Since 1954, Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies has been serving their titular snack to people that live in Oklahoma, or those who are just traveling through the state. This store has several locations, so try to stop in if you happen to be on a long trip. They’re a sweet pickup if you happen to be driving, since they’re so easy to eat.
You can pick from over a dozen flavors, including classics like apple and cherry, but there are also some fun options like chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, and there are even savory pies for a meal on the road, such as bacon, egg, and cheese, broccoli and chicken, and pizza style. Those might not count as desserts, but they DO count as super delicious.
North Dakota – Krumkake
If it’s coming out of North Dakota, you know that it’s going to originate in the Scandinavian area of the world, and krumkake is no exception. It’s a crispy wafer cookie that is rolled into a cone while it’s still hot. Once they cool, you can fill them with whipped cream or dip them in chocolate, or anything else you can think of.
The name means “curved cake” in Norwegian, and they’re usually made with the help of a decorative griddle. This kind of treat will take a little bit of experimenting to get right, but thankfully a normal batch of batter can make something like fifty krumkakes. That gives you plenty of chances to work on mixing, cooking, and rolling them until you get something that you like.
Ohio – Buckeye
Of course, buckeyes are the best dessert from Ohio – it is the buckeye state, after all! But people from every state should be able to enjoy this simple and delicious dessert. If you’re a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, then these are something you should add to your recipe book. Blend creamy peanut butter, regular butter, and vanilla with confectioner’s sugar until you achieve a stiff mixture.
Then shape the mixture into balls and refrigerate for about an hour, or until the balls are firm. Place chocolate and shortening in a double boiler until it’s a smooth mix. Use a toothpick to pick up the peanut butter balls and dip them in the chocolate, and you’re done. They’re a killer recipe when it comes time for Christmas, but they’re also a great choice any time of the year.
Oregon – Marionberry Pie
Never heard of marionberry? You’re not alone. It’s actually a version of the blackberry that was developed by the Oregon State University, breeding together the Chehalem variation and the Olallie variation. It’s the most common form of blackberry cultivated, accounting for more than half of the blackberries that are gathered in the state of Oregon.
Thus, a marionberry pie is, we guess, a blackberry pie that has to use a specific kind of blackberry. Hey, we don’t mind. The filling not only uses these special berries, but also a package of cream cheese, almond extract, vanilla extract, lemon juice, and, unexpectedly, almost three tablespoons of quick-cooking tapioca. That might just be the recipe we found, though. If you want to up your blackberry pie game – and who doesn’t – give this a try.
Pennsylvania – Whoopie Pie
The Amish of Pennsylvania came up with the whoopie pie, a great name for a great dessert that isn’t actually a pie. What is it with New England and doing that? Anyway, a whoopie pie is traditionally either buttercream or marshmallow fluff sandwiched between a pair of soft, almost cake-like cookies.
The cookies are more or less a regular cake mix, though some recipes will use things like buttermilk, and the chocolate look is achieved using cocoa powder. People have been spending plenty of time experimenting with different fillings, coming up with options like classic vanilla buttercream frosting, cream cheese frosting, Swiss meringue buttercream. Really, any flavor of frosting will probably work out, as long as it isn’t, like, lunchmeat or something like that.