This Map Shows the Most Popular Ice Cream Flavors Across the Country

You'll never guess what state loves rum raisin ice cream.

We all scream for ice cream, but state-by-state, we’re screaming for some very different flavors. In honor of National Ice Cream Day, grocery delivery service Instacart scooped up some statistics on our favorite ice cream flavors by state.

It’s worth mentioning that vanilla accounts for more than a quarter (26.2%) of all ice cream sales in the U.S., so it was left out of the roundup. The Instacart survey measured which non-vanilla flavor in each state is purchased most often, compared to the national average.

What Are America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors By State?

Moose Tracks, a vanilla ice cream dotted with peanut butter cups and fudge, was the top flavor in 12 states, more than any other flavor. That’s kind of an amoose-ing statistic!

After that, there was a four-way tie for the second most popular flavor: rocky road ice cream, green tea ice cream, coffee ice cream and birthday cake ice cream.

Look at the map to see if your state’s favorite flavor lines up with your preferences. If not, hey, who wants to go along with the crowd, anyway? Plus, look on the bright side. There might be more of your fave flavor if it’s not super popular where you live.

The Flavors We Didn’t Expect

Three states were all alone in their choice of fave flavor. Delaware picked cherry, Pennsylvania went for mint chip and New Mexico chose chocolate chocolate chip.

Surprisingly, green tea ice cream topped the list in five western states: Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Colorado.

Then, over in Florida and Georgia, residents can’t stop buying rum raisin ice cream. This flavor has an intriguing history. The repeal of Prohibition in 1933 meant cooks could now freely add spirits to desserts, and this flavor is based on a Sicilian recipe mixing rum-soaked Malaga raisins into vanilla gelato.

The tropical taste of mango ice cream is a favorite in Hawaii, which makes sense. But mango ice cream also tops the list in the District of Columbia, a place that isn’t quite so tropical.

Shocked by your state’s Instacart favorite? You can also scoop up this list of the most iconic ice-cream flavor in each state.

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is a journalist and pop-culture junkie, and the co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?" and "The Totally Sweet '90s." She's hosted podcasts, won national headline awards, edited travel books and covered television, movies, travel and books for NBC News Digital, as well as tech and pop culture news for CNET.com, food news for The Daily Meal, and business news for Inc. and Money Talks News. She is a weblog pioneer who began blogging in 1999. Her specialties include generational analysis and retro and pop-culture news.