Quiz: Do You Know All Of These Southern Foods?

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The South is known for many things and one of those things is its food. From shellfish to mashed potatoes and jambalaya to creamed corn, the flavorful foods of the southern United States attracts and inspires millions every year. But are you familiar with this kind of cuisine? Enough to ace this test? The only way to find out is to put your knowledge to the test in this quiz. How many of the southern foods can you really name?

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1. Which southern (and Thanksgiving) favorite is this?

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  1. Burgoo
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Etouffee
  4. Ambrosia
Sweet potatoes are a staple in southern cuisine. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, some of which include being boiled, baked or mashed.
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2. Do you know the name of this southern staple?

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  1. Fritters
  2. Tipsy cake
  3. Creme puffs
  4. Cornbread
Cornbread is a Native American dish that was taught to English settlers in the south. Today it is still a southern favorite.
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3. Which worldwide classic is pictured here?

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  1. Deviled eggs
  2. Mac & cheese
  3. Cracklin'
  4. Plantains
Mac & cheese is a dish that can be prepared on a stovetop or as a pie. The most important ingredients are the macaroni and you guessed it, the cheese.
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4. Do you know what this dish is called?

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  1. Souse
  2. Ham hocks
  3. Salmon croquettes
  4. Fried turkey
A ham hock or hough is often referred to as the knuckle of a pig. This cut of meat is usually cooked with greens or is used in soups.
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5. What's the name of this popular side dish?

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  1. Pho
  2. Apple butter
  3. Mashed potatoes
  4. Chow-chow
Mashed potatoes are one of the most universal side dishes in existence. It's made by mashing a boiled, microwaved or baked potato and adding ingredients like salt, butter, milk and more.
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6. What's the name of this nutty dessert?

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  1. Mille-feuille
  2. French toast
  3. Pecan pie
  4. Trifle
Pecan pie is a southern and Thanksgiving favorite that is served frequently in the fall. Optional additions to this dessert include alcohols like whiskey, vanilla extract, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
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7. This cake seems basic, but tastes amazing. What is it called?

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  1. Pound cake
  2. Red velvet cake
  3. Pineapple upside down cake
  4. Cherry pie
Pound cake was so named because four of its main ingredients are added in one pound increments. That is a pound of flour, eggs, butter and sugar.
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8. This food adds moisture to other foods that it is placed on. What do you think it is?

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  1. Ponzu
  2. Gravy
  3. Salsa
  4. Coulis
Gravy is a rich kind of sauce that can be made from a variety of ingredients- some meat-based, others, vegetable-based. In southern cuisine, gravy goes hand in hand with biscuits and mashed potatoes.
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9. Which veggie dish do you see here?

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  1. Cobb salad
  2. Collard greens
  3. Lechon
  4. Nicoise salada
Collard greens are a leafy side dish that's made with the collard plant. It can be prepared similarly to other leafy vegetables. Meat and other ingredients can also be added.
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10. This is commonly served with shrimp. What do you think it is?

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  1. Chips
  2. Turkish delight
  3. Rock candy
  4. Grits
Grits is a dish made from boiling cornmeal. This food can be eaten as a breakfast dish and can also be paired with a meat (like shrimp) to elevate it.
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11. Which of the options is the name of this complicated dessert?

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  1. Whoopie pie
  2. Eclair
  3. Coconut custard
  4. Peach cobbler
Peach cobbler is a dish that was brought over by the British who settled in the New World. It is usually baked as a deep dish pie.
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12. This food can be eaten alone, with gravy or with jam/jelly. What is its name?

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  1. Chocolate chip cookie
  2. Yaka mein
  3. Biscuits
  4. Boston cream pie
Biscuits are a southern staple that can be eaten alone, dipped in gravy or used as buns with some meat in between.
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13. What do you think this dish is called?

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  1. Fajitas
  2. Fatback
  3. Chili
  4. Peking duck
Fatback is exactly what the name suggests- fat from the back of a pig. It can be served salted, as pork rinds or as the meat in a soup.
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14. This is a classic southern dish which hails from New Orleans. What is it known as?

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  1. Buffalo wings
  2. Jambalaya
  3. Clambake
  4. Crab cakes
Jambalaya is a dish that came straight out of New Orleans, although it has European elements (Spanish and French). It is a dish consisting of rice, meat and vegetables.
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15. This dish is almost always made with a healthy serving of butter. What do you think it is?

