What are you hankering for this Super Bowl Sunday?
Is it the guacamole? The wings? How about the chili, or maybe the chips and dip?
Using search data for Super Bowl 53, Google Trends created a map of the most-searched recipes in the United States. For each state, the map presents the recipe people searched for on Google there above other places. So this does not mean these are the most eaten foods in each state, but simply the most searched in relation to interest nationwide for the same foods.
Where did New Jersey land on this map?
That was the same result for Connecticut, while New York, the proclaimed home of Buffalo wings (which are said to have originated in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y. when Teressa Bellissimo dreamed up a last-minute recipe to sate the hunger of her son Dominic’s friends), actually ended up with spinach dip. Pennsylvania, meanwhile, is hot for chicken wings, and Delaware is somehow all about chocolate peanut butter cake.
Other states where Buffalo chicken dip was the top result: Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Kansas and Wisconsin.
Here’s the recipe for Buffalo chicken dip from Frank’s RedHot. Here’s one from AllRecipes.com; here’s one from The New York Times; and here’s one for your slow cooker.
According to the Google map, Maine is passionate about paella, while Maryland and Michigan salivate over pizza. Iowa is a big fan of Irish stew and Vermont lives for lasagna.
Some more oddly specific results were “vegan cheesy bacon spinach dip” in Nevada and gluten-free pretzels in Massachusetts. Others were pretty vague, like “cake,” which was the case in Florida, Tennessee, Arizona, Wyoming and Washington. Oregon narrowed things down significantly in the dessert department with banana bread, as did Hawaii with football cupcakes.
Other foods seemed oddly healthy or off-theme for the Super Bowl, like Montana’s lentil soup and Idaho’s “salads.” (North Carolina got Cobb salad.) Consider California: “Baked chicken breasts.” Mississippi’s confounding result: granola bars.
Some states, like Utah, had us wondering, “wait, what is that?” Its most-searched food: “bacon-wrapped smokies,” which are cocktail wieners or little sausages (Lit’l Smokies, as Hillshire Farm calls its mini smoke sausages), sprinkled with brown sugar and wrapped in bacon. Nebraska, however, prefers regular pigs in a blanket. New Mexico favors pea and peppercorn mash.
Of course, like everything else that draws attention on social media, the Google map was duly mocked and criticized. Spencer Hall from sports websites SB Nation and Every Day Should Be Saturday parodied the map (see tweet below) with his own.
According to Hall, New Jersey’s food should be “Eyyyyyy chips.” Pennsylvania: scrapple soup. Oklahoma: circus peanuts. Minnesota: Fiber One bars. Iowa: canned peas in a cup. Kentucky: kale chips. Illinois: “CLOSED NO FOOD.” Indiana: “ham bricks.” Georgia: “Dorito salad.” Nevada: cigarette butts. New Mexico: “spicy toad consomme.” Texas: “That bastard across the street.”
Consider your living room its own state (because it clearly is). What will be the most sought-after food at your Super Bowl party?
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