NEW YORK — Just thinking about summer instantly puts 72 percent of respondents in a good mood. As signs of normalcy are abound this summer, many Americans are enjoying outdoor get-togethers and relaxing in the pool — which 64 percent consider a form of therapy.
Commissioned by Broil King and conducted by OnePoll, the study reveals the best parts of summer include eating summer foods (57%), being outside (55%), relaxing on the weekends (50%), and of course — the warmer weather (45%).
Best and worst summer flavors?
Respondents also shared what they thought are the best and worst flavors of summer. Top flavors include lemonade (60%), barbecue (59%), melon fruits (51%), and iced tea (51%).
Meanwhile, the smells that remind respondents of summer are grilled foods (65%), freshly-cut grass (60%), beach air (49%), and charcoal grills (43%).
On the other hand, Americans can’t stand the taste of artificial fruit (25%), potato salad (20%), and (perhaps surprisingly) lemonade again (20%)! As for the summer smells people can do without, the least liked include sweat (54%), hot trash (54%), lawn mower gasoline (27%), and bleach (24%).
One thing 60 percent of respondents can agree on is that grilling is the top activity that defines summer. Just as many believe cooking is also the best time to catch up with friends and family.
Forty-two percent add they’ve had a life-changing conversation around their grill. Some of the most impactful conversations include a discussion about selling a house and moving across the country, becoming a parent, and how to find closure after someone passes.
Before hosting get-togethers this summer though, 45 percent of respondents plan to require guests to get the COVID-19 vaccine before entering their home.
King of the grill
The survey also reveals that close to half (46%) claim to be the designated “grill pro” of their household, while 49 percent believe they’re the go-to foodie in their social circle.
When getting ready to fire up the grill, there’s a number of things grillers will prioritize first. To start, location matters — 65 percent believe it’s easier to grill outdoors than it is to cook inside.
On top of that, 35 percent prioritize food preparation, 20 percent focus on what’s going on the grill, and 13 percent put the majority of their effort into the type of grilling they’re doing.
A quarter of Americans (24%) believe the pinnacle of their cookouts is to experiment with new sauces, spices, and smoke flavors.
Over half (53%) take pride in their grilling skills. A third of these proud grillers (37%) are so protective of their craft, they won’t let anyone else touch their grill.