HIGH POINT, NC (WGHP) – A High Point University poll says you have an eye for a specific holiday cake, and it’s got our taste buds tempted to question your choice.
In a survey of 1,015 North Carolina adults conducted Nov. 10-17, exactly 1 in 4 respondents (25%) said pumpkin pie was their favorite holiday pie.
That’s right, using online polls and condiments with the usual data weights, HPU says the light orange mix, which some serve with whipped cream, is the favorite.
According to the HPU, the plus/minus on this poll is about 3.2 percentage points, but there really was no doubt: the second choice at the dessert table was pecan at 17%, followed by sweet potatoes – we’d argue this is almost the same as pumpkin – with 16% and All-American apple (15%).
The HPU declared Pumpkin the winner for the second year in a row, but all of this made us wonder if there were other polls on this topic like there are for college football and basketball. The media and trainers are also sure to disagree about the best holiday cake.
So we looked through the menu on Google and our search returned 41.3 million answers. That’s a lot of flavors.
So we just picked a few that seemed to be the most popular (but we don’t vouch for the methodology in any of those rankings). We might guess that in some cases they are apples and oranges, but these are more likely apples and pumpkins. And many other things:
- Insider says the top 3 are apple, pecan and pumpkin.
- Venerable Real Simple Magazine kept very simple: Pumpkin, apple and pecan.
- Base prices pumpkin first with a whopping 34%, followed by apple and pecan.
- A place called Spoon University – that should pack a punch, right? – rank apple, peach and pumpkin.
- The Daily Meal liked pecans bestbut then went off the grid for chocolate chess and sour cherry amaretto.
- Country Living Magazine touted the making of the perfect pie batter and then ranked it Brule’ed Pumpkin PieGerman chocolate cake and brown butter apple pie as the top 3, although we wonder where in the country anyone knows how to make brûlée.
- The editorial team Delish opted for cranberry pie as first choice, followed by pumpkin and something called no-bake banana caramel pecan pie.
- An outlet called Insanely Good Recipes might be aptly named — the “crazy” part — because it chose ground beef first. We’d argue that stuff doesn’t even qualify. Pumpkin and pecan were next.
- A blogger named Katie at Wilton Cakes ranked #1 sweet potato pie, followed by a Kentucky bourbon pie and classic pumpkin.
- not to be surpassed The pioneer chose Mississippi Mud Pie as #1, followed by pecan pie bars and oreo pie. You had to get to #8 to find a perennial — apple — and pecan was #11, followed by Another apple recipe and then Another pecan. Pumpkin Cream Pie (no need to put the spritz on it) was number 15.
- Living in the Midwest went with chocolate cream as a favorite, followed by something called “Pecan’t Pie,” which substitutes pretzels for the nuts and reduces deadly allergies. A more traditional “black pecan” was #8. Pumpkin chiffon and roasted marshmallow sweet potatoes also made the list.
The HPU survey did not include exotic concoctions. The top 4 were followed by chocolate (9%), cherry (5%), blueberry (2%), peach (3%) and strawberry (2%). The best choice might be the 3% who said “unsure” because of course there are too many options.
Up to this point, Insanely Good Recipes took its lead from ground beef and had by far the most creative top 10which included sugar cane tart (actually the fourth) as well as macadamia nut tart, German chocolate tart, treacle tart (our treacle tree was bare this year), eggnog tart, hazelnut tart and salted caramel tart.
These sounded more like a mix of the seasonal lineups at Starbucks and Ben & Jerry’s.