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Believe it or not, many states have at least one official food, and some are more delicious than others. New York state, for example, has an official state fruit (apple), an official state muffin (apple muffin), and an official state snack (yogurt). The following ranking is scientifically backed, completely unbiased, and will henceforth be considered law.

37. New York

State Fruit: AppleState Muffin: Apple MuffinState Snack: Yogurt

I’m really disappointed in you, New York. What about pizza? What about bagels? I see what you did there with the apple thing, but who are you fooling with yogurt? Just for that, you lose. (But I still love you forever)

36. North Dakota

State Fruit: Chokecherry

This sounds like a trap.

35. Tennessee

State Fruit: TomatoState Commercial Fish: Catfish

WHAT ABOUT HOT CHICKEN, TENNESSEE?! (For those who haven’t had hot chicken, it will rule your world, and then you’ll regret everything a few hours later. Bonus points if you’re in a house with one bathroom and 10 people who just ate it.)

34. Ohio

State Fruit: TomatoState Native Fruit: PawPaw

If you have no idea what a PawPaw fruit looks like, here you go.

33. Kentucky

State Fruit: Blackberry

Maybe if they’re soaked in bourbon. Then that would be a very Kentucky blackberry.

32. Idaho

State Food: PotatoesState Fruit: Huckleberry

I confess that I may not have been aware that a huckleberry was actually a real thing and I really want to eat some now.

31. New Jersey

State Fruit: Northern Highbush Blueberry

Specific blueberry is specific.

30. West Virginia

State Food: Pepperoni RollState Fruit: Golden Delicious apple

Is a pepperoni roll more like a pizza roll or a hot pocket?

29. New Hampshire

State Fruit: PumpkinState Veggie: White Potato

Had no idea pumpkins were fruits until this point in time.

28. Utah

State Fruit: CherryState Historic Veggie: Sugar BeetState Snack: Jell-OState Veggie: Spanish Sweet Onion

But what is a historic vegetable, tho?

27. Washington

State Fruit: AppleState Veggie: Walla Walla sweet onion

Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang.

26. Indiana

State Pie: Sugar Cream

Also known as a Hoosier pie. Might cause diabetes. Don’t care.

25. Arkansas

State Fruit/Veggie: South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink TomatoState Grain: RiceState Grape: Cynthiana State Nut: Pecan

Worth noting that Arkansas also has a state cooking vessel, the dutch oven.

24. Missouri

State Dessert: Ice Cream ConeState Tree Nut: Eastern Black WalnutState Grape: Norton/Cynthiana Grape

These grapes look like velvet. I want to touch them.

23. Delaware

State Dessert: Peach Pie

Shut up, take my money, and get me a slice, please.

22. New Mexico

State Cookie: BizcochitoState Veggies: Chile and Frijoles

Bizcochitos sound like fancier, better snickerdoodles and I’m wondering where they’ve been all my life.

21. Maine

State Dessert: Blueberry Pie Made With Wild Maine BlueberriesState Fruit: Wild BlueberryState Treat: Whoopie PieState Herb: Wintergreen

Maine has a thing for blueberries, but only if they’re wild. Also, they have a festival completely dedicated to whoopie pies. Field trip, anyone?

20. Louisiana

State Fruit: StrawberryState Jellies: Mayhaw Jelly and Louisiana Sugar Cane JellyState Meat Pie: Natchitoches Meat PieState Veggie: Sweet Potato Crustacean: CrawfishState Doughnut: Beignet

Let’s talk about how Louisiana has an official meat pie, and it has a festival.

19. Connecticut

State Shellfish: Eastern Oyster

I’ve never been able to get on the oyster bandwagon. It looks like a loogie. But, I can respect ‘em. (Especially if they’re fried)

18. Wisconsin

State Fruit: CranberryState Grain: CornState Pastry: Kringle

I was confusing kringles with king cakes, but this looks much better because it doesn’t have to have raisins!

17. South Dakota

State Dessert: KuchenState Bread: Frybread

It seems like kuchen is a sort of cake/pie hybrid aka heaven. But the real gift here is frybread. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

16. Oregon

State Fruit: PearState Mushroom: Pacific Golden ChanterelleState Nut: HazelnutState Crustacean: Dungeness Crab

I need to start eating hazlenuts without the chocolate.

