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A Definitive Ranking Of U.S. States Based On Their Official Foods

Whose job is it to come up with ~official~ state foods? Because I want that job.

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Believe it or not, many states have at least one official food, and some are more delicious than others. New York state, for example, has an official state fruit (apple), an official state muffin (apple muffin), and an official state snack (yogurt). The following ranking is scientifically backed, completely unbiased, and will henceforth be considered law.

37. New York

State Fruit: Apple

State Muffin: Apple Muffin

State Snack: Yogurt

I'm really disappointed in you, New York. What about pizza? What about bagels? I see what you did there with the apple thing, but who are you fooling with yogurt? Just for that, you lose. (But I still love you forever)

36. North Dakota

State Fruit: Chokecherry

This sounds like a trap.

35. Tennessee

State Fruit: Tomato

State Commercial Fish: Catfish


(For those who haven't had hot chicken, it will rule your world, and then you'll regret everything a few hours later. Bonus points if you're in a house with one bathroom and 10 people who just ate it.)

34. Ohio

State Fruit: Tomato

State Native Fruit: PawPaw

If you have no idea what a PawPaw fruit looks like, here you go.

33. Kentucky

State Fruit: Blackberry

Maybe if they're soaked in bourbon. Then that would be a very Kentucky blackberry.

32. Idaho

State Food: Potatoes

State Fruit: Huckleberry

I confess that I may not have been aware that a huckleberry was actually a real thing and I really want to eat some now.

31. New Jersey

State Fruit: Northern Highbush Blueberry

Specific blueberry is specific.

30. West Virginia

State Food: Pepperoni Roll

State Fruit: Golden Delicious apple

Is a pepperoni roll more like a pizza roll or a hot pocket?

29. New Hampshire

State Fruit: Pumpkin

State Veggie: White Potato

Had no idea pumpkins were fruits until this point in time.

28. Utah

State Fruit: Cherry

State Historic Veggie: Sugar Beet

State Snack: Jell-O

State Veggie: Spanish Sweet Onion

But what is a historic vegetable, tho?

27. Washington

State Fruit: Apple

State Veggie: Walla Walla sweet onion

Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.

26. Indiana

State Pie: Sugar Cream

Also known as a Hoosier pie. Might cause diabetes. Don't care.

25. Arkansas

State Fruit/Veggie: South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato

State Grain: Rice

State Grape: Cynthiana

State Nut: Pecan

Worth noting that Arkansas also has a state cooking vessel, the dutch oven.

24. Missouri

State Dessert: Ice Cream Cone

State Tree Nut: Eastern Black Walnut

State Grape: Norton/Cynthiana Grape

These grapes look like velvet. I want to touch them.

23. Delaware

State Dessert: Peach Pie

Shut up, take my money, and get me a slice, please.

22. New Mexico

State Cookie: Bizcochito

State Veggies: Chile and Frijoles

Bizcochitos sound like fancier, better snickerdoodles and I'm wondering where they've been all my life.

21. Maine

State Dessert: Blueberry Pie Made With Wild Maine Blueberries

State Fruit: Wild Blueberry

State Treat: Whoopie Pie

State Herb: Wintergreen

Maine has a thing for blueberries, but only if they're wild. Also, they have a festival completely dedicated to whoopie pies. Field trip, anyone?

20. Louisiana

State Fruit: Strawberry

State Jellies: Mayhaw Jelly and Louisiana Sugar Cane Jelly

State Meat Pie: Natchitoches Meat Pie

State Veggie: Sweet Potato

Crustacean: Crawfish

State Doughnut: Beignet

Let's talk about how Louisiana has an official meat pie, and it has a festival.

19. Connecticut

State Shellfish: Eastern Oyster

I've never been able to get on the oyster bandwagon. It looks like a loogie. But, I can respect 'em. (Especially if they're fried)

18. Wisconsin

State Fruit: Cranberry

State Grain: Corn

State Pastry: Kringle

I was confusing kringles with king cakes, but this looks much better because it doesn't have to have raisins!

17. South Dakota

State Dessert: Kuchen

State Bread: Frybread

It seems like kuchen is a sort of cake/pie hybrid aka heaven. But the real gift here is frybread. It's exactly what it sounds like.

