Want yours to be the most popular Thanksgiving dessert on the table at this year’s gathering? If you want your pie to stand out among all those others, why not bake the most popular type? On Thanksgiving, pumpkin pie may not be your best choice for making a big baking impression.
The Most Popular Pies
How does your favorite slice stack up against the national pick? NPR did their own pie survey to see which baked delight is the top choice among American eaters. The answer may not surprise you. Of all the pies in the world, NPR’s listeners bought apple in stores the most. The next most-popular choices, in order, are pumpkin, cherry, blueberry and Dutch apple. That’s right: apple is so popular, it made the top 5 twice.
More than 14,000 people took the survey. Of them, 17 percent picked apple as their favorite. But the second favorite pie choice is a bit more exotic: strawberry rhubarb. It was a close second to apple, with 16 percent citing it as their favorite. Pumpkin pie, the perennial Thanksgiving pick, came in at 14 percent overall.
Which Thanksgiving Pies Are Tops?
But don’t people want certain flavors in the fall? Does the crisp weather wake up new taste buds that scream for the sweetness of cherry or the creamy flavor of pumpkin? Food Beast rated the most popular Thanksgiving Day pies.
The results are rather surprisingly close to NPR’s survey, showing that Americans like what they like every day of the year. Apple still took the top pie honors, grabbing 20 percent of the vote. Strawberry was the second favorite at 19 percent, with pumpkin a close third at 16 percent. Cherry was the only other pie to get double-digit support, nabbing 13 percent of the vote.
A Slice Above the Rest?
The National Pie Council says that apple is the favorite pie of 36 million Americans. But pumpkin pie probably has a longer history with the country. It was first eaten on Thanksgiving 1623, and back then the filling didn’t come in a convenient can. Pecan is the third most-popular pie, according to their research.
In a survey from Live Science, it wasn’t pecan but chocolate crème that was cited as the third most-popular pie pick, getting 32 percent of the vote (compared to 47 percent for apple and 37 percent for pumpkin).
So which pie should you bake to stand out on the Thanksgiving family buffet? Pick your very best, because a good pie is a good pie in any flavor. But if you happen to have an amazing apple or pumpkin pie recipe, it certainly can’t hurt to go with the popular tastes.