There are state birds, state trees, state flowers… but did you know there are state desserts? While not all 50 states have an official state dessert, each and every state is at least known for something sweet. We’ve compiled a list of the most iconic dessert for each and every state, and reading it is enough to make you want to take one very sweet road trip.
It’s hard to improve upon a chocolate chip cookie, but Wyoming has managed it. Packed with pecans and oatmeal, Cowboy Cookies have it all: they’re chewy, soft, crunchy, and oh-so-chocolatey.
Vermont is the original home of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and also a whole lot of delicious maple candy… but if someone gets to lay claim to the most quintessential American dessert, Vermont is it! The apple is their state fruit, and you sure can’t have apple pie without apples.
Tongass Forest Cookies
(Because, no, Baked Alaska is not really from Alaska.)
These sweet and chewy cookies are probably not quite like any you’ve had before. While they combine healthy-enough oats and coconut, they’re also studded with Rice Krispies and two kinds of sugar. They supposedly became popular when someone brought the recipe back with them a few decades ago after a family vacation, but they’re so good we know they’ll endure for decades more.
No, not crumb cake. This is pronounced kroom-cacka, and while it’s Norwegian in origin, it’s mighty popular in North Dakota. It’s a thin, rolled-up cookie, similar in texture to a waffle cone.
Though in Germany, “kuchen” just means cake, in South Dakota it refers to a sweet cake made with yeasted dough, and filled with custard and fruit, such as apples.
Delaware declared strawberries their official state fruit in 2010, and it’s clear from the House Bill that made that change that DE is pretty serious about their strawberries. “Whereas, strawberries are an important product of Delaware’s agricultural industry; and whereas children and adults love to pick their own strawberries; and whereas strawberries can be a refreshing part of everyone’s diet …” They sure can be a refreshing part of everyone’s diet. Luckily strawberry shortcake can too.
Montana doesn’t have an OFFICIAL state dessert and we already gave the huckleberry pie to Idaho, but calling S’Mores your own is nothing to complain about. In Montana’s beautiful backcountry, it’s the perfect sweet treat.
Doughboys, which are basically just fried hunks of pizza dough topped with some sugar, are a classic in Rhode Island.
Wild Blueberry Pie
Maine is the country’s leading producer of “wild” blueberries, which grow on a low bush and are smaller and more intensely flavored than the larger variety. There are about 60,000 acres of blueberries growing in Maine, so it’s unsurprising that Blueberry Pie is their official state dessert.
It may be more of a sandwich cookie than a pie, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. Though they’re popular throughout New England, New Hampshire claims to be the birthplace of the Whoopie Pie.
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