Map Of Each State’s Favorite Snack (Spoiler: Some Are Better Choices Than Others)

By Kathy Morris - Jul. 17, 2020

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Happy National Junk Food Day. In honor of this very serious, highly celebrated holiday, we set out to find what each state’s favorite snack was.

After all, snacking is one of workers favorite non-work things to do at work. While it might be lunch o’clock somewhere, most of the day is the snack time.

Across the country, and around the clock, hungry workers are crinkling chip wrappers at their desks or jamming quarters into vending machines to get their favorite candy bar.

You can see how we found out each state’s favorite snacks and some of our favorite findings below.

What We Found Out

  • Oreos are beloved- 5 states reach for Oreos before anything else.
  • All the “itos” chips (Fritos, Doritos, and Cheetos) made the map.
  • Missouri’s favorite treat, Grandma’s Cookies are a brand, not their actual grandma’s cookies- Although I’m sure those are good, too.
  • Most snacks were some state’s favorites. But no one likes Butterfingers, Hi-Chews, MMs’s, Reese’s, and Twizzlers the best. This is definite proof that some states’ have crummy taste. Really, Alaska, you’d rather have a granola bar than Reese’s? I get Hi-Chew not being anyone’s favorite, but MM’s are awesome.
  • Why does the Midwest like sunflower seeds so much? Both North Dakota and Wyoming’s favorite treats are sunflower seeds.
  • Sweet wins over salty- 29 states’ favorite snack is sweet.

How We Determined This

Using Google Trends, we determined which states were the most avid fans of each snack. We examined 45 different favorite snacks, given us a wide range of beloved foods.

We, being sane reasonable humans, excluded gum and sodas from our pretend vending machine snack roulette. Hopefully, you don’t swallow gum. Plus, liquid isn’t a snack- it’s a liquid. We then selected a range of popular chips, cookies, candies, and a few other vending machine favorites.

Go Forth And Snack

There you have it, each state’s favorite snack. Some are delicious. And some just answer the question, “Who eats PayDays anyways?” (Louisiana, by the way.)

However, it proves there is a snack for everyone.

While you may be trying to avoid the Quarantine 15, today is National Snack Day. So, maybe today you skip the apple and grab whatever unhealthy snack floats your boat.

Each States’ Favorite Junk Food

State Favorite Junk Food
Alabama Ruffles
Alaska Granola bars
Arizona Cheez Its
Arkansas Doritos
California Cheetos
Colorado Cosmic Brownies
Connecticut Oreos
Delaware Fritos
Florida Mini Doughnuts
Georgia Lays chips
Hawaii Oreo
Idaho Cliff Bars
Illinois Skinny Pop
Indiana Pringles
Iowa Pringles
Kansas Nutter Butter
Kentucky Fritos
Louisiana PayDay
Maine Ritz Crackers
Maryland Oreos
Massachusetts Crunch Bar
Michigan Sour Patch Kids
Minnesota Snickers
Mississippi Twinkie
Missouri Grandma’s Cookies
Montana Rice Krispy Treats
Nebraska Fritos
Nevada Kit Kat
New Hampshire Almond Joy
New Jersey Oreo
New Mexico Beef Jerky
New York Chips Ahoy
North Carolina Starburst
North Dakota Sunflower seeds
Ohio Starburst
Oklahoma Sour Patch Kids
Oregon Kettle chips
Pennsylvania Hershey’s
Rhode Island Ritz Crackers
South Carolina Salt And Vinegar Chips
South Dakota Milky Way
Tennessee Baby Ruth
Texas Funyuns
Utah 3 Musketeers
Vermont Muffins
Virginia Oreos
Washington Cheez Its
West Virginia Lays
Wisconsin Twix
Wyoming Sunflower seeds

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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