Can You Match These Delicious Foods To Their Signature States?

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Traveling through the U.S. is culinary heaven! Every state has a delicious food that is just its own! From Alabama to Wyoming, the signature dishes on this quiz are packed with flavor that captures the essence of the state. Identifying these dishes is a true sign that you know what a state is all about.

Can you distinguish barbecued southern dishes from the seafood platters of the East coast? How many of these dishes have you tried yourself? How many have you prepared? Let's find out together by taking this quiz!

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1. Apple cider, brown sugar, all-purpose flour, ground cinnamon…

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  1. New Hampshire
  2. Florida
You can’t visit New Hampshire without trying one of their apple cider doughnuts! It's a fall classic. You can order them at restaurants, or go to an apple orchard to sample this delicacy!
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2. Marinara sauce, cheese, Italian sausage, deep dish pizza pan…

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  1. Hawaii
  2. Illinois
Illinois, specifically Chicago, is famous for its deep-dish pizza. Did you know that most deep-dish pizzas are at least 2 inches deep?
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3. Green tomatoes, breadcrumbs, all-purpose flour, eggs…

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  1. Alabama
  2. South Dakota
Alabama’s obsession with fried green tomatoes might be due to the popularity of Fannie Flagg novels. It helps, of course, that the state has a bustling tomato-growing industry!
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4. Key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, graham crackers...

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  1. Florida
  2. Montana
Key lime pie originated in Kew West, Florida, when a private chef named Aunt Sally was looking for a way to integrate condensed milk into a desert. It has become so popular that, today, there’s a Key Lime Pie Co. in the state!
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5. Potatoes, quahog clams, onions, pre-fried cubed salt pork...

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  1. Delaware
  2. Kansas
Nothing says New England -- or Delaware Bay -- like a piping hot bowl of clam chowder!
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6. Ground beef, black beans, hot red pepper, cheese...

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  1. Texas
  2. Maine
In 1977, "chili con carne" was named the official state food of Texas. It’s never lost its popularity! The recipe calls for ground beef, kidney or black beans, dark chocolate, and tomatoes.
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7. Huckleberry, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemon zest…(Hint: Hannah)

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  1. Montana
  2. California
Huckleberries grow high up in the mountains of Montana. That's why the pie is so popular in this state! Don't forget to add a bit of lemon zest!
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8. Salmon, brown sugar, liquid smoke…

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  1. Alaska
  2. Missouri
Most of Alaska's salmon comes from the glacier-fed waters of the Alaskan seas. The best fillets are hand-selected, then hardwood smoked before they are sold.
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9. Andouille sausage, shrimp, okra, tomatoes…

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  1. Louisiana
  2. Rhode Island
The delicious stew, Gumbo, happens to be Louisiana's official state dish. The dish contains the “Holy Trinity” of vegetables: celery, bell peppers, and onions.
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10. All-purpose flour, unsalted butter, buttermilk…

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  1. Mississippi
  2. California
Delicious, buttermilk biscuits can be found all over the Southern states, but did you know that Mississippi is home to the biscuit capital of the world? That's thanks to a chef named Regina Charbonneau from the town of Natchez.
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11. Potatoes, butter or olive oil, garlic, cheese...

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  1. Idaho
  2. Tennessee
Idaho’s volcanic soil allows for the consistent growth of their world-famous potatoes, so it’s no surprise that it’s the state’s official vegetable. Dishes like Hasselback potatoes, au gratin potatoes, and mash are all popular in Idaho.
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12. Coffee beans, water… (Hint: Starbucks)

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  1. Washington
  2. North Carolina
The state of Washington is known for being home to the country’s most famous coffee chain -- Starbucks! Today there are over 15,000 Starbucks throughout the United States, but rumor has it that coffee still tastes better in Washington.
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13. Peaches, cinnamon, brown sugar…

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  1. Georgia
  2. Wisconsin
A cobbler, very popular in the south, is a large pie with a fruit filling. The state of Georgia has become famous for its peaches, and it’s almost impossible to miss on dessert menus.
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14. Whole grain bread, avocado, lime…

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  1. California
  2. Ohio
Despite avocado being native to Mexico, California has adopted the fruit! Want to be hip in Los Angeles? Order an avocado toast. If you're lucky, it'll come with a fried egg.
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15. Red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard…

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  1. Utah
  2. Georgia
Fry sauce is "Utah's favorite condiment". Order fries and you're almost sure to get some! If you haven't tried it yet, it tastes like a slightly more spicy combination of ketchup and mayonnaise.
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16. Clams, ritz crackers, cheese, white wine…

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  1. Rhode Island
  2. Montana
Stuffed clams, affectionately called “stuffies” in Rhode Island, are an extremely popular dish. It is typically made using quahog clams, breadcrumbs, and cheese. These ingredients are baked together in a clamshell.
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17. Cube steak, mashed potatoes, hot sauce, butter, eggs…(Hint: Sooner State)

