Kids these days have never tasted classic tea-time staples like Toad in the Hole and Spaghetti Hoops

The death of jacket food: Today’s kids have never tasted classic tea dishes like toad in a hole, spaghetti hoops and chicken dipper, families are opting for avocado instead – is your childhood favorite in danger of disappearing from the dinner table?

  • Parents said many of the things they ate as kids just weren’t healthy enough

A survey found that classic British childhood foods like jacket potatoes and beans on toast are disappearing from dining tables across the country, giving way to more sophisticated fried chicken and Mexican tacos.

According to the survey, a quarter of children under the age of 10 have never tried toad in a hole and one in five has never tried spaghetti.

Up to 27 percent have never eaten cream of tomato soup, while a quarter (25 percent) have never tried tuna pasta casserole.

Experts said health-conscious parents, determined to incorporate nutrients into their children’s meals, were the catalyst for changing mealtimes and social media, where ideas for more adventurous dinners can be shared.

Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of parents surveyed said their children’s food is very different from what they were served when they were young. Half said many classic dinners weren’t healthy enough.

toad in the hole

Jacket potatoes, cheese and beans

A quarter of today’s kids have never tried the toad in the hole – once a classic dinner – and jacket potatoes may be declining in popularity too…

cream of tomato soup

Chicken nuggets and chips

Cream of tomato soup and chicken nuggets and chips are some old-school classics

Fish Stick Sandwich

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Fish finger sandwiches and tuna pasta casserole may not be as popular as they used to be

In the survey, 77 percent agreed that dishes like fish fingers are now considered old-fashioned and outdated.

Toad in a hole (24 percent), frozen burgers (20 percent) and spaghetti tires on toast (19 percent) made the list of kid foods that fell out of favor.

Instead, kids are more likely to be served so-called superfoods like avocado, a key ingredient in tacos and burritos, both of which ranked among the top ten favorite family meals, and eggs, which are also high in brain-boosting omega fatty acids. 3.

Fried chicken and spaghetti Bolognese were high on the list of favorite dishes.

Kids these days also seem to have more sophisticated palates. Around 48 percent of parents regularly serve the Italian classic carbonara, 37 percent prepare tacos, the basic Mexican dish, and 36 percent often give their children a French omelette and salad as gifts.

However, Britain’s favorite old-fashioned dippies and soldiers remain a staple at the family table (40 percent), as does shepherd’s pie (57 percent).

Andrew Joret, spokesman for British Lion Eggs, which commissioned the survey of 2,000 British parents, said on social media: “Children’s food preferences and the way their parents feed them appear to be changing as both diet as well as social media influence their decisions.”

spaghetti bolognese

Carbonara is on the modern list

Spaghetti Bolognese and Carbonara top the list of top modern favourites

Lasagna is a new favorite

Dippy eggs and soldiers

Lasagna and Dippy Eggs and Soldiers are also modern family favorites

Burritos are a new favorite

Tacos are a new favorite

Burritos and tacos are new favorites, a survey shows how kids’ meals have changed

“However, our survey shows that eggs remain a favorite because they’re nutritious, quick, easy and affordable, and parents can serve them liquid to children of all ages, including babies, when they’re stamped with the lion sign.”

Overall, 87 percent of parents said they enjoy getting their kids involved in cooking meals, leading them to be more adventurous.


CClassic children’s dishes are losing popularity among modern parents:

1 . Cream of tomato soup (27 percent of under-10s have never tried it)

2. Tuna Pasta Bake (25 percent)

3. Toad in the hole (24 percent)

4. Frozen Burgers (20 percent)

5. Spaghetti tires on toast (19 percent)

6. Fish Stick Sandwich (16 percent)

7. Baked Potato with Cheese and Beans (15 percent)

8. Chicken Dippers and Chips (13 percent)

9. Sausage and Porridge (12 percent)

10. Nuggets and chips (11 percent)

The most popular modern family dinners:

1. Fried chicken (68 percent regularly feed their kids at dinner)

2. Spagbol (68 percent)

3. Lasagna (62 percent)

4. Shepherd’s Pie (57 percent)

5. Pasta Carbonara (48 percent)

6. Chili and Rice (42 percent)

7. Dippy Eggs and Soldiers (40 percent)

8. Tacos (37 percent)

9. Omelette and salad (36 percent)

10. Burritos (34 percent)

Edmun Deche

Edmun Deche is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmun Deche joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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