These Are The States That Buy the Most Chicken Wings Leading Up to Super Bowl Sunday, According to Instacart

Who knew?!

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Chicken wings are delicious any time of the year, but there's something about eating them while watching a football game, especially the Super Bowl, that's incredibly satisfying. In fact, Super Bowl Sunday, which falls on February 13 this year, is chicken wings' time to shine. According to Instacart's recently released Snacktime Report, there are some states that have a stronger affinity for the beloved finger food than others, and they tend to be located in the Northeast and the South.

Per the 2021 data, the number of Instacart orders containing chicken wings doubled during the week leading up to game day. This translates to 1 in 25 customers purchasing chicken wings prior to kickoff. What's more? An Instacart survey found that Americans also have strong preferences regarding exactly how their game day wings are prepared.

For example, 33 percent of respondents prefer fried wings over baked, which got 23 percent of the vote, while 39 percent of those surveyed enjoy a mix of both. Additionally, people prefer sauced (28 percent) over seasoned wings (20 percent), but a whopping 48 percent would rather enjoy a combination of the two. And while boneless wings have become increasingly popular over the years, 65 percent of those who plan to watch the Los Angeles Rams take on the Cincinnati Bengals agree that wings without bones are nothing more than "glorified chicken nuggets." Ouch!

So which state is the most wing-obsessed? Keep reading to find out!

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Maryland

In first place is Maryland, where one out of 17 carts (or roughly 6 percent of carts) contained chicken wings. For context, that's 60 percent higher than Maryland's yearly average.

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Mississippi

The Magnolia state came in second, with 5.7 percent of users purchasing chicken wings. Instacart's data also found that people in Southern states are more likely to dip their wings in ranch dressing than those living in the Northeast.

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Connecticut

It's a tie! Like Mississippi, 5.7 percent of carts in Connecticut contained chicken wings in 2021.

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Georgia

Last year, 5.2 percent of shopping carts in the Peach State contained chicken wings in the week leading up to the Super Bowl.

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New Jersey

And last but not least, 5.1 percent of shopping carts in New Jersey included chicken wings in the days before the 2021 Super Bowl. Speaking of the Northeast, Instacart's intel also revealed that those who live in that portion of the country are more likely than any other region to say they would prefer to dip their wings in blue cheese dressing.

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