16. Oregon

State Fruit: Pear

State Mushroom: Pacific Golden Chanterelle

State Nut: Hazelnut

State Crustacean: Dungeness Crab

I need to start eating hazlenuts without the chocolate.

15. Georgia

State Prepared Food: Grits

State Fruit: Peach

State Veggie: Sweet Vidalia Onion

State Crop: Peanut

Just make sure there's cheese in them grits.

14. Alabama

State Nut: Pecan

State Fruit: Blackberry

State Tree Fruit: Peach

State Crustacean: Brown Shrimp

The fruits and the nut all make for delicious pies, but word is the "lane cake" might soon become the official state dessert.

13. Illinois

State Snack Food: Popcorn

State fruit: Goldrush Apple

Hard to top some good popcorn or a crisp apple.

12. North Carolina

State Blue Berry: Blueberry

State Red Berry: Strawberry

State Fruit: Scuppernong Grape

State Veggie: Sweet Potato

North Carolina really, really likes berries and aren't the most creative at category names.

11. Virginia

State Muffin: Blueberry Muffin

State Dessert: Ice Cream

Boring and cliché, but tasty.

10. Rhode Island

State Drink: Coffee Milk

State Fruit: Rhode Island Greening Apple

State Appetizer: Calamari

Coffee milk sounds like the adult version of chocolate milk and I want it. Just not with my calamari.

9. Massachusetts

State Bean: Boston Baked Navy Bean

State Dessert: Boston Cream Pie

State Cookie: Chocolate Chip

State Doughnut: Boston Cream Doughnut

All hail Boston Cream.

8. Vermont

State Fruit: Apple

State Pie: Apple Pie

Maybe some variety but who can get mad at apple pie? Especially when legislature states that you should serve it with at least a glass of cold milk, a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 an ounce, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or maybe all of the above.

7. Minnesota

State Fruit: Honeycrisp Apple

State Grain: Wild Rice

State Muffin: Blueberry Muffin

State Mushroom: Morel

You know, I could go for some mushroom risotto right now, Minnesota.

6. Florida

State Pie: Key Lime Pie

State Fruit: Orange

Key lime pie is probably one of my favorite things that I always forget about. It's worth noting though that key lime pie gelato is probably one of my least favorite things that I wish I could forget about.

5. Maryland

State Crustacean: Blue Crabs

State Dessert: Smith Island Cake

Get in my belly.

4. South Carolina

State Snack Food: Boiled Peanuts

State Fruit: Peach

State Veggie: Collard Greens

I almost made South Carolina win for Boiled Peanuts alone because they have my heart (they've gotta be new crop, though). Also, fun fact: South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia!

3. California

State Fruit: Avocado

State Grain: Rice

State Nut: Almond

State Veggie: Artichoke

I feel like all of these things together would make something super nutritious and delicious.

2. Oklahoma

State Meal: BBQ Pulled Pork

State Meal: Sausages and Gravy

State Meal: Fried Okra

State Meal: Grits

State Meal: Chicken Fried Steak

State Meal: Squash

State Bean: Black Eyed Peas

State Treat: Cornbread

State Dessert: Pecan Pie

State Fruit: Strawberries

State Veggie: Watermelon

If watermelon is a vegetable, my life is a lie. Also, SIX OFFICIAL STATE MEALS?! Also, someone please get me some pecan pie, stat. And cornbread.

1. Texas

State Dish: Chili

State Fruit: Texas Red Grapefruit

State Health Nut: Native Pecan

State Pastries: Sopaipilla and Strudel

State Pepper: Jalapeño

State Native Pepper: Chiltepin

State Snack: Tortilla Chips and Salsa

State Veggie: Sweet onion

State Pie: Pecan Pie

State Squash: Pumpkin

State Bread: Pan de Campo

State Cobbler: Peach Cobler

Holy moly, Texas. You know how to make a girl salivate. But...what is a health nut, tho? I don't care. YOU WIN, TEXAS. YOU. WIN.

DISQUALIFIED: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wyoming

None of these states have any ~official~ foods, so they are all disqualified BYE.

Honorable Mention: Colorado

Colorado Cinnamon Roll Day

An elementary school student made an effort to make it the official pastry of Colorado, and while the governor didn't oblige, he did make January 8th Colorado Cinnamon Roll Day.

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Who wants to take a delicious road trip?

This post has been updated to include pepperoni rolls as the state food of West Viriginia.

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