The Best Dessert Invented in Each State + Recipes to Make at Home

Each state has its own pride and joy when it comes to desserts. Though they may not all have chocolate, they've all invented at least one dessert that we are grateful for, no matter what time of year it is. Can you ever have too many sweets?

Pack your bags and hop in your car because here is a list of the best desserts invented in each of the 50 states. Can't make the trip? We have you covered with recipes that will satisfy that sweet tooth of yours, until you get a chance to sample the real deal.

Alabama: Lane Cake

This old-school Southern layer cake recipe was invented in Clayton by Emma Rylander Lane. This sponge cake is layered with a bourbon, pecan, and a dried fruit filling, and is the Alabama's state cake.

It is most famous for its appearance in To Kill a Mockingbird. The best place to get a Lane Cake is in Birmingham at The Cakerie.

Alaska: Berry Cobbler

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Alaska is home to a plethora of locally grown berries, so it is no surprise that berry cobbler would reign supreme in this North to the Future state.

Simon and Seafort's in Anchorage is the best place to eat this local delight or make some cobbler at home with this blueberry cobbler recipe.

Arizona: Prickly Pear Candy

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Prickly pear is a sweet fruit that tastes similar to melon and is staple in the Ditat Deus state.

Make your own prickly pear gum drops with this recipe or head on over to Cactus Candy in Phoenix to get your fix.

Arkansas: Possum Pie

Possum Pie! #Arkansas

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Possum pie is not made from possums, but is instead, made of whipped cream, two types of chocolate pudding, and cream cheese.

Grab yourself a slice at Stoby's in Russellville or make your own pie at home with this recipe.

California: Fortune Cookies

These after-dinner treats were invented in Oakland, but they can be traced back to a similar cookie in 19th century Japan.

Get your fortune cookie fix at Golden Gate Fortune Cookies in San Francisco or make some at home with this recipe.

Colorado: Root Beer Float

This creamy treat was originally called the "Black Cow" and was invented by Frank J. Wisner in the early 1890s.

Get the best root beer float in Colorado at Hops & Pie in Denver or make a boozy bourbon root beer float recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay.

Connecticut: Lollipops

Originally invented in New Haven by George Smith who named this sugary treat after his horse "Lolly Pop."

Get your candy fix at the Old Wethersfield Country Store or make your own cherry lollipops at home with this recipe.

Delaware: Peach Pie

Delaware's official state pie is peach pie and the best place to get your hands on a slice is at the annual Middletown Olde-Tyme Peach Festival.

Can't make the trip and celebrate all things peachy? Try this recipe at home for hot, fresh peach pie right from your own oven.

Florida: Key Lime Pie

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One of the best desserts in my opinion is key lime pie. Tart and sweet this tangy dessert originated in the Florida Keys.

The best place to get a slice of tart heaven is the Key West Key Lime Pie Company or whip up one at home using this recipe.

Georgia: Peach Cobbler

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Peach is the state fruit of Georgia, so it is no surprise that they are known for whipping up some excellent peach cobbler.

The best place to indulge in peach cobbler a la mode is at Sisters of the New South in Savannah or have the South come to you with this recipe.

Hawaii: Haupia

Silky smooth chocolate haupia pie from @teds_bakery. I have no words 😍😍😍

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This celebratory dessert is a coconut milk based custard and is the prefect ending to any dinner.

Get your fix at Helena's Hawaiian Food in Honolulu or bring the aloha to your own kitchen with this recipe.

Idaho: Huckleberry Pie

Idaho Huckleberry Berry Pie à la mode (huckleberry ice-cream): the end of the day.

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Huckleberries are the state fruit of Idaho, and the best place to get a slice of this pie a la mode with huckleberry ice cream is at Hearthstone Restaurant and Bakery in Kamiah.

These sweet and tart berries will make a great addition to your recipe box when baked into this pie recipe.

Illinois: Twinkies

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Twinkies, a childhood favorite for all Americans, were invented in 1930 by James Alexander Dewar of Schiller Park. These cream-filled sponge cakes were my go-to sweet snack as a child.

Twinkies can be found in any grocery or convenience store in the country, but have you ever thought of making them at home? With this recipe, you can whip up a batch and share them with your friends.

Indiana: Hoosier Pie

Hoosier pie or sugar cream pie is a cream base pie flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.

Amish and Shaker in origin, the best place to grab a slice is at Jazzy Doris' Pies in Indianapolis or bake one in the comfort of your own kitchen with this recipe.

