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These Holiday Desserts And Flavors Are What Americans Crave The Most (Video)

Christmas is just around the corner and the average person is already thinking about their favorite festive dessert, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 Christmas-celebrating Americans found the average respondent begins fantasizing about their favorite treat three weeks before their first bite.

Whether it’s fruitcake, Kringle or cheesecake, 63 percent of people have a traditional dessert that they eat year after year, and 79 percent say their holiday spirit would be deflated without it.

Sixty-four percent cited desserts as a top reason to anticipate the holidays with other top traditions being holiday movies (64 percent), holiday music (65 percent) and decorating the Christmas tree (65 percent).

Many embrace the spirit of the season by spreading cheer — commissioned by ohdanishbakery.com and conducted by OnePoll, the survey found 65 percent frequently exchange baked goods during the holiday season, with three-quarters of exchanges being a family affair with relatives.

Others get in on the sweet action, too, with 71 percent also swapping holiday goodies with friends, and 52 percent sharing that spirit with neighbors.

“There’s something special about holiday food traditions in America and really worldwide,” said Eric Olesen of O&H Danish Bakery, which delivers traditional holiday treats around the globe. “The traditional desserts elicit wonderful memories that people want to relive, recreate for the next generation and share with others far and wide.”

The survey also looked to find the traditional holiday flavors people will be craving – and revealed them to be chocolate (51 percent), apple cinnamon (48 percent), cheese (48 percent), gingerbread (48 percent) and raspberry (45 percent).

The desserts respondents want over the holidays include sugar cookies (42 percent), carrot cake (32 percent), pumpkin pie (26 percent) and Kringle (17 percent).

“We find that people aren’t willing to forgo the food traditions, but they will take help to lessen the load of holiday stress,” Olesen added. “We’ve seen guests increasingly looking for items to contribute to their holiday host’s table or as a nod of thanks.”

The trend is a huge relief as seven in 10 respondents admit to being stressed about not having enough time to prepare food for Christmas guests and events.

Baking doesn’t come without its perils since half of Americans (48 percent) have been the victim of a holiday baking disaster.

From forgotten ingredients and oven fires to lack of cooking fuel and burnt items ‒ those are just a few of the kitchen nightmares that can breakout during the busy holiday season.

1. Chocolate                           51%
2. Apple cinnamon                 48%
3. Cheese                              48%
4. Gingerbread                      48%
5. Raspberry                         45%
6. Pecan                                38%
7.  Cream cheese                  38%
8.  Red velvet                        37%
9. Cherry                               36%
10. Cinnamon                       36%
11. Peppermint                     36%
12. Almond                           35%
13. Cranberry                       35%
14. Caramel                          34%
15. Eggnog                           34%

1. Time with family                                    79%
2. Dinners                                                 74%
3. Parties                                                  71%
4. Giving gifts                                           68%
5. Holiday music                                       65%
6. Decorating Christmas tree                    65%
7. Holiday movies                                     64%
8. Dessert                                                 64%
9. Holiday spirit                                         61%
10. Time off                                               61%

SWNS Digital, posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Dec. 14, 2019