Food Texture

What’s your favorite food texture?

  • Chewy (43% of population),
  • Crunchy (33% of population),
  • Smooth, often called Creamy but it doesn’t have to contain fat (16% of population), or
  • Hard (for sucking, 8% of population)?

Do you know? Do you care? Apparently food companies think people do — they spend gazillions of dollars trying to fine tune the texture of food as well as the flavor. For instance, Ingredion, a food-ingredient processor, has a Texture Center of Excellence that helps its clients design and test products that will appeal to consumers.

Do you usually appreciate their efforts? Or would you rather they skipped the “new and improved” and left things alone?

My favorite texture is smooth and creamy. I love the feeling on my tongue and the roof of my mouth. Do you have a favorite?

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15 Responses to Food Texture

  1. Rummuser says:

    I don’t know and I don’t care. Over here, the advances that the West has made in packaged foods has not yet impacted our eating habits and so it hardly matters. In our traditional meals, all textures appear and disappear regularly.
    Rummuser´s last blog post ..The Rat Race.

  2. bikehikebabe says:

    I don’t want manufacturers messing with my food. They add ingredients that are harmful to health to make food smooth or crunchy.

    My favorite is SMOOTH & that would be thick cream. I grew up on cream from the farmer that wouldn’t move when I turned the jar upside down. (I was too thin also.)
    Next is CRUNCHY but I get that by eating the crust of our freshly baked whole grain bread. Chewy is OK but I don’t give a hoot for Hard.

  3. Jean says:

    When I read the Wall Street Journal article about food texture I thought of you. I remember your love of cream. I agree that all those additives aren’t doing us a favor.

  4. tammyj says:

    i like chewy. and crunchy. then i like smooth.
    oh what am i saying. i like it all! LOL.
    that’s my problem.
    and the food additives and messing with it all constantly? HORRIBLE. just horrible.
    this was a fun post!

  5. Evan says:

    Smooth for me.
    Evan´s last blog post ..My mum is quite sick

  6. Cathy in NZ says:

    I like snap, crumble and so that little bits continue to go down to the fuel larder…

    What I don’t like is the “generic brands” that believe their product is both value and cheaper but somehow they reduce something major that is the tastebud performer…

    Because I eat mostly out of a bowl or similar, I tend to create meals that you pile in and eat – some nights, like tonight, the combination doesn’t look all that appealing but turn out to be tasty as! And I probably will never be able to repeat it…
    Cathy in NZ´s last blog post ..Week 3 coming up

    • Jean says:

      That reminds me of when I was just out of college. I would often have soup at night, and I would throw enough into it that it was a well-balanced meal. I still remember the wilted lettuce, which I enjoyed even though it probably wouldn’t suit everyone.

    • bikehikebabe says:

      “Wilted lettuce” was soooooo good. It’s a no-no now because it’s wilted with hot Bacon Grease.

    • Jean says:

      Mine was wilted by the hot soup. That would still be a no-no because of the salt.

    • bikehikebabe says:

      Too many foods are a no-no now. Maybe best to just EAT. (not too much 🙂 )

    • Jean says:

      Sounds good to me!

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