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  1. Oklahoma
  2. New Mexico
Chicken fried steak is made by pounding out steak until very thin, then breading and deep-frying it as it were chicken. It can be found all over the south, but a little birdie told us that Oklahoma makes the best variation in the country!
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18. Round steak, liquid smoke, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce…

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  1. Wyoming
  2. Florida
Wyoming makes some of the world’s best beef jerky. If you go to Wyoming, make sure to try all of the varieties-- including jalapeño, hickory-smoked, and wild ginger!
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19. Baby back pork, apple cider vinegar, barbecue sauce…

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  1. Kansas
  2. California
There are very few places that take barbecue as seriously as Kansas, and ribs are at the top of their list. The end result of a sometimes 5-hour cook is tender meat that falls off the bone.
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20. Roasted turkey breast, heavy cream, bacon… (Hint: think fried chicken)

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  1. Washington
  2. Kentucky
Hot brown is a “hot” open-faced sandwich that combines turkey, bacon, heavy cream, and cheese. The dish is very popular in the Louisville culinary scene.
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21. Lamb chops, olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary, basil…(Hint: Denver)

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  1. Colorado
  2. California
Colorado lamb is usually prepared by seasoning the meat with basil, lemon juice, rosemary, and mint. Don't leave Colorado without trying this savoury delight!
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22. Tater tots, green beans, mushroom soup, ground beef…

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  1. Louisiana
  2. Minnesota
Minnesota's popular "hotdish" can be described as an “anything goes one-dish meal.” One of the most popular types of hotdishes is the tater tot hotdish.
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23. Brown sugar, maple butter, vanilla, corn syrup…(Hint: rhymes with croissant)

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  1. Utah
  2. Vermont
For decades, Vermont has been one of the top producers of maple sugar in the country. In 2017 alone, the state produced almost 2 million gallons!
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24. Ground beef, red enchilada sauce, shredded chicken…

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  1. New Mexico
  2. Wisconsin
Enchiladas are one of the most popular dishes in New Mexico. They're so popular that the state has it's very own version of this Tex-Mex delicacy! Be sure to try stacked enchiladas, which are made of multiple layers of tortillas coated with red enchilada sauce.
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25. Bread flour, yeast, egg, sesame seeds…

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  1. Alabama
  2. New York
Bagels are sold everywhere, but New York’s bagels are indisputably next level. The dough is said to be softer, stickier, and more delicious than anywhere else.
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26. Beef tenderloin steak, heavy cream, basil...

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  1. Iowa
  2. Louisiana
Steak de Burgo is a steak dish that originated in Des Moines, Iowa. The recipe consists of beef tenderloin, basil, butter, and a few other ingredients.
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27. Lobster tail, lemon juice, sea salt…

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  1. Maine
  2. Nebraska
It is difficult to think about food in Maine without thinking about the lobster roll. The best lobster rolls are filled to the brim with large chunks of lobster meat, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
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28. Cake flour, light corn syrup, chocolate chips, eggs…

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  1. Florida
  2. Massachusetts
Boston cream pie is named after one of Massachusetts' most popular cities! It also happens to be the state’s official dessert. It's hard not to be tempted by the dessert's sponge cake base and shiny chocolate glaze.
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29. Shrimp, chili sauce, hot sauce, horseradish… (Hint: Sin City)

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  1. North Dakota
  2. Nevada
Nevada is one of the few cities that does not have an official state food. Shrimp cocktail's however -- a casino staple -- are said to have originated in Las Vegas in 1959.
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30. Ground beef, cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, mustard, ketchup…

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  1. Connecticut
  2. Alaska
Hamburgers and cheeseburgers are sold all over the country, thanks to companies like Burger King, and In-n-Out. But did you know that the food was invented in Connecticut over 100 years ago?
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31. Lump crab meat, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, tartar sauce…

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  1. Kansas
  2. Maryland
Blue crabs are the state crustacean of Maryland. It only makes sense that one of their signature dishes includes crab. Maryland crab cakes are lightly breaded and seasoned with lemon juice and Old Bay seasoning.
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32. Potato chips, milk chocolate, sea salt…(Hint: think direction)

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  1. Minnesota
  2. North Dakota
Chocolate covered potato chips, often called chippies, were invented in North Dakota by a family-owned candy shop. While most major potato chip companies now produce them, none are as good as the originals.
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33. Boneless pork shoulder, cider vinegar, cole slaw, liquid smoke…

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  1. Hawaii
  2. North Carolina
North Carolina’s history with barbecued pork dates back to the 18th century. The sandwich is possibly the state’s greatest contribution to the country's cuisine.
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34. Tuna steaks, soy sauce, sesame oil, macadamia nuts, brown rice…(Hint: an island)

