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Iconic Desserts From Every State You Must Try

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Virginia: Chess pie

Chess pie is a beloved Southern dessert. This custardy refrigerator pie, which dates back to the mid-18th century, has nothing to do with the game. Its name might be a corruption of the term “cheese pie,” an old name for English lemon curd pie. The first recipe for chess pie can be traced back to the 1828 cookbook, “The Virginia Housewife.” In its simplest form, it’s made with nothing but flour, butter, sugar, and eggs.

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Washington: Apple crisp

Washington is the No. 1 apple producer in the U.S. Apples have been an official state symbol since 1989. Desserts with apples are very popular, and the deep dish apple crisp is one of them.

West Virginia: No-bake cookies

West Virginia has several signature desserts, and no-bake cookies are among them. These cookies are a mix of cocoa, peanut butter, and oatmeal.

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Wisconsin: Kringle

Wisconsin’s most iconic dessert is also the state official pastry. The kringle has Danish origin. The pastry, which was brought to Wisconsin by Danish immigrants in the 19th century, has fruit, cheese, or nut filling.

Wyoming: Huckleberry ice cream

Huckleberries are native to Wyoming and are very popular in the state. They are used in a variety of desserts — anything from pies to frozen snacks. One of the most popular is the huckleberry ice cream.

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