and strawberry and at special times of the year, orange or coconut.
Pork rinds, sometimes called pork scratchings, are pig skin that have either been fried or roasted and are often eaten as a snack. This snack is known for having a high fat and sodium content and is usually sold in packets under different food brands.
Chimichangas consist of a flour tortilla filled with rice, beans, meat, cheese and vegetables (burrito ingredients) which have been folded and deep fried, and are usually served with salsa, sour cream or guacamole on the side.
Pixy Stix are a powdered candy that is both sweet and sour and comes in a package which resembles a drinking straw. The concept originated in 1942 and is made of citric acid, dextrose (sugar) and artificial flavoring.
A marshmallow is a sweet confection made of sugar, gelatin and water and is known for its sponge-like consistency. Although people enjoy them on their own, they are also toasted and sandwiched between two layers of crackers and chocolate to make a s’more.
Candy corn is a type of candy which is best known as the most popular Halloween candy since its invention. It is a three-colored (yellow, orange and white) candy and comes in the shape of a corn kernel. It is made from sugar, corn syrup and artificial coloring.