The Top 5 Most Popular Pies in America, Just-In-Time for Pi Day

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When given a choice of pretty much any dessert vs. pie, I will always choose pie. The delightful buttery piecrust combined with a sweet filling is just pure magic. With fruit pies, cream pies, nut pies, and more—there are endless flavor options to serve for Pi Day (March 14), Thanksgiving, and beyond. I've even been known to request pie in favor of cake on my birthday. Instacart recently determined which pie flavors reigned supreme in each state. The clear winner for the United States as a whole was (not surprisingly) apple pie with more than 27% of sales going to the traditional flavor. Breaking down the numbers further via state, however, revealed more delicious preferences.

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The Most Popular Pie Flavors By State

America purchased more than 3.6 million pies through the online grocery service last year. There were 13 unique pie flavors reported by Instacart based on sales between February 2021 and January 2022. Here's a deeper dive into the top five.

5. Blueberry Pie

With wild blueberries hailing from Maine, it's only fair that the New England states would claim blueberry pie as their top flavor. These states love blueberry pie the most:

  • Maine

  • Massachusetts

  • New Hampshire

  • Rhode Island

4. Pecan Pie

Is it pi-ˈkän or pē-ˌkan? No matter how you say it, this gooey, nutty pie is most loved in the South. These states are buying pecan pie the most:

  • Louisiana

  • Mississippi

  • North Carolina

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

3. Apple Pie

There's something about a slice of old-fashioned apple pie (with ice cream, of course!). I'm all for keeping things classic and so are these states:

  • Connecticut

  • Maryland

  • Nebraska

  • Pennsylvania

  • Washington, D.C.

Related: 14 Apple Pie Desserts That Aren't Actually Pie

2. Pumpkin Pie

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a slice of pumpkin pie. I'm sure states across the country are baking them around the holidays, but these nine states raked in the purchases via their online grocer:

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Hawaii

  • Idaho

  • Montana

  • Nevada

  • New Mexico

  • South Dakota

  • Utah

1. Cherry Pie

As a proud Midwesterner, I'm thrilled that one of my favorite pie flavors landed in the top spot for a large part of the central United States. The perfectly sweet-tart flavor of cherries is just amazing with every bite of flaky crust. Here are the 11 states that are buying cherry pie the most:

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Michigan

  • Missouri

  • Ohio

  • Oklahoma

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

Related: Our Ultimate List of Best Pie Recipes for Your Most Unforgettable Slice Yet

Whether your state matched your favorite pie flavor or not, there's a good chance you're craving pie right now. Work on your pastry technique with our Test Kitchen's tips for making the perfect piecrust. Then create a delicious cream pie, fruit pie, or even savory pie to serve the family.