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February is for tortilla chips. More specifically, February 24th is National Tortilla Chip day.
Of course, with Super bowl Sunday being on the 7th this year, it’s clear millions of Americans will be celebrating early by eating copious chips. Of course, no one eats just tortilla chips. It’s all about the dip.
We analyzed Google search data to find what dip each state will be using to crunch down some chips the most.
Most Interesting Findings
- Salsa is the dip of choice, with 18 states knowing chips are better with salsa.
- Guac is also pretty popular, with 15 state liking it best.
- No surprise, Wisconsin, a beer loving state, likes to dip their chips with a little beer and is chowing on some Beer cheese dip.
- Coastal Maryland like their dip crabby.
- Ranch tastes good on (and in!) everything- Just ask Alabama, Mississippi, and Nebraska.
- No state prefers hummus, sorry chickpeas.
- 7 states like cheesey, delicious queso blanco
- Only 3 states love buffalo chicken dip, which seems like a crime.
How We Determined This
Using Google Trends, we determined what each state dips their chips in a disproportionate amount of. We found just under 20 popular dips that are searched for nationally, giving us a good sized table worth of apps.
From there, we determined what dip is searched a disproportionately, high amount in each state.
For example, while Maryland eats all the dips the rest of the country does, the search interest in “crab dip” is disproportionately higher than the remaining states- making crab dip more popular in MAryland than anywhere else.
Some controversial decisions were made, including not including dessert dips. We didn’t include dessert dips because only sociopaths dip tortilla chips in dessert dips (sorry, but it’s true.)
We looked at an entire year of dipping and chipping, giving each state ample time to show their true dip devotion.
Pot Luck Chip Etiquette
So your coworkers don’t hate you and/or passive aggressively slack message about you.
- Don’t Double Dip: Double dipping your tortilla chip is basically the equivalent of French kissing that French onion dip… and all the poor people who make the mistake of dipping afterward. Since you are (hopefully) not kissing coworkers, don’t cross that bacteria line.
- No chip residue in the dip: Dip should be dip, not dip and cast aside tortilla particles.
- Just scoop up some dip with a spoon and then enjoy: Dipping is a dangerous line, just use a utensil to get it and then scoop off your like saucer like you have home training.
Bravocado for chip day!
Tortilla chips are more than a holiday– they are a lifestyle. So, open that bag and enjoy your crunchy munches.
In fact, don’t limit yourself to just one dip. Make it a party, open the salsa, smash the avocados, and why not pop some buffalo chicken dip in the crockpot? It is a special occasion after all. Go ham (or bacon dip) and stack your foam plate high with dips galore.
Below you can see a chart of each state’s favorite chip:
Each State’s Favorite Dip
|District of Columbia||Queso blanco|
|Kentucky||French Onion Dip|
|Ohio||Buffalo Chicken Dip|
|Pennsylvania||Buffalo Chicken Dip|
|South Carolina||Queso blanco|
|West Virginia||Buffalo Chicken Dip|
|Wisconsin||Beer Cheese Dip|