What in the world are we eating? Food faves from Alabama to Australia

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  • If we’re going to crunch numbers, we’re going to crunch ones related to fun stuff—like food and booze. Who put Coca-Cola in their meatballs? WTF is survival bread? Who’s still drinking Peach Schnapps? Read on for answers to these questions, and more.

    One nation, under food

    Americans like to eat. A lot. In fact, food is our #1 category with over 15 billion ideas, and every month, 150 million people come to Pinterest. So what’s everyone hungry for?

    We chewed through the food ideas people saved in each state to see what’s over-indexing relative to the rest of the country. Here are a few *highly scientific* insights:

    • An unexpected ingredient is popping up in ArkansasCoca-Cola (try the meatballs, trust us)

    Peach Schnapps tortured everyone in highschool, but apparently Pennsylvania was unaffected

    • Don’t mess with Texas, or a good thing like stuffed avocados

    Colorado, don’t bogart all the carnitas tamale pie, man

    • If SHTF, Alaska will be ready with their stash of survival bread

    • “First cheese, then puppy chow” said a lot of people in Wisconsin

    • We’re getting drunk just thinking about New Jersey and all that sangria

    See the complete U.S. list and recipes

    What about the rest of the world?

    We looked at the food ideas in 16 popular cities around the globe, and the results were not what we expected. Bordeaux can’t get enough krispie treats. Sydney eats a lot of spaghetti squash. Munich loves chicken fried rice.

    See the complete international list and recipes

    Now if you’ll please excuse me, I've got Coca-Cola meatballs to make and Peach Schnapps to drink.

    —Christine Cassis, currently saving ideas to FOOD PORN