This map shows the most-pinned foods in every state, according to pinterest

Posted August 29
Updated August 31

There are many types of “American” food, including Southern comfort food, California farm-fresh cuisine and indulgent East Coast seafood.

What’s especially cool about American food is that even though clam chowder may have originated in New England, those in Massachusetts are no longer confined to sticking to what to they know, and we have the internet to thank for that.

With so many recipes online, people in local regions are beginning to branch out when it comes to their diet. What people are searching for and making around the United States isn’t exactly what you would expect.

Thanks to this Pinterest report, we get to see the most-pinned foods in state. Some of the results might surprise you!


1. Alabama

Although pound cake originated in Great Britain, simple pound cakes have become quite popular in the south.

pound cake photo
Flickr | kimberlykv

2. Alaska

It seems fitting that Alaskans pin survival bread the most. This type of non-perishable bread is made with only flour, salt, and water, and it’s popular with outdoor adventurers.

3. Arizona

This Southwestern state stays true to its roots and likes to kick its dishes up a notch with some spicy chiles. Chiltepins are a wild chile variety grown in Southern Arizona that produce very tiny, very hot peppers.

green chile photo
Flickr | theturquoisetable

4. Arkansas

Forget barbecue - those in Arkansas like to get creative and cook dishes using Coca-Cola, like this popular Coca-Cola cake recipe. Coca-Cola can also be used for marinades, barbecue sauce, and brisket.

coke photo
Getty Images | Scott Olson

5. California

Californians are all about their local ingredients and love saving recipes that contain figs. Fun fact: Figs are the most talked about fruit in the Bible.

figs photo
Flickr | askmir

6. Colorado

Those in Colorado might not live close to the border, but the most searched recipe in the state is carnitas, a Mexican dish that consists of simmered pork.

carnitas photo
Flickr | mccun934

7. Connecticut

Taking inspiration from the Italians, residents of Connecticut like to make their own cannoli at home. In Italian, the word cannoli actually means “little tubes,” which makes sense given their shape.

cannoli photo
Flickr | stu_spivack

8. Delaware

Those who live in Delaware are always on the lookout for ways to prepare crab. The most common crab caught in Delaware waters is the blue crab, which can be found around most of the state.

crab photo
Getty Images | China Photos

9. Florida

It might seem like they’re living the life in Florida, and that’s probably right. Floridians like to search for cake toppers to celebrate a number of occasions.

cake topper photo
Flickr | gruntzooki

10. Georgia

The people of Georgia sure love their comfort food: They search for chicken wings the most. Did you know that on average, a person eats a dozen chicken wings at one time?

chicken wings photo
Flickr | stu_spivack

11. Hawaii

The Japanese are the third-largest ethnic group in Hawaii, so there’s no surprise that the dwellers of Hawaii search for what they can make using matcha, a finely ground form of green tea.

matcha photo
Flickr | Akuppa

12. Idaho

Idaho seems to like their vegetables pickled, as the most popular search in the state is for canning tips.

canned pickles photo
Flickr | dierken

13. Illinois

Wild Rice Soup is a typical cuisine of the Midwest, so it comes as no shock that those in Illinois often search for the popular recipe. Although it has “rice” in its name, wild rice is actually a species of grass.

wild rice soup photo
Flickr | haldean

14. Indiana

Casseroles are the quintessential All-American food, and those in Indiana like to stick to their roots by whipping up their own noodle casseroles. Noodle casseroles have been around for a long time: The first tuna noodle casserole recipe popped up in 1930.

casseroles photo
Flickr | ohmeaghan

15. Iowa

Residents of Iowa like to search for ways to snack on Chex Mix. The recipe for Chex Mix was created in 1952 to promote the sale of Chex cereal.

chex mix photo
Flickr | Steve A Johnson

16. Kansas

It’s certainly not what you first think of you when you think of Kansas, but dwellers in this state like to spice things up by making chicken enchiladas, a Mexican dish that is made by wrapping a corn tortilla around a chicken filling and topping it with cheese and sauce.

