Using Google Trends, Zappia determined what Christmas treat each state eats a disproportionate amount of. They examined over 40 Christmas classics- including candy stocking stuffers, peppermint yumminess, and all the cakes. From there, they determined what treat is searched a disproportionately, high amount.
For example, while Wisconsin eats all the Christmas classics the rest of the country does, the search interest for Andes mints in Wisconsin is higher than the remaining states. This makes Andes mints more popular in Maine than anywhere else.
In the event of two (or more) dishes tying for a state, the dessert with the highest search volume was chosen.
In general, search volume is sky-high across the country for fudge, peppermint bark, cheesecake, and gingerbread. But some states are serving up more obscure classics than others.
MOST INTERESTING FINDINGS
- A staggering 9 states chow down on cheesecake during the winter holidays
- 20 states dig cakes, while 12 want candy, and 10 know cookies are what’s up
- That doesn’t even count Pennsylvania and Hawaii who busy eating gingerbread cheesecake and oreo cheesecake
- Move over California, Missouri searches for “vegan christmas cookies” more than any other state.
- Wyoming and Arizona like their treats liquid, as delicious hot chocolate and less delicious egg nog
- Forget candy you can get in the grocery store everyday, New Jersey knows treats are more satisfying when they have a chocolate-y Santa face
- Only North Dakota is a big fan of vastly, underrated peanut butter blossoms
- Oh give me some Christmas pudding, oh give me some pudding (says Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee)
- Why do the Carolinas like fruitcake so much?