The Most Loved Thanksgiving Desserts, by State

Thanksgiving traditions go far beyond the turkey, and what better way to end the day than with confectionary goodness? Or as the saying goes… life is short, eat dessert first!  We reached out to 3,000 Americans in a survey to reveal the all-time favorite dessert in each state, followed by asking respondents to rank the treats into tiers.

Whether you're a fan of pies, cakes, or even cookies, come along as we explore the most cherished Thanksgiving desserts from all corners of the USA. Prepare for a “pie-fully” delicious sugar rush, perhaps a few surprises, and remember to let us know if you agree with the categories! 

Key Findings:

  • 96.68% of Americans have dessert on Thanksgiving

  • 41 states chose pumpkin pie as their favorite

  • Cookies are in the top-tier category for Thanksgiving desserts

  • Both banoffee and cranberry pie were in the bottom-tier category

Slice of the States: Thanksgiving's Top Dessert Delights!

Each State's Favorite Thanksgiving Dessert

They say there’s always room for dessert and we would have to agree and so do our respondents! 96.68% of the Americans surveyed ensure they have dessert on Thanksgiving. So, without further ado, let's dive right into it: What delectable treat holds the title of your state's favorite?

The unanimous verdict from across the United States is clear: pies are the ultimate Thanksgiving dessert. In fact, an overwhelming 41 states joined hands in declaring pumpkin pie as the top choice. This nationwide consensus includes states such as New York, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Alabama.

However, there are a few states that have distinct tastes. Mississippi, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia proudly opt for the sweet and nutty embrace of pecan pie. Tennessee residents have a shared preference for both pumpkin and pecan.

Meanwhile, Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, and New Hampshire choose the timeless comfort of Apple pie. In contrast, Wyoming differs from all states with its preferred option being peach cobbler - a slice of sunshine for the Cowboy State. 

Thanksgiving Dessert Rankings

Why settle for just one dessert? If you're aiming to serve an array of delectable treats this Thanksgiving, we've simplified your decision-making process by enlisting the opinions of our respondents. How do Americans rank popular Thanksgiving desserts? From the peak of "Superior" to the depths of "Low," let's explore the results: 

The Most Popular Thanksgiving Desserts Rated into Tiers

The Verdict:

In conclusion, the resounding consensus among Americans highlights that pie is the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert. Notably, pumpkin is the champion of the pies and would perhaps avoid dishing out desserts in the “Low” category such as Banoffee and Rhubarb pie.

Methodology: surveyed 3,000 Americans on their favorite Thanksgiving desserts, as well as how they would rate the treats. We noted their state of residence so we were able to use this to divide the data. The age range was 18+ with all participants living in the United States. The survey was conducted in November 2023. For media inquiries, please contact:

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