Soda, pop, a coke, depending on what region of the U.S. you hail from, they are some of the most common names for soft drinks across the country.

I mean, who doesn't like an ice-cold soda pop? You pretty much have to have one at a movie, with a pizza, or a burger, right?

A few years ago, I used to hoover down at least a 6-pack of soda every day. Then one day, I quit cold turkey and lost over 50 pounds! But I'd be lying to you if I didn't say I'm still jonesing for a soda every day. (Get it, Jones soda. Yeah, I know, it's a very poor attempt at soda humor.)

Jones Soda
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One thing is for certain, Americans love their soda, or pop as we like to call it here in South Dakota.

Every state has its go-to brand, and here in the Midwest, we tend to stick with the more traditional types of soda. Nothing too crazy around here.

The website EatThisNotThat did a deep dive into every state's favorite soft drink and here's what they found Midwestern states around South Dakota like pouring out of their soda fountains.

Let's start in the Land of 10,000 sodas. Okay, maybe they don't have quite that many, but supposedly Minnesotans love their orange soda. Word has it, they have a CRUSH on orange pop.

Orange Crush

North Dakota is POPulated with a bunch of Coke Zero drinkers. While many of us are Classic Coke fans, the folks up in North Dakota are a bunch of zero drinkers.

Coke Zero

Meanwhile, over in the great state of Iowa, the folks at EatThisNotThat claim the average Iowan is always up for a good Squirt. Iowa is one of three states in the nation, where their go-to soda is a thirst-quenching Squirt.


And last but not least, the most POPular soda here in South Dakota is rootbeer. Be it an A&W, a Dad's, a Mug, a Barg's, or even a Sioux City Sarsaparilla, we South Dakotans don't care. We just love a good ole' fashioned rootbeer float most days according to the gang at EatThisNotThat.

Rootbeer...South Dakota's favorite soda.

Hey, at least we didn't say something boring like creme soda, or maybe, Jolt. Remember Jolt Cola? That stuff was big back in the 80s. Talk about caffeine in a can. If you threw back a couple of those babies, you could go duck hunting with a rake!

Jolt Cola

Source: EatThisNotThat

Tour the 2023 Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle

January in Sioux Falls only means one thing...Downtown Sioux Falls Burger Battle! 32 savory burgers from local Sioux Falls restaurants looking for your stomachs and votes.

If you've never participated in the Downtown Burger Battle, this is how it works:

  1. Review the participating restaurants and their burgers
  2. Make sure you check their schedule and hours before you go
  3. Go to one of the restaurants
  4. Eat the burger
  5. Use the DTSF Digital Passport to vote and rate the burger
  6. Repeat
  7. And you could win prizes
  8. And you help one downtown restaurant win the Burger Battle and reign supreme for one whole year!

Voting criteria consist of patty, creativity, toppings, bun, and customer service.

20 Things You'll Find In Every South Dakota Home

We have so many things in our homes. Some things are junk or half-used but others have great sentimental value to us.

Regardless of what an item means to us at the end of the day, I bet that most South Dakotans have these twenty items in their home; or at least most of us do.

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