If Louisiana Had A State Dessert, What Would It Be?
We have a state bird, a state drink, and a state song. If Louisiana had a state dessert, what would it be?
You might think king cake, bread pudding, or beignets, but when it’s all broken down, those probably wouldn’t QUITE fit. Here’s what Slate gave to Louisiana for our state dessert, and why:
Louisiana has an unfair number of desserts it could plausibly assert ownership of. There’s king cake, which seems too Mardi Gras–specific to represent the Creole State year round. There’s bread pudding, which I gave to Kentucky on a bourbon-related technicality. There are beignets, which are usually eaten more for breakfast or a snack than for dessert.
Then there’s bananas Foster: invented in New Orleans, adequately boozy, easy to set on fire. Both festive enough for Louisiana’s pre-Lenten revelries and simple enough to make any other time of the year. Yes, bananas Foster will do quite nicely."
Some ground rules they used to give each state their own dessert were no two states can have the same dessert, brands are not desserts, and no state gets apple pie or chocolate chip cookies.