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The most iconic dessert from every state

October 12, 2018

{ url: "", caption: "Colorado: Yogurt Parfait Topped With Granola \u2014 Ok, Denver Post<\/a>, we listened. We think you deserve a better treat than pot candy, too. How about a nice, healthy yogurt parfait<\/a> topped with crunchy granola<\/a>. This can represent the more bohemian (read: crunchy) nature-loving population who may also enjoy a pot candy or two<\/a>, while also respecting the thriving dairy industry and health-conscious nature of the state, as well. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "108202109", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Colorado: Yogurt Parfait Topped With Granola", },

{ url: "", caption: "Wyoming: S\u2019mores \u2014 Unfortunately, this state doesn\u2019t have an official state treat, snack, or dessert to guide the choice here, yet Wyoming<\/a> is one of the best places in America to experience the awe-inspiring expanse of nature. From hiking in the Grand Tetons to visiting Old Faithful, skiing in Jackson Hole, or farming and ranching on the prairie ranges, Wyoming is a place for people who love the outdoors. So while you sit by the campfire enjoying nature, enjoy the perfect rugged outdoor dessert: s\u2019mores<\/a>! The only thing more delicious in Wyoming might be their famous salted honey pie<\/a>, one of the best pies in every state<\/a>. (Hershey's)", credit: "(Hershey's)", authorsHtml: "By Hershey's ", sourceId: "108202110", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Wyoming: S’mores", },

{ url: "", caption: "Maine: Wild Blueberry Pie \u2014 About 60,000 acres of wild blueberries abound throughout rugged Maine<\/a>, and it is for this reason that Maine-iacs have adopted wild blueberry pie as their state dessert. (bhofack2/", credit: "(bhofack2/", authorsHtml: "By bhofack2/ ", sourceId: "108202111", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Maine: Wild Blueberry Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "West Virginia: Molasses Cookies \u2014 Wholesome molasses cookies are so popular in West Virginia<\/a> that they\u2019ve been formally recognized as the state\u2019s favorite. Sugar<\/a>, ginger<\/a>, and molasses come together to make an incredibly chewy dessert that\u2019s hard to pass up. (Ditte Isager)", credit: "(Ditte Isager)", authorsHtml: "By Ditte Isager ", sourceId: "108202112", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "West Virginia: Molasses Cookies", },

{ url: "", caption: "Vermont: Apple Pie \u2014 Apple pie<\/a> is the official state dessert of Vermont<\/a>, and you can\u2019t make apple pie without apples \u2014 which might be why Vermont also declared the apple as their official state fruit! (Gentl & Hyers)", credit: "(Gentl & Hyers)", authorsHtml: "By Gentl & Hyers ", sourceId: "108202113", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Vermont: Apple Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Texas: Mexican Wedding Cookies \u2014 While similar to New Mexico\u2019s biscochitos, the most popular dessert treats in Texas<\/a>, Mexican wedding cookies, are more influenced by Mexico than Spain. They are rolled into balls or formed into crescent shapes and covered with confectioner's sugar. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202114", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Texas: Mexican Wedding Cookies", },

{ url: "", caption: "Tennessee: Tennessee Mountain Stack Cake \u2014 This Appalachian creation is a stack of firm cake disks saturated with apple preserves and dried apples. It is most traditionally a wedding cake, and, according to folk wisdom, wedding guests would each bring a layer of the cake to the bride\u2019s family, which they spread with apples and stacked right then and there. \u201CIt was said that the number of cake layers the bride got determined how popular she was,\u201D reports Appalachian History<\/a>. (\/wikimedia commons<\/a>) ()", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "108202116", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Tennessee: Tennessee Mountain Stack Cake", },

{ url: "", caption: "South Carolina: Benne Wafers \u2014 Benne wafers are thin, crispy, sesame seed-based cookies. The Olde Colony Bakery<\/a> in Charleston, South Carolina<\/a>, home of the \u201Coriginal Benne Wafers,\u201D has been serving up this treat for over 100 years. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202117", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "South Carolina: Benne Wafers", },

