All Across America: Interesting Thanksgiving Staples of Other States


By: Dustin Payne

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, so obviously food is on the brain. We ran across a graphic that features the most unique dishes served in each state (above). After reviewing this enlightening map, here are five of what I thought were the most interesting foods that are Thanksgiving staples in other states:

Frog Eye Salad is a popular dish from Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, and Colorado. This frog eye salad is made with acini di pepe (or couscous) pasta, coconut, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and marshmallows for a sweet, chilled dessert. I would personally recommend trying this dish because my mom has made something very similar and it tastes good. 

Snicker Salad is a popular dish in both South Dakota and Nebraska. Snickers Salad is a sweet and tart dessert salad made of vanilla pudding, Snickers candy bars, Granny Smith apples and cool whip or whipped cream, topped with caramel sauce. I would like to try this dish. 

Four Layer Delight is a popular dish from Arkansas.  This is a layered dessert recipe with chocolate pudding, cream cheese and cool whip on top of a pecan shortbread crust. I would definitely eat this as dessert for Thanksgiving, as I love chocolate and it sounds delicious.

Flan de Calabaza is a popular dessert in Florida. Flan de Calabaza is a rich & creamy custard-based dessert made with pumpkin puree, warm spices, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and a smooth caramel topping. I wouldn’t eat this only because I don’t really like pumpkin. 

Sweet Potato Dumplings is a popular dessert in Alabama. It has tender pillowy mounds, filled with sweet potato patties, floating in a sugary kissed syrup, and sprinkled with cinnamon delight. I would like to try this, but I’m not really a big fan of sweet potatoes.

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