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  1. Wyoming
  2. Hawaii
The word poke means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian. A poke dish consists of chunks of raw marinated fish tossed in rice, veggies, and sauces like sesame oil and soy sauce.
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35. Smoked pulled pork, lima beans, tomato sauce, apple cider…

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  1. Nevada
  2. Virginia
Brunswick stew may be named after Brunswick County, Virginia, or Brunswick, Georgia! The southern states have been fighting over who created the popular dish since 1898. Virginia has a leg up, though! It hosts an annual stew-off.
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36. Yellow cake mix, cream cheese, eggs, butter… (Hint: St. Louis)

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  1. Missouri
  2. Connecticut
The Missouri treat, "gooey butter cake" is said to be so sweet that almost no one is able to finish a full piece on their own. The cake’s recipe includes yellow cake mix, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and an obscene amount of butter.
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37. Buckwheat, buttermilk, eggs...

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  1. West Virginia
  2. Hawaii
Nothing says breakfast in West Virginia more than a healthy serving of buckwheat pancakes! They're more flavorful than your typical pancake. Buckwheat is good for you, too!
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38. Ground beef, bread flour, cheese, cabbage…

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  1. Florida
  2. Nebraska
Runza is a cross between a hot pocket and a burger. The food is so popular in Nebraska that the state is home to a chain of restaurants that sell the dish.
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39. Refried beans, ground beef, sour cream, salsa…(Hint: Phoenix)

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  1. Idaho
  2. Arizona
Chimichangas, essentially deep-fried burritos, are commonly served in Southwestern states. The food is so popular in Arizona that locals have petitioned to name it the state's official food.
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40. Light corn syrup, vanilla extract, salt… (Hint: opposite of old)

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  1. Arkansas
  2. New Jersey
Saltwater taffy became popular in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the 19th century. Rumor has it that it all started when a candy store owner’s stock of taffy was flooded with seawater (from the Atlantic Ocean) due to a major storm.
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41. Rib eye steak, bell peppers, cheese, white wine vinegar…

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  1. Vermont
  2. Pennsylvania
Local Philadelphians Pat and Harry Olivieri were credited with creating the famous cheesesteak rolls in the 1930s. Ever since several establishments across the state -- and across the country -- have served it.
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42. Heavy cream, eggs, peaches or apples…

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  1. Arizona
  2. South Dakota
Kolache is a Czech puff pastry dish with a large fruit pocket in the middle. Despite its European origin, it is a staple in South Dakota. There have been several attempts to establish the dessert as the state’s official pastry.
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43. Collard greens, red pepper flakes, chicken broth...

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  1. Wisconsin
  2. South Carolina
When it comes to southern cooking, especially in South Carolina, a large helping of collard greens is mandatory with every meal. The dish is usually prepared by cooking down the greens, and subsequently adding broth, olive oil, and other spices.
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44. Catfish fillet, buttermilk, cayenne pepper, hot sauce…

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  1. Montana
  2. Arkansas
Fried catfish is a southern dish and can be associated with any southern state. That said, most southern catfish comes from Arkansas!
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45. Butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract, heavy cream…(Hint: Indianapolis 500)

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  1. Indiana
  2. Washington
Sugar cream pie is the official state pie of Indiana. It is also known as the “desperation pie” because it is made using only ingredients that are commonly at hand.
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46. Marionberry, cream cheese, lemon juice, eggs…(Hint: Trailblazers and Timbers)

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  1. Arizona
  2. Oregon
Marionberry, a blackberry hybrid, was created at Oregon State University! Scientists there somehow managed to combine tart and sweet. Those are two flavors that every good pie needs.
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47. Cheese curds, buttermilk, club soda, all-purpose flour…

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  1. Wisconsin
  2. Georgia
Friend cheese curds are a Wisconsin delicacy that can be found throughout restaurants all over the state. The cheese curds are coated in a buttermilk mixture then dropped in the deep fryer.
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48. Peanut butter, dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla extract…

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  1. Ohio
  2. Alaska
Ohio, also known as the Buckeye State, is home to these peanut butter balls. They're called "buckeye" candy because they are made to resemble the nut from the buckeye tree, which is a relative of the chestnut.
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49. Ground beef, rutabaga, onion, potato, egg…

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  1. Michigan
  2. New Mexico
Pasty is a traditional Cornish meal consisting of beef, diced potatoes, onion. It became popular in Michigan as an easily transportable food, typically eaten by miners who'd immigrated.
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50. Cheddar cheese, elbow macaroni, cayenne pepper, evaporated milk...

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  1. Florida
  2. Tennessee
Macaroni and cheese is a southern classic, and Tenessee locals love it! It's so popular that you can find Mac and Cheese bars in this southern state!
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