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French fries are America’s favorite potato.
However, as any fry connoisseur knows, there are more than one way to make french fries. In fact, there are over a dozen delicious possible fry formations, although some are far more popular than others.
In honor of French fries (And of course all he jobs from growing, manufacturing, and serving them), we set out to find each state’s favorite type of fry. Plus, we already found each state’s favorite dipping sauce, so this was the next obvious step.
The results? People want more than a basic fry.
- Waffle fries and cheese fries tie with 12 states each favoriting the two popular fries.
- An impressive 7 states know tater tots are the bomb– which despite being a fried potato somehow feels like the wrong choice.
- Only New Mexico likes chili cheese fries best.
- 5 states favor whimpy shoestring fries.
- Another 5 states prefer sweet potato fries (Maybe so they can kid themselves they’re being healthy?)
- Kentucky and Michigan keep it real with crinkle fries.
- Curly fries are criminally underrated, favorited by only 3 states.
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How We Figured This Out
Using Google Trends, we determined what type of fry each state eats a disproportionate amount of. We looked at nearly a dozen different types of fries. From there, we determined what type of fry is searched a disproportionately, high amount in each state.
For example, while New Mexico eats all the types of fries, the search interest in “chili cheese fries” is disproportionately higher than the remaining states- making “chili cheese fries” more popular in New Mexico than anywhere else.
Some controversial decisions were made, including excluding those smiley fries that come in a freezer bag from our list. We didn’t want to encourage such deviant fry behavior. Similarly, we left off onion rings because they aren’t made from a potato.
There’s a reason Burger King asks if you want fries OR onion rings. It’s because onion rings are dirty fry posers.
However, perhaps most controversially we also counted tater tots as a fry, since they are fried and made from potato.
We looked at a full year of search data, giving every state the opportunity to demonstrate their love of fry.
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Is there a wrong way to enjoy fries?
Aside from those smiley-shaped, frozen french fry wannabees and not french fry onion rings, it’s hard to go wrong with fries.
So go ahead and order whatever fry rocks your boat on that next work Happy Hour. Shoot, go ahead and make a fry-cuterie tray and have all your favorites present.
Can you really have too many fries? Absolutely not. Especially when they’re covered in cheese.
Each State’s Favorite Type Of Fry
|North Carolina||Cheese fries|
|Rhode Island||Cheese fries|
|South Carolina||Cheese fries|
|New Mexico||Chili Cheese Fries|
|New Jersey||Shoestring fries|
|New York||Shoestring fries|
|Connecticut||Sweet potato fries|
|Delaware||Sweet potato fries|
|District of Columbia||Sweet potato fries|
|Massachusetts||Sweet potato fries|
|Vermont||Sweet potato fries|
|North Dakota||Tater tots|
|South Dakota||Tater tots|
|New Hampshire||Waffle fries|
|West Virginia||Waffle fries|
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