Iowa: Eskimo Pie

In 1920s Onawa, Christian Nelson was inspired by an indecisive child who couldn't decide between an ice cream sandwich and a chocolate candy bar. Nelson decided to create a confectionary treat made of ice cream with a chocolate candy coating that would become known as Eskimo Pie.

These treats can be found at any grocery store, but can be made at home with this recipe.

Kansas: Icee

Because at least it's not Monday.... #treatyourself

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Invented in Coffeyville in the late 1950s by Omar Knedlik, this sweet treat is my favorite way to cool down in the summer.

Readily available at pretty much any gas station, this Icee delight is an American favorite. With this recipe you can make a healthier fruit juice version at home.

Kentucky: Derby Pie

This chocolatey, nutty masterpiece was created by George Kern and you can purchase the original through Kern's Kitchen or through one of the restaurants that they supply their patented pies to.

But if you're ever in the Louisville area you should stop by Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen for one for one the best slices in town. Neither of these options work? Make it at home with this recipe.

Louisiana: Bananas Foster

🍌Bananas Foster #bananas #bananas🍌 #bananasfoster #brennans #neworleans #nola

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Brennan's is easily one of the best restaurants in the United States, and it was here that this fire-meets-banana rum concoction was first created. It was the 1950s and bananas were a new crop that had yet to be properly introduced to the public.

I love everything about this sticky, sweet, caramel-y goodness. I highly suggest you get here as fast as you can and if you can't here's their actual recipe.

Maine: Whoopie Pie

Maine's official state treat is shrouded in controversy with Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire all claiming that this cake and icing sandwich is their own invention.

All I know is that each bite is the perfect combination of creamy icing and moist cake. Head over to Bam Bam Bakery in Portland to get your fix or make it at home with this recipe.

Maryland: Smith Island Cake

This cake is known for its nine thing layers of sponge separated by rich fudge frosting. It is worth a trip to Smith Island, which is only accessible by boat, to find your way to the Smith Island Baking Company which specializes in this dessert.

They have a variety of flavors for you to try and they ship all over the country, but if you're not in the mood for waiting try this recipe.

Massachusetts: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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In the mid-1930s, Ruth Graves Wakefied, the owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, accidentally invented chocolate chip cookies when she tried to add chocolate to a butter cookie recipe. She thought the chocolate would melt into the batter, but instead she had invented my most favorite cookie ever.

Make your way to Clear Flour Bread in Brookline to eat a huge, insanely scrumptious chocolate chip cookie, or make some of the original Tollhouse recipe.

Michigan: Sanders Bumpy Cake

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Sanders Bumpy Cakes come in a variety of flavors, but the original that was created in 1913 is a chocolate cake with buttercream "bumps" slathered in chocolate fudge.

Purchase your Bumpy cake directly from Sanders Candy, go to one of their stores which are located all over Michigan, or make this recipe at home.

Minnesota: Bundt Cake

David Dalquist is credited for creating the first American Bundt cake pan in the 1950s and for keeping this Jewish tradition alive for a Jewish Women's group called the Hadassah.

Bundt cakes come in a variety of flavors, but my favorite recipe to make at home is Sandra Lee's spiced pumpkin Bundt cake with citrus glaze. For a great Bundt cake slice head over to Lucia's To-Go in Minneapolis.

Mississippi: Mud Pie

Er my Gerd, this was so good. 😋😢 #dessert #mudpie #icecream #heaven #omnomnom

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The origins of Mississippi Mud Pie are mostly unknown, except that it was invented in Mississippi in the 1970s and it was based on a WWII cake designed to keep costs low and flavor high.

This pie is piled high with a chocolate cookie crust, chocolate creamy filling, and then topped with more chocolate. The best place to eat it is in Vicksburg at Rowdy's Family Restaurant or make it at home with this recipe.

Missouri: Gooey Butter Cake

Gooey Butter Cake is a recipe snafu turned ingenious invention. This cake can find its origins in 1903s St. Louis where a baker disproportioned his cake batter and ended up inventing this moist dessert instead.

When in St. Louis, go to Gooey Louie Butter Cakes to get your sweet fix or make Paula Deen's recipe in your very own kitchen.

Montana: Huckleberry Ice Cream

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Huckleberries are not the state fruit of Montana, but that doesn't stop this state from coming up with one delicious ice cream flavor.

