January 6, 2017
We know, we know: you scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream — but guess what? When it comes to specific Ben & Jerry’s flavors, nearly every city across the country yodels a different tune!
That’s right, folks — we did a little research to see what flavors each city spoons up most enthusiastically (compared to the national average), and we uncovered a few surprises. So before you take a peek at this cool map we made to see what flavor tops the charts in your city, take a quick guess about your hometown’s preferences. (Go on; we’ll wait.)
Whaddya think? Is your city leading the nation in Chubby Hubby? Driven by Blondie Ambition? Got a seriously sweet Core to contend with? Here’s the flavor-by-flavor breakdown to each city’s favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor.
Swing, batta, batta! We could argue that the reason Bostonians eat 8.5 times the national average of Cake Batter is due to their undying support of the Boston Red Sox—but really, we’re pretty sure it’s the similarity to Boston Cream Pie that has the locals going loco for this flavor. (Just don’t tell them that their signature “pie” is actually cake…or that Ben & Jerry’s already has that one covered.)
When you live on the edge of a massive lake that turns into a sheet of ice for several months of the year, you learn to be open-minded about all things frozen — which may be why Windy City residents have gone nuts for our new Chunky Monkey Non-Dairy. (Cuz everyone should have an opportunity to embrace the cold, right?)
There’s an ongoing debate over whether or not Ohio is considered part of the Midwest — which may be why they spoon up 50 percent more Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core than most of the country: It’s half good old-fashioned Heartland (cookies & cream) and half trendy Northeast (cheesecake). And at its core, it’s allllll good.
It doesn’t surprise us in the least that Strawberry Shortcake Greek Frozen Yogurt tops the charts in Denver. A little hippy-ish, a little fruity and a lot creamy — this one was made for the Mile-High City.
Detroit, you really surprised us here. We had you picked for a hardworking, no-frills kinda pint — maybe Chocolate Fudge Brownie? — but you wowed us with a strong showing for Raspberry Fudge Chunk Greek Frozen Yogurt. You go, Detroit.
It makes perfect sense that the state that claims the sour cream-filled Texas sheet cake as its unofficial dessert would go crazy for the creamy, chocolatey Cheesecake Brownie Ben & Jerry’s — and by a whopping 63 percent above the national average! Everything’s bigger in Texas, indeed.
With a nickname like the “Crossroads of America,” we’ll totally stand behind your love of Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core, Indy-dwellers. Sweet, a bit wholesome and good to the core.
We commend you, Jaxsons, for being able to overlook the Great Fire of 1901 (which started in a kitchen!), to stand behind a classic like Cake Batter. We promise not to burn it…
Las Vegas, NV
We may not have the glitter and glitz of your hometown, but at Ben & Jerry’s we’re still applauding the Flavor Guru who decided to buck convention and leave the batter uncooked in Brownie Batter Core. Glad you agree, LV.
Los Angeles, CA
Our hearts got a little melty when we realized that, beneath your celebrities, your sprawling freeways, your Hollywood blockbusters — lies a city that still cherishes a good old-fashioned Banana Split. Ah, nostalgia.
Ok, we admit it: we totally had you picked for Butter Pecan. But you’re dipping a spoon into Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Core 37 percent more often than the rest of the country (falling second only to Columbus). Totally counts as slugging, no?
The Iowa State Fair might get all of the publicity (that butter sculpture though!), but we think the cake bake-off competition at the Wisconsin State Fair might have inspired some of the love for Cake Batter in your fair city.
There’s no judging — but a whole lotta loving — for Chubby Hubby in your city. Hey, gotta stay warm during those long, cold winters somehow, right?
Nashville, you know all it takes is some crooning — and some spooning — to get by, particularly when you’re dipping into a creamy, fruity pint of Strawberry Cheesecake. (Tunes out, spoons out, Nash.)
New Orleans, LA
Where the jazz is smooth, the ice cream must be smoother — which explains New Orleans’ dedication to Triple Caramel Chunk. Even those fudge-covered caramel chunks go down the Big Easy!
New York, NY
If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. But first you’re gonna need a spoonful of talent — and a whole lotta Blondie Ambition. And you’ve got that one covered at 12.5 times the national average! (Overachievers.)
Oklahoma City, OK
Peanut butter is totally comfort food, so we’re guessing it’s all OK in OK when the Peanut Butter World comes out.
Philadelphia Eagles fans know that fall = football season. And that pumpkins = fall. And fall in Philadelphia = about five times the national consumption of Pumpkin Cheesecake. Good gourd!
With your sunshine-packed climate, it’s no wonder you love to spoon up Strawberry Shortcake Greek Frozen Yogurt by the pint-full, Phoenix. Is that why everyone’s moving there these days?
Portland, OR and San Diego, CA
We hate to break it to you, Portland and San Diego — but you’ve got an ice-cream crush on an East Coast kinda flavor. It’s ok, though; we’ll keep the Boston Cream Pie coming just as long as you need it.
San Francisco, CA
OK, San Fran: we know you’ve had to share Cherry Garcia with the rest of the country for years, which is why we salute your heartfelt love for Pumpkin Cheesecake. Hey, we didn’t even know fall was a thing in SF — but we’re glad you’re claiming it as your own.
We know, we know. The rain does nothing for your blonde highlights — so we’re stoked to see you scooping up 15 times the national average of Blondie Ambition! Go get ’em, Emerald City.
Yep, the city feels a little empty when the interns leave the Hill. But that doesn’t seem to be stopping any year-round residents from scooping up more than their fair share of Pumpkin Cheesecake during the fall. Gives a whole new meaning to the start of a new season — er, session.
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