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
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.
Arizona: Prickly Pear Candy
Prickly pear is a sweet fruit that tastes similar to melon and is staple in the Ditat Deus state.
Arkansas: Possum Pie
Possum pie is not made from possums, but is instead, made of whipped cream, two types of chocolate pudding, and cream cheese.
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.
Colorado: Root Beer Float
This creamy treat was originally called the "Black Cow" and was invented by Frank J. Wisner in the early 1890s.
Originally invented in New Haven by George Smith who named this sugary treat after his horse "Lolly Pop."
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
One of the best desserts in my opinion is key lime pie. Tart and sweet this tangy dessert originated in the Florida Keys.
Georgia: Peach Cobbler
Peach is the state fruit of Georgia, so it is no surprise that they are known for whipping up some excellent peach cobbler.
This celebratory dessert is a coconut milk based custard and is the prefect ending to any dinner.
Idaho: Huckleberry Pie
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.
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.
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.
Invented in Coffeyville in the late 1950s by Omar Knedlik, this sweet treat is my favorite way to cool down in the summer.
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
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.
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
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.
Michigan: Sanders Bumpy Cake
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.
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
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
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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.
Montana: Huckleberry Ice Cream
Huckleberries are not the state fruit of Montana, but that doesn't stop this state from coming up with one delicious ice cream flavor.
Nebraska: Butter Brickle Ice Cream
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.
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.
New Jersey: Salt Water Taffy
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
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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!
New York: Baked Alaska
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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.
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.
Ohio: Chocolate Cheese Doodles
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
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.
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.
Rhode Island: Frozen Lemonade
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.
South Carolina: Ultimate Coconut Cake
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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
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These vanilla cake cupcakes are piled high with vanilla buttercream and then dipped into melted butterscotch, which eventually hardens into a tasty shell.
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.
Utah: Aggie Blue Mint Ice Cream
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
This snow-cone-like dessert is reduced maple syrup poured over snow, and is served in celebration of the maple harvest.
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.
Washington: Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
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"
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.
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
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.