Food & Nutrition

The Official State Food of All 50 States

map of the United States showing official state foods

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Official state foods

Each state has a lot to offer when it comes to food. With a rich and vast history, each sector of the United States has developed its own culinary staples. You may be able to think of some of the best hamburgers, best pizzerias, and best coffee shops for each state, but do you know there’s a specific food that each place is known for that goes beyond traditional restaurants? Some of these food choices may even come as a surprise.

How we choose the official state foods

Many states recognize a specific food as a symbol of their state, whether it’s the official state fruit, vegetable, dessert, or even snack. You can read more about each state’s history through food on their respective government websites. Still, there are a few states that haven’t declared any type of food as their own, so we chose some favorite foods that honor the state’s history and its people.

Southern Lane Cake, the official food of alabama

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Alabama: Lane cake

If you’ve never heard of Lane cake, this delicious dessert is a bourbon layer cake with a unique filling that includes pecans, coconut, and raisins. Lane cake was named the official state dessert of Alabama in 2016, and it got a shout-out in the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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