{ url: "", caption: "Arizona: Sopaipillas \u2014 Sometimes referred to as the Navajo taco, sopaipilla<\/a> <\/a>is the correct name for the fried bread invented by the indigenous Navajo Indians, and the treat was voted the state dish of Arizona<\/a> in a 1995 poll conducted by the Arizona Republic newspaper. Sopaipilla can be served either savory or sweet; the sweet version is most often drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. (Wikipedia)", credit: "(Wikipedia)", authorsHtml: "By Wikipedia ", sourceId: "108202118", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Arizona: Sopaipillas", },

{ url: "", caption: "Rhode Island: Doughboys \u2014 Rhode Island<\/a> boasts a large Italian population (Providence even has its own notable Little Italy). Doughboys came about by frying leftover pizza<\/a> dough scraps in oil then dusting them with sugar. In case you\u2019re curious: These have no relation to the Pillsbury<\/a> Doughboy. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202119", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Rhode Island: Doughboys", },

{ url: "", caption: "Arkansas: Possum Pie \u2014 Nope, no opossum meat in this pie from Arkansas<\/a>, just pie crust filled with cream cheese and chocolate pudding and then topped with whipped cream. To \u201Cplay possum\u201D means to pretend to be asleep or dead, this particular pie takes the name because the whipped cream hides what\u2019s really beneath its billowy layer. (Hint: It\u2019s chocolate pudding<\/a> and not vanilla pudding<\/a>. Gasp! Fooled you!) (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "108202120", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Arkansas: Possum Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Pennsylvania: Shoofly Pie \u2014 Shoofly pie is a molasses-based pie made popular by the Pennsylvania Dutch. The name is said to have come from the act of shooing away flies that were attracted to the sweet molasses filling. After you have prepared your pie shell, the filling can come together in less than 10 minutes. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202121", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Pennsylvania: Shoofly Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Delaware: Peach Pie \u2014 Much to the surprise of Georgia peach fans everywhere, Delaware claimed peach pie as their own on July 30, 2009. That said, peaches have also been an important part of Delaware agricultural heritage since colonial times. (iStock)", credit: "(iStock)", authorsHtml: "By iStock ", sourceId: "108202122", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Delaware: Peach Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Oregon: Pear Cake \u2014 Oregon<\/a> farming culture produces wonderful apples, cherries, berries, and, of course, pears. Oregon produces a variety of pears, including Comice, Anjou, Bosc, and Bartlett, and the pear was officially elected to be their state fruit in 2005. For dessert, a pear tart is a wonderful way to showcase Oregonian pears; bonus points if you can incorporate filberts into the recipe, too. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202123", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Oregon: Pear Cake", },

{ url: "", caption: "Oklahoma: Pecan Pie \u2013 Oklahoma<\/a> has claimed everything under their state banner: black-eyed peas, grits, squash, barbecue, and pecan pie, too. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202124", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Oklahoma: Pecan Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "North Dakota: Berliner Kranser \u2014 The largest Scandinavian Festival in North America is the annual Norsk H\u00F8stfest<\/a> held every October, in Minot, North Dakota<\/a>. There, common food choices expand far beyond smelly lutefisk<\/a>, and locals serve up confections like krumcakes and Berliner Kranser, or wreath-shaped butter cookies often eaten during the holidays. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202125", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "North Dakota: Berliner Kranser", },

{ url: "", caption: "North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie \u2014 North Carolina<\/a> grows the sweetest sweet potatoes<\/a>, which are in turn transformed into the sweetest sweet potato pies. This southern staple is made with eggs, cream, and spices all lovingly baked into a pie shell. (The Hungry Hutch)", credit: "(The Hungry Hutch)", authorsHtml: "By The Hungry Hutch ", sourceId: "108202126", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "North Carolina: Sweet Potato Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "New York: Cheesecake \u2014 There was uproar when the state legislature made yogurt the official state snack, but few can disagree with the fact that New York-Style cheesecake is one of New York<\/a>\u2019s most famous confections. New York cheesecake<\/a> is inherently simple, but it is also supremely rich and dense, as it is made with extra egg yolks and thick cream cheese. (Debbie Smirnoff)", credit: "(Debbie Smirnoff)", authorsHtml: "By Debbie Smirnoff ", sourceId: "108202127", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "New York: Cheesecake", },

