Turn your next road trip into a nosh fest! Brake at farm stands and convenience stores for the quirky tastes that put each region on the food map. Here, a sweet-and-salty sampler of our nation’s standout nibbles.
Prickly-pear gummies in a lovable 1969 Looney Tunes–style package.
The taffy celebrated on Captain Beefheart albums and in the movie Half Baked.
If you like Mounds, you’ll go nuts for coconut patties, a Sunshine State staple.
From the country’s biggest potato supplier, a sweet trompe l’oeil treat!
A tangy lime mouthful, concocted at a Chicago brewery during Prohibition.
Triple T Beef Sticks
Moms send Triple T beef sticks by the dozen to their homesick GI’s in Iraq.
V for vanilla, ALO for marshmallow—an all-natural confection since 1931.
Hubig’s 89-cent pies are a New Orleans delicacy, baked daily in the Fauborg Marigny.
Crown Pilot crackers
The classic “chowdah crackah”—back in production, thanks to Down East demand.
Introduced by Cornish miners, the meat pasty is lunch Upper Peninsula–style.
The Twin Cities’ claim to the candy bar Hall of Fame—made in St. Paul since 1912.
Marinate dill pickles in Kool-Aid and you get Koolickles, the Delta’s new taste sensation.
A tough nut to crack, the flavorful black walnut is easy as pie to eat.
Roasted piñon nuts are a Native American munchie, harvested from pinecones.
Black-and-white: the Manhattan deli cookie Jerry Seinfeld made famous.
This cherry soda is da bomb, especially when guzzled out of a glass bottle.
Giants sunflower seeds
True to their name, Giants are the meatiest seeds in the land of sunflowers.
Mike-sell’s eccentrically seasoned chips were first sold by horse and buggy.
A flaky stick-o-peanut-butter candy originally known as Chicken Bones.
Big, juicy marionberries proliferate in the Willamette Valley. Jam session, anyone?
What’s better than a snow cone?Philly’s water ice, blended with fresh fruit.
Buy a bag of boiled peanuts by the side of the road, or a can from the Piggly Wiggly.
Dakota Style potato chips
Dakota Style’s seven-minute fry started the kettle-cooked revolution.
“As big as the moon,” and first created to satisfy the sugar pangs of coal miners.
Czech ’em out! Fruit-filled kolaches are coffee’s best companion in central Texas.
A blend of tomatoes, mayo, and spices, Fry Sauce is ketchup’s competition.
Maple sugar candy
From our nation’s maple-syrup source, the candy that doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Aplets and Cotlets
Aplets and cotlets, jellied apples and apricots, are cousins of Turkish Delight.
How do you like your cheese curds—Little Miss Muffet fresh, or deep-fried?
Wild Huckleberry Honey
The honey bear meets the huckleberry, a rare fruit hand-plucked in the Rockies.