What Are The Most Popular Pies Across the United States?

Happy March 14, or rather, happy Pi Day, the annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). The day is observed every year on this date because 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant figures of π.

While we typically stick to Tennessee sports betting here at BetTennessee.com, we decided to have some fun with this year's edition of Pi Day. But don't worry, this won't require a calculator. 

Instead, BetTennessee.com utilized foodandwine.com & poshmark.com to determine the favorite pies of all 50 U.S. states. (Yes, though traditionally correlated with the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle, Americans found a way to tie the Greek symbol into a food reference).

Apple was the clear favorite, while the remaining states were broken down into 3 separate categories. Read on to find out more.

Which Pies are Favorites Among The States?

Pie Base States Percentage
Apple1734%
Fruit (non-Apple)1734%
Pumpkin818%
Other714%

Apple In At No. 1, But Not In Tennessee

Coming in as the favorite pie across the U.S. was apple, which had 17 total states vote for it as No. 1, good for 34% of votes. (Something to note: Other fruit pies combined garnered 17 total states as well, but we are giving apple pie the belt for distinguishing itself from the fruit pie branch, according to voters).

According to backthenhistory.com, the apple pie owes its history to European colonists, specifically those who touched down in Jamestown and brought European apple tree cuttings and seeds with them on their journey. The site also credits both World Wars for "catapulting the humble apple pie into the national consciousness as a symbol of American patriotism and nationalism."

While apple is the national favorite, a different pie reigns supreme in Tennessee. And no, it is not pecan! 

The most popular pie in Tennessee is none other than a fudge pie, with residents of The Big Bend State favoring their sweet tooth when they took to the polls. 

And if this piece has made you crave a little desert, the Nashville Tennessean named the fudge pie at Julia's HomeStyle Bakery in Murfreesboro as the No. 1 spot for your fudge fix. The paper writes, "Staffers here say 50 percent of customers walk out with a full or mini fudge pie, and with good reason. Thick, creamy, chocolaty, with a light, flaky crust, it melts in your mouth."

So there you have it. Next time you find yourself in Tennessee, you may want to pop into Julia's and see what everyone is talking about.

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Thomas Leary is a news editor and writer for BetTennesseecom. He previously spent six years at Sports Business Journal, where he helped identify emerging sectors across sports business, such as legalized gambling, and helped launch a digital newsletter division. Thomas lives in Charlotte, N.C.