Pineapple on Pizza OK for Most Canadians, But Pepperoni is Tops

November 29, 2021
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More than seven-in-ten Canadians have no qualms with using pineapple as a topping for pizza, a new Research Co. poll has found.
In the online survey of a representative national sample, 73% of Canadians say they would “definitely” or “probably” eat pizza with pineapple, up seven points since a similar Research Co. poll conducted in July 2019.
In 1962, cook and businessman Sam Panopoulos of Chatham, Ontario, was the first person to add canned pineapple to a pizza.
“There are some regional disparities when Canadians ponder whether pineapple belongs on a pizza,” says Mario Canseco, President of Research Co. “The dish is particularly popular in Alberta (90%), followed by British Columbia (83%), Saskatchewan and Manitoba (77%), Ontario (76%), Atlantic Canada (72%) and Quebec (55%).”
When Canadians were asked to choose up to three ingredients to design their own pizza, 51% selected pepperoni while 47% opted for mushrooms.
Green pepper was third on the list of preferred pizza toppings (24%), followed by onion (23%), pineapple (20%), sausage (18%) and ham (also 18%).
More than three-in-five Canadians (77%, -2) say they would “definitely” or “probably” eat poutine—a proportion that jumps to 82% among Quebecers.
Half of Canadians (50%, -10) say they would consume a plant-based hamburger patty, including 64% of those aged 18-to-34.
The proportion of Canadians who would be willing to eat a steak with ketchup fell from 48% in 2019 to 44% in 2021.
Fewer than a third of Canadians say they would “definitely” or “probably” consume prairie oysters (27%, +1, shark fin soup (21%, +1), cod tongues (19%, +1) and scrunchions (19%, +3).
Residents of Quebec and Ontario are more likely to say they would eat prairie oysters (33% and 30% respectively) than those who live in Alberta (22%) and Manitoba and Saskatchewan (21%).
Cod tongues and scrunchions are decidedly more popular culinary choices for residents of Atlantic Canada (42% and 35% respectively).

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