{ url: "", caption: "New Mexico: Biscochitos \u2014 Biscochitos<\/a> are thin, buttery cookies brought to New Mexico<\/a> by the Spanish (in Spain<\/a>they are called \u201Cmantecosos,\u201D which means buttery). These cookies have a distinct cinnamon and anise flavor and are most often eaten around the holidays and weddings. (Gabriela's Kitchen)", credit: "(Gabriela's Kitchen)", authorsHtml: "By Gabriela's Kitchen ", sourceId: "108202128", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "New Mexico: Biscochitos", },

{ url: "", caption: "New Jersey: Italian Cookies \u2014 The tristate area\u2019s Italian population means a lot of amazing Italian bakeries. Colorful pastries and cookies, pignoli, biscotti, pizelles, and polenta cookies dipped in chocolate<\/a>are must haves. We couldn\u2019t choose just one cookie to represent the state of New Jersey<\/a> because usually when locals stop by the bakery, all their favorites are jumbled together in one bakery box! (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202129", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "New Jersey: Italian Cookies", },

{ url: "", caption: "Nevada: Basque Cake \u2014 The gold rush brought a mass immigration of Basque people to Nevada<\/a>, and the Basque cake, a product of the Basque miners\u2019 influence in the area, is made with plenty of butter<\/a>, sugar<\/a>, and eggs<\/a>, and is filled with a generous layer of pastry cream and\/or jam. It is most popular around the holidays. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202130", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Nevada: Basque Cake", },

{ url: "", caption: "Montana: Alfalfa Honey Pie \u2014 With no official state dessert designated to the state, some investigating was necessary. When asked to name Montana\u2019s most iconic dessert, one local chef said she likes to incorporate honey<\/a> made from Montana\u2019s abundant alfalfa fields into her desserts. Makes sense (and sounds delicious!) to us. (Gentl & Hyers)", credit: "(Gentl & Hyers)", authorsHtml: "By Gentl & Hyers ", sourceId: "108202131", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Montana: Alfalfa Honey Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Missouri: Ice Cream Cone \u2014 It may seem strange that Missouri<\/a> gets to claim the ice cream cone<\/a> as its own, but, in fact, the state is quite deserving: The ice cream cone was made famous at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis (though it was invented in New York City and patented the year before). A booth selling Syrian waffle-like pastries called zalabis was conveniently situated next to an ice cream booth. Once the ice cream man ran out of bowls, the two teamed up serving scoops of ice cream on zalabis cone base. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202132", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Missouri: Ice Cream Cone", },

{ url: "", caption: "Mississippi: Mississippi Mud Pie \u2014 Mississippi mud pie is named for what Mississippi<\/a> River tributaries look like after a rainstorm: muddy, brown, and dirty. But this pie is only sweet, chocolatey, and delicious \u2014 albeit usually a little messy. Chocolate cookies and chopped pecans<\/a> make up the crust, and coffee-flavored liqueur, vanilla extract, and unsweetened chocolate help the smooth filling before it is all topped with whipped cream. (Photo Modified: Flickr / cyclonebill / CC BY . SA 4.0)", credit: "(Photo Modified: Flickr / cyclonebill / CC BY . SA 4.0)", authorsHtml: "By Photo Modified: Flickr / cyclonebill / CC BY . SA 4.0 ", sourceId: "108202133", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Mississippi: Mississippi Mud Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Minnesota: Blueberry Muffin \u2014 Because wheat is such an important agricultural crop in Minnesota<\/a>, and because wild blueberries<\/a> are native to northern Minnesota, the students from South Terrance Elementary School, in Carlton, Minnesota, lobbied for the blueberry muffin<\/a> to be the official state muffin, and they won! (Thinkstock)", credit: "(Thinkstock)", authorsHtml: "By Thinkstock ", sourceId: "108202134", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Minnesota: Blueberry Muffin", },

