These Are America's Favorite Thanksgiving Pies, According to Instacart
What is Thanksgiving without a picture-perfect pie to round out the meal? While turkey is the undisputed focal point of the festive occasion, pie is the sweet note you end on and it's usually one of the last things your guests enjoy before they switch their focus to the Black Friday rush and the winter holidays.
As it turns out, not all Thanksgiving pies are created equal, at least not according to Instacart. The grocery delivery company recently shared its annual Turkey Day Exposé, which breaks down dozens of ordering trends leading up to the last Thursday in November. Per the report, which gathered intel from recent Instacart surveys among more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll, Americans are more than ready to celebrate Thanksgiving after last year's COVID-19-related break.
While the data shows that turkey reigns supreme, with 68 percent of respondents saying they plan to purchase a large or average-sized bird, the intel around Thanksgiving side dishes was a bit more enlightening. For starters, there are clear favorites, including cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. On the other hand, some of the least popular Turkey Day dishes include candied yams and green bean casserole.
And as you may have guessed, there's an entire chunk of data devoted entirely to pie. Not only does the report include a list of America's favorite Thanksgiving pies (more on that below), but it also includes info on which states are most likely to bake a homemade pie, and which are more inclined to buy a pre-made treat. While Florida was the glaring exception (isn't it always?), eastern states overwhelmingly prefer homemade pies, while their counterparts farther west tend to purchase pies that have already been made.
The list includes many of the usual suspects, but sweet potato pie and a handful of other seasonal choices didn't manage to make the cut. Curious to know if your go-to Thanksgiving pie is one of America's favorites? Keep reading to find out which Thanksgiving pies Americans can't live without!