Make your way to the Huckleberry Festival in Trout Creek and celebrate all things huckleberry, or make this recipe and enjoy this creamy treat at home.

Nebraska: Butter Brickle Ice Cream

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Rich, creamy, and filled with crunchy toffee pieces, this ice cream flavor was invented in Omaha at the Blackstone Hotel in the 1920s. Stop by the eCreamery in Omaha to get a taste of this treat or even order some online, they deliver all over the U.S.

Enjoy making ice cream from scratch? Try this recipe at home to make your own version of this delicious treat.

Nevada: Bundtlets

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Invented by the friendship team of Debra Shwetz and Dena Tripp in 1997, these moist mini bundt cakes came to fruition in the snazzy city of Las Vegas. With locations all over the country, you can get a taste of Nothing Bundt Cakes pretty much anywhere.

Want to take a crack at a copycat recipe? Try this Chocolate Chocolate Chip Bundtlets recipe.

New Hampshire: Chocolate Mice

Larry Burdick, the founder of L. A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates, studied the art of fine chocolate in Switzerland and learned how to make these delectable chocolate mice.

Visit their original location in Walpole or order online.  Try this recipe to make these cute little critters in your own kitchen.

New Jersey: Salt Water Taffy

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As the story goes, a taffy store in Atlantic City was flooded with sea water after a storm around the 1880s, and as it turned out, the sea water made the taffy better.

Try a taste of the original Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy at one of their locations in New Jersey or order online through the James Candy Company's website. Make  your own Salt Water Funfetti Taffy in about an hour with this recipe.

New Mexico: Biscochitos

The official state cookie of the Land of Enchantment, biscochitos, are a spicier version of the Mexican wedding cookie. These crisp cookies can trace their origins back to Spain and are so delicious that New Mexico was the first state to claim their own state dessert, these cookies!

If you ever find yourself in Albuquerque get your biscochitos fix at Golden Crown Panaderia or make these cinnamon infused cookies in your own kitchen with this recipe.

New York: Baked Alaska

Invented in the late 1870s to commemorate the new state of Alaska, this ice cream and meringue dish was first dubbed Alaska Florida for its contrast of cold and hot elements.

Created at Delmonico's in New York City, you can still visit this restaurant and order it. Try out Martha Stewart's chocolate version of this recipe at home.

North Carolina: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Doughnuts are the best excuse to have dessert for breakfast and Krispy Kreme is every American's favorite breakfast treat. The first Krispy Kreme opened on July 13, 1937 in Winston-Salem, but now this sugary treat can be enjoyed all over this great Nation.

Make a batch of this copycat recipe for breakfast or a devilish treat any time of the day.

North Dakota: Kuchen

This classic cake recipe was brought to the Mount Rushmore State by German immigrants. This cake recipe can be made with a variety of different types of fruit and is best served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Head on over to Würst Bier Hall in Fargo to get the best Kuchen in the state, or make your own version at home with this recipe.

Ohio: Chocolate Cheese Doodles

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Joel Fink opened Fantasy Candies in 1989 with an expertise in and love for velvety chocolate. His goal was to create off-the-wall confections to tantalize his customers' taste buds.

Visit his shop in Lyndhurst or order these cheesy, chocolatey treats online. Try making these unique treats at home with Ina Garden's chocolate ganache recipe and your favorite brand of cheese doodles.

Oklahoma: Strawberries Newport

This dessert is piled high with fresh strawberries, custard, whipped cream, and puff pastry, and is a tradition for many people who attend the Festival of the Arts in Oklahoma City every Spring.

This festival has been an Oklahoma favorite since 1967 and is a celebration of everything artistic. Can't wait until Spring to get your strawberry fix? Try this recipe today.

Oregon: Bacon Maple Bar Doughnut

Mmm... Bacon Maple Bars. #bacon #baconmaple #doughnuts #🍩 #voodoodoughnutaustin #voodoodoughnut #voodoodoughnuts #austin #atx #nomnom #foodie

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Voodoo Doughnut in Portland is the birthplace of some truly unique doughnuts. With two locations in Oregon, one in Denver, and one in Austin, this doughnut shop was originally thought up over drinks and shenanigans by Kenneth "Cat Daddy" Pogson and Tres Shannon.

Their Bacon Maple Bar Doughnut was one of their first creations and is still a favorite of all who try it. Try this recipe at home or venture to the nearest Voodoo Doughnut.

