When you think of springtime and Easter, what foods come to mind? Hand-painted Easter eggs, maybe a spiral ham and some potato salad? Easter isn’t one of the biggest food holidays of the year—Thanksgiving has a hold on that title—but it’s still a time for eating food that’s a little more special than your everyday fare. Whether you’re cooking roast lamb or stuffing plastic eggs with candy, Easter has plenty of food traditions of its own.
But have you ever wondered whether there are regional factors at play when it comes to Easter food? Are people in, say, California, celebrating the holiday differently from those in the Midwest? We were determined to find out! So when Zippia shared its report on “each state’s favorite Easter treat,” we were intrigued. The jobs website looked at Google Trends data to figure out which states preferred candy and which ones were more likely to stick with traditional hard-boiled eggs.
Methodology: “We defined Easter treats as treats that peak in search volume around Easter. From there, we determined what treat is searched a disproportionately, high amount in each state,” Zippia explains in the report. “For example, while New York eats all the candies the rest of the country does, the search interest in ‘Kinder Easter Eggs’ is disproportionately higher than the remaining states—making ‘Kinder Easter Eggs’ more popular in New York than anywhere else.” Zippia collected the Google trends data during a two-week period in the Easter 2020 time frame.
Keep reading to find your state’s top Easter food. Do you agree with the results?
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Alabama keeps its Easter baskets traditional with chocolate bunnies. No shame in their game!
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If you’re looking to enter an Easter egg-decorating contest, Alaska is just the place for you.
Arizona joins Alaska in its love for boiled eggs, preferably dyed pretty pastel colors.
Forget regular jelly beans. Arkansas is all about that chewy Starburst life.
Why eat a hollow chocolate egg when you could chomp on a caramel-filled one instead?
Coloradoans can’t resist a decorated Easter egg, and who can blame them?
Connecticut residents’ Easter baskets are stuffed with chocolate bunnies with care.
Love them or hate them, Peeps are everywhere when spring comes around.
Let’s hope those caramel eggs aren’t melting in the Florida sun.
Georgians know that jelly beans are just as good as chocolate candy.
Hawaii doesn’t want to mess with a classic, and that classic is the chocolate Easter bunny.
The only question here is whether Idaho residents will also love the Peeps-Pepsi soda.
Whether or not it’s “real” chocolate, white chocolate is the preferred Easter candy of choice for Illinois residents.
We hope Indiana residents know the absolute best way to hard-boil eggs.
Starburst’s fans are devoted, and they won’t settle for regular jelly beans in their Easter baskets.
Kansans are happy to fill those plastic Easter eggs with traditional jelly beans.
Kentucky residents have a soft spot for jelly beans come Eastertime, too.
Forget caramel eggs—Louisiana is all about that classic Cadbury creme egg.
Scoff all you want, but Maine residents aren’t afraid to share their love for Peeps.
Maryland residents are on the right track with their love of eggs—here are 17 Surprising Side Effects Of Eating Eggs Every Day.
These sugar-coated marshmallow treats are a delicacy in Massachusetts.
Now, we’re getting to the good stuff. Michigan will happily bypass regular jellybeans and the Starburst variety in favor of the SweeTARTS version.
Minnesotans like to have a little fun decorating hard-boiled eggs for Easter.
The ultimate Easter basket staple, the Cadbury Creme Egg, strikes again.
Don’t even try to put regular jelly beans in an Easter basket in Missouri.
Who can resist that chewy center?
Prefer soft-boiled eggs to hard-cooked ones? Here’s How To Make the Jammiest Soft-Boiled Eggs.
We just can’t seem to escape these chick-shaped monstrosities.
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New Yorkers are never ones for following the crowd, so it’s no surprise that the more niche Kinder Easter eggs have a special popularity in the Big Apple.
The Old North State has a soft spot for marshmallow Peeps.
North Dakotans know the value of a good Easter egg decorating contest.
Don’t show up to an Easter gathering in Ohio with regular jelly beans! Only Starburst jelly beans will do.
Did you know there are Hot Tamales flavored Peeps, too?
If you really want to celebrate Easter in style, go for a solid chocolate bunny instead of a hollow one.
White chocolate eggs may not be the most traditional, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious.
Rhode Island is another state where Peeps reign supreme.
They’re always watching you, until you bite their heads off.
No Easter basket in South Dakota is complete without a Cadbury egg.
Somehow, making jelly beans out of this chewy candy just works.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the state’s love for white chocolate Easter eggs.
Utah residents are sure to hard boil eggs before decorating them for Easter.
Vermont residents know that hard-boiled, decorated eggs make a perfect Easter breakfast.
Virginia is another state that marks the Easter season by chomping on bunny-shaped chocolate.
Don’t forget the egg dyeing kit!
Jelly beans are all the rage in West Virginia.
Hard-boiled eggs and Wisconsin cheese make a delicious pair.
Wyoming was the only state that specifically searched for “mini eggs.” Aw!