If there’s one objective truth among men and women, it’s that cheese is Gouda for the soul. But which of America’s states is cheese’s biggest fan? Pinterest compiled data to find the most and least cheesiest states based on user data. We’re surprised that Wisconsin did not crack the top 10, but the cheesiest state is Mississippi; the least cheesy is Hawaii.
Pinterest also compiled the most-searched and most-pinned cheese-based recipes from each state — regardless of their lactose love (or lack thereof). We’d have to disqualify Vermont (Raw Vegan "Goat" Cheese Dip) and Washington (Vegan Mozzarella Grilled Cheese) for including vegan dishes because, well, that’s cheating.
Here are the recipes from the top 10 cheese-obsessed states:
#10 Kentucky: Pimento Cheese & Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites
#9 Kansas: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
#8 West Virginia: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars
#7 Tennessee: Cheesy Taco Soup
#6 Arkansas: Mini Cherry Cheese Danishes
#5 Missouri: Strawberry Cheesecake Dip
#4 Nebraska: Mini Cheeseburgers
#3 Iowa: Cheesy Chicken Noodle Casserole
#2 Alabama: The Cheesiest Cheeseball
#1 Mississippi: Crock-Pot Sausage Cheese Dip