When it comes to food on the go, are you more of an "Anything Goes Andy” or a “Picky Pat”?

Will anything fill the void when you start to feel hungry, or are you more particular in your preferences? We’ve developed a fantastic quiz to tell you where you fall on the munch-o-meter!

No one wants to be caught short in a hunger storm. Generally speaking, having something on hand in case you get peckish is a very good idea. Having longer-lasting, indulgent edibles in the cupboard for when you might be eating on the go? An even better idea!

The Statistics of Snacking

Croissant or Crisps? A cheeky brownie or a handful of nuts? There are hundreds of different ways to satisfy those hunger pangs, and here at La Boulangère we’ve done a lot of research into how the nation likes to snack, and what people do when

We commissioned a survey of 2,000 adults across the UK to find out the real state of snacking – you might be surprised to see some of the results!

Did you know that almost half (49%) of people have been hit with hunger pangs when out and about, only to find they had nothing to fill the void? Or, that 18% of people always like to have a handful of nuts on them in case of a hunger emergency?

Our poll found that half of all UK adults wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without at least two bites-to-eat in tow, with not eating breakfast at home being one of the top reasons people secure something tasty for later.

Well, what snacky stats did we find? Here are a few morsels for you to shew on:

  • First thing in the morning and mid-afternoon are the times when a stashed snack is most appreciated
  • Parents are prepared for peckishness!
    • Of the people polled, we found that parents are more likely to pack some emergency food when they’re on the move (42%) than people without children (14%)
    • 74% of parents still find it useful to hold nibbles in their bag for their hungry teenagers
    • BUT 45% of them said they often pack some snacks in their bag ‘for later’ whether they’re with family or not
    • 68% of parents say that contingency planning, when it comes to food on the go, is a parenting tactic they’ll keep for life.
  • Two thirds (66%) of people find it typically costs less if they plan and prep their food for when they’re on the go
  • Even better, 37% of people agree that having snacks ready for when they’re out and about stops them from hurriedly buying something they don’t really like – say goodbye to snackers regret!
  • More than one in 10 (13%) of people would opt for a wrapped pastry as their snack of choice
  • To dip or not to dip? 43% of people wouldn’t dare to dunk breakfast pastries into drinks, but 23% believe a decadent dip is perfectly fine for a moment of indulgence
  • A quarter of people put food in their bag for later because they might miss breakfast and want to enjoy the choice they’ve grabbed to eat while on the move


What if I do miss breakfast?

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day - For 46% of people, breakfast is the best way to pave a good day ahead – while 44% feel it’s the best way to start off on the right foot.

But what do we actually like to have for it?

Three in 10 people say they love a variety of brekkie options they can tuck into each morning.

42% of us tuck into a bowl of cereal or granola for fuel on a weekday.

38% of people are on team toast for breakfast.

24% of the nation are fruit fans!

It wouldn’t be breakfast without a cuppa, so it’s no surprise that tea and coffee are also on the menu for a morning pick-me-up – with 68% of UK adults enjoying a good brew in the morning.

Of course, if you miss breakfast, you’ll need something a little later for a boost – but just because you’re in a rush doesn’t mean you can’t indulge yourself with something really tasty.

Whether it’s stored away in a cupboard or squirrelled away in your day bag, an all-butter croissant, or melt-in-the-mouth pain-au-chocolat pretty much has breakfast written all over it!

What we choose to chew on says a lot about our personalities: Some of us like to be well prepared, especially when it comes to that first food of the day. Some of us need to eat on the go.

Either way, with a bit of planning, that first meal of the day doesn’t have to be a compromise.

But as we all know, even with the biggest breakfast, the need for a little something extra can strike at any time.


TOP 15 SNACKS BRITS TAKE WHEN ON THE GO (in descending order):

  1. Crisps
  2. Chocolate bar
  3. Whole fruit
  4. A filled roll or sandwich
  5. Sweets
  6. Granola bar
  7. Energy bar
  8. Nuts
  9. Sausage roll
  10. Chopped fruit in a container
  11. Crackers
  12. A wrapped/pre-packaged pastry (such as a croissant or a pain au chocolat)
  13. Rice cakes
  14. Muffin
  15. Brownie

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