Whether you're a foodie or a football fanatic, everyone can agree that the Super Bowl wouldn't be the Super Bowl without . After all, what fun would it be to scream at the TV without a nearby bowl of chips and or a platter of to nosh on between plays?
Speaking of chicken wings, the appetizer brings another question to the table—aside from which team will win on Sunday. The question at hand? Wet or dry rub; or baked; buffalo or salt and pepper. Yes, you got that right. We're talking chicken wing preferences. In fact, according to Google Trends, your favorite chicken wing flavors and styles may be as polarizing as your favorite football team! The search engine revealed the most uniquely searched chicken wing types in every state ahead of the
There are classics, like hot and , and newcomers, like and cauliflower wings, on the map ahead. While the data showed that many Google users like to spice things up, there are also plenty of mild flavors like salt and vinegar and . And, of course, there are outliers, like Chinese chicken, which is the wing preference of Massachusetts!
Overall, there are both surprising and not-so-surprising insights on this map of chicken wing types. Keep on reading to see if your home state's wing preferences matches your own. You might just find inspiration to try a new flavor or way of cooking chicken wings for this year's Super Bowl!
To start, let's break down the different categories of game-day chicken wing flavors and styles. According to Google, there are five categories: wet, fried/air fried, dry rub, baked/smoked, and other. As for the wing flavors, there are salt and pepper, lemon pepper, salt and vinegar, hot, buffalo, and .
Fried/air-fried took first place, ranking highest in 16 states. In particular, that includes fried or air-fried buffalo wings in several East Coast states, like Rhode Island, New York, and Virginia. Surprisingly, more states, including Wyoming, North Dakota, and Vermont, preferred the healthier frying method. Coming in second place to fried/air fried is baked/smoked. The last three categories, wet, dry rub, and other are tied in third place with eight states each. The states that uniquely searched for wet (and hot) chicken wings ahead of the Super Bowl are all in the South, including Ree’s home state of Oklahoma.
On the other hand, for those who are fans of a dry rub, you’ll want to consider taking a trip to one of the coastal capitals of the country. Dry salt and pepper took top honors in California, dry salt and vinegar in Washington and Hawaii, and dry lemon pepper in Florida, Maryland, and Alaska. Other notable wing types on the map include crispy chicken in Maine, garlic parmesan in Connecticut, and cauliflower wings in Montana and Colorado.
Having discovered your state's choice, do you agree? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Then, if you’re in the mood to spice things up, test out some new chicken wing recipes ahead of your , like or !