The 20 most incendiary breakfast fails for Brits have been revealed – and it’s burnt toast that tops the ranking.
In a survey of ‘very British and relatable breakfast fails’, burnt toast received 48 per cent of the vote, with ‘overcooked dippy eggs’ second with 34 per cent and ‘cremated bacon’ third (23 per cent).
Fourth is ‘soggy cereal’ (22 per cent), while 18 per cent said eggshell in scrambled eggs (fifth) infuriated them the most.
The rest of the top 10, the poll of 2,000 Brits by New York Bakery Co reveals, comprises ‘rock hard butter that breaks the toast’ (sixth, 17 per cent); ‘milk added to a teabag before hot water’ and ‘undercooked, flabby bacon’ are joint seventh (16 per cent); and ‘dry scrambled eggs’ and ‘instant coffee’ are joint eighth on 14 per cent.
Watery poached eggs (joint ninth, 12 per cent), stodgy porridge (10th, 11 per cent) and being served a big slimy mushroom on the side of their fry-up (joint 13th, five per cent) also leave Britons disappointed.
The 20 most incendiary breakfast fails for Brits have been revealed – and it’s burnt toast that tops the ranking, generated by a New York Bakery Co poll of 2,000 Britons. The picture above was posted to Instagram by user ‘801applepie’
Meanwhile, one in twenty say the most annoying breakfast fail is when beans are on the same plate as their fry-up, and not in a separate ramekin (joint 13th).
Yet despite being regularly gutted about their breakfast, 71 per cent of Brits would not dream of complaining about an under-par brekkie, with one in three (27 per cent) insisting it is simply not the done thing.
However, a sixth (16 per cent) of Brits are not too shy to post their #breakfastfails to social media, with hilarious results, as we’ve shown here.
And despite the frequent disappointment, two thirds (66 per cent) agree that breakfast, when done well, is the best meal of the day.
20 BREAKFAST FAILS THAT ANNOY BRITONS THE MOST
1. Burnt toast – 48 per cent
2. Overcooked ‘dippy’ eggs – 34 per cent
3. Cremated bacon – 23 per cent
4. Soggy cereal – 22 per cent
5. Eggshell in your scrambled eggs – 18 per cent
6. Rock-hard butter that breaks the toast – 17 per cent
7= Milk added to a tea bag before hot water – 16 per cent
7= Undercooked, flabby bacon – 16 per cent
8= Dry scrambled eggs – 14 per cent
8= Instant coffee – 14 per cent
9= Cold baked beans – 12 per cent
9= Watery poached eggs – 12 per cent
10. Stodgy porridge – 11 per cent
11= UHT milk in little packets – 10 per cent
11= Slimy egg white on your fried egg – 10 per cent
12. Limp ‘soldiers’ – 6 per cent
13= Half an undercooked tomato with your full English – 5 per cent
13= A big slimy mushroom with your fry up – 5 per cent
13= Beans on the same plate as your fry-up – 5 per cent
14. Breakfast smothered in ketchup or brown sauce – 4 per cent
Source: New York Bakery Co
‘Cremated bacon’, illustrated here by Instagram user ‘gordondadsay’, comes third in the breakfast fails ranking
A sixth (16 per cent) of Brits are not too shy to post their #breakfastfails to social media
Breakfast is a simple meal… in theory. Two thirds (66 per cent) agree that breakfast, when done well, is the best meal of the day. The questionable breakfast above was posted to Instagram by user ‘juliehoffman1004’
The ‘duchessofws’ posted the above picture with the caption ‘made myself a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, red and yellow bell peppers, onions, and feta cheese – added a little salt, then a little pepper… oops’
Making time for it is the issue, with almost half (44 per cent) saying they usually run out of time for breakfast during the week, and 69 per cent saying it is usually a rushed and chaotic affair.
According to the stats, Brits would love their weekday breakfasts to be more like their weekend ones, with eight in ten (79 per cent) preferring weekend brunches because they have more time.
Alastair Unite from New York Bakery Co said: ‘We know that weekday family breakfasts can be pretty chaotic. It’s something we can all relate to. Burned toast, slimy eggs and cold beans, we’ve all been there, and shared a laugh or two along the way.
‘But we also know that people want to make more of breakfast. The research shows that over half of Brits wish they could spend more mealtimes together, with a further 53 per cent agreeing that some of their best memories are created over breakfast.
‘There’s something special about breakfast and the feelings it creates. That’s why it’s time to ditch plain old toast and shake things up with bagels, the toast of New York.’