My Kind of Pie Chart

        Pie Pie Chart by Robyn Lee via Serious Eats

We find ourselves in the midst of a pie resurgence.

Pie consumption has risen steadily for nearly a decade. We’re eating pie in restaurants and cafés, buying pie fresh from the bakery and frozen from the supermarket. Fruit pies, cream pies, nut pies, custard pies— we like all kinds of pie.

Pie is a slice of Americana. It’s edible nostalgia. Seniors and baby boomers never lost a taste for it, and younger generations are drawn to its simplicity and authenticity. It’s straightforward value in a wayward economy. And if you have it a la mode, you’re getting away with two desserts in one.

Apple pie is the perennial, overwhelming favorite. But there are plenty of shockers in Schwan’s (makers of Mrs. Smith’s frozen pies) Pie Slice of Life Survey (the corresponding favorite pie pie chart is found below). Pumpkin makes a mind-boggling appearance in second place, while cherry pie is relegated to a middling fourth place. Key lime and peach, the southern states’ favorites, both had strong showings. But where’s the strawberry-rhubarb? Banana cream? Anything from the custard family?


Links for the pie lover:

You don’t have to agree with the survey to show your love for America’s favorite pie with an Apple Pi decal.

We have Luxirare to thank for the pastry insanity that is Pie Pops.

Is pie the new wedding cake?

Looking for some really good pie? Click on your state to find pie recommendations and reviews submitted by the discerning members of the Pie-of-the-Month Club.

Map  of the U.S.

Fighting the good fight:

The American Pie Council works tirelessly to raise awareness, enjoyment, and consumption of pie. It is the only organization committed to preserving America’s pie heritage and promoting American’s love affair with pies.

The American Pie Council is currently accepting applications to volunteer at next year’s Great American Pie Festival. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and entry to the Never Ending Pie Buffet.


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