So exactly how exquisite a thing is ice cream in the human experience?
Let’s put it this way: It’s hard to imagine that anyone has ever had to acquire a taste for it.
There are probably as many whimsical or philosophical quotes in the Google-verse about ice cream as there are about, say, love — but not nearly so many that are painful and dour.
Indeed, ice cream is a consistent smile.
Having said that, is it possible to quantify what place has the greatest attachment to ice cream? We took a cool break from covering Maryland sports betting to find out.
BetMaryland.com used Google Trends to calculate the most ice cream crazy states by search volume from April 21, 2022, to April 21, 2023. A point system was developed, awarding up to 50 points for search rank.
For a triple scoop of data, up to 50 points were also awarded for each state’s search rank among the most popular ice cream flavors — vanilla, chocolate, strawberry — by Google Trends search volume.
In the end, BetMaryland.com came up with a ranking of states most in love with ice cream.
Maryland ranked in a tie for No. 7 with New Jersey, each with 138 points on the ice cream infatuation scale. Marylanders preferred vanilla and strawberry over chocolate, but New Jersey was ga-ga over chocolate.
The No. 1 ice cream loving state in America, according to our calculations, is New Hampshire. Go figure.
However, this much can be said for Maryland. It has an official “Best Ice Cream Trail” on an actual state website.
And for ice cream devotees, the official Trail’s official season begins May 23.
The “trail features nine on-farm creameries across the state that produce and sell their ice cream directly to consumers,” according to Maryland’s Best Agriculture, an offering from the Maryland Departure of Agriculture.
Such dairies are known for their “cow-to-cone” ice cream. I wish I had made that up, but someone else did.
If you plan to hit the trail in the state that offers Maryland sportsbook apps, do some route plotting. The Ice Cream Trail covers more than 290 miles from Washington County in the west to Worcester County in the east.
The listed stops on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail are (in alphabetical order):
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