We continue our sweet trip from New York and down the alphabet. We selected the desserts purely by their appeal to us, with the only exclusion being the states that made it easy by choosing an official state emblem dessert or sweet snack!
20. New York: Cheesecake
When yogurt was made an official state snack, quite a lot disagreed. But few would argue that creamy and dense New York-Style cheesecake, made with extra eggs and cream cheese, is one of the most recognizable contributions to the world.
19. North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie
18. North Dakota: Berliner Kranser
Every October, North Dakota holds the largest Scandinavian festival in the US. Krumcakes and Berliner Kranser are way harder to find in other states. Krumkake is another Scandinavian - specifically Norwegian - contribution: it is a butter cookie, also somewhat resembling a waffle cone.
17. Ohio: Buckeyes
Soft peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, with only a small "eye" left.
16. Oklahoma: Pecan Pie
Oklahoma did not hold back when claiming their official state foods: black-eyed peas, grits, squash, barbecue, and pecan pie, too. The state is also the home to the Fried Pie Lady, whose empire now reaches out far beyond the state borders.
15. Oregon: Pear Tart
14. Pennsylvania: Banana split
Just as famous as New York cheesecake, the Banana split has made it not only across the state borders but all the way around the world. The unbeatable genius in simplicity. Pennsylvania also lays claim to Whoopie pies, but we think they need to work harder on the name.
13. Rhode Island: Doughboys
This invention comes from the large Italian population of Rhode Island: the doughboys are fried and sugar-dusted pizza dough scraps. Rhode Island also loves frozen lemonade: tart, granita-like slushie is a refreshing and cooling treat. A lemonade that can be eaten with a spoon: how comes the sunny states are not stealing it?
12. South Carolina: Benne Wafers
Benne wafers have more than 100 years of history in Charleston. They are thin, crispy cookies based on sesame seeds. There's also the famous Coconut cake: the South Carolina pastry chef trademarked the Ultimate Coconut Cake®, plus the state made it its official dessert. There is no way around mentioning it!
11. South Dakota: Kuchen
10. Tennessee: Tennessee Mountain Stack Cake
According to the legend, this ingenious creation used to serve as a wedding cake. Each guest would bring their own disk of tough cake glazed with apple preserve and dried apples; then, the layers would stack up altogether. The taller the cake - the more popular the new family is.
9. Texas: Mexican Wedding Cookies
These indulgent yet straightforward cookies are rolled into balls or domes and dusted with confectioner's sugar.
8. Utah: Jell-O
While the majority of the world associates Jell-O with student parties and shots, thanks to Hollywood movies, and adopted Jell-Os in a similar manner, Utah's company mainly markets it to moms and kids.
7. Vermont: Apple Pie
Although apple pie is truly an all-American dessert, Vermond was the fastest to stake it out as its official state dessert. Apple is the official state fruit, too.
6. Virginia: Chess Pie
This pie has nothing to do with chess: as it commonly happens, the "chess" is just a mispronounced original name (although no one can agree which exactly). It is often called a pantry pie as it requires little more than flour, eggs, milk, and sugar.
5. Washington: Apple Crisp
The state's orchards are famous country-wide. Apple crisp is a simple crumble pie made with local apples and oat crunch.
4. Washington, DC: Cherry Crumble
3. West Virginia: Molasses Cookies
Chewy and sometimes gingery molasses cookies have been formally recognized as the state's favorite.
2. Wisconsin: Kringle
Kringles became the official desert of this state, which has strong roots in Danish-American culture. This dessert is sometimes also called the king cake because the ring, "encrusted" with frosting and fruits, reminds of a crown.
1. Wyoming: S'mores
What are the official state foods of Oklahoma?
Oklahoma did not hold back when claiming their official state foods: black-eyed peas, grits, squash, barbecue, and pecan pie, too.
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