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I came across this list of the most popular aphrodisiacs and found some of them to be…confusing. Take a look and see what you think.

 

I think my initial confusion came from not fully understanding the meaning of “aphrodisiac.” I looked it up, of course, and according to Merriam-Webster, an aphrodisiac is defined as “an agent (such as a food or drug) that arouses or is held to arouse sexual desire.” This cleared things up for me because, as you’ll see, there are a lot of strange food items on this particular list.

 

The list comes from Fashion Nova, it’s called The Most Popular Aphrodisiacs Across the U.S., and it’s a trip. Like a lot of these types of studies, the research comes from Google trends. The Fashion Nova folks went back over 12 months of search data to find out what the randiest folks in all fifty states were punching into their search engines in preparation for date night and…makin’ whoopie.

 

The Most Popular Aphrodisiacs in New England and Beyond

There are the usual suspects, of course. Vanilla, which is tops in 14 states. And honey, which comes in first in a half-dozen. Then, there are some questionable picks. Actually, I shouldn’t say questionable. Who am I to judge what turns a person on? As long as it’s safe, sane and consensual, between two adults (or more, if that’s your thing), then what the hell? Let’s get it on.

 

But before we do, let’s look at some highlights from the list. You can consider it foreplay, I guess. I’ll share the top aphrodisiacs in the New England states with you, then I’ll reveal some of the more surprising choices and the states that choose them. By the time we’re done, you will be satisfied. And you might be craving a salad.

  • Connecticut and Rhode Island

    Vanilla – The scent of vanilla reins supreme in southern New England (and a dozen other states, reaching down through the Mid-Atlantic and into the Midwest). So what does that mean? A scoop of vanilla ice cream for desert after date night dinner? Or some Vanilla Fudge on the makeout playlist?

  • Maine

    Celery – I had to double-check the colors on the map to make sure I had this right. I did. Mainers consider celery an aphrodisiac. Remember that quip I made about salad earlier? This is only part of the reason why. Believe it or not, there are more sexy veggies in our future.

  • Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont

    Chocolate – Where southern New England had their vanilla, northern New England (and the Commonwealth) has their chocolate. A versatile aphrodisiac, as chocolate has so many rich textures and flavors and applications. I’ll let your imagination run with that one.

  • South Dakota

    Arugula – I thought this was a joke at first. But here’s what the study says: “This aphrodisiac food is known for its peppery bite and ability to stimulate the senses. Some even say this leafy green’s flavor and scent can create a “pheromone effect” that makes you more attractive to others.” Who knew?

     

  • Oklahoma

    Watermelon – I mean, I get it, I guess. The act of eating a watermelon can be sensual. But why do I feel like Okies are less into the actual watermelon fruit and more into dousing themselves in watermelon body spray before a date night trip to the monster truck rally?

  • West Virgina

    Sweet Potatoes – Leave it to the state with one of the worst Senators in the country to have one of the worst picks in the country. Maybe a sweet potato pie all smothered in melted marshmallow is sexy? But wouldn’t that be the cinnamon doing the real work in that scenario?

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