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Popular Desserts From Every State You Must Try

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Montana: Huckleberry pie

Often confused with blueberries, huckleberries are a wild berry with crunchier seeds, thicker skin, and more acidity than blueberries. These berries have developed a sort of cult following in Montana.

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Nebraska: Tin roof sundae

The tin roof sundae dessert has a few variations, one of which is a scoop of chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate syrup, topped again with a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with marshmallow cream — and with salted Spanish peanuts at the very top. The dessert was invented by Harold Dean “Pinky” Thayer at his diner.

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Nevada: Basque cake

The Basque cake has several names, including Gâteau Basque. It’s a tart-like treat, filled with jam or cream, with a flaky crust. The dessert has French origin and was introduced to American cuisine by the first Basque immigrants who settled in Nevada during the Gold Rush.

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New Hampshire: Cider donuts

New Hampshire produces over 24 million pounds of apples each year, and while cider donuts are popular all over New England, this state deserves recognition for the variety of flavors and widespread availability of these autumn dough delicacies.

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New Jersey: Saltwater taffy

Saltwater taffies were first made in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the late 19th century. A popular theory about the treat’s origin tells the story of a candy shop owner’s store was flooded and all of the taffy was soaked with salty ocean water. He sold a few of the taffies to a girl as a joke and the rest, as they say, is history.

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