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Can You Guess Which Weird Food Your State Craves Most?

Foursquare found the wackiest foods and drinks that each state craves and created an interactive map based on the data

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Animal-style fries? You're obviously in California. 

Unofficial state foods aren’t usually all that surprising: We all know that New York has its hot dogs, Pennsylvania is known for its Philly cheesesteaks, and Maine has the best lobster rolls. But what about your state’s dirty little edible (or drinkable) secrets that you don’t necessarily want everyone to know about? Like an affinity for Cheez Whiz, or passion for peach beer? Foursquare has compiled data on the quirkiest food and drink vices in each state (plus Washington, D.C.) into a neat interactive map quiz.

Can you guess your state’s food quirk? In this case, Foursquare defined a vice as an alcoholic drink, fattening food, dessert, or otherwise questionable edible. The percentage shown on the map indicates how much that state prefers the quirky food or beverage over the rest of the country.

Here are a few of our favorites: New York prefers pickleback shots. As any New Yorker can tell you, walk into almost any bar in New York and you can order a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. Colorado (unsurprisingly) loves their marijuana munchies. California indulges in Animal Style fries, thanks to In-N-Out’s famous order. Connecticut isn’t afraid to get ultra-creative with their love of fried mozzarella, and Kentucky feels a hometown pride for bourbon.  Nevada skips the meal and goes straight to gambling as their vice, and New Jersey adores their famous disco fries. 


Some of the stranger vices included das boot in Iowa (which is more a giant boot-shaped glass than an actual beverage), gooey butter cake (a type of coffee cake) in Missouri, Moose Drool beer in Montana, and fry sauce in Utah (combination mayo-ketchup sauce for fries).