The Most Popular Junk Food in America, New Data Shows

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.

Alabama

Favorite junk food: Ruffles

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

Alaska

fruit nut granola bar

Favorite junk food: Granola bars

Arizona

cheez it original

Favorite junk food: Cheez-It

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Arkansas

doritos

Favorite junk food: Doritos

California

cheetos puffs

Favorite junk food: Cheetos

Colorado

box of cosmic brownies on a white background

Favorite junk food: Cosmic Brownies

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

Connecticut

oreos classic

Favorite junk food: Oreo

Delaware

fritos original corn chips

Favorite junk food: Fritos

Florida

mini doughnuts on white plate with pink background

Favorite junk food: Mini Doughnuts

Georgia

lay's classic chips

Favorite junk food: Lay’s chips

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

Hawaii

oreos

Favorite junk food: Oreo

Idaho

clif bar chocolate chip in packaging

Favorite junk food: Clif Bar

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

Illinois

skinny pop popcorn

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).

Indiana

pringles

Favorite junk food: Pringles

Iowa

pringles

Favorite junk food: Pringles

Kansas

nutter butter

Favorite junk food: Nutter Butter

Kentucky

fritos original corn chips

Favorite junk food: Fritos

Related: 17 Discontinued Chip Flavors We Want Back

Louisiana

chocolate payday

Favorite junk food: PayDay

Maine

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Favorite junk food: Ritz Crackers

Maryland

oreos classic

Favorite junk food: Oreo

Related: Oreo Just Released This New Gluten-Free Product

Massachusetts

crunch bar wrapped

Favorite junk food: Crunch bar

Michigan

sour patch kids package

Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids

Minnesota

snickers bar wrapped

Favorite junk food: Snickers

Mississippi

box of twinkies on white background

Favorite junk food: Twinkies

Related: 25 Classic Foods from the ’80s

Missouri

package of grandma's cookies on white background

Favorite junk food: Grandma’s cookies

Montana

box of rice krispies treats on white background

Favorite junk food: Rice Krispies Treats

Nebraska

fritos original corn chips

Favorite junk food: Fritos

Nevada

kit kat bar wrapped

Favorite junk food: KitKat

Related: 7 Side Effects of Giving Up Chocolate

New Hampshire

almond joy bar on white background

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.

New Jersey

oreos classic

Favorite junk food: Oreo

New Mexico

beef jerky

Favorite junk food: Beef jerky

New York

chips ahoy package

Favorite junk food: Chips Ahoy

North Carolina

one package of starburst candy on white background

Favorite junk food: Starburst

North Dakota

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

Favorite junk food: Sunflower seeds

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

Ohio

one package of starburst candy on white background

Favorite junk food: Starburst

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

Oklahoma

sour patch kids package

Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids

Oregon

kettle brand sea salt potato chips

Favorite junk food: Kettle chips

Pennsylvania

hersheys candy bar wrapped

Favorite junk food: Hershey’s

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

South Carolina

potato chips

Favorite junk food: Salt and vinegar chips

South Dakota

milky way bar wrapped on white background

Favorite junk food: Milky Way

Tennessee

baby ruth candy bar wrapped on white background

Favorite junk food: Baby Ruth

Texas

yellow bag of funyuns onion flavored rings on white background

Favorite junk food: Funyuns

Related: 10 Unhealthiest Food Brands on the Planet

Utah

three musketeers bar wrapped on white background

Favorite junk food: 3 Musketeers

Vermont

chocolate chip muffins

Favorite junk food: Muffins

Related: How to Make Protein Muffins at Home

Virginia

oreos classic

Favorite junk food: Oreo

Washington

cheez it original

Favorite junk food: Cheez-It

West Virginia

lays classic chips

Favorite junk food: Lay’s chips

Wisconsin

twix bar wrapped

Favorite junk food: Twix

Related:  The Classic Candy Bars That Are Terrible for You

Wyoming

sunflower seeds in a wooden spoon on a gray background

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!

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