25 Weirdest Foods to Try in Different States of America
Those in Nebraska and Kansas might have grown up eating cinnamon rolls with chili at school, but this food combination could be surprising for people living in other parts of the country. Even the food in another city could make you feel excited or confused. If you are adventurous, foods like Kool-Aid pickles, fried ravioli, or ice cream potatoes might just tickle your fancy. The fact that some foods are unique to different states is a good excuse to travel around America.
Bright Side presents you with some of the most unusual foods from the different states of America.
1. Idaho — Ice cream potato
While it looks like a loaded potato, this Idaho treat is 100% an ice cream dessert with whipped cream. Vanilla ice cream is shaped into a potato and coated with cocoa powder to make it look like a potato.
2. Mississippi — Kool-Aid pickles aka “Koolickles”
Cucumbers which were already preserved and made into pickles are kept in a jar of Kool-Aid to make these Koolickles. They are usually made with the red cherry flavored Kool-Aid.
3. Iowa — Dutch letters
This puff pastry, which is usually filled with almond paste, is a snack that is shaped like the letter “S.” Dutch letters are a common treat at the annual Tulip Festival in Pella, Iowa.
4. Connecticut — Clam pizza
The argument over whether or not pineapple belongs on a pizza does not seem like a big deal anymore when you hear about clams as a pizza topping. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven created this dish.
5. Alaska — Akutaq
Traditionally made with whipped fat mixed with berries, akutaq can be found in western Alaska and northern Canada.
6. Florida — Fried gator tail
This Southern snack is made by coating alligator tail in flour and frying it until golden brown. It is often said that they almost taste like chicken.
7. Vermont — Sugar on snow, donuts, and pickles
Also known as “Sugar on Snow Supper,” this food combination is popular at events throughout Vermont. Basically, it is snow ice with maple syrup poured over it which is eaten with a pickle and a donut.
8. Wisconsin — Butter burger
A butter burger might sound confusing, but it is actually just a regular burger with butter melted over the meat. The burger is a delicacy in Wisconsin, where cow products are abundant.
9. South Carolina — Lady Baltimore cake
A Lady Baltimore Cake is a layered sponge cake with a fruit and nut filling and fluffy white frosting. It is believed to have been created by a Southern belle in South Carolina.
10. Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania & Virginia — Scrapple
To avoid waste, leftover of pork meat from butchering is made into a mush combined with cornmeal, spices, and wheat flour. Popular in Mid-Atlantic states, scrapple is pan-fried before serving.
11. Rhode Island — Stuffed clams aka “Stuffies”
Baked on the half shell of a quahog clam, “stuffies” consist of a mixture of minced clam, breadcrumbs, and clam juice.
12. Maine — Needhams
Needhams are a sweet treat made of coconut dipped in chocolate with Maine potato mixed in to bind the coconut together.
13. Massachusetts — Fluffernutter
A Fluffernutter is a sandwich made with peanut butter and marshmallow creme. It has been proposed to be the official sandwich of Massachusetts.
14. Kansas & Nebraska — Cinnamon rolls with chili
If you went to school in Kansas, Nebraska or any other Midwest states, chances are you have had cinnamon rolls with chili served at school. Otherwise, this food combination might sound surprising.
15. Missouri — Toasted ravioli
This appetizer that was popularized in St. Louis is basically square ravioli with meat inside which is breaded and deep-fried until crispy. It is eaten with marinara sauce with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
16. Hawaii — Poi
It can be eaten immediately when it is sweet or fermented to become sour. Poi is a Hawaiian food made from the underground plant stem of a tropical plant known as kalo in Hawaiian.
17. New Mexico — Green chile sundae
A hot dog and ice cream joint called Caliche’s Frozen Custard in Las Cruces, New Mexico created this concoction. Green chile topping is added to vanilla frozen custard together with some salted pecans to make this unique sundae.
18. Georgia — Pear salad
A Southern dish, pear salad is made with canned half pears topped with a dollop of mayonnaise and a sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese. Sometimes a cherry is put on top of each pear, that looks somewhat like a deviled egg.
19. Texas — Frito pie
Popular in the Southern, Midwestern, and Southwestern United States, Frito pie’s basic ingredients are Fritos corn chips, chili, and cheese. In restaurants, they are sometimes served in a Fritos bag of chips.
20. New Jersey — Salt water taffy
Despite its name, the soft taffy does not contain saltwater, although the ingredients do include salt and water. It originated in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
21. Alabama — White barbeque sauce
Unlike the more well-known tomato-based barbeque, the white barbeque sauce is a mixture of mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper.
22. Arizona — Cactus fries
Also known as prickly pear fries, the cactus is battered and deep-fried after the needles are removed.
23. Colorado — Rocky Mountain oysters
Disclaimer: they are not actual oysters. They are not even seafood. The delicacy is actually deep-fried bull, pig, or sheep testicles.
24. Illinois — Deep-dish pizza
Unlike the normal pizza, deep-dish pizza or Chicago-style pizza is more like a pie than a flatbread. The cheese and toppings go on the bottom layer and are topped with tomato sauce.
25. Arkansas — Chocolate gravy
Often served as a breakfast meal with fresh biscuits, the chocolate gravy is made with fat, flour, cocoa powder, and sugar. This dish is common in the Southern United States.
Which of these have you tried and how did you enjoy them? Would you try the ones you haven’t tried before?