Map: Latrobe invention represents Pa. in United Sweets of America


Check out the interactive map at Slate.

If you had to pick just one dessert to represent each state, what would Pa.’s be?

It wasn’t easy, L.V. Anderson writes in Slate:

“Thanks in part to the sugar-loving Pennsylvania Dutch, the Keystone State lays claim to loads of desserts: apple dumplings, shoofly pie, whoopie pies, etc. But the United Sweets of America can choose only one, and it’s a classic of the dessert canon. In 1904, a young soda jerk named David “Doc” Strickler halved a banana lengthwise, nestled some scoops of ice cream in between the two halves, added some whipped cream and flavored syrups, and made history in Latrobe.”

Go to Slate to click on the interactive map here.