{ url: "", caption: "Michigan: Cherry Pie \u2014 This state is famous for its cherries. The light, dry, sandy soil of northern Michigan is the perfect environment in which to cultivate the fruit. Michigan<\/a> grows a staggering 32,000 acres of tart cherry trees \u2014 which is a good thing since tart cherries are ideal for baking! (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202135", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Michigan: Cherry Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie \u2014 On December 12, 1996, the Massachusetts<\/a> state legislature passed an ordinance declaring Boston cream pie their \u201CDessert Emblem.\u201D Note that the Boston cream pie doughnut is also the official state doughnut. (Taste of Home)", credit: "(Taste of Home)", authorsHtml: "By Taste of Home ", sourceId: "108202136", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Maryland: Smith Island Cake \u2014 Smith Island cake is a multi-layered yellow sponge cake frosted with chocolate fudge frosting, and is pure deliciousness. Smith Island lies in the Chesapeake Bay between Maryland<\/a> and Virginia, and the cake dates back to the early 1800s (some say the 1600s), when residents of the island would send it as sustenance for watermen while out harvesting oysters. It also happens to be the official dessert of Maryland. (Flickr: Photo Modified: Jane Thomas<\/a>  CC BY 2.0) ()", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "108202137", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Maryland: Smith Island Cake", },

{ url: "", caption: "South Dakota: Kuchen \u2014 Kuchen, simply meaning \u201Ccake,\u201D honors South Dakotan heritage. It was the German immigrants who first brought kuchen to South Dakota<\/a> in the 1880s. The confections are usually made with sweet dough that is filled with custard and\/or fruit. (Prairie Californian<\/a>) ()", credit: "", authorsHtml: "", sourceId: "108202138", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "South Dakota: Kuchen", },

{ url: "", caption: "Wisconsin: Kringle \u2014 Kringles (the name means \u201Cring\u201D or \u201Ccircle\u201D) are a Scandinavian pastry. In 2013, the kringle became the official state pastry of Wisconsin. It\u2019s made with a ring of pastry that is then topped with fruit and frosting. Racine, Wisconsin, in particular, is known to be a hub of Danish-American culture and of expert kringle-making. (MARKELz/", credit: "(MARKELz/", authorsHtml: "By MARKELz/ ", sourceId: "108202139", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Wisconsin: Kringle", },

{ url: "", caption: "Nebraska: Kolaches \u2014 Kolaches, traditional Czech fruit-filled pastries, were brought by immigrants to Nebraska<\/a> who effectively made Nebraska the \u201CKolache Capital of the USA.\u201D (Nikki Gensert |", credit: "(Nikki Gensert |", authorsHtml: "By Nikki Gensert | ", sourceId: "108202140", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Nebraska: Kolaches", },

{ url: "", caption: "Florida: Key Lime Pie \u2014 With graham cracker crust, tangy Key lime custard, and sweetened whipped cream, Key lime pie<\/a> is a legendary Floridian dessert invented in Florida. Interestingly, it was only declared the official state pie in 2006. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "108202142", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Florida: Key Lime Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Kentucky: Mayday Pie \u2014 You may know this Kentucky<\/a> dessert as \u201CDerby Pie,\u201D but unfortunately, that name is (aggressively<\/a>) copyright-protected by the creators, so instead we\u2019ll use the more generic name for it: Mayday pie. This particular confection is closely associated with the Kentucky Derby<\/a> and tastes like a version of chess or pecan pie: sticky, sweet, and nutty. It\u2019s studded with bourbon, chocolate chips, and walnuts and then baked in a pie crust. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202143", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Kentucky: Mayday Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Kansas: Peppernuts \u2014 You may be saying to yourself, \u201CWhat the heck is a peppernut?\u201D And we are right there with you. But you may know these little cookies by their original name: pfeffern\u00FCsse. Russian Mennonites who immigrated to Kansas<\/a> in the 1870s brought with them recipes for these special, spicy cookies which are a staple in many Kansas bakeries. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202144", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Kansas: Peppernuts", },

{ url: "", caption: "Utah: Jell-O \u2014 Utah\u2019s<\/a> state snack is brand-named Jell-O. Strange, yes, but Jell-O<\/a> marketing is intentionally targeted at large families. The company has actively marketed their products to moms and children and has lobbied to be associated with \u201Cgood, wholesome fun\u201D instead of with college campuses where Jell-O shots are popular for other reasons. To this effect, Utah consumes a lot of Jell-O<\/a> and dishes like green Jell-O carrot salad with shredded carrots are very popular at family and church functions. (", credit: "(", authorsHtml: "By ", sourceId: "108202145", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Utah: Jell-O", },

