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The Most Popular Junk Food in America, New Data Shows

From chips to candy, these are the most sought-after snack foods in each of the 50 states.
FACT CHECKED BY Faye Brennan

Whether you find yourself grabbing a handful of candy at the movies or making a beeline for the chips at your summer barbecue, everyone has their particular vices when it comes to food. However, as unique as your typical junk food urges may seem to you, your munchies may have more in common with your neighbors than you think.

In honor of National Junk Food Day on July 21, researchers at Zippia, The Career Expert, compiled data from Google Trends to identify the most popular junk food snacks in each of the 50 states.

Read on to discover what folks in your state really reach for when those junk food cravings hit. And for the foods you're definitely better off avoiding, check out the 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

1

Alabama

ruffles original
Courtesy of Ruffles

Favorite junk food: Ruffles

Want to know how your favorite chip stacks up nutritionally? Check out The Best & Worst Chips in 2021—Ranked!

2

Alaska

fruit nut granola bar
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Granola bars

3

Arizona

cheez it original
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Favorite junk food: Cheez-It

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4

Arkansas

doritos
Courtesy of Doritos

Favorite junk food: Doritos

5

California

cheetos puffs
Courtesy of Cheetos

Favorite junk food: Cheetos

6

Colorado

box of cosmic brownies on a white background
Shutterstock / Keith Homan

Favorite junk food: Cosmic Brownies

For some more nostalgic supermarket favorites, check out these 35 Snacks From Your Childhood You Forgot You Loved.

7

Connecticut

oreos classic
Courtesy of Oreo

Favorite junk food: Oreo

8

Delaware

Fritos original corn chips
Courtesy of Fritos

Favorite junk food: Fritos

9

Florida

mini doughnuts on white plate with pink background
Shutterstock / Jennifer Gauld

Favorite junk food: Mini Doughnuts

10

Georgia

Lay's classic chips
Courtesy of Lay's

Favorite junk food: Lay's chips

Related: What Happens to Your Body When You Eat a Bag of Chips

11

Hawaii

Oreos
Courtesy of Oreo

Favorite junk food: Oreo

12

Idaho

clif bar chocolate chip in packaging
Courtesy of Clif Bar

Favorite junk food: Clif Bar

Related: There Are 50 CLIF Bars, And Nutritionists Only Recommend These 5

13

Illinois

skinny pop popcorn
Courtesy of Skinny Pop

Favorite junk food: Skinny Pop

For some better-for-you popcorn you can make at home, check out the 9 Healthiest Microwave Popcorn Brands (& The Bags to Skip).

14

Indiana

pringles
Courtesy of Pringles

Favorite junk food: Pringles

15

Iowa

pringles
Courtesy of Pringles

Favorite junk food: Pringles

16

Kansas

nutter butter
Courtesy of Nutter Butter

Favorite junk food: Nutter Butter

17

Kentucky

Fritos original corn chips
Courtesy of Fritos

Favorite junk food: Fritos

Related: 17 Discontinued Chip Flavors We Want Back

18

Louisiana

chocolate payday
Courtesy of PayDay

Favorite junk food: PayDay

19

Maine

Courtesy of Ritz

Favorite junk food: Ritz Crackers

20

Maryland

oreos classic
Courtesy of Oreo

Favorite junk food: Oreo

Related: Oreo Just Released This New Gluten-Free Product

21

Massachusetts

crunch bar wrapped
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Crunch bar

22

Michigan

sour patch kids package
Courtesy of Sour Patch Kids

Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids

23

Minnesota

snickers bar wrapped
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Snickers

24

Mississippi

box of twinkies on white background
Shutterstock / Sheila Fitzgerald

Favorite junk food: Twinkies

Related: 25 Classic Foods from the '80s

25

Missouri

package of grandma's cookies on white background
Shutterstock / Keith Homan

Favorite junk food: Grandma's cookies

26

Montana

box of rice krispies treats on white background
Courtesy of Rice Krispies Treats

Favorite junk food: Rice Krispies Treats

27

Nebraska

Fritos original corn chips
Courtesy of Fritos

Favorite junk food: Fritos

28

Nevada

kit kat bar wrapped
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: KitKat

Related: 7 Side Effects of Giving Up Chocolate

29

New Hampshire

almond joy bar on white background
Courtesy of Hersheys

Favorite junk food: Almond Joy

Worried your favorite candy bar is doing harm to your health? Check out The Classic Candy Bars That Are Terrible For You.

30

New Jersey

oreos classic
Courtesy of Oreo

Favorite junk food: Oreo

31

New Mexico

beef jerky
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Beef jerky

32

New York

chips ahoy package
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Chips Ahoy

33

North Carolina

one package of starburst candy on white background
Courtesy of Starburst

Favorite junk food: Starburst

34

North Dakota

wooden bowl of sunflower seeds on piece of burlap next to two wooden spoons
Shutterstock / chanwangrong

Favorite junk food: Sunflower seeds

But we wouldn't necessarily call this junk food. Sunflower seeds can be good for you!

35

Ohio

one package of starburst candy on white background
Courtesy of Starburst

Favorite junk food: Starburst

Related: Starbursts, Jell-O, and 3,000+ Other Foods Contain This Harmful Chemical, Study Finds

36

Oklahoma

sour patch kids package
Courtesy of Sour Patch Kids

Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids

37

Oregon

kettle brand sea salt potato chips
Courtesy of Kettle Chips

Favorite junk food: Kettle chips

38

Pennsylvania

hersheys candy bar wrapped
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Hershey's

39

Rhode Island

box of ritz crackers on white background

Favorite junk food: Ritz Crackers

Related: We Tasted 9 Popular Crackers and These Are the Best

40

South Carolina

potato chips
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Salt and vinegar chips

41

South Dakota

milky way bar wrapped on white background
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Milky Way

42

Tennessee

baby ruth candy bar wrapped on white background
Courtesy of Baby Ruth

Favorite junk food: Baby Ruth

43

Texas

yellow bag of funyuns onion flavored rings on white background
Courtesy of Funyuns

Favorite junk food: Funyuns

Related: 10 Unhealthiest Food Brands on the Planet

44

Utah

three musketeers bar wrapped on white background
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: 3 Musketeers

45

Vermont

chocolate chip muffins
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Favorite junk food: Muffins

Related: How to Make Protein Muffins at Home

46

Virginia

oreos classic
Courtesy of Oreo

Favorite junk food: Oreo

47

Washington

cheez it original
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Cheez-It

48

West Virginia

Lays classic chips
Courtesy of Lay's

Favorite junk food: Lay's chips

49

Wisconsin

twix bar wrapped
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Twix

Related:  The Classic Candy Bars That Are Terrible for You

50

Wyoming

Sunflower seeds in a wooden spoon on a gray background
Shutterstock

Favorite junk food: Sunflower seeds

For more regional favorites from your neck of the woods, check out The Best Summer Food in Every State, and for the latest healthy living news delivered to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter!

Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more