Football season is almost here (first game is this Thursday night – Bills at the Rams!) and I don’t know about you, Berkshire County, but my favorite snack during the game is a bowl of my favorite chips. immersion.
Now, I prefer things a little spicy, so I’ll usually grab Uncle Ray’s Hot Chips or Utz’s Red Hot Chips. Sometimes I might even snack on Jalapeno Cheddar Cheetos or Flaming Hot Cheetos.
And sometimes when I’m feeling really brave, I’ll indulge my inner demon with Mama Zuma’s Revenge Hot Habanero Chips or Takis Fuego Hot Chili and Lime Tortilla Chips.
However, I understand that I am not normal, so I understand that what I choose to snack on will not be the choice of most snack lovers. For dip, if I’m going with potato chips, it would be onion dip. If I’m going with tortilla chips, it would be the spicy jalapeño cheese dip. Mmm-mmm!
What is your chip and dip of choice? Interestingly, Shane Company (or Shane Co), the largest independent jeweler in the United States, recently conducted a survey of the most popular chips and dips in each state.
Shane Joe did this by looking at the most searched chips and dips by state according to Google Trends. And (this may come as no surprise to many of us Bay State residents) the most popular chip for Massachusetts:
Yessir, Cape Cod Potato Chips are the most popular and they are delicious! If you’re a fan of kettle chips, you certainly know what I’m talking about. I remember when I was growing up, State Line Potato Chips were very popular in Massachusetts. They’re still around, but they seem to be getting harder and harder to find.
The number one most popular chip national It’s technically not even a chip at all. This is a potato crispy:
Yes, I’m sure most of you guessed it when I pointed out that it was one crispy. Pringles Potato Crisps are most popular in the United States as they have the majority of search volume in over 25% of states.
I have to say I was surprised by the 2nd place overall. It’s a chip, but not potato-based. Made from corn:
That’s right, folks. Winning eight states, Tostitos was ranked No. 2 nationally. I should also mention that when I said I was surprised it came in 2nd place, I didn’t mean it as a knock on Tostitos, who I happen to love. I was just waiting for another potato chip Huge in that place. Oh wait, they’re in #3:
Lay’s Potato Chips took 3rd place. Lay’s was the favorite choice mainly among the southern states. The other top vote getters were Ruffles, Cheetos, Miss Vicky’s, Utz, Takis, Zapp’s, and Doritos (which I thought would place higher).
What about dips? What is your favorite? How did your favorite place fare nationally? First off, what’s your guess on Bay Staters’ favorite bottom? I’m the odd man out here because I can’t stand these things(No offense intended to Pea):
Yes, you can have your hummus, thank you. I don’t want any part of it. Now, I will tell you that there are several types of hummus out there, and I haven’t tried them all, but… Yeah, no thanks.
By the way, hummus ranked #2 in the country (See? I told you I was the odd one out there). Actually, the hummus was tied with another dip at No. 2, but we’ll get to that in a second. The #1 most popular dip nationally (most searched for in 15 states) was another dip I wasn’t a fan of:
The guacamole dip was the most requested dip 15 states, including Hawaii!!! Sorry, Hawaii, you’ve lost my respect. A joke. Tied for 2nd place with hummus (each taking 11% of states), my favorites (finally!) were:
Well, whatever you want to call it, spicy cheese dip, chile con queso (that’s what my mom called it when I was a kid and she made it with Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles) or queso blanco dip (traditionally made) with white cheese, so blanco), delicious!
Other popular dips include seven-layer dip, beer cheese dip, and pico de gallo. Believe me, it’s a very interesting question. Check it out for yourself and get more fun facts by visiting Shane Joe’s website here.
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