Instacart Shares the Most Uniquely Popular Pie in Each State in Honor of Pi Day

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Happy (almost) Pi Day! In honor of the March 14 holiday, which is the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π, Instacart has released some interesting data about the other kind of pie—the one you can eat.

More specifically, the grocery delivery platform recently shared a list of the most uniquely popular pies in each state. The intel was compiled using purchase data between February 2021 and January 2022 to determine which pie in each state had the highest share over the national average, and the results were somewhat surprising. For example, while seasonal favorites like apple pie and pecan pie made the cut, they didn't manage to take top honors in the highest number of states across the country. Additionally, lesser known sweets like marionberry pie and banana cream pie were able to eke out a handful of wins in the Northwest and Midwest, respectively.

Given that Instacart sold more than 3.6 million pies last year, there's no better time to take a peek at this pie-focused data. Keep reading to discover which pies were crowned the most uniquely popular desserts across the country!

01 of 07

Cherry pie

Sour Cherry and Cranberry Slab Pie
Roland Bello

This sweet and tart pie was the most uniquely searched treat in 11 states—more than any other dessert—including Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri. While you can eat cherry pie year-round, it's especially delicious in the summer, which coincides with the cherry harvest.

02 of 07

Pumpkin pie

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Greg DuPree

While cherry pie proved to be overwhelmingly popular in states closer to the East Coast, the West Coast is seemingly filled with pumpkin pie fans. The pie, which is a Thanksgiving and fall favorite, took top honors in nine states, including California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. Try this Maple Pumpkin Pie recipe if you're craving more than one fall flavor, or the above no-bake version, which doesn't require an oven.

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03 of 07

Apple pie

Apple Pie

The American classic surprisingly came in third place, after taking the top spot in four states—Connecticut, Maryland, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania—as well as Washington, D.C. When baking an apple pie, try to use apples that can take the heat without losing their shape or bold flavor. We like Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Braeburn apples. For more info, check out this guide to the best types of apples for making apple pie.

04 of 07

Pecan pie

pecan pie
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It's a tie! While apple pie is a hit in the Northeast, southerners love pecan pie. The nutty dessert—another Turkey Day staple—was the favorite pie among people living in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Before you whip up a pecan pie of your own, be sure you know how to tell if your dessert is done. It's trickier than you might think!

05 of 07

Blueberry pie

Blueberry Pie
Charles Masters

Wild blueberries are native to Maine, so it's no surprise that the bright blue pie earned the top spot in the Polar Star State. Blueberry pie, a beloved summer dessert, was also the most popular pie choice in neighboring Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Make the most of your blueberry haul courtesy of these scrumptious blueberry sweet treats.

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06 of 07

Key lime pie

Toasted-Coconut Key Lime Pie Recipe
Greg DuPree

Florida—the home of Key limes—named this citrus-forward pie its top pick, along with nearby states Alabama and South Carolina. This frozen version also uses condensed coconut milk, shredded coconut, and a coconut cookie crust, which gives the pie an extra tropical twist.

07 of 07

Chocolate pie

Chocolate Cream Pie
Garnish with freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings for an elegant presentation. Get the recipe: Chocolate Cream Pie. Paul Sirisalee

Sure, chocolate is popular, but chocolate pie was the final pie to take the top spot in three states. In this case, it was Arkansas, Vermont, and Virginia. This chilled pie is made with semisweet chocolate and a store-bought pie crust, and boasts a homemade whipped cream topping.

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