{ url: "", caption: "Iowa: Blarney Stones \u2014 According to Wikipedia, s\u2019mores<\/a> is the state snack of Iowa<\/a>, but really, Blarney Stones \u2014 pound cake<\/a> covered in vanilla frosting and coated in peanuts \u2014 are a dessert famously found in bakeries across the state. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202146", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Iowa: Blarney Stones", },

{ url: "", caption: "Indiana: Sugar Cream Pie aka Hoosier Pie \u2014 A Hoosier favorite, this recipe supposedly first appeared the year Indiana<\/a> was established. The pie incorporates sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract to make a custardy filling that is baked inside a flaky butter pie crust. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202149", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Indiana: Sugar Cream Pie aka Hoosier Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Illinois: Brownies \u2014 Interestingly, pumpkins<\/a> are the state fruit of Illinois<\/a>, but brownies<\/a> first made their appearance at the Chicago World\u2019s Fair in 1893. Note that popcorn is the official state snack<\/a> and so a strong case for caramel corn<\/a> could also be made here. (How Sweet Eats)", credit: "(How Sweet Eats)", authorsHtml: "By How Sweet Eats ", sourceId: "108202151", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Illinois: Brownies", },

{ url: "", caption: "Idaho: Huckleberry Pie \u2014 Idaho<\/a> is especially proud of its huckleberries \u2014 and why shouldn\u2019t it be? The filling for huckleberry pie is usually made with about six cups of huckleberries, tossed with orange zest, tapioca for thickness, and orange juice. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202152", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Idaho: Huckleberry Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Hawaii: Coconut Muffin \u2014 Hawaii<\/a> deemed the coconut<\/a> muffin as their official state muffin (yes, that exists). And although a good case can be made for shave ice<\/a>, we\u2019ll honor state laws and indigenous ingredients and say those sweet, coconut-y creations qualify as dessert, too. (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202153", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Hawaii: Coconut Muffin", },

{ url: "", caption: "Georgia: Peach Cobbler \u2014 Delaware took the pie, but Georgia<\/a> still has the peach<\/a> as its official state fruit. Therefore, we think it\u2019s entirely appropriate to give Georgia the peach cobbler \u2014 like this brown butter peach cobbler, for instance.<\/a> (Jessica Chou)", credit: "(Jessica Chou)", authorsHtml: "By Jessica Chou ", sourceId: "108202154", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Georgia: Peach Cobbler", },

{ url: "", caption: "California: Frozen Yogurt \u2014 California<\/a> needed a state treat that could speak to the citizenry\u2019s health-conscious and active mentality and one that could also represent such a large state with a diverse population. The answer: Froyo. Everyone loves froyo, and according to <\/a>California boasts of a whopping 189 establishments serving the frozen dessert, whereas Illinois, with the second most froyo establishments, only has 28. (NightAndDayImages/", credit: "(NightAndDayImages/", authorsHtml: "By NightAndDayImages/ ", sourceId: "108202155", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "California: Frozen Yogurt", },

{ url: "", caption: "Connecticut: The Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich \u2014 Connecticut<\/a> snagged both ice cream as its official dessert and the snickerdoodle cookie<\/a>as their official state cookie. While we were deciding which dessert to choose, we had an epiphany: Why can\u2019t Connecticut have both? (Imgur)", credit: "(Imgur)", authorsHtml: "By Imgur ", sourceId: "108202157", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Connecticut: The Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich", },

{ url: "", caption: "Virginia: Chess Pie \u2014 A cousin of the pecan and sugar pie, chess pie is known as the \u201Cultimate pantry pie\u201D and sometimes even goes by that name. It\u2019s easily constructed with items already found in your pantry: eggs, milk, and sugar. (DebbiSmirnoff/", credit: "(DebbiSmirnoff/", authorsHtml: "By DebbiSmirnoff/ ", sourceId: "108202158", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Virginia: Chess Pie", },

{ url: "", caption: "Washington, D.C.: Cherry Crumble \u2014 It was rumored that George Washington could not tell a lie to his father, and admitted damaging a cherry tree on the family property with his hatchet. Though later revealed to be a tale spun by biographers, the story captured the imagination of many, and the cherry<\/a> has come to symbolize our country\u2019s first president<\/a>. Though Washington, D.C., didn\u2019t actually become the capital until 1790 (a year after George Washington became president) and he never lived in the White House<\/a> (it wasn\u2019t completed until 1800), the cherry, George Washington, and our nation\u2019s capital are forever intertwined. It\u2019s no lie that this cherry crumble is absolutely delicious. (AlexeyBorodin/", credit: "(AlexeyBorodin/", authorsHtml: "By AlexeyBorodin/ ", sourceId: "108202160", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Washington, D.C.: Cherry Crumble", },

