Food & Drink

Yogurt joins whoopie pie, Jell-O in official state snack prestige

This week, the New York State Senate passed a hugely important bill declaring yogurt the official state snack of New York. The debate was, naturally, heated and hilarious. This public declaration of love for Chobani might be newsworthy, but the Empire State is hardly the first to put its snacking preferences on the books. We went to the Library of Congress (okay, Google) to bring you five more states with official snack legislation. Somehow, Philly hasn't made theirs Kandy Kakes. Yet.

Pop-Secret popcorn
Dan Gentile

Popcorn
State:
Illinois
The state government claims it's because Illinois grows 47,000 acres of corn each year, but anyone who's watched House of Cards knows some devious lobbyist from Orville Redenbacher paid them off.

Chips and Salsa
State:
Texas
After the 65th Texas Legislature controversially declared chili, not brisket, the state dish in 1977, the local government was a little wary about designating a state snack. But then a group of second graders proposed chips and salsa in 2002, and everyone got on board pretty quickly. Except for Travis, who's still mad no one took Flamin' Hot Cheetos seriously.

Boiled Peanuts
State:
South Carolina
Locals have been buying these things off roadside stands for ages, but SC didn't make their love official until 2006. They're often paired with beer. Which might explain the procrastination.

Jell-O
State:
Utah
According to the actual bill, Utah has been the number one per capita consumer of Jell-O for several years, and basically lost its mind when Des Moines briefly edged out Salt Lake City in 1999 as the gelatin capital of the U.S. The Beehive State's passion is so strong, there's even a "Jell-O with the Senator" event every Wednesday at 3:30pm. We bet Bill Cosby is there each week by noon.

Whoopie Pie
State:
Maine
Alright, this one's cheating a little bit since the whoopie pie is technically the state "treat" of Maine. But it's a pretty solid choice, even if it did spark a blood feud with Pennsylvania over who made whoopie first.

Kristin Hunt is a food/drink staff writer for Thrillist. Her home state doesn't have a state snack, but it does have a state dessert, and it's a cake with eight layers minimum. So there. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.