Brits eat baked beans for breakfast because it’s traditional in the UK, simple as that. Baked beans are an essential component of the Full English Breakfast, alongside sausages, bacon, eggs and all that goodness.
The beans are going to be done when they want. Yes, Brits eat beans for breakfast because the England is known for its Full English Breakfast (picture above) consisting of sunny-side up eggs, English back bacon, cooked tomato slices, black pudding and fried bread. Baked bean originated in the U.
When did baked beans become popular for breakfast in the US?
In the US, baked beans used to be very popular breakfast food from the 18th century until the last 40 years. Why did baked beans become less popular in the US? Edit: Maybe I should go further back.
A frequent question we ran across in our research was “Are baked beans the tastiest thing in Britain?”.
Baked beans in Britain are up there in the popularity stakes with the likes of puddings from Yorkshire, tea of an afternoon, or talking about the weather. They even rival Prince Harry in their efforts to be the tastiest thing in the UK.
Why do Victorians eat English breakfasts?
Those seeking to advance themselves socially studied the habits of the gentry, the traditions of their country houses and enthusiastically adopted their notion of the English breakfast as an important social event. For aspiring and wealthy Victorians, breakfast became an opportunity to demonstrate your wealth, good taste and social upbringing.
This of course begs the inquiry “Why is the English breakfast so popular?”
Then came along the the Edwardians who standardised the ingredients, giving us the English breakfast that we mostly eat today and in doing so, created a truly a national breakfast tradition and an icon of British culinary culture.