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America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors by State

Favorite Ice Creams by State in America

The Scoop on America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavors by State

Summer is in full swing, and that means one thing: ice cream season! As temperatures rise across the country, so do our cravings for that sweet, creamy goodness. And there’s no better time to indulge than during National Ice Cream Month, celebrated every July, with the crown jewel being National Ice Cream Day on July 18. To honor our collective love affair with ice cream, we’ve dived deep into the world of frozen delights, using Instacart’s purchase data to uncover each state’s favorite ice cream flavor.

Vanilla Reigns Supreme, But What About the Rest?

Vanilla may be the undisputed champion, accounting for a whopping 26.2% of all ice cream sales in the United States, but let’s be honest; there’s a whole world of flavors out there waiting to be explored. So, we took it upon ourselves to find out what people are enjoying when they venture beyond vanilla. Here’s what we discovered:

  • Chocolate is a nationwide favorite, with 24 states picking chocolate-based flavors as their top choice. Can you blame them?
  • Hawaii, the land of sunshine and beaches, keeps it tropical with mango ice cream taking the lead. A taste of the islands, anyone?
  • In the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, pistachio reigns supreme. Nutty and delightful!
  • A few states march to their drum, with Delaware choosing cherry, Pennsylvania opting for mint chip, and New Mexico going all-in on chocolate chocolate chip. Unique and delicious choices, we must say!

Unveiling the Favorites

Now, let’s unveil the most popular flavors in each state and even Washington, D.C.:

  • Alabama: Moose Tracks
  • Alaska: Green Tea
  • Arizona: Rocky Road
  • Arkansas: Rainbow Sherbet
  • California: Rocky Road
  • Colorado: Green Tea
  • Connecticut: Pistachio
  • Delaware: Cherry
  • Florida: Rum Raisin
  • Georgia: Rum Raisin
  • Hawaii: Mango
  • Idaho: Green Tea
  • Illinois: Moose Tracks
  • Indiana: Moose Tracks
  • Iowa: Moose Tracks
  • Kansas: Rainbow Sherbet
  • Kentucky: Chocolate Chip
  • Louisiana: Birthday Cake
  • Maine: Coffee
  • Maryland: Cookie Dough
  • Massachusetts: Coffee
  • Michigan: Moose Tracks
  • Minnesota: Moose Tracks
  • Mississippi: Birthday Cake
  • Missouri: Cookie Dough
  • Montana: Rainbow Sherbet
  • Nebraska: Moose Tracks
  • Nevada: Rocky Road
  • New Hampshire: Coffee
  • New Jersey: Pistachio
  • New Mexico: Chocolate Chocolate Chip
  • New York: Pistachio
  • North Carolina: Birthday Cake
  • North Dakota: Moose Tracks
  • Ohio: Chocolate Chip
  • Oklahoma: Cookie Dough
  • Oregon: Green Tea
  • Pennsylvania: Mint Chip
  • Rhode Island: Coffee
  • South Carolina: Moose Tracks
  • South Dakota: Birthday Cake
  • Tennessee: Moose Tracks
  • Texas: Rainbow Sherbet
  • Utah: Rocky Road
  • Vermont: Coffee
  • Virginia: Birthday Cake
  • Washington: Green Tea
  • Washington, D.C.: Mango
  • West Virginia: Moose Tracks
  • Wisconsin: Moose Tracks
  • Wyoming: Rocky Road

A Closer Look at the Coolest Findings

With the help of the Instacart Findings – We couldn’t resist diving deeper into their “scoop” on America’s ice cream preferences. Here’s what they found:

  • A-Moose-ing Dominance: Moose Tracks stands tall as the top ice cream flavor in 12 states. Clearly, people can’t get enough of those delightful mix-ins.
  • A Flavorful Tie: It’s a tight race for second place, with Rocky Road, Green Tea, Coffee, and Birthday Cake all sharing the spotlight as the second most popular flavors. Decisions, decisions!
  • Rum Raisin Rendezvous: Florida and Georgia, closest to the Caribbean vibes, are embracing Rum Raisin with open arms. Ahoy, matey!
  • Tropical Paradise: From Hawaii to Washington, D.C., Mango ice cream reigns supreme, giving us all a taste of paradise.
  • Nutty for Pistachio: The Tri-state area has a thing for Pistachio ice cream. It’s nutty, it’s unique, and it’s delicious.
  • Chocoholics Unite: 24 states in the Midwest and West prefer their ice cream rich and chocolaty. Chocolate lovers, unite!
  • Coffee All Day: The Northeast starts the day with a cup of coffee and ends it with Coffee ice cream. Can you ever have too much coffee? We think not.
  • One-State Wonders: Delaware (Cherry), Pennsylvania (Mint Chip), and New Mexico (Chocolate Chocolate Chip) march to the beat of their ice cream drums.
  • Green Tea Delight: The Northwestern states of Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Alaska, and even Colorado are all about Green Tea ice cream. It’s matcha madness!
  • Rainbow Sherbet Love: Montana, Kansas, Texas, and Arkansas are in the mood for a rainbow party with Rainbow Sherbet ice cream. Taste the rainbow!

So there you have it, a sweet journey through America’s ice cream preferences by state. Whether you’re a die-hard vanilla fan or you like to venture into more exotic flavors, one thing’s for sure: there’s an ice cream flavor for everyone to enjoy this summer. So, grab a scoop, savor the moment, and stay cool! 🍦😎


Results from Instacart July 21, 2021 Study

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