The United States of America loves to celebrate its heritage. From the Fourth of July to Thanksgiving, we honor those who have come before us. 

Not surprisingly, our favorite way to celebrate anything is with food, and the fifty states are no different. So we started to wonder what foods our fifty states have honored with official state titles.

The United States of America has a rich culinary history that stretches back to our colonial days. While our founding fathers were creating our great nation, they were also chowing down on some of their favorite foods.

The United States has also been home to pretty awesome food inventions, like the corndog. We are a country with a deep respect for food, and we love to eat. Many have states have honored representative foods by making them official state symbols.

To become a state symbol, a food must go through a rigorous lawmaking process. A lot of the time it’s a concentrated effort from a states’ population that urges lawmakers to put a bill into action. Citizens, organizations, and even school children do some research before requesting a bill. After that, the bill follows the regular legislative process. And if the bill is passed, then the food becomes an official state symbol.

 Not all states had official state foods on their list of symbols. For those states, we suggested some iconic or local foods that would be good candidates. In fact, being ultra helpful, we also suggested some additions to existing state lists. It may surprise you to know that the most popular food, which featured on 16 states’ lists of symbols, was milk.

Read on to find out what other foods gained honors from their states.