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What’s the Most Popular Apple Dessert in Your State?

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Autumn is in full swing, and so are its cherished seasonal flavors. Step aside, pumpkin spice, because it’s apple’s time to shine. From apple fritters to caramel apples, there are several sweet apple treats around the world that we just can’t get enough of.

Shane Co. analyzed Google Trends search data from July 2021 to July 2022 to determine the most popular apple-flavored desserts around the United States. Curious which apple dessert is the most popular in your state? What about the entire nation?!

Turns out, two apple desserts are tied for first place in the United States: apple cheesecake and apple strudel! Both desserts were number one in six states, including Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio for apple cheesecake, and California, Colorado, D.C., Hawaii, Florida, and Nevada for apple strudel.

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In third place, we have the delicious apple-filled fried donut: apple fritter. Five states—Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Oregon—prefer that apple treat.

Those from the south love their candy apples! That dessert was number one in Georgia, South Carolina, and Mississippi.

Nobody bats an eye when you have an apple for breakfast, but a sweet apple dessert? Oh, why not! Three states prefer to start the day with apple oatmeal: Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Oddly enough, only two states out of the entire nation—Alaska and Wyoming—had apple pie as their number one dessert. A little surprising, don’t you think?

Unfortunately, the list doesn’t include drinks like apple cider and apple juice, but it’s really no secret that both are beloved by all 50 states!

Lindsay Ray Lindsay Ray
Lindsay is a lifestyle and beauty writer currently living in Arizona. She has several years of experience as a freelance writer and reporter, with a specialized interest in the beauty and lifestyle space. From beauty hacks to DIY home décor and everything in between -- Lindsay has a passion for crafting stories that entertain, educate, and inspire. Her writing has appeared in Thought Catalog, The List, Drink Me Magazine, the Auburn Examiner, and Litro Magazine in the United Kingdom. Read Full Bio »
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