The Delicious Connection Between Food and Love

Man in blue shirt and woman in white shirt happy eating a meal together

Seventy percent of people have pretended to enjoy a food or meal they didn’t like to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.

A survey of 2,000 U.S. adults found that regardless, nearly two-thirds (64%) say food is their love language, and about half (48%) show their loved ones they care by regularly surprising them with their favorite foods.

From the Heart to the Plate

Those looking to express their affection through food can’t go wrong by preparing a homemade meal (64%), creating someone’s favorite snack trays (61%), buying their favorite candy (60%), or baking a homemade dessert (60%).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Farm Rich, the survey also revealed people have bought or cooked a meal for someone to say “I Love You” (53%), console them (53%), and express thanks (51%).

The top recipients of these meals? Their partner/spouse (61%), children (58%), grandparents (47%) and friends (47%).

Among respondents who are parents, 67% bond with their child over a shared love for food.

Homemade Meals Create Lasting Impressions

Additionally, results discovered the most impressive foods to make from scratch.

Preparing or cooking a meal is more meaningful than buying one (25% vs. 13%), but which dishes are most effective?

The top meal to cook for a lasting impression is pizza (19%), while cheese/mozzarella sticks and meatballs were tied for the most impressive snacks or appetizers to make (14% each).

And if you want to indulge someone’s sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with homemade ice cream (14%) or cupcakes (13%).

Love on the Menu

Going on a date? Cookies (48%), ice cream/milkshake (47%), pizza (46%), and cake (46%) are the most romantic meals to share with a partner — more so than oysters (24%).

We all know how being forgetful can be a relationship deal-breaker, but some things are more important to remember than others.

According to respondents, forgetting their favorite meal (32%) is a bigger taboo than failing to remember their favorite TV show or movie (27%).

“Food remains a timeless love language, transcending differences between people through the shared experience of enjoying a delicious meal or snack, and a fast way to find common ground,” said a spokesperson for Farm Rich.

More than two-thirds (67%) say sharing is caring when the item in question is their favorite food, and 59% are likely to share their favorite meal with others.

But while 72% said they’re usually honest about their partner’s cooking skills, only half (53%) of those in relationships rated their partner’s cooking skills as “excellent” or “good.”

“No matter who cooks or prepares the meal, our research shows that when it comes to food, it’s the effort that counts and is remembered the most,” the spokesperson added.

This article was produced and syndicated by Wealth of Geeks.

Author: Michael Dinich

Title: Journalist

Expertise: Side Hustles, Passive Income, Investing


Michael Dinich is a journalist, personal finance expert, and a true geek at heart. Michael founded Wealth of Geeks in 2017, and he's the executive producer of the Wealth of Geeks podcast. He's known for his relatable financial advice and passionate discussions about all things geek.