Appetizers
July 15, 2010
Sometimes you feel like a nut, but this quiz gets more specific

Are you a peanut or pecan? Almond or walnut? Perhaps a cashew? Can your personality traits determine what kind of nut you go for?

Yes, say the folks at Fisher Nuts of Elgin, Ill. The company is promoting a 10-question quiz at www.fishernuts.com and Facebook.com/fishernutsbrand. The results are supposedly indicative of your "nut personality."

For instance, if you're a salted peanut, you're "a dramatic extrovert who craves novelty." Competitive personalities choose walnuts. If you're a pecan, you're loyal. That's the theory, at least.

"Our quiz is an entertaining spin on the science of food preference," said Fisher marketing director Julie Nargang. "Rather than just asking people to tell us what their favorite nut is, we're asking them questions that also give clues to their personality. Then we show them the nut that correlates to their personality type."

Where did this quiz come from? It's "loosely based" on a "nut preference and personality-type study." The study was conducted by the medical doctor who founded the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Fisher's take on it is meant to be in fun, more of a "conversation starter."

The multiple-choice quiz questions include:
- "If I were to walk into a party right now, I would..." Among the five choices are "Look for a friendly face" and "Make a grand entrance."
- "The perfect day for me would be to..." Among the choices are "Start my new project" and "Hang out with friends."

I took the quiz and discovered my personality type is a cashew: "Calm and level-headed, you can be depended upon in times of crisis."

Sorry, but I don't even like cashews.

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