For the record, it’s pronounced: “Mackinaw.” Mackinac Island is a big tourist trap in Michigan, which we learned from a real-life Michiganian, and they’re most well-known for the very good-looking fudge that they produce. It became famous for its sweets during its time as a fur-trading post. Murdick’s Candy Kitchen was the first store to open that offered some fudge, but right now the most well-known is probably Ryba’s Mackinac Island Fudge Shop.
Seriously, this looks like some amazing fudge. Is it any different from fudge that you might find elsewhere? Murdick’s proudly says that they don’t use additives in their fudge, but if you want to make it at home, we don’t see why you can’t. Fudge is fun to make, it’s better to eat, and it’s best to share with friends.
Maryland – Smith Island Cake
Beginning in 2008, Smith Island Cake became the official dessert of the state of Maryland, and rightly so. Smith Island, reachable only by boat, was the state’s last inhabited island, approximately ninety-five miles south of Baltimore. The cake is simple: Eight to ten layers of yellow cake, with each layer boasting a layer of chocolate frosting betwixt.
In addition, the entire thing is covered in even more chocolate frosting. Simple, yes, but it really does not sound like it would be fun to make. There are a number of variations, such as red velvet Smith Island cake or chocolate Smith Island cake, but the general formation of the dessert remains the same. Yellow cake and chocolate frosting isn’t hard, but it still seems like it would take up some man hours.
Massachusetts – Boston Cream Pie
This one’s a gimme. There’s no way anything other than the Boston Cream Pie would end up as the choice for Massachusetts. Also, for some reason, it’s called a pie even though it’s obviously a cake. Like, clearly it’s a cake. It doesn’t have a crust! But we digress.
The pieces of the traditional Boston cream pie are threefold: start with a soft, tender vanilla sponge cake, and pump it full of vanilla pastry cream. Once that task is complete, you then top it with a shiny chocolate ganache. Sure, it’s a little more complicated than some of the other options on this list, but it’s not too bad. Each step has a few fiddle bits, but overall it’s nothing that we can’t handle.
Minnesota – Blueberry Muffin
What? Why in the heck is the dessert from Minnesota the blueberry muffin? Why not something like the seven-layer bar? Well, whatever. We’re told that the reason this treat was chosen is that wheat was an extremely important crop, and wild blueberries were a common find in northern Minnesota.
It’s the official muffin of the state, but is it really the most well-known dessert? We’re going to say no, and we do indeed challenge any of our fellow Minnesotans to try to argue with us on this one. Then again, blueberry muffins are pretty great, even if they aren’t a common dessert option. They’ve got some fruit, some sugar, and go great with a little butter. You know, for breakfast.
Mississippi – Mississippi Mud Pie
Don’t be alarmed – this dessert is going to taste great, and there’s no dirt or mud involved at all. It starts with a chocolate crust that uses flour, sugars, cocoa powder, and a few other things to form the base. After that, most recipes vary as far as what you can do, but most of them have somewhere from one to three different layers of chocolate inside the crust.
You can make this in a pan like brownies and top it with marshmallows, use a springform pan and top it with whipped cream and chocolate dust, or do your own thing. Try some pecans, add some fruit on top, or melt even more chocolate and drizzle it on top of whatever toppings you find to be the most palatable.