Google's Searches Show Americans' Thanksgiving Preferences by State

Does your state take its turkey smoked or fried?

By Ethan L. Johns
November 20, 2017

Oh, Tofurkey… Did anybody even ask for you? You hit your peak in 2008 and the world has never looked back. On to bigger, better, more flavorful things—with fewer complex ingredients. Like smoked turkey and pecan pie.

Americans are excited for Thanksgiving dinner, and Google is watching. Creepy, yes, but it does allow us to get a pretty good idea of who is eating what in which American states. In a regional analysis done by the Los Angeles Times, we found some trends quite curious, while we found others to be terrifically telling.

For instance, we had no idea people found roasting a turkey to be so gosh-darn boring. Only five states up in the Northeast are trying to go traditional, whereas smoked turkey seems to have become the hottest new method for bird preparation (it’s the top search in 25 states). For the 18 states interested in frying their turkeys, please be careful.

In terms of sweets, pumpkin pie and apple pie are duking it out for the gold medal, while pecan pie is big in the South. The Southeast chooses sweet potato casserole, but the rest of the country gets jiggy with their cranberry sauce.

Do you fear the ‘furkey? Disgusted by the ‘ducken? No need to keep hiding in your atomic bunker; both Tofurkey and Turducken have been on a consistently downward spiral since 2009. Instead, you can look forward to cafeteria-style creamed corn. It’s so hot right now.

America may have its divisions, but at least we can all agree on one thing: stuffing is friggin’ awesome.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns