Apples: good! Candy: great! Candied apples…not the sum of its parts. Also known as jelly apples, these were invented in New Jersey in 1908 when a Newark candy maker named William Kolb came up with a syrup consisting of melted sugar, red food coloring, and cinnamon. He decided to dip some apples into it and sell them for a nickel apiece, thus dooming us all.
We love fruit, but an entire, whole apple tipped in syrup and sold on a stick? Times were tough back in the early nineteen hundreds. This easy treat soon spread to the Jersey Shore, where it was an easy snack for people walking the boardwalk and didn’t know any better. Well, at least it’s kinda sort of healthy almost. Maybe.
Washington D.C. – Cupcakes
Though not a state, the District of Columbia has its own little culture to show off, and the dessert of choice from this small area is the humble, versatile, and delicious cupcake. But, why is Washington D.C. so swept up in cupcake fever? That's a great question, and despite wearing out the soles of our shoes trying to discover the answer, there’s no clear result.
However, nowadays the store known as Georgetown Cupcake has been sending out wonderful treats for a couple of decades, while a slightly older store called Baked and Wired has plenty of fans to call its own. Maybe the treats are so well-liked because they’re so easy to carry with you during your busy day in Washington D.C. Maybe it’s because they’re easy to decorate, and each one can be a little different.
Puerto Rico – Flan
Like so many out there, you might have heard of flan, but don’t really know what it actually is. Well, allow us to elucidate. Flan – Spanish flan, at least, which is what we’re talking about here – is similar to the French dessert crème caramel. You’ll have to melt a little bit of sugar in a pan, beat together eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and some vanilla, mix that stuff with the sugar, and pour into a pan.
It’s simple as long as you have a couple of odd milk options. It results in a smooth texture with a rich – but not too heavy – taste. Most people accept that the dish came to Puerto Rico via Spanish colonists, and it’s still a treat that is often enjoyed in this U.S. territory.
The Midwest’s Worst – Watergate Salad
This crazy concoction is known as pistachio delight, green goddess, shut the gate salad, green goop, green fluff, and green stuff, but there are plenty of people out there who simply know it as gross. It’s made from mini marshmallows, pecans, and a lot of pineapple chunks in a bowl of pistachio pudding.
It got its start from a recipe on the back of a Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Pudding box in the middle of the eighties. For some reason, another name was added during the nineties, one that has stuck with the odd dish: Watergate Salad. It doesn’t taste very good, and it’s not very fun to eat, but at least it’s quick! You just throw a whole bunch of stuff into a bowl and serve it. Nobody will notice it doesn’t taste right.
Vermont’s Worst – Sugar on Snow
Vermont is famous for its delicious maple syrup, but even they sometimes make critical missteps when it comes to this format of sugar. Consider the classic treat known as sugar on snow, which is literally just that. It has a mere two ingredients: maple syrup, and snow. No, we aren’t kidding. Preferably, the snow is fresh and clean, because we should darn well hope it is!
You fill a pan with the snow, boil some maple syrup, and drizzle it over the snow. Once the syrup cools and hardens, it’s easy to eat. This option is often served alongside doughnuts, black coffee, and pickles, which is presumably so you can get the taste of syrup snow out of your mouth. If you have to serve doughnuts with something, we don’t know if it’s a great option.