Lots of people around the world love cheesecake, but New York is crazy for the stuff. This state has given their cheesecake a bump by adding a ton of cream cheese and extra eggs – for a normal recipe that calls itself New York cheesecake, you’ll be using something like thirty-two ounces (that’s two pounds!) of cream cheese.
You’ll also need six, count them SIX large eggs. There are also going to be a couple of cups of sugar, some sour cream, and more. No wonder New York likes it so much. Sure, the stuff is great on its own, but it will be even better if you top it with something like blueberries or strawberries. Plus, if you do that, you can at least pretend it’s a little bit healthy. Fruit is healthy, right?
New Jersey – Saltwater Taffy
Made by mixing corn syrup, butter, sugar, and vegetable oil, saltwater taffy is a consistent and favorite sight when it comes to the Atlantic City boardwalk. Getting to watch it being stretched and manipulated is a ton of fun, and it’s easy to add any flavor that you want to it. Why is it called saltwater taffy?
Well, because after a candy shop had been flooded, a proprietor started calling it that when asked for taffy. No, really, that’s why it’s called that. There’s no difference between saltwater taffy and “regular” taffy. Taffy isn’t too complicated to make, but candy is always a little harder thanks to having to boil it off. That stuff gets hot, and if it gets on you it will burn your skin.
New Mexico – Biscochito
As New Mexico’s State Cookie, biscochitos bring a savory taste to balance out the natural sweetness. They’re similar to shortbread or butter cookies, but they have a couple of twists to keep them from being too common. These include things such as cinnamon, orange zest, lard, and one of the main ingredients, anise seed.
It’s more like a pie crust while you’re working the dough, but make them properly and you’ll have an amazing cookie that is a hit at all sorts of formal events, or during the holiday season. These very well might be the first cookie to be given the title of an official state cookie, so try out a little bit of history the next time you’re trying to figure out what dessert to make for an event.
North Carolina – Sweet Potato Pie
As odd as it is to have a dessert that heavily features a vegetable, here we are. Sweet potato pie is a classic dish from this Southern state that shouldn’t be ignored when it comes to its flavor, since it features plenty of butter, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and vanilla, and more. Not only that, but you get a little bit of a healthy bonus when you indulge in this dessert, since sweet potatoes have a lot of fiber and vitamin A.
Even better, this recipe is a cinch to make, since you more or less just have to throw all the ingredients together into an unbaked pie shell and then toss it in the oven for a little while. Some recipes require some tricky oven temperature lowering, but that’s not too hard, is it?
North Dakota – Krumkake
If it’s coming out of North Dakota, you know that it’s going to originate in the Scandinavian area of the world, and krumkake is no exception. It’s a crispy wafer cookie that is rolled into a cone while it’s still hot. Once they cool, you can fill them with whipped cream or dip them in chocolate, or anything else you can think of.
The name means “curved cake” in Norwegian, and they’re usually made with the help of a decorative griddle. This kind of treat will take a little bit of experimenting to get right, but thankfully a normal batch of batter can make something like fifty krumkakes. That gives you plenty of chances to work on mixing, cooking, and rolling them until you get something that you like.