If you like food, design, and puns that are so bad, they’re good, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s rare when something checks all three of those boxes, so I was excited when I stumbled across the map of the “Foodnited States of America”. The work of creative professional, food satirist and Foodiggity creator Chris Durso, this beautifully constructed, terribly punned photo series sprung from the artist’s fourth profession: father.
Durso wrote, “In addition to being the creator of Foodiggity.com, I’m also the father of an eight-year-old. And, when most of the material covered on your site could best be described as ‘juvenile food-related nonsense,’ a curious youngster is gonna wanna get involved.
“It began innocently enough with, ‘Dad… What if you made States, but like, they were made of food, like?’ My response was something along the lines of, ‘That’s been done to death already, son… Go to bed.’ Then, the heir to the Foodiggity empire added, ‘But what if they like had funny names like New Pork or New Jerky, like?’ Now, we were on to something.
“So, with an idea set forth by an eight year-old, and contributions from Dad and others […],” Durso, a few friends and the inventive eight-year-old behind the whole thing went to work.
Without further ado, the Foodnited States of America.
Indiana: Cinnamindiana Roll
Cransas… Today's Foodnited State is #25 and marks the halfway point of our project. And, no US State seemed more appropriate than Kansas, which is home to the geographic center of the contiguous 48 States. The marker is located two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas and is in the center of a former hog farm. Never thought you'd learn anything following this silly project, did ya? Anyway… Thanks, everyone, for making this project a blast to produce. We're looking forward to the next 25. #foodnitedstates #foodiggity #foodstates #cranberry #kansas #jayhawks #usa
Maine: Pork Lo Maine
Maine also received this rather sweet remembrance of Prince.
Missouri: Missourifried Beans
Nevada: Bananavada Bread
New Hampshire: New Spamshire
New Jersey: New Jerky
New Mexico: New Mexiquiche
New York: New Pork
North Carolina: North Carolima Beans
North Dakota: North Duckota
Ohio: Ohioatmeal Raisin
Oklahummus… Part of The Foodnited States. 40/50. My favorite part of this project has been fan participation. And, of the thousands of suggestions we received for States, 'Okrahoma' was by far the one we saw the most of… which is exactly why we didn't do it. Plus, okra is a pain in the ass to find in these parts. ?
Rhode Island: Rocky Rhode Island
South Carolina: South Caramelina
South Dakota: South Dacocoa Puffs
Vermont: Vermint Chocolate Chip
Washington, D.C.: Squashington, D.C.
West Virginia: West Virgingerbread Man
Are these accurate representations of your state?