15. Georgia

State Prepared Food: GritsState Fruit: PeachState Veggie: Sweet Vidalia OnionState Crop: Peanut

Just make sure there’s cheese in them grits.

14. Alabama

State Nut: PecanState Fruit: BlackberryState Tree Fruit: PeachState Crustacean: Brown Shrimp

The fruits and the nut all make for delicious pies, but word is the “lane cake” might soon become the official state dessert.

13. Illinois

State Snack Food: PopcornState fruit: Goldrush Apple

Hard to top some good popcorn or a crisp apple.

12. North Carolina

State Blue Berry: BlueberryState Red Berry: StrawberryState Fruit: Scuppernong GrapeState Veggie: Sweet Potato

North Carolina really, really likes berries and aren’t the most creative at category names.

11. Virginia

State Muffin: Blueberry MuffinState Dessert: Ice Cream

Boring and cliché, but tasty.

10. Rhode Island

State Drink: Coffee MilkState Fruit: Rhode Island Greening AppleState Appetizer: Calamari

Coffee milk sounds like the adult version of chocolate milk and I want it. Just not with my calamari.

9. Massachusetts

State Bean: Boston Baked Navy BeanState Dessert: Boston Cream PieState Cookie: Chocolate Chip State Doughnut: Boston Cream Doughnut

All hail Boston Cream.

8. Vermont

State Fruit: AppleState Pie: Apple Pie

Maybe some variety but who can get mad at apple pie? Especially when legislature states that you should serve it with at least a glass of cold milk, a slice of cheddar cheese weighing a minimum of 1/2 an ounce, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or maybe all of the above.

7. Minnesota

State Fruit: Honeycrisp AppleState Grain: Wild RiceState Muffin: Blueberry MuffinState Mushroom: Morel

You know, I could go for some mushroom risotto right now, Minnesota.

6. Florida

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State Pie: Key Lime PieState Fruit: Orange

Key lime pie is probably one of my favorite things that I always forget about. It’s worth noting though that key lime pie gelato is probably one of my least favorite things that I wish I could forget about.

5. Maryland

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State Crustacean: Blue CrabsState Dessert: Smith Island Cake

Get in my belly.

4. South Carolina

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State Snack Food: Boiled PeanutsState Fruit: PeachState Veggie: Collard Greens

I almost made South Carolina win for Boiled Peanuts alone because they have my heart (they’ve gotta be new crop, though). Also, fun fact: South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia!

3. California

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State Fruit: AvocadoState Grain: RiceState Nut: AlmondState Veggie: Artichoke

I feel like all of these things together would make something super nutritious and delicious.

2. Oklahoma

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State Meal: BBQ Pulled PorkState Meal: Sausages and GravyState Meal: Fried OkraState Meal: GritsState Meal: Chicken Fried SteakState Meal: SquashState Bean: Black Eyed PeasState Treat: CornbreadState Dessert: Pecan PieState Fruit: StrawberriesState Veggie: Watermelon

If watermelon is a vegetable, my life is a lie. Also, SIX OFFICIAL STATE MEALS?! Also, someone please get me some pecan pie, stat. And cornbread.

1. Texas

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State Dish: Chili State Fruit: Texas Red GrapefruitState Health Nut: Native PecanState Pastries: Sopaipilla and StrudelState Pepper: JalapeñoState Native Pepper: ChiltepinState Snack: Tortilla Chips and SalsaState Veggie: Sweet onionState Pie: Pecan PieState Squash: PumpkinState Bread: Pan de CampoState Cobbler: Peach Cobler

Holy moly, Texas. You know how to make a girl salivate. But…what is a health nut, tho? I don’t care. YOU WIN, TEXAS. YOU. WIN.

DISQUALIFIED: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wyoming

None of these states have any ~official~ foods, so they are all disqualified BYE.

Honorable Mention: Colorado

Colorado Cinnamon Roll Day

An elementary school student made an effort to make it the official pastry of Colorado, and while the governor didn’t oblige, he did make January 8th Colorado Cinnamon Roll Day.

update

This post has been updated to include pepperoni rolls as the state food of West Viriginia.

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