This Map Shows Every State’s Favorite Christmas Dessert—Did It Get Yours Right?

We'll take one of each Christmas dessert, please.

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to start baking! If you ask us, winter is all about sharing treasured recipes and delectable desserts with our loved ones. The highlight of a Christmas meal isn’t the roast or turkey—it’s dessert!

Every U.S. state has its own favorite Christmas dessert, according to a study conducted by Zippia with data from Google Search Trends. Take a look at the map—because the most popular dessert definitely surprised us.

What Are the Top 4 Christmas Desserts?

The search data reveals that the top desserts across the nation are…

  1. Cheesecake is cherished in 11 states, including gingerbread cheesecake in Pennsylvania and Oreo cheesecake in Hawaii.
  2. Gingerbread flavors are loved by five states, with traditional treats like gingerbread men and gingerbread cake.
  3. Pudding is popular in four states.
  4. Peppermint is a classic holiday flavor that pops up in four states with recipes like peppermint bark, peppermint chocolate chip cookies and peppermint Kiss cookies.

Psst: We found the best Christmas cookie in every state, too!

What Other Treats Made The List?

We made a handful of holiday discoveries while studying this list. The map shows a couple candy brands in the mix (York Peppermint Patties in Nebraska, Skittles in Washington, Jolly Ranchers in Utah and M&M’s in Alaska).

Then, over in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia, we found big fans of red velvet. And as one would expect, many Americans love indulging in cookies this time of year, too! Delawareans and Vermonters prefer chocolate chip, while South Dakotans snack on sugar cookies and Missourians reach for dairy-free vegan cookies.

The classic candy cane only got the top spot in Idaho. If you live in the Gem State, here are some fun candy cane flavors to hide in your loved ones’ stockings this year.

No matter what sweet treat your state prefers, there’s always plenty of room for dessert, right? The most popular Christmas candy by state might also provide a few helpful ideas to satisfy a sweet tooth.

The Very Best Christmas Desserts
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Ceara Milligan
Ceara “Kiwi” Milligan is a professional marketing strategist and copywriter who is proud to call Milwaukee home. She loves baking, cooking, writing, listening to music, dancing, playing and hosting trivia, watching college basketball (Go Marquette!), telling lame jokes, and petting every dog that crosses her path.