Pennsylvania: Shoofly Pie

Can you believe that this dessert was invented by the Pennsylvania Dutch to shoo flies away? I say, don't let the flies have this delicious molasses-based pie.

In Philadelphia you can find the best Shoofly Pie at the Dutch Eating Place located in the Reading Terminal Market. Bake this recipe in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Rhode Island: Frozen Lemonade

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Del's Frozen Lemonade is a family recipe that has been passed down all the way from Italy, but it began in the States with a lemonade stand in Cranston in 1948.

This delicious frozen treat can be ordered on their website or one of their many Del's locations in Rhode Island. You can make it at home with this similar recipe.

South Carolina: Ultimate Coconut Cake

The Peninsula Grill is famous for their Ultimate Coconut Cake. A dozen layers of creamy, coconut goodness that has caught the attention of Martha Stewart and Bobby Flay, there's no wonder if you're ever in Charleston you must grab a slice.

Here is the actual recipe from Chef Robert Carter himself.

South Dakota: Butterscotch Dip Cupcakes

These vanilla cake cupcakes are piled high with vanilla buttercream and then dipped into melted butterscotch, which eventually hardens into a tasty shell.

When in Sioux Falls you must wrap your mouth around one of these divine desserts at Sugar's Baked Goods and Sweet Treats, or make this recipe at home for a similar taste experience.

Tennessee: MoonPie

Earl Mitchell invented the MoonPie in Chattanooga in 1917, in response to the needs of a coal miner with a sweet tooth. This classic trilogy of graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow has been an American treat ever since, and now, you can pretty much buy them all over the States.

Try this recipe at home and see if it compares to the beloved classic.

Texas: Cookies 'N Cream Ice Cream

The brainchild of another Texas original, Blue Bell Creameries based in Brenham, Cookies 'N Cream ice cream was invented in 1978, and has since become a favorite ice cream flavor of Texans trying to survive the summer heat.

Take a trip to the birthplace of this creamery and ice cream flavor, or try this recipe at home.

Utah: Aggie Blue Mint Ice Cream

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Aggie Creamery is located on the campus of Utah State in Logan, stop by for a tour, or just to taste this minty, Oreo-filled, white chocolate laced, blue treat.

You'll have to take a trip to Utah to get a taste of this treat, because this is the only recipe that comes close and it's not even blue.

Vermont: Sugar on Snow

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This snow-cone-like dessert is reduced maple syrup poured over snow, and is served in celebration of the maple harvest.

Join the Boyden Valley Winery in Cambridge for their Maple Sugar Festival in April and try some free Sugar on Snow, or make it at home with this simple recipe.

Virginia: Marble Cake

Marble cake is most recognized by the swirl design that occurs when mixing vanilla and chocolate cakes together with a tooth pick. With the first appearances of this cake originating back to 19th century Germany times, it is said that this cake originated in Rockingham County by Mennonites.

For the best marble cake in Virginia make your way to Pastries by Randolph in Arlington, or try this delicious recipe at home.

Washington: Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

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The first Cinnabon bakery opened in Seattle in 1984 by a father and son team with a mission to make the best cinnamon rolls in the world. Warm, gooey, and laced with a fragrance of cinnamon that you can smell a mile away, now you can find these pillows of happiness all over the US.

Want to see how your cinnamon rolls compare? Try this knock-off recipe.

West Virginia: "Hot Dogs"

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The Spring Hill Pastry Shop serves up éclairs that pose as hot dogs. This bakery had been owned and operated by the Williams' family since 1948.

Located in South Charleston, if you can't make a trip out try this classic éclair recipe.

Wisconsin: Kringles

Mmm Kringle, the official pastry of Wisconsin! Ever tried it?!

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Kringles are a Danish, icing topped pastry that first made their appearance in Racine in the late 1800s, and now have become the official pastery of Wisconsin.

Kringles come in a variety of flavors and the best place to get one is at the O & H Danish Bakery in Racine. They ship their homemade Kringles all over this great nation, but if you can wait a couple of days, try this recipe.

Wyoming: Honey Caramels

Try our new Mint Caramels -- sweet, delicious, and refreshing. #obsessed #madeinWY #queenbeegardens #honey

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Queen Bee Gardens specializes in everything honey. They create anything that can be made from the help of their honey bees, including their famous Honey Caramels.

Buy their products online or visit them in Lovell. Can't make the trip? Try this recipe at home.