The Most Popular Desserts in Every State: Which Dessert Is YOUR State’s Favorite? by 30Seconds Food

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The Most Popular Desserts in Every State: Which Dessert Is YOUR State’s Favorite?

The dessert industry is worth over one billion dollars in the U.S., with 93 percent of consumers admitting to eating a dessert every week. From cakes to cookiesice cream to apple pie, there are hundreds of popular sweet treats to choose from. However, what is the most popular dessert choice in the U.S.?

Well, the team at Meal Delivery Experts has revealed the most popular desserts in every state in the U.S. by comparing Google search results to reveal which dessert each state is searching for the most.

Let’s take a look at the results:

State

Top Dessert

Alabama

Ice cream

Alaska

Ice cream

Arizona

Cookies

Arkansas

Ice cream

California

Gelato

Colorado

Cupcakes

Connecticut

Ice cream

Delaware

Gelato

Florida

Gelato

Georgia

Ice cream

Hawaii

Ice cream

Idaho

Cookies

Illinois

Churros

Indiana

Ice cream

Iowa

Ice cream

Kansas

Ice cream

Kentucky

Ice cream

Louisiana

Cookies

Maine

Ice cream

Maryland

Frozen Yogurt

Massachusetts

Ice cream

Michigan

Frozen Yogurt

Minnesota

Cookies

Mississippi

Ice cream

Missouri

Cookies

Montana

Cookies

Nebraska

Ice cream

Nevada

Frozen Yogurt

New Hampshire

Ice cream

New Jersey

Churros

New Mexico

Ice cream

New York

Ice cream

North Carolina

Donuts

North Dakota

Ice cream

Ohio

Cookies

Oklahoma

Ice cream

Oregon

Donuts

Pennsylvania

Frozen Yogurt

Rhode Island

Frozen Yogurt

South Carolina

Donuts

South Dakota

Ice cream

Tennessee

Ice cream

Texas

Ice cream

Utah

Cookies

Vermont

Chocolate Cake

Virginia

Gelato

Washington

Cookies

West Virginia

Frozen Yogurt

Wisconsin

Ice cream

Wyoming

Ice cream

Ice cream leads the way as the most popular dessert in the U.S., with 24 states having this as the favorite, including Texas, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut. Ice cream was first recorded in America in the 1700s. However, up until 1800 it remained a rare and exotic dessert that was only enjoyed by the elite. However, in 1850 the dessert became widely popular due to technological advancements that allowed for production to increase. By the 1900s, ice cream parlors flourished across the U.S., and today, ice cream remains a popular dessert in thousands of restaurants across the U.S.

The second most popular dessert in the U.S. is cookies, with nine states having cookies as the most popular dessert search result including Washington, Arizona, Minnesota and Missouri. Cookies came to America from the Dutch in the 1600s and became more widely popular in the 1700s. Today, thousands of cafes, restaurants, grocery stores and cookie parlors operate in the U.S.

Six states search for “frozen yogurt” the most, which is the third most popular dessert choice. These include Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Rhode Island. Frozen yogurt or frogurt was first introduced in the U.S. in New England in the 1970s and became popular in the 80s when manufacturers began to experiment with recipes and flavors.

Gelato was the next most popular dessert, with four states searching for this the most frequently: California, Delaware, Florida and Virginia. Donuts was next, with North and South Carolina and Oregon having the sweet treat as the most searched for.

Churros came out on top for two states, Illinois and New Jersey, while chocolate cake and cupcakes were the top results for one state each. 

Source: Meal Delivery Experts

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Ann Marie Patitucci
So interesting! My state's most popular dessert is gelato-- and my son happens to be eating ice cream right now- close! :)
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
So interesting. In Illinois, it says churros are the favorite. Who knew?!
bepositive
Ice cream has to be the greatest dessert ever.

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