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Arizona

Cactus Candy
Prickly-pear gummies in a lovable 1969 Looney Tunes–style package.

California

Abba Zaba
The taffy celebrated on Captain Beefheart albums and in the movie Half Baked.

Florida

Coconut Patties
If you like Mounds, you’ll go nuts for coconut patties, a Sunshine State staple.

Idaho

Idaho Spud
From the country’s biggest potato supplier, a sweet trompe l’oeil treat!

Illinois

Green River
A tangy lime mouthful, concocted at a Chicago brewery during Prohibition.

Iowa

Triple T Beef Sticks
Moms send Triple T beef sticks by the dozen to their homesick GI’s in Iraq.

Kansas

Valomilk
V for vanilla, ALO for marshmallow—an all-natural confection since 1931.

Louisiana

Hubig’s Pies
Hubig’s 89-cent pies are a New Orleans delicacy, baked daily in the Fauborg Marigny.

Maine

Crown Pilot crackers
The classic “chowdah crackah”—back in production, thanks to Down East demand.

Michigan

Cornish pasties
Introduced by Cornish miners, the meat pasty is lunch Upper Peninsula–style.

Minnesota

Nut Goodie
The Twin Cities’ claim to the candy bar Hall of Fame—made in St. Paul since 1912.

Mississippi

Koolickles
Marinate dill pickles in Kool-Aid and you get Koolickles, the Delta’s new taste sensation.

Missouri

Black walnuts
A tough nut to crack, the flavorful black walnut is easy as pie to eat.

New Mexico

Piñon nuts
Roasted piñon nuts are a Native American munchie, harvested from pinecones.

New York

Black-and-white cookies
Black-and-white: the Manhattan deli cookie Jerry Seinfeld made famous.

North Carolina

Cheerwine
This cherry soda is da bomb, especially when guzzled out of a glass bottle.

North Dakota

Giants sunflower seeds
True to their name, Giants are the meatiest seeds in the land of sunflowers.

Ohio

Mike-sell’s Chips
Mike-sell’s eccentrically seasoned chips were first sold by horse and buggy.

Oklahoma

Chick-o-Stick
A flaky stick-o-peanut-butter candy originally known as Chicken Bones.

Oregon

Marionberries
Big, juicy marionberries proliferate in the Willamette Valley. Jam session, anyone?

Pennsylvania

Water Ice
What’s better than a snow cone?Philly’s water ice, blended with fresh fruit.

South Carolina

Boiled peanuts
Buy a bag of boiled peanuts by the side of the road, or a can from the Piggly Wiggly.

South Dakota

Dakota Style potato chips
Dakota Style’s seven-minute fry started the kettle-cooked revolution.

Tennessee

Moon Pies
“As big as the moon,” and first created to satisfy the sugar pangs of coal miners.

Texas

Kolaches
Czech ’em out! Fruit-filled kolaches are coffee’s best companion in central Texas.

Utah

Fry Sauce
A blend of tomatoes, mayo, and spices, Fry Sauce is ketchup’s competition.

Vermont

Maple sugar candy
From our nation’s maple-syrup source, the candy that doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Washington

Aplets and Cotlets
Aplets and cotlets, jellied apples and apricots, are cousins of Turkish Delight.

Wisconsin

Cheese curds
How do you like your cheese curds—Little Miss Muffet fresh, or deep-fried?

Wyoming

Wild Huckleberry Honey
The honey bear meets the huckleberry, a rare fruit hand-plucked in the Rockies.

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