Every year, a few pies traditionally appear on holiday dining tables across America. They are the perfect sweet ending to a hearty meal. Here are some fan favorites that just keep coming back.
Most Popular Holiday Pies
Apple Pie. The buttery crust and fresh apple pieces make this pie a real crowd pleaser. Warm up a slice and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top. Apple pie is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even New Year’s.
Pumpkin Pie. A traditional favorite, pumpkin pie has a perfect balance of flavors. It features a combination of sweet pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. It’s rich, creamy, and easy to make.
Pecan Pie. This special treat has a crispy crust, gooey filling, and a toasty pecan topping. It’s worth making the crust from scratch.
Cranberry Pear Pie. Sweet pears and tart cranberries make up this irresistible fruity pie. It’s perfectly spiced when cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are added.
Mincemeat Pie. This traditional British pie is filled with dried fruits and spices. It dates back to the 13th century, during the time of the Crusaders.
Sweet Potato Pie. This pie is more starchy than sweet, but does appear on many holiday tables. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream for sweetness.
Cherry Pie. If it’s done right, cherry pie is a fan favorite at holiday gatherings. It tastes best when it’s homemade. Include a tart cherry filling with the texture of jam, not gelatin.
Blueberry Pie. The taste of blueberry ranks high on the satisfaction scale. The berry-soaked crust is also delicious. Fresh blueberries can be found in stores all year.
German Chocolate Pie. This pie is a favorite of many chocolate lovers. It’s basically a hybrid of German chocolate brownie and chocolate pie.
Best Ice Cream for Holiday Pies
Many people love a cold, creamy scoop of ice cream on their slice of pie. Here are pairings worth a taste test.
Apple pie and salted caramel. The rich caramel ice cream with a touch of salt really enhances the apple flavor of the pie.
Pecan pie and chocolate. A scoop of rich, velvety chocolate ice cream pairs well with the flavor of pecans.
Pumpkin pie and vanilla. The pumpkin custard tastes great with vanilla ice cream. Cinnamon and pumpkin pie ice cream flavors also make good partners.
Chocolate and huckleberry. This flavor of ice cream is similar to blueberry. A scoop of it tastes great with chocolate pies, like brownie.
Berry pies and lemon. A lemon flavor ice cream goes great with fruity, berry pies.
Popular Holiday Ice Cream Flavors
There are other ice cream flavors that just taste delicious at holiday time. Peppermint can really enhance the flavor of chocolate treats. Gingerbread pairs well with a ginger cookie. Eggnog and candy cane ice cream are other popular flavors.
Favorite Pie Flavors By State
People in states across America have preferred pie flavors. A Google survey found apple is the most searched pie in the U.S., dominant in 27 states. Coming in second place is pumpkin pie, representing 14 states. Sweet potato and pecan pies were third and fourth on the recipe search list.
Craving a Sweet Ice Cream Treat?
If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth or need help with your party planning needs, Norwood Ice Cream can help. We are a small ice cream shop located in Eldersburg, Maryland. Each unique ice cream flavor is handcrafted in small batches right in our store. We cater weddings, parties, special celebrations, corporate events, and more. Visit our website or call us at 410-875-7238 for more information.