This Map Shows Your State’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish—Did It Get Yours Right?
There's so much to choose from every Thanksgiving, how can you even pick a favorite?!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means all the turkey, side dishes and desserts we can handle after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. When it comes to the states and their Turkey Day tastes, we’ve already cracked the code on Thanksgiving pies and Thanksgiving sides. But what about the overall best Thanksgiving menu item?
The folks at Satellite Internet analyzed Google Trends to determine the dish each state craves most on Thanksgiving. Did the map get yours right?
Each State’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dish Is…
America is relatively diverse when it comes to Thanksgiving traditions. Some of us, like Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin prefer Turkey Day with some Jell-O on the table, and others, like Delaware, New Hampshire and Vermont crave the main course of roast turkey. Sweet potatoes are a heavy hitter this year, too, occupying 11 states and Washington, D.C., though the course varies between mashed sweet potatoes and sweet potato casserole.
It comes as no surprise, however, that regular mashed potatoes are at the top of America’s list, sweeping 14 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington. In last place, surprisingly, is stuffing, which ranked the number one best Thanksgiving dish only in Pennsylvania.
Here’s What Else We Learned
For the first time, green bean casserole is declining in popularity, only topping the charts for one state—Montana—and losing its hold on the seven states who ranked it first last year.
You may also notice that pecan pie is the only pie to appear on the map. While the States are typically big on pumpkin pie, most tend to stray away from a dessert as the best Thanksgiving dish. But pecan pie has a huge following in the South.
No matter what you indulge in this Turkey Day, make sure you’re following the CDC’s guidelines for a healthy Thanksgiving.