14 Most Popular Pies (We Were Surprised By Number 12!)

Jill Caren

Explore the most popular pies! We analyzed data around how many searches are done a month for each pie to see which ones come out on top.

Categories Dessert Ideas

It’s no surprise that pies are one of the most popular dessert options out there. From grammy’s homemade apple pie to pumpkin pie from your favorite market, they are one of the original comfort foods.

Our interest in learning more about desserts had us wondering what the most popular pie flavors are. While we had our ideas of what this list might include, the actual rresults surprised us.

Our research methodology
We used a popular tool that estimates the number of searches done for various keywords people enter into Google. We exported the list of pie data and sorted by search volume.

We then filtered out the terms to only include the following variants of terms:

  • “xxx” pie
  • “xxx’ pies
  • “xxx” pie recipes
  • “xxx’ pie recipe
  • recipe for “xxx” pie

This allowed us to compare the pies equally based on those 5 terms. Many pies had other searches like “caramel apple pie” or “banana chocolate cream pie” which would be excluded from these numbers. The monthly average is an average of all searches over a 12 month period divided by 12. Some months may have higher search volume or lower.

Now, on to the list of the most searched pies!

Type of Pie Monthly Searches
Apple 286,500
Pumpkin 255,400
Key Lime 147,380
Pecan 128,700
Lemon Meringue 78,410
Peanut Butter 77,600
Blueberry 71,230
Cherry 68,900
Chocolate Cream 68,700
Banana Cream 56,920
Boston Cream 55,720
Chess 52,680
Buttermilk 45,790
Strawberry Rhubarb 45,680

1. Apple Pie

apple pie ala mode

As we expected, apple pie came in at the top in terms of popularity with roughly 286,500 searches done every month.

Apple pie has a rich history dating back to the 14th century. Known for its comforting flavors and versatility, apple pie has become a symbol of American tradition and home baking. There is no shortage of variations either with caramel apple pie and bourbon apple pie gaining quite a few searches on their own.

2. Pumpkin Pie

pumpkin pie being served on a plate
Peggy Greb / Wikimedia

Not too far behind in second places comes pumpkin pie with an average of 255,400 searches monthly.

Pumpkin pie has roots in early American colonial times, with pumpkin-based desserts being enjoyed by Native Americans and settlers alike. It has since become a staple of Thanksgiving celebrations, known for its creamy texture and warm spices. The iconic dessert continues to be a beloved treat, often enjoyed with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

3. Key Lime Pie

key lime plated with powdered sugar and strawberry
Ralph Daily / Wikimedia

Surprisingly, key lime pie ranked high on the list of interest with around 147,380 searches monthly.

Key lime pie, originating in the late 1800s in the Florida Keys, features a filling of egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, and zest. This refreshing dessert can be made with a graham cracker crust or a pastry pie crust, topped with whipped cream or meringue. 

4. Pecan Pie

pecan pie ready to serve
Joe Hakim / Wikimedia

We were a little surprised to see pecan pie so high on the list. But with a volume of 128,700 searched a month, people clearly love it.

Pecan pie was said to be created in the late 1800s and features a filling of pecans, eggs, butter, and sugar, often corn syrup-based. It gained popularity in the Southern United States and is closely associated with holiday meals like Thanksgiving. The dish evolved over time, with earlier versions being cream-based pies with nuts before transitioning to the syrup-based pecan pie we know today.

5. Lemon Meringue Pie

lemon meringue pie on white plate

This one is tops on my own list, but I am not alone! Lemon meringue pie terms get 78,410 searches a month taking it to the top of the list.

Lemon meringue pie, originating in the late 19th century, combines zesty lemon curd and fluffy meringue in a flaky crust. This iconic dessert has a refreshing citrus flavor and is a favorite for many, often enjoyed during various seasons. The pie’s history is rooted in the Florida Keys, where it gained popularity for its unique combination of sweet and tangy flavors.

6. Peanut Butter Pie

peanut butter pie on plate

We were a bit surprised to see this one in the top 10! But with an average search volume of 77,600 a month, clearly the peanut butter and chocolate combination is a common craving.

Peanut butter pie, a decadent dessert, typically consists of a creamy mixture of peanut butter, cream cheese, and whipped topping in a pie crust. It is often garnished with peanut butter cups for added flavor and texture, making it a crowd-pleasing dessert option. 

