Wow, Nevada likes chocolate. Stop the presses. Sure, everybody likes chocolate, but it turns out that Nevada REALLY likes chocolate. Las Vegas is not only packed with plenty of chocolate shops, but it also features the world’s largest chocolate fountain in the famous Bellagio.
It’s a place that is most well-known for its fountains, and the chocolate one it has is more than twenty feet tall. There are all-you-can-eat chocolate buffets in the state, which is an idea that we didn’t know we needed to try. The state dessert even seems to be something called Chocolate Sin Pie, which is probably the right choice for a state that includes Las Vegas and also loves its chocolate.
Montana – Huckleberry Pie
Nothing too crazy to talk about here, but a huckleberry pie still sounds pretty darn good. Montana has a lot of wild huckleberries, which are similar to the blueberry, but they have a color that trends closer to red when they’re subjected to heat. A pie of these things doesn’t take much more than a blueberry pie to make this dish.
A few cups of berries, some lemon juice and zest, a little bit of heavy cream and white sugar, and some butter. Honestly, if you know how to make a blueberry pie, you can probably just substitute the blueberries for huckleberries and call it good, but there are plenty of recipes developed for the things that will bring out their naturally wild and tart profile.
Nebraska – Kolache
Popular in areas of the Midwest and Texas, the kolache (ko-lah-chee) is a pastry that originated from Czechoslovakia, made of yeast dough and usually filled with fruit, though sometimes a cheese mixture finds its way inside, too. They commonly use traditional flavors, such as poppy seed, apricot, or even prune. There’s an area of Texas known as the Texas Czech Belt, which has a ton of immigrants from Czechoslovakia that settled there during the 1880s.
One of the immigrants, Wendel Montgomery, opened a bakery to sell these treats and a few other things. Despite everybody in the community being familiar with them, they took off with people traveling through the area. There’s even a version that is filled with sausage, cheese, and jalapenos, which are called “klobasniki.” From there, the popularity continued to grow.
New Hampshire – Cider Doughnuts
Not content to just enjoy doughnuts, New Hampshire had to kick things up a notch and bring us something called cider doughnuts. They’re a favorite in much of New England, which is fairly bursting with apple orchards. New Hampshire has plenty of its own, including the oldest one in the state, Applecrest Farms.
Cider doughnuts are flavored with sweet apple cider, though we assume that any kind of cider would do as long as it's sweet enough. You have to boil the cider down until it’s almost a syrup before adding it to the mixture, and then you coat the doughnuts in cinnamon sugar. They’re packed with fall flavor and are only difficult because you have to worry about frying them in oil. They also work well with glaze.
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.