Fries, mashed or baked? What is Massachusetts’ favorite potato dish?

Who doesn’t love a good potato bowl once in a while, Berkshire County? It’s such a simple food, but it can put so many creative and delicious applications. How do you prefer your potatoes? Fried? Baked (with sour cream, melted cheese, butter, and bacon bits)? Boiled (with corned beef and cabbage)? Scalloped (what could be wrong with potatoes and cheese)?

Heck, I even know a few people (just a few) who can eat raw potatoes. That’s probably the only type of potato that No to eat. Regardless of your personal preference for potato goodness, what do you think is the most popular potato dish in Massachusetts?

The team at Verdesian, the nutrient use efficiency company, conducted a study/survey on America’s preferred way to enjoy their potatoes. For the survey, they asked more than 2,000 people across the country about their potato preferences.

They then analyzed Google Trends search interest data for the most popular potato dishes in each and every state. The most popular potato food in the country by a huge margin was… Any guesses? Chips! They were the most popular potato dish in 20 states.

The second most popular potato dish (which is also a favorite in the Bay State)? Mashed potatoes. The mash was the most popular in 13 states. And entering #3? Baked potatoes, which claimed 8 states. I don’t know about you, but I’d be pretty happy with options #1, #2, or #3!

Surprisingly (for me at least), the fries didn’t do as well as I thought they would. I bet if more kids were included in the poll, fries would have won. Also, the tater tots didn’t fare well either. They removed the backs of all the potato dishes used for the study.

There are many more interesting statistics and facts that can be gleaned from the study. Take a few minutes, potato lovers, and see for yourself on the Verdesian website here. “You say po-tay-toe, I say puh-tot-toe, let’s call all the…” Oh, who cares? Let’s eat!

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