7. Blueberry Pie

blueberry pies in line for a contest
Stephanie Clifford / Wikimedia

We thought blueberry pie would be a bit higher, but it is no slouch with an estimated 71,320 searches a month.

Blueberry pie, a classic dessert, features a flaky crust filled with sweet blueberries, often enhanced with sugar, flour, and cinnamon for a perfect balance of flavors. This iconic pie can be enjoyed with a lattice crust or streusel topping, making it a beloved treat for various occasions. Originating as an all-American favorite, blueberry pie recipes have been cherished for generations and continue to be a popular choice for family gatherings.

8. Cherry Pie

cherry pie in tinfoil plate out of oven
Stephanie Clifford / Wikimedia

My personal favorite! While it gets 68,900 searches a month, I was a bit disappointed it was not in the top five.

Cherry pie is a classic dessert that features a flaky crust filled with sweet and tart cherries, often topped with a lattice crust or streusel. Originating as an all-American favorite, cherry pie recipes have been passed down through generations and remain a popular choice for various occasions. This iconic pie can be made with fresh or canned cherries, offering a delightful blend of flavors that make it a timeless treat enjoyed by many.

9. Chocolate Cream Pie

chocolate cream pie in box

This delicious chocolate lovers dream pie receives 68,700 searches a month.

Chocolate cream pie features a rich chocolate custard filling in a pre-baked crust, topped with whipped cream. Originating as a diner favorite, this indulgent treat combines a crispy crust, dense chocolate filling, and airy cream topping. The recipe typically includes ingredients like semisweet chocolate, butter, vanilla extract, and whipped cream for a delightful and decadent dessert.

10. Banana Cream Pie

banana cream on plate outside
Jonathan McIntosh / Wikimedia

With 56,920 searches a month, Boston Cream Pie clearly has its fair share of fans.

Banana cream pie, a beloved dessert, features layers of sliced bananas and velvety vanilla custard in a flaky pie crust, topped with whipped cream. This classic treat can be made from scratch with eggs and milk for a rich texture or using instant pudding mix for a quicker version. Originating as an old-fashioned favorite, banana cream pie offers a delightful blend of flavors and textures that make it a popular choice for many dessert lovers.

11. Boston Cream Pie

boston cream pie on glass stand

This smooth creamy pie comes in at 55,720 searches a month for terms related to the pie and recipes for it.

Boston Cream Pie, a classic American dessert, consists of light vanilla sponge cake layered with creamy vanilla pastry cream and topped with rich chocolate ganache. Despite its name, it is a cake that originated in the 19th century at Boston’s Parker House hotel, where it was first created. This decadent treat offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures, making it a beloved dessert enjoyed by many for its elegant presentation and delicious taste.

12. Chess Pie

chess pie with strawberry slices

Although I personally have never heard of Chess pie, it seems to be one popular pie. It receives around 52,680 searches a month!

Chess pie, a Southern classic, is a sweet custard pie made from eggs, sugar, buttermilk, flour, and cornmeal. Originating in the South, this dessert offers a delightful blend of flavors and has various adaptations based on available ingredients. Known for its simplicity and rich taste, chess pie has become a beloved treat that continues to be enjoyed for its traditional charm and deliciousness.

13. Buttermilk Pie

buttermilk pie with pecan brittle
Ralph Daily / Wikimedia

We had never even heard of buttermilk pie, but clearly it is pretty popular! The search volume for this pies variations average about 45,790 a month.

Buttermilk pie is another Southern classic that features a creamy and tangy filling made with buttermilk, sugar, and eggs in a pie crust. This dessert has been enjoyed for generations, offering a delightful combination of flavors that make it a beloved treat in Southern cuisine.

14. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

strawberry rhubarb pie on a plate
Meghan Rodgers / Wikimedia

Strawberry rhubarb pie remains popular with an average monthly search volume of 45,680.

Strawberry rhubarb pie, a delightful combination of sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb, is a classic dessert enjoyed during the spring and summer seasons. This pie, often topped with a buttery streusel or lattice crust, offers a perfect balance of flavors and textures that make it a favorite for many. Originating from the United Kingdom and popular in the United States, this pie has stood the test of time as a traditional and beloved dessert option.

So, how many on the list are your favorite? Any pies you are surprised are on the list, or are missing from the list? If you want more dessert related news and entertainment, be sure to check us out at Dessert Menus or follow us on MSN!

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