Thanksgiving is as early as it can possibly be this year (November 22!), so many holiday cooks are already searching for recipes for the year’s biggest dinner. But what are they searching for? We received the following map from a company called Satellite Internet, an internet service provider. It’s not a known polling source like the Census Bureau or something like that, but apparently, they understand the internet.
To obtain the results for the map, the company “started with the top-searched recipes in every food-related category on Google Trends last November.” Then they backed up those results “with any similar recipes and then ran them all through Google Trends again.” This revealed which states had the highest search volume for each recipe.
As usual with this kind of data-collecting, the map offers some interesting results. According to the map, Midwesterners unsurprisingly gravitate toward green bean and corn casseroles. A lot of states just want help with the meal’s main event: the turkey. The specific Popeye’s Cajun Turkey recipe was even sought after by Illinois and Virginia, although Georgia eschews that tradition in favor of honey-baked ham. We applaud Alaska for moving toward the pumpkin cheesecake, but Vermont’s search for marshmallow-filled ambrosia salad seems a little suspect. And Idaho and Utah love their Jell-O; may we suggest this delicious strawberry-pretzel salad?
Seeing as the big day is two weeks from tomorrow, it’s time for the rest of us to get cracking on refining our menus and recipes for the big day. Lest we wind up serving toast, popcorn, and jellybeans like this guy: