The Signature Dessert of Each State

Alvin Ward
Jess Fink/Slate
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If your state had an official state dessert, what would it be? A handful of states have already made this decision, but not everyone. That's why L.V. Anderson of Slate set out last year to assign a signature sweet to each of the 50 states.

She laid out a few ground rules: no two states can have the same dessert, no brands, and no chocolate chip cookies or apple pie (they belong to us all). The result is this wonderful map designed by Jess Fink.

Pies besides apple are OK, though. Key lime pie (Florida), huckleberry pie (Idaho), sugar cream pie (Indiana), cherry pie (Iowa), blueberry pie (Maine), Boston cream pie (Massachusetts), mud pie (Mississippi), sweet potato pie (North Carolina), fried pie (Oklahoma), pecan pie (Texas), chess pie (Virginia), and shoofly pie (West Virginia).

You'll find a complete list and explanations for each choice here.

The Afternoon Map is a semi-regular feature in which we post maps and infographics. In the afternoon. Semi-regularly. Thanks to L.V. Anderson and Jess Fink of Slate for this one.