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  1. Hamburger
  2. Corn on the cob
  3. Philly cheesesteak
  4. Cawl
Corn on the cob is the name given to corn that has been cooked on its cob, for lack of a better explanation. The corn can be boiled, grilled or roasted and served with a variety of sauces and toppings.
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16. What's the name of this food that is an acquired taste for some?

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  1. Cornish pastry
  2. Irish stew
  3. Okra
  4. Yorkshire pudding
Okra is known for many things and one of them is how slimy it can get. When cooked properly, it is a delicacy that pairs well with other southern foods.
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17. This dish's name is a bit misleading. Which option do you think it is?

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  1. Shepherd's pie
  2. Chicken tikka masala
  3. Christmas plum pudding
  4. Chicken fried steak
Creating chicken fried steak requires a piece of beefsteak (most often tenderized cube steak) then coating it with seasoned flour and pan-frying it.
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18. Which classic southern stew is being shown in the picture?

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  1. Callaloo
  2. Gumbo
  3. Fish and chips
  4. Shawarma
Gumbo is a dish that hails from New Orleans. It is a stew that has two variations: Creole gumbo and Cajun gumbo.
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19. Some would say that this is a pancake. What's an alternative name for it?

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  1. Beef noodle soup
  2. Fondue
  3. Pad thai
  4. Hoecake
A hoecake can also be called a johnnycake, a shawnee cake or spider cornbread. It originated from the indigenous people of North America.
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20. What is the name of this dessert, whose primary ingredient is actually stale?

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  1. Rosette
  2. Butter pecan
  3. Lemon drop
  4. Bread pudding
Bread pudding is a dessert that is made using stale bread. It is baked after other ingredients like eggs, butter and milk are added.
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21. Which legume do you see in this picture?

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  1. Black-eyed peas
  2. Paella
  3. Empanada
  4. Rice and curry
Black-eyed-peas, which are actually beans, are a subspecies of the cowpea. Just like other legumes, they can be cooked alone or as part of another dish.
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22. What is the name of this side dish that has nothing to do with baby dogs?

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  1. Chili crab
  2. Gazpacho
  3. Goat stew
  4. Hushpuppies
Like many other southern dishes, the main ingredient in hushppuppies is cornmeal. This deep-fried food is often served as a side dish.
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23. What's this peas & rice dish named after an old Charleston street vendor?

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  1. Hoppin' John
  2. Meat patty
  3. Stuffed peppers
  4. Bean stew
Hoppin' John is a dishes with two primary ingredients: rice and black-eyed peas. It can be seasoned as desired, as well as spiced with with slices of meat.
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24. What's the name of this dish that is usually made from a pig's intestines?

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  1. Stamppot
  2. Chitlins
  3. Bat soup
  4. Greenfig and salt fish
Chitlins are usually made from the intestines of a pig, although they are not limited to that animal. The stomachs of other types of cattle can also be utilized.
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25. This is a classic dish in countries all around the world. Can you tell us its name?

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  1. Taco
  2. Octopus curry
  3. Fried fish
  4. Tagine
Fried fish, similar to fried chicken, is the frying of fish that has been battered or breaded; the type of fish does not matter.
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26. This dish is sometimes baked, with marshmallows added on top. What do you think its name is?

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  1. Candied yams
  2. Potato pancake
  3. Kimchi
  4. Tabbouleh
Candied yams aren't actually made with yams, but with sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes are cooked with butter, cinnamon and sugar, primarily, and extras like marshmallows and orange juice.
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27. This side dish is a must-have at any barbecue. What is it called?

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  1. Tempura
  2. Ramen
  3. Pasta
  4. Potato salad
Potato salad is a dish with ties to Germany. It is traditionally made with cubes of potato and mayonnaise and seasoned with onions, salt and herbs.
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28. This meat is also common in Caribbean cuisine. What is it called?

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  1. Pizza
  2. Oxtail
  3. Lamb's Heart
  4. Sushi
Oxtail is a southern and Caribbean dish that is made from the tail of certain cattle. It can served alone when stewed or star as the meat in a soup.
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29. What's the name of this very sweet dessert?

