SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 22: Bottles of Mountain Dew are displayed in a cooler at Marina Supermarket on July 22, 2014 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday to place a measure on the November ballot for a 2-cents-per-ounce soda tax. If the measure passes in the November election, tax proceeds would help finance nutrition, health, disease prevention and recreation programs. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What do you think the most popular drink is? And no we’re not talking alcohol!

We love it when Eat This, Not That! releases these studies, because they are so fun! They used Google Trends to find the most popular drink in every state. “Based on looking at the topic “Soft Drinks” in each state through Google Trends, we were able to see what the most popular searched drinks are for each state. We then looked at popular related topics within this category for each state to determine the most popular searched drink.”

Already off the bat without reading this I would have guessed sweet tea for both Carolinas. This study seems to be based more on soft drinks though.

So what’s the most popular drink in North Carolina? Root Beer! According to¬†Eat This, Not That!, “North Carolina’s most-searched soda isn’t Cheerwine or Pepsi, though both were born in the state. Instead, North Carolinians love root beer.”

That one definitely got me! I was for certain that if not Sweet Tea, Pepsi or Cheerwine would take the number one spot. Surely one of those will be the favorite for South Carolina, right?

Nope! The most popular drink in South Carolina is Nehi! I’m not even going to lie to you, I have never heard of Nehi so I had to Google what it even was. According to Google, “Nehi is a flavored soft drink that originated in the United States. It was introduced in 1924 by Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works and founded by Claud A. Hatcher, a Columbus, Georgia grocer who began bottling ginger ale and root beer in 1905.”

Would you look at that…the more you know!