Move over, jelly. Marshmallow Fluff was invented in Massachusetts and is still the favorite choice amongst New Englanders when deciding what to put on their peanut butter sandwich.
2. Clam Chowder
None of that weird tomato-y stuff. Just classic New England chowda.
3. Lobster Rolls
Preferably eaten at a wooden picnic table overlooking the water.
4. Clam Bakes
New England shellfish > everywhere else’s shellfish.
5. Ice Cream
Because Ben & Jerry’s.
6. Anything with Cranberries
Cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving? Yeah, New England does it best. Cranberries are even the official state fruit of Massachusetts.
7. Also, Blueberries
Maine has designated the blueberry its official state berry, with over 60,000 acres of land dedicated to growing them.
9. Maple Syrup
Don’t even try to pretend that there’s anything better than Vermont maple syrup. Just don’t.
10. Bread Rolls
The art of the pre-dinner roll when you’re out to eat has been perfected by Bertucci’s. They are just. so. amazing.
11. Fried Clams
The Clam Box in Ipswich, Mass., is a national treasure.
Regular pancakes are fine, but johnnycakes are divine. These cornmeal-based wonders date back to the early years of the Pilgrims in America.
13. Frozen Lemonade
If you’ve never had a Del’s in the summer, I am so, so sorry.
14. Apple Cider
Apple orchards and New England go hand in hand. Case in point: the apple orchard in The Cider House Rules was located in Maine.
Or, if you’re at Friendly’s (founded in New England!), Fribbles. But NEVER call them milkshakes.
16. Hot Dogs
Rhode Island makes hot wieners, aka hot dogs taken to the extreme with meat sauce, chopped onions, spices, and more.
Whatever, Wisconsin. Do you guys have Cabot Creamery? That’s what I thought.
19. Baked Beans
Nobody really calls Boston “Beantown,” but the baked beans are actually really great with all that sweet molasses goodness.
20. Potato Chips
If they’re not kettle cooked, they’re just not as good.
21. And Doughnuts