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  1. Turkish delight
  2. Caramel cake
  3. Nougat
  4. Rock candy
Caramel cakes are complicated southern desserts that are known for being technically diificult to create and that includes its freshly-made caramel frosting.
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30. Also known as "trotters", this unusual dish is made of:

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  1. Polenta
  2. Goulash
  3. Pig's feet
  4. Risotto
Pig's feet is an ingredient that can prepared in a variety of ways. Usually, they are seasoned and boiled and eaten as is, or they're added to a soup.
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31. Which popular vegetable dish is this?

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  1. Roti
  2. Pepperpot
  3. Creamed corn
  4. Red beans and rice
Creamed corn is made from adding sweetcorn to a milky soup. It's common to find chunks of pureed corn in the dish.
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32. This drink is enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Can you tell us its name?

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  1. Sweet tea
  2. Diet Soda
  3. Fruit punch
  4. Shirley temple
Traditional sweet tea is made by adding a sweetener (sugar, honey or simple syrup) to tea that's still brewing. Fruits can also be added in later on.
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33. What's the name of this food which resembles kale and has a distinct taste?

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  1. Coq au vin
  2. Bouillabaisse
  3. Mustard greens
  4. Pig roast
Mustard greens are very similar to collard greens in that they are cooked in a similar way and looks almost the same when prepared.
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34. This dish is usually the star of the show at Thanksgiving dinners. What is its name?

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  1. Jollof rice
  2. Gyro
  3. Turkey
  4. Oil down
A turkey is usually the star of the show at Thanksgiving dinners where meat is allowed. The preparation, seasoning and cooking process takes hours.
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35. Which meaty and hearty breakfast favorite is this?

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  1. Mountain chicken
  2. Hot links
  3. Peppersoup
  4. Pot-au-feu
Hot links are sausages. They can be made using almost any kind of meat and cooked and seasoned to the eater's taste.
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36. This food can be fried, stewed and even barbecued. What do you think it is?

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  1. Succotash
  2. Ceviche
  3. Chicken liver
  4. Fish broth
Chicken liver is exactly what its name suggests. It's not eaten by a very large population outside of the south.
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37. Which beautiful fruit dessert is this?

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  1. Banana pudding
  2. Mooncake
  3. Tea loaf
  4. Caramel apple
Banana pudding is a southern dessert that doesn't need to be cooked. After the dish is layered, it is simply placed in the refrigerator until cold.
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38. What's the name of this refreshing southern cocktail?

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  1. Amaretto sour
  2. Mint julep
  3. Tequila sunrise
  4. Cosmopolitan
A mint julep is a southern cocktail that is made with four ingredients; mint leaves, crushed ice, bourbon and simple syrup.
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39. This side dish is available at many fast food restaurants. What is its name?

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  1. Coleslaw
  2. California roll
  3. Peanut soup
  4. Ginger beed
A coleslaw is a type of salad made with shredded vegetables. Traditionally, those vegetables are cabbage and carrot. Mayonnaise or a vinaigrette serves as the dressing.
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40. This dish transcends cultures and most religions. What is it called?

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  1. Fried chicken
  2. Rum Cake
  3. Boudin
  4. Beef brisket
Fried chicken is an easy, yet classic dish that is made by frying pieces of chicken (typically the leg, thigh, breast and wings) that have been seasoned, battered and/or dipped in flour.
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41. Some would say the marinating process is the most important part when preparing this dish. What is it called?

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  1. Poutine
  2. Pork ribs
  3. Fish chowder
  4. Butter tart
When one sees ribs on a menu, there's a high chance that they're pork ribs. They're best cooked by smoking and grilling.
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42. This dish is popular in Latin culture. Can you tell us its name?

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  1. Chicken korma
  2. Red beans and rice
  3. Flying fish
  4. Corn salad
Red beans and rice have heavy Latin influences. The dish was usually made on Mondays with leftover pork bones from the previous Sunday.
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43. What's the name of this dish, which is actually pig stomach?

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  1. Roast lamb
  2. Hog maw
  3. Fried chicken
  4. Wiener schnitzel
Hog maw is made using the stomach of a pig. The meat can be prepared in many different ways and served with other southern side dishes.
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44. This side dish is a good source of of vitamin A. What is its name?

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  1. Meat pie
  2. Turnip greens
  3. Kabuli
  4. Couscous
Turnip greens are very similar to, you guessed it, collard and mustard greens. The greens are actially the leaves of a turnip plant.
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45. This is a fall favorite. Can you tell us its name?

