If you’re happiest when the weather calls for a denim jacket and a warm beverage, you’re not alone: A recent survey conducted by the chocolate-filled marshmallow brand, Stuffed Puffs, and commissioned by OnePolls, revealed that more than half of Americans polled say they are most content during the fall season.
The survey asked 2,000 Americans about their thoughts on the season as well as which particular autumn activities they look forward to the most. Despite the current pandemic, 56% respondents voted they were the happiest during the fall when compared to the other seasons.
In terms of what aspects of fall excited survey takers the most, watching the leaves change color came in first, feeling the chill in the air came in the second, and drinking hot chocolate came in third. Getting ready for the holidays and making homemade soup came in fourth and fifth respectively.
The survey also shed a light on how the pandemic has affected the season. Thirty-one percent of respondents said the pandemic has made it unable for them to participate in all the fall activities they normally do, while 31% said some activities are now unavailable. While the survey didn’t ask respondents to note which activities had become unavailable, some areas, like Los Angeles county, have issued strict guidelines around Halloween festivities such as trick-or-treating and haunted houses, which may put a damper on the holiday for families.
The survey also noted that 53 degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect fall temperature according to voters and that the first two weeks of October are the best time of the season.
In a press release, Michael Tierney, the CEO and Founder at Stuffed Puffs, noted how the brand is working to cheer up folks who are unable to partake in their favorite fall activities due to the pandemic. “It’s a great opportunity to introduce new traditions, whether that’s watching a scary movie every Friday or a virtual bake-off on the weekends,” he suggested. “We want to help people to make the most of fall so we offer a variety of recipes on our website for families to try. From pumpkin spice lattes or hot chocolate to s’mores cheesecake and Halloween party pops, everyone can find something to make this season.”
You can check out the Stuffed Puffs recipe section here, which includes sweet treats like Peanut Butter Rice Krispies, S’mores Cheesecake, and Hot Cocoa cookies.