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At the risk of sounding cheesy, we’ve determined that there are, in fact, only two types of people in the U.S.: those who think cheese is gouda and those who are feta up with cheese.
No matter where you string yourself on the love/hate scale, we know for a fact that every state has a preference when it comes to eating cheese. In fact, in honor of International Cheese Day, we made Cheese consumption a science.
You might be surprised by the cheeses that some states think are ~grate.~ The most shocking perhaps is the states that love Cheez Whiz and Velveeta.
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HOW WE FIGURED THIS OUT
Using Google Trends, we determined what cheese has its states’ heart. We examined just under 20 popular kinds of cheese – including some dubious contenders such as “string” and “Velveeta” (Are those even cheese?). From there, we determined what cheese is searched disproportionately, a high amount.
For example, while Pennsylvania eats all the delicious cheese the rest of the country does, the search interest for grated Parmesan is higher than almost any other state. This makes Parmesan cheese the disproportionate favorite of Pennsylvanians.
In the event of two (or more) kinds of cheese tying for a state, the cheese with the highest search volume was chosen.
More Cheese, Please
Cheese is one of those foods you can almost pair with anything. It’s the perfect ingredient to tie in an omelet. It makes for a great snack by itself. It pairs perfectly with almost any pasta dish.
Seriously, the list of ways to enjoy cheese goes on endlessly. We can’t think of a dish that wouldn’t be improved by a sprinkle of cheese (or the entire block).
If you’re fondue cheese, then you’re going to enjoy the table below.
Each State’s Favorite Cheese
|New Mexico||Cream Cheese|
|North Carolina||Queso Blanco|
|Rhode Island||American Cheese|
|South Carolina||Cream Cheese|
|South Dakota||String Cheese|