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The Most Popular Thanksgiving Recipes, By State

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Our friends at Hayneedle, a leading online retailer of indoor and outdoor home furnishings and décor, have buried their noses deep in data. They dug through Google Trends to find the most-searched Thanksgiving recipes in every state. What they’ve discovered may be useful as you begin to plan your turkey day menu.

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It turns out, the most popular recipes tend to lean sweet. Out of all the Thanksgiving recipes, desserts came out on top. Surprisingly, the famous turkey was nowhere to be seen. Instead, pumpkin pie was the most searched recipe—it topped the list in 26 states. The northwest, west coast, and some of the midwest proved to be the biggest fans of the fall favorite. Coming in second was the sweet, sticky pecan pie. Southeastern states like Georgia, South Carolina and Lousiana were just three of the 12 states where the pecan reigned supreme. Third place fell to the always classic apple pie. Nine states were busy searching for this pie’s recipe.

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All in all, the results were pretty consistent. Expected even. But where there’s statistics, there’s always an outlier—or, in this case, three. Hawaii, Delaware, and Illinois bucked the trend; each state had their own most popular search term. In Hawaii, pumpkin crunch, a pumpkin cake topped with pecans, proved popular. Delaware, meanwhile, skewed savory—stuffing came out on top. Illinois seemed to favor sweet potatoes. What iteration exactly? We may never know.

The results are culled from terms searched between 2011 and 2015. Hayneedle even went so far as to visualize the data on a handy map and pie chart for the more visually inclined. I definitely enjoy looking at the ways popular recipes orient themselves regionally. As a Texan myself, I can attest to the importance of good ol' pecan pie in the local diet.

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