I like to look at the most popular books in each state or most popular movie or most popular whatever when I see them on Facebook or on a search engine. I find it very interesting what the compilers of those lists seem to think we Wisconsinites like. I will admit I often disagree with them, but after all, it’s just another person’s opinion. I often wonder who they are asking these questions to as well.
Take for example the list of America’s holiday plates by state, taco dip is our go to choice. No one else got taco dip but us; making us unique again for this type of list. Now I admit I really like taco dip, but Oklahoma got cinnamon rolls – I like cinnamon rolls. Indiana got french toast – I like french toast. I find that mostly I like what other staters like too.
Our most popular Christmas dish is wait for it…Christmas cookies!! We share that with Minnesota and Illinois. Prime rib is popular in South Dakota, Oregon, Wyoming, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa and Montana and I suspect in Wisconsin too even if we didn’t make the list.
Our most popular Thanksgiving food is shrimp; I do like shrimp but I admit this is not my first thought on Thanksgiving. I lean more towards turkey myself, as do people in South Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon. In Minnesota, its green bean casserole. In Georgia, sweet potato casserole. I like those too.
You can even find out what foods people hate. For us in Wisconsin it is Lunchables; Minnesota apparently beans. There is also a grossest food list that only people in that state can’t get enough of. In Florida it’s gater tail; Indiana brain sandwich; and in Kentucky lamb fries.
The most popular food in Wisconsin is the butter burger, which I have to admit are very good. In Indiana, it’s sugar cream pie and in Michigan cherries.
Wisconsin is best known cheese. No surprise to anyone I am sure. Georgia peach cobbler; Iowa corn on the cob; New Mexico green chiles.
As you can see, we in the U.S. love our food. We freely eat favorites from other states and are happy to share our favorites with others.
If you want to try out new dishes for the holidays we have some great books to help you out:
Holiday Cookies: Showstopping Recipes to Sweeten the Season 641.8654 N284h
Places to see what other states love or hate in foods: