Like so many out there, you might have heard of flan, but don’t really know what it actually is. Well, allow us to elucidate. Flan – Spanish flan, at least, which is what we’re talking about here – is similar to the French dessert crème caramel. You’ll have to melt a little bit of sugar in a pan, beat together eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and some vanilla, mix that stuff with the sugar, and pour into a pan.
It’s simple as long as you have a couple of odd milk options. It results in a smooth texture with a rich – but not too heavy – taste. Most people accept that the dish came to Puerto Rico via Spanish colonists, and it’s still a treat that is often enjoyed in this U.S. territory.
Wyoming – Cowboy Cookies
Even the desserts from this famously tough state are less sweet than most of the other options you’ll find around the country. Just like the ranch hands that work in the least-populated state in the country, these treats can last a long time and are a lot tougher than they look. It is made of a recipe that contains chocolate chips, pecans, coconut, oats, and cinnamon.
There are plenty of different textures and flavors to keep your mouth busy as you snack on the trail. As for the name, some claim that the recipe originally came from Texas – a place that is heavy with cowboys – while others think it’s because they’re a good option for keeping in your saddlebag while you’re watching the herd, since they last so long without going bad.
Washington D.C. – Cupcakes
Though not a state, the District of Columbia has its own little culture to show off, and the dessert of choice from this small area is the humble, versatile, and delicious cupcake. But, why is Washington D.C. so swept up in cupcake fever? That's a great question, and despite wearing out the soles of our shoes trying to discover the answer, there’s no clear result.
However, nowadays the store known as Georgetown Cupcake has been sending out wonderful treats for a couple of decades, while a slightly older store called Baked and Wired has plenty of fans to call its own. Maybe the treats are so well-liked because they’re so easy to carry with you during your busy day in Washington D.C. Maybe it’s because they’re easy to decorate, and each one can be a little different.
New Jersey’s Worst – Candied Apples
Apples: good! Candy: great! Candied apples...not the sum of its parts. Also known as jelly apples, these were invented in New Jersey in 1908 when a Newark candy maker named William Kolb came up with a syrup consisting of melted sugar, red food coloring, and cinnamon. He decided to dip some apples into it and sell them for a nickel apiece, thus dooming us all.
We love fruit, but an entire, whole apple tipped in syrup and sold on a stick? Times were tough back in the early nineteen hundreds. This easy treat soon spread to the Jersey Shore, where it was an easy snack for people walking the boardwalk and didn’t know any better. Well, at least it’s kinda sort of healthy almost. Maybe.
The Midwest’s Worst – Watergate Salad
This crazy concoction is known as pistachio delight, green goddess, shut the gate salad, green goop, green fluff, and green stuff, but there are plenty of people out there who simply know it as gross. It’s made from mini marshmallows, pecans, and a lot of pineapple chunks in a bowl of pistachio pudding.
It got its start from a recipe on the back of a Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Pudding box in the middle of the eighties. For some reason, another name was added during the nineties, one that has stuck with the odd dish: Watergate Salad. It doesn’t taste very good, and it’s not very fun to eat, but at least it’s quick! You just throw a whole bunch of stuff into a bowl and serve it. Nobody will notice it doesn’t taste right.