enchiladas photo
Flickr | stu_spivack

17. Kentucky

Residents of Kentucky go straight for the sweets: They love looking up fudge. Rumor has it that fudge gets its name from a mistake someone made when trying to make caramel - seems like they really “fudged” that process.

fudge photo
Flickr | cheeseslave

18. Louisiana

They do love their shrimp in Louisiana, so of course the state most often looks for shrimp pasta dishes to make of their own. Even though a lot of Americans love this seafood, almost 90 percent of all the shrimp consumed in the United States is imported.

shrimp pasta photo
Flickr | Richard Hsu

19. Maine

Forget lobster - those living in Maine are always on the lookout for a good donut - and they’re not alone. Over 10 billion donuts are made in the US each year.

donuts photo
Flickr | DaveCrosby

20. Maryland

Of course residents of this coastal state are going to find anyway they can to come up with some delicious seafood, and more specifically, scallops. Searches likely peak on March 12th, which is National Baked Scallop Day, and October 2nd, National Fried Scallop Day.

scallops photo
Flickr | stu_spivack

21. Massachusetts

On those days when they’re just over clam chowder, New Englanders like to cook with butternut squash. This fall vegetable can last for weeks at a time, which makes it a great staple to have on hand.

butternut squash photo
Flickr | semarr

22. Michigan

Looks like those in Michigan are pretty laid-back: They like to make no-bake cookies.

no-bake cookies photo
Flickr | Melissa Hillier

23. Minnesota

Those in Minnesota are seeming pretty healthy, considering they search the most for broccoli salad. Broccoli has been around since the 6th century, when ancient Romans used to indulge in the food.

broccoli salad photo
Flickr | Tavallai

24. Mississippi

Plain ol’ spaghetti just won’t cut it. Those in Mississippi make sure they’re meal is balanced with the addition of chicken.

chicken spaghetti photo
Flickr | ginnerobot

25. Missouri

Missouri may not be the epicenter of culinary creativity, but they sure aren’t boring, searching for the cheesecake dip the most frequently.

cheesecake dip photo
Flickr |

26. Montana

They might not have a ton of British influence, but Montana residents sure love their scones. Although no one can agree on where exactly scones started, they have origins in England, Scotland, and Ireland.

scones photo
Flickr | Raewyn48

27. Nebraska

Sloppy joes are a favorite in Nebraska, so it’s no surprise they top the list of the most searched food in the state. Ever wonder where the name of this unique sandwich came from? According to legend, it came from a cook named Joe in Sioux City, Iowa, who added some loose meat to his sandwiches.

sloppy joes photo
Flickr | manda_wong

28. Nevada

Nevada is home to Las Vegas, so we know they sure like to party. But not all parties are filled with booze, and you might end up finding a trove of cake pops instead.

cake pops photo
Flickr | Robert Couse-Baker

29. New Hampshire

In New Hampshire, however, forget the food. It’s all about the booze, with those in the state most searching martini recipes. Martinis are popular on Instagram, too: Over 752 pictures of the drink are posted daily.

martini photo
Flickr | slgckgc

30. New Jersey

Who cares if it gets cold? New Jersey is drinking sangria all year long.

sangria photo
Getty Images | Cooper Neill

31. New Mexico

New Mexico stays true to its roots by making their fair share of empanadas. The name “empanada” comes from the Spanish word “empanar,” meaning to wrap or coat in bread.

empanadas photo
Flickr | bibliojojo

32. New York

New York really is really a mecca of different international cuisines, so it makes sense that its residents crave some tasty falafel. Although falafel is enjoyed all around the world, its origins are hotly contested, especially between Israelis and Palestinians.

falafel photo
Flickr | insatiablemunch

33. North Carolina

Banana pudding is a popular dish of the South, and North Carolina just can’t seem to get enough of the dessert - and who can blame them? One of the earliest recipes for banana pudding appeared in the New York Times in 1878.

banana pudding photo
Flickr | goodiesfirst

34. North Dakota

Oatmeal in bowls just isn’t going to cut it. People in North Dakota like their breakfast in bar form.

oatmeal bars photo
Flickr | valeehill

35. Ohio

It’s time to move to Ohio stat - they sure know what they’re doing making those peanut butter brownies all the time.

peanut butter brownies photo

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