{ url: "", caption: "Ohio: Buckeyes \u2014 Go Buckeyes! Without a moment\u2019s thought, every Ohioan will tell you this is their most iconic state<\/a> treat. Most commonly, they are soft peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate just enough so that a little eye of peanut butter pokes out. (Joyfuldesigns |", credit: "(Joyfuldesigns |", authorsHtml: "By Joyfuldesigns | ", sourceId: "108202162", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Ohio: Buckeyes", },

{ url: "", caption: "Louisiana: Beignets \u2014 Lavishly dusted with confectioners\u2019 sugar, beignets<\/a> \u2014 or French doughnuts \u2014 are an iconic New Orleans treat most famously served at Caf\u00E9 du Monde<\/a>. They puff up to look like fluffy pillows when fried and are best served piping hot with a cup of chicory coffee. (gwenael le vot/", credit: "(gwenael le vot/", authorsHtml: "By gwenael le vot/ ", sourceId: "108202164", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Louisiana: Beignets", },

{ url: "", caption: "Washington: Apple Crisp \u2014 Washington\u2019s<\/a> state fruit is the apple<\/a>, and the orchards in this state are truly spectacular. An amazing way to enjoy apples is through dessert, and apple crisp made with flavorful apples and a sweet oat crumble is an excellent way to enjoy Washington\u2019s bounty. (loooby/", credit: "(loooby/", authorsHtml: "By loooby/ ", sourceId: "108202165", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Washington: Apple Crisp", },

{ url: "", caption: "Alaska: Lingonberry Jam on Biscuits \u2014 \u201CDon\u2019t you dare put baked Alaska<\/a> as our state dessert,\u201D threatened one local. \u201CIt was invented in New York and no one eats it here\u2026 or anywhere else for that matter.\u201D True, baked Alaska was invented in New York City by chef Charles Ranhofer at the famous Delmonico\u2019s restaurant<\/a> in honor of the nation\u2019s purchase of the Alaska territory from the Russians in 1867. Instead, to honor the enthusiastic berry-picking culture of Alaska \u2014 and it\u2019s a serious culture, as one article articulated<\/a>, \u201CAsking Alaskans to reveal their favorite berry-picking spot is an unspoken social faux pas, right up there with talking politics, religion or asking a woman her age\u201D \u2014 we deem native lingonberry jam the official state sweet treat and have paired it here with a soft, buttery buttermilk biscuit<\/a>. Lingonberries, also known as low-brush cranberries, are very tart and high in antioxidants (much more so than blueberries, in fact.) (Shutterstock)", credit: "(Shutterstock)", authorsHtml: "By Shutterstock ", sourceId: "108202166", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Alaska: Lingonberry Jam on Biscuits", },

{ url: "", caption: "Alabama: Lane Cake \u2014 Tender layers of white sponge cake filled with bourbon-soaked raisins and coconut, Lane Cake is the award-winning creation of Emma Rylander Lane<\/a> of Clayton, Alabama<\/a>. She published the original recipe in her cookbook A Few Good Things to Eatway back in 1898. (Wikipedia)", credit: "(Wikipedia)", authorsHtml: "By Wikipedia ", sourceId: "108202167", shareUrl: "", imageTitle: "Alabama: Lane Cake", },


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It’s a custom of American states to claim various objects, activities, and foods to represent them. For instance, the state animal of California, showcased on the state flag, is the grizzly bear, while the state flower of Kansas is the sunflower. To become a state emblem, the item in question must have significant ties to the state through heritage, agriculture, or environment. It is a real government process: A bill must be passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor for something to be officially inducted. Only a handful of states have passed legislation electing an emblematic sweet, however. But that doesn’t mean each state is lacking in noteworthy pies, cakes, and other treats! For those states without official desserts, we have taken the liberty of suggesting desserts or iconic local confections that we think represent them in the sweetest way possible. (This story originally appeared on The Daily Meal.)
(The Daily Meal Staff)

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