This map shows the most popular food in every state

Everyone knows Americans love food, but the statistics on just how much we consume are a bit, if you will, hard to swallow. The average American eats—deep breath—just under 2,000 pounds of food every year. That is literally nearly one ton of food. Each year. Each person. (P.S. Full grown bears weigh around 1,000 pounds.)

While just how much we’re eating might come as a surprise, it’s no shock that recipes are abundant on the internet.

In fact, food is the number one category on Pinterest, with more than 15 billion ideas out there for your pinning pleasure. But what foods are our absolute favorites? That, just like many things in America, varies by state.

Pinterest filtered through the recipes and created an infographic to show the foods people in each state pinning the most.

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The No. 1 search food Nevada is cake pops. Meanwhile, folks in Delaware are saving crab recipes, and Michigan can’t get enough no-bake cookies.

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Here’s the list by state in alphabetical order:

  • Alabama – Pound Cake
  • Alaska – Survival Bread (What the heck is that, you ask? Here are some recipes!)
  • Arizona – Chiles
  • Arkansas – Coca-Cola (While that in itself isn’t a recipe, if you search for it on Pinterest, you’ll find numerous ways to use the drink.)
  • California – Figs
  • Colorado – Carnitas
  • Connecticut – Cannoli
  • Delaware – Crabs
  • Florida – Cake Toppers (We’re guessing this isn’t really a food item, but close enough.)
  • Georgia – Chicken Wings
  • Hawaii – Matcha
  • Idaho – Canning (Surprise! Not potatoes. Unless they’re canning potatoes…)
  • Illinois – Wild Rice Soup
  • Indiana – Noodle Casserole
  • Iowa – Chex Mix
  • Kansas – Chicken Enchiladas
  • Kentucky – Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Louisiana – Shrimp Pasta
  • Maine – Doughnuts (Hopefully lobster-free…)
  • Maryland – Scallops
  • Massachusetts – Butternut Squash
  • Michigan – No Bake Cookies
  • Minnesota – Broccoli Salad
  • Mississippi – Chicken Spaghetti (Huh? Here’s some recipes.)
  • Missouri – Cheesecake Dip
  • Montana – Scones
  • Nebraska – Sloppy Joes
  • Nevada – Cake Pops
  • New Hampshire – Martinis (Drinks more than food? We like how you party, New Hampshire!)
  • New Jersey – Sangria (You too, Jersey!)
  • New Mexico – Empanadas
  • New York – Falafel
  • North Carolina – Banana Pudding
  • North Dakota – Oatmeal Bars
  • Ohio – Peanut Butter Brownies
  • Oklahoma – Taco Soup
  • Oregon – Curry
  • Pennsylvania – Peach Schnapps (You can party with us too, Pennsylvania!)
  • Rhode Island – Flower Cupcakes (Oddly specific, so here’s some gorgeous recipes.)
  • South Carolina – Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • South Dakota – Tater Tots
  • Tennessee – Cornbread
  • Texas – Stuffed Avocado
  • Utah – Coconut Chicken
  • Vermont – Beets
  • Virginia – Smoothie Bowls (Way to make us dessert-eating states feel bad about ourselves, Virginia…)
  • Washington – Thai Chicken
  • West Virginia – Pumpkin Desserts
  • Wisconsin – Puppy Chow (Guessing it’s the human kind, not food for your furry friend).
  • Wyoming – Energy Bites

But what about the rest of the world? Pinterest is, afterall, international. Well, Londoners love French toast, people in Barcelona can’t get enough cheese danishes and Bordeaux and, funnily enough, the French eat a lot of Rice Krispie Treats. Here’s the complete the complete international list and recipes.

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Now excuse us while we go look up some martini recipes. Those peanut butter brownies might be calling our names, too!

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What do you think? Does this list match the preferences in your home state?

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