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Favorite Christmas treats across each state
Photograph: Zippia

This map highlights the most popular Christmas treat in each state

Cheesecake for all!

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

Although mashed potatoes reign supreme when it comes to Thanksgiving side dishes, Americans gravitate towards cheesecake come Christmas—at least according to Google.

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Career site Zippia crunched the numbers on this one: looking at Google Trends, the company examined over 40 classic Christmas treats (cake! Candy! Cookies!) and determined which one is searched for disproportionately across states.

You can check out the full map above and, below, find a state-by-state breakdown. But, before you do that, let us highlight some pretty standout findings. For example: 20 states prefer cakes over anything else while 12 look for candy and 10 opt for cookies; Missouri interestingly searches for "vegan Christmas cookies" more than any other state; North Dakota is the only fan of peanut butter blossoms and both North Carolina and South Carolina go nuts for fruitcake (pretty odd choice, if you ask us).

One more thing: the folks behind the study counted hot chocolate as a snack—Arizona's favorite treat, apparently. Let us know how you feel about that.

Fair warning before you peruse through the state-by-state breakdown: your sweet tooth is about to call out to you.

Alabama: Red velvet cake
Alaska: M&Ms
Arizona: Hot chocolate
Arkansas: Cheesecake
California: Peppermint chocolate chip cookies
Colorado: Gingerbread Cake
Connecticut: Cheesecake
Delaware: Chocolate chip cookie
Florida: Cheesecake
Georgia: Red velvet pound cake
Hawaii: Oreo Cheesecake
Idaho: Candy cane
Illinois: Chocolate santas
Indiana: Pudding
Iowa: Oreo balls
Kansas: Cinnamon Roll
Kentucky: Pudding
Louisiana: Pudding
Maine: Chocolate truffles
Maryland: Gingerbread Cake
Massachusetts: Christmas Trifle
Michigan: Cheesecake
Minnesota: Peppermint kiss cookies
Mississippi: Red velvet cake
Missouri: Vegan Christmas cookies
Montana: Yule Log Cake
Nebraska: York Peppermint Pattie
Nevada: Cheesecake
New Hampshire: Gingerbread man
New Jersey: Chocolate Santas
New Mexico: Cheesecake
New York: Cheesecake
North Carolina: Fruitcake
North Dakota: Peanut butter blossoms
Ohio: Cheesecake
Oklahoma: Cheesecake
Oregon: Peppermint bark
Pennsylvania: Gingerbread Cheesecake
Rhode Island: Christmas Trifle
South Carolina: Fruitcake
South Dakota: Sugar cookie
Tennessee: Pudding
Texas: Peppermint chocolate chip cookies
Utah: Jolly Rancher
Vermont: Chocolate chip cookie
Virginia: Gingerbread man
Washington: Skittles
West Virginia: Fudge
Wisconsin: Andes Peppermint
Wyoming: Egg Nog 

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