Who Knew?!

Official state snacks… yup!  It’s officially a thing!

1.  State Snack of Utah = Jell-O (Lime green Jell-O if you really want to get technical!)

Apparently the citizens of Utah made this favorite snack of theirs the official state snack in 2001. Per person, Utahians eat more jello than any other citizens in the remaining 49 states.  In addition, the Utahians proudly align with the whimsical and playful sentiment that is so often associated with this snack, and connect it to the importance they place on close, yet light-hearted familial bonds and enjoyable recreational time.  Fun fact: Every Wednesday, Utah Senator Mike Lee hosts “Jell-O with the Senator” outings at his work office in Washington, D.C.  All are invited to attend this event each week, savor the Jell-O, and talk politics with Senator Lee (Ziadeh)!

2.  State Snack of Texas = Chips and Salsa

Texans appreciate and remember where they came from, and the importance of their historical and economic roots definitely come through with their state snack collection.  Ingredients such as tomatoes and peppers not only speak to their economic history, but also tie in perfectly with their state snack.  Numerous industrial salsa producers are stationed in Texas, where the salsa is hotter and the chips are bigger 🙂  It’s only in Texas (Ziadeh)…

3.  State Snack of Illinois = Popcorn

Illinois makes on average more popcorn than most of the other American states.  Therefore, it adopted popcorn as its official state snack in 2004.  The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center testifies that in 2007 alone, Illinois produced approximately 160 million pounds of shelled popcorn!  Many of the citizens of Illinois identify strongly with their “popcorn headquarters” so to speak, located in Chicago and named Garrett Popcorn Shop, a store with fantastic popcorn and multiple locations (Ziadeh).

4.  State Snack of South Carolina = Boiled Peanuts

In 2006, this state snack of boiled peanuts became official, however, the history of this snack item travels back hundreds of years.  A staple in South Carolina, farmers’ markets boast boiled peanut stands.  However, if you can’t quite make it to the farmer’s market, no worries– you’ll find boiled peanuts in pretty much any convenience story or grocery chain (Ziadeh).

5.  State Snack of New York = Yogurt

Just a few weeks ago on the 15th of October, New York Governor Andre Cuomo helped promote the state snack of yogurt with a bill proclaiming the necessity of dairy farms for the state’s economy.  More than 740 million pounds of yogurt were produced in New York in 2013, and this number continues to grow exponentially as more time elapses (Ziadeh)!

And that wraps up the five proclamations of state snacks in the USA!  Does your home state have an official snack?  If not, what snack would you suggest your home state adopt if given the opportunity?

Let me know!

Until Next Week… Plan Well, Pack Well, Live Well,

Katie 🙂

Works Cited

Ziadeh, Amanda. “Snacks so good they’re state symbols.” USA Today. 29 Oct. 2014: USA Today. Web. 4 Nov. 2014. <http://experience.usatoday.com/food-and-wine/story/news-festivals-events/food/2014/10/23/official-state-snacks/17781847/>

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4 thoughts on “Who Knew?!

  1. As someone who has spent part of my life in both Illinois and South Carolina, I was not surprised to see the snack choices. We were always giving/receiving those awesome flavored popcorn buckets when we lived in Chicago, and my mom (who grew up in SC) LOVES boiled peanuts. No snack for Massachusetts?

    1. As of right now, there doesn’t appear to be a snack for Massachusetts… hopefully this will change soon! 🙂 Do you have any suggestions for what it should be if Massachusetts were to adopt a state snack? Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. El

    I enjoy all of those snacks, didn’t know states had official food snacks. If I had to pick one it would be yogurt. Perhaps Massachusetts could think about an Apple!!! I love baked beans, but that’s not really a “snack”. This was a cool blog!

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