These are the 40 most nostalgic foods of all time

Which food reminds you most of your childhood? Is it school dinner classics like macaroni cheese, or sponge and custard? Or home cooking like a roast dinner on a Sunday? Perhaps it’s even a paper bag of sherbet or cola cubes from the sweet shop, or a summer special like a choc ice or Mr Whippy cone.

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If you nodded in agreement to any of the above, you’ll relate to new research commissioned by Vue, which is bringing back the retro coke float to selected cinemas, into the nation’s most nostalgic food memories.

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Top of the list was no surprise, with mum’s roast dinner coming top, but puddings like artic roll and Viennetta, meals like fish fingers and potato smiles and snacks like fig rolls also ranked highly on the list.

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Spaghetti hoops, Battenberg and eggy bread were also key memories for many – and there’s a good reason for casting your mind back. According to the poll, the smell and taste of certain foods makes 50 per cent of us happy, while 43 per cent said food which remind them of their childhood made them feel comforted.

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So, how many of the top 40 did you enjoy in younger years (and perhaps still today?)

40 of the most nostalgic foods of all time

Mum’s roast dinner – 34%
Rice pudding – 31%
Soft boiled eggs and soldiers – 30%
Fish fingers – 29%
Arctic roll – 28%
Mr Whippy ice cream – 28%
Sherbert – 27%
Custard – 26%
Trifle – 25%
Cola cubes – 25%
Beans on toast – 24%
Jam roly poly – 23%
Viennetta – 22%
Choc ices – 21%
Findus crispy pancakes – 21%
Candy floss – 20%
Toffee apples – 20%
Bread and butter pudding – 20%
Tinned peaches – 20%
Battenberg – 19%
Party Rings – 18%
Licorice sticks – 18%
Fig rolls – 18%
Toasted sandwiches – 17%
Spotted Dick – 17%
Spaghetti hoops – 16%
Eggy bread – 16%
Iced buns – 16%
Alphabetti Spaghetti – 15%
Potato Waffles – 14%
Orange squash – 13%
Chocolate mousse – 12%
Coke float – 11%
Mint choc chip ice cream – 11%
Macaroni cheese – 11%
Potato faces – 11%
Chicken Kiev – 10%
French bread pizza – 10%
Popcorn – 9%
Turkey dinosaurs – 8%