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The 16 sweets people order most during the Sweet 16

We Americans can have our subliminal messaging and eat it too.

Feb 29, 2020, 9:43 am*



Amrita Khalid

If you’ve spent March Madness glued to your couch and ordered food for delivery more than you’d like to admit, you’re not alone. During game days when Villanova won this year, Grubhub noticed a significant spike in orders like fried rice, sweet potato sushi rolls, and cheese fries in the Philadelphia area. With the NCAA’s Sweet 16 due to begin today, expect a similar trend in dessert orders. 

Grubhub crunched the numbers on dessert orders in the period leading up to last year’s Sweet 16 and saw a significant spike in them. Blame it on subliminal messaging or mere game-time enthusiasm, but there’s a definite rise in couch-ridden sweet tooths during the peak of college basketball season.

Here are the 16 most commonly ordered desserts online during the Sweet 16, ranked by the percentage increase in orders: 

16) Apple pie 

7.6 percent more common

12) Baklava 

19.3 percent more common

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11) Chocolate chip cookies 

 25.3 percent more common

7) Just plain old cheesecakes (for people who hate NYC)

43.9 percent more common

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6) Banana pudding

 44.1 percent more common

2) Zeppole 

55.5 percent more common

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*First Published: Mar 24, 2016, 8:03 pm