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Pizza is a lot like sex. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. May 18, 2010

Filed under: happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 3:14 am

Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza EACH DAY, or about 350 slices per second.

Pizza is a $30+ BILLION per year industry. There are approximately 69,000 pizzerias in the United States. Approximately 3 BILLION pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year.

93% of Americans eat AT LEAST one pizza per month.

Each man, woman and child in America eats and average of 46 slices, (23 pounds), of pizza per year.

94% of the population of the U.S. eats pizza. (Source: Parade Magazine.)

Pepperoni is by far America’s favorite topping, (36% of all pizza orders). Approximately 251,770,000 pounds of pepperoni are consumed on pizzas annually. Other popular pizza toppings are mushrooms, extra cheese, sausage, green pepper and onions.

Gourmet toppings are gaining ground in some areas of the country such as chicken, oysters, crayfish, dandelions, sprouts, eggplant, Cajun shrimp, artichoke hearts and tuna. More recent trends include game meats such as venison, duck and Canadian bacon.

US pizza makers have turned breakfast into a pizza-eating opportunity by adapting peanut butter & jelly, and, bacon & egg toppings to their pizzas.

62% of Americans prefer meat toppings on their pizza, while 38% prefer vegetarian toppings.

Women are twice as likely as men to order vegetarian toppings on their pizza.

Barbeque pizza emerged as one of the more popular pizza variations in a 1994 study by the National Restaurant Association. Nearly 33% of menus offered some form of this dish. Other popular variations were Mexican pizza, white pizza, five-cheese combos, non-cheese pies and traditional Italian pizzas such as Margherita, Florentine and new potato pizzas.

Venezuela

In Caracas, Venezuelans love pizza as much as anywhere in the world. Predominantly, pizzas are separated into to varieties: the “artisan” type, made in ovens with wood fires and, the “commercial” type, (Dominos, Papa Johns, etc). They have tomato based pizzas and cream based pizzas and with a lot of toppings: mozzarella, (some times bufala cheese), anchovies, olives, artichokes, pepperoni, sausage, onion, bacon, mushroom, tomato, goat cheese, and corn. The most popular toppings being pepperoni, vegetarian and anchovies.

India

Some of the more popular international toppings in India are pickled ginger, minced mutton and “paneer,” (a form of cottage cheese), which looks quite like tofu but is obviously a dairy product. Tandoori chicken and chicken “tikka” are also increasingly popular toppings in India.

Japan

Mayo Jaga (mayonnaise, potato and bacon), and, eel and squid are favorites in Japan.

Brazil

Brazilians favor green peas on top of their pizzas.

Russia

In Russia, they serve pizza covered with “mockba,” a combination of sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon and onions. Red herring is also a topping of choice.

France

In France, a popular pizza combo is called the Flambé, with bacon, onion and fresh cream.

Pakistan

In Pakistan, curry is a big seller.

Australia

Australians enjoy shrimp and pineapple, as well as barbeque toppings on their pies.

Costa Rica

Costa Ricans favor coconut on their pizzas.

Iceland

Vegetable for pizza toppings in Iceland are grown in greenhouses because of the lava terrain there.

Netherlands

In the Netherlands, the “Double Dutch” is a favorite pizza recipe; double cheese, double onions and double beef.

Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, all meat toppings must be 100% beef. Pork products are not consumed in the country.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!

Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/index.html

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2 Responses to “Pizza is a lot like sex. When it’s good, it’s really good. When it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.”

  1. holessence Says:

    OH MY GOSH! Those stats are UTTERLY AMAZING, Beth!

    Laurie Buchanan
    http://holessence.wordpress.com/

  2. Weird toppings. Emily and I had hard boiled eggs on ours in Paris. Bizarro!


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