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  1. Devil's food cake
  2. Pumpkin bread
  3. Coconut bread
  4. Rock cake
Pumpkin bread is a kind of quick bread that uses pumpkin as one of its main ingredients. Nuts are usually added for texture.
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46. This traditional dessert is usually served as an alternative to pumpkin pie. Do you know what it's called?

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  1. Rum cake
  2. Gingerbread
  3. Opera cake
  4. Sweet potato pie
Sweet potato pie is a holiday favorite that is served in all areas of the country. Usually, marshmallows are placed on top for more sweetness.
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47. This liquid is a primary ingredient in pancakes of the same name:

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  1. Caramel latte
  2. Hot chocolate
  3. Buttermilk
  4. Frappuccino
Buttermilk is a milk drink made by churning butter from cream. It can be used in cooking or consumed as is.
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48. What's the name of this nutty, sugary treat?

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  1. Fudge
  2. Pralines
  3. Genoise
  4. Angel delight
There are different kinds of pralines. The American kind is softer and a lot less perfect-looking than its French and Belgian counterparts. Its ingredients include a combination of nuts mixed with cream.
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49. What's the name of this pie which happens to be the official state pie of Florida?

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  1. Cherry pie
  2. Apple pie
  3. Pumpkin pie
  4. Key lime pie
Key lime pie is so named because it is traditionally made with Key limes. Those limes originated in, you guessed it, Key West, Florida.
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50. What do you call this super thick sauce?

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  1. Cranberry sauce
  2. Maple syrup
  3. Sausage gravy
  4. Soy sauce
This isn't your typical Thanksgiving gravy! Sausage gravy is lighter in color and much thicker, so there's no need to add stock.
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51. Take a bite of this popular breakfast food named what?

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  1. Corn puffs
  2. Fried chicken
  3. Crispy bacon
  4. Country ham
Country ham is a cured and smoked ham that can be found across the Southern United States. Put it in a biscuit to make an on-the-go breakfast sandwich!
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52. This bottom dweller goes great with a side of fries. What is it?

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  1. Salmon
  2. Turducken
  3. Catfish
  4. Swamp cabbage
A group of fish is often known as a school. But in some areas of the South, groups of catfish are also called knots or balls.
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53. What do you call this pork rind snack?

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  1. Piggy puffs
  2. Crispies
  3. Jalapeño poppers
  4. Cracklings
Cracklings are made from pig skin that is rendered, fried in fat, or roasted. Across the pond, they are known as scratchings.
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54. Can you name this rock-hard dessert?

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  1. Almond balls
  2. Puppy chow
  3. Scotcheroos
  4. Peanut brittle
When it comes to the health of your teeth, eating peanut brittle is just as bad as chewing ice, especially when extra nuts are added to the recipe.
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55. This seafood is popular in the Carolinas and Georgias. What's it called?

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  1. Red herring
  2. Sturgeon
  3. Shrimp
  4. Octopus
Shrimp contain a cancer-fighting mineral called selenium, an antioxidant that hinders the growth of free radicals.
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56. What do you call this cuisine that celebrates Taco Tuesday?

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  1. Tex-Mex
  2. Mex Mash
  3. Happy Jalapeño
  4. Spicy Surprise
Tex-Mex comes from the Tejanos, Texans of Mexican descent, who mixed their native Mexican and Spanish foods to create the diverse culinary treat we know today.
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57. Which fruit is the state of Georgia most famous for?

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  1. Peaches
  2. Oranges
  3. Plums
  4. Apples
An excellent source of vitamins A and C, peaches have 3 grams of fiber and fewer than 70 calories.
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58. What do you often spread on your biscuits?

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  1. Pickle radish
  2. Ice cream
  3. Mustard
  4. Fruit preserves
Fruit preserves often contain pieces of fruit. Jams do not. Nonetheless, most people use the two terms interchangeably.
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59. What hard-shell nut cooks in water for several hours to make a delicious snack?

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  1. Peanuts
  2. Almonds
  3. Cashews
  4. Walnuts
To make boiled peanuts, cook freshly-harvested (green) peanuts in salty water for several hours to soften the shell.
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60. Emma Lane won first prize at the county fair with her namesake bourbon cake:

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  1. Marble cake
  2. Red velvet cake
  3. Angel food cake
  4. Lane cake
Lane cake is a traditional southern dessert that also goes by the names "prize cake" and "Alabama cake."
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