The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavor in Each State

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Buttered popcorn and black licorice are perhaps the most divisive jelly bean flavors ever created. But there’s a reason why the Jelly Belly factory keeps churning them out year after year: In 13 states across the U.S., people are sifting through their bags of candy beans specifically to get to the black or yellow-speckled beans, according to CandyStore.com’s interactive map of the most popular jelly beans by state.

Buttered popcorn is the top choice in the largest number of states, having been identified as the favorite flavor in California, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, and Connecticut. “Our fans are vehement about buttered popcorn,” Rob Swaigen, vice president of marketing for the Jelly Belly Candy Company, said in 2014 on the occasion of the popcorn jelly bean's 25th anniversary. “They either love it and can’t live without it, or they don’t care for it and want it to go away.”

If this map is any indication, buttered popcorn isn’t going anywhere. Neither is black licorice—the third most-popular jelly bean in America, right after cinnamon. CandyStore.com’s map is based on 11 years of sales data, as well as the results of a survey taken by more than 12,000 candy lovers. The website also recently released a ranking of the 10 worst Easter candies and, lo and behold, generic jelly beans are the sixth most-hated confection among survey takers. “Those off-brand, dried out looking jelly beans are always either cracked or look like they’re ready to crack,” one survey respondent commented.

As it turns out, people are pretty particular about their favorite flavor and brand of jelly bean. So is your state rooting for cherry, juicy pear, or root beer? Find out in the map below.

Source: CandyStore.com.

The Most Popular Jelly Bean Flavors by CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

The One-Day Record Snowfalls In Each State

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Greenseas/iStock via Getty Images

Long after you’ve grown out of believing in magic, every thick, whirling snowstorm still seems to have been cast upon your town by a winter warlock (or Frozen’s resident ice queen, Elsa).

It’s also pretty magical when those inches of stacked snowflakes add up to a message from your manager telling you not to come into the office. In southern states like Georgia or Florida, sometimes all it takes is a light dusting.

But even those characteristically balmy places have hosted some serious snowstorms over the years, and David Cusick for House Method crunched the numbers to find out which ones made the record books. Using data from the National Centers for Environmental Information, Cusick created a map showing the one-day record snowfall for each state.

Florida finished in last place with a scant total of 4 inches, which occurred in Santa Rosa County on March 6, 1954. About two years before that, on January 14, 1952, Colorado had a staggering 76 inches—that’s more than 3 inches per hour—a national record that’s remained unchallenged for nearly 70 years.

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But other states have come close. The snowstorm that hit Colorado in 1952 wreaked almost as much havoc in California, whose record from the same day was 75 inches. And Washington saw 70 inches of snow in November 1955, beating its 52-inch record from 1935 by a full 18 inches.

Though Midwestern states have gained a reputation for harsh, snowy winters, their one-day record snowfalls are surprisingly moderate. The Illinois and Indiana records are 24 and 26 inches, respectively, both slightly lower than Ohio’s 30-inch snow day from 1901. In 1993, North Carolina bested Ohio’s record by 6 inches.

Wondering how your individual county’s record compares to the overall state one? Cusick created a map for that, too, which you can explore below.

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[h/t House Method]

Google Home vs. Alexa: Which Smart Device Does Your State Prefer?

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Todd Williamson, Getty Images

If you're thinking of buying a loved one a smart home device for the holidays, you're likely considering two options: Google Home ($70)—a series of smart speakers from the tech giant—and Amazon Echo ($80)—which features the virtual voice assistant Alexa. You could do hours of research weighing the pros and cons of each gadget, or you could pick one based on where your giftee lives. The map below from ASecureLife.com breaks down where each state falls in the Google Home versus Alexa debate.

Map of Google Home vs. Alexa searches.
ASecureLife.com

To create the graphic, the home security company analyzed Google trends data related to searches for Google Home and Amazon Alexa in October 2019. The two terms are fairly evenly matched: Google Home just edges out Alexa with 51 percent of the total search volume nationwide compared to Alex's 49 percent.

The two devices are also spread out across the map. On the West Coast, California and Washington prefer Google, while Oregon likes Alexa. In the South, Alexa dominates Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina, while Google takes Mississippi, Georgia, and Tennessee. New England is split between the two: Google wins New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and Alexa tops searches in Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont. You can check out the full map above.

Google Home and Amazon Echo share a lot of the same capabilities, like connecting with the internet and other devices to set the thermostat, turn off the lights, play music, and answer questions. If your home state's search trends aren't enough to convince you to choose one over the other, you may have to look at more obscure details, such as which one is better at understanding accents and which has the best jokes.

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