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Five States Known for Their Yummy Pies (and How to Win One from Michigan)

January 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM | by | ()

A slice of Michigan ABC pie

Happy National Pie Day! Yes, this is a real thing and yes, it totally warrants a cheer of "America, f*ck yeah!" Pie is awesome, having a day just to celebrate it is awesome, so go get you some awesome pie.

Or let pie come to you...

Michigan kinda feels sad for everyone who doesn't live in their state, a state where bakeries average 30 fresh pie varieties daily. So, just for today, Michigan will ship out Grand Traverse pies every hour to people who share their pie love on Twitter. Here's how it works:
· Follow both @PureMichigan & @GTPie on Twitter.
· Between 10am & 5pm EST on January 23 (today!), tweet your favorite type of pie at them.
· Include the hashtag #puremichiganpie when you do
· Wait for pie* (*if you're one of the hourly winners)

Speaking of state allegiances, here's Five States Known for Specialty Pies:

1. Michigan: Sure, Michigan Cherry Pie is the classic choice, but we'll also approve of any pie that includes Michigan cherries, like the ABC Pie of Grand Traverse Pie Company. The "ABC" stands for the main ingredients: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry. We're celebrating today with a slice of this pie, but if you're lucky enough to be in Michigan right now, you can head to one of the Grand Traverse locations for a free slice with purchase (just for National Pie Day). Not in Michigan? Then the Twitter giveaway above is for you.

2. Pennsylvania: What pie has its own Foursquare Badge? The answer: PA's Shoofly Pie, which is basically a molasses pie with a yummy crumb topping. It's a traditional baked good most readily found in the state's pockets of Pennsylvania Dutch, especially Lancaster County. Head to the Lancaster Farmers' Market to browse fresh-baked varieties. Curious about that badge? To get it, follow VIsitPA's Foursquare tips and then visit and check into three food places found on that list.

3. Indiana: Hoosier Sugar Cream Pie is simple, filling, tasty and easy to make. It's essentially just sugar, flour, vanilla, milk, shortening and nutmeg, and yeah, it's designated the "State Pie of Indiana." The official Indiana blog points us to Wick’s Pies in Winchester, where the Sugar Cream Pie is made using a 19th century recipe.

4. Massachusetts: You think we'd talk about pies and then forget to mention Boston Cream Pie? Thought it's technically not pie (it's a cake), Boston Cream is a classic. In fact, it's done so well as a pie that Boston Cream donuts are nearly as ubiquitous. Can any of the other pies on this list gloat that they also exist in donut form? Nope.

5. New Mexico: Okay, so it's not your typical pie-crust-in-a-pie-pan pie, but the Frito Pie you'll find being enjoyed as a snack all around the state (and scattered in other states, thanks to its being a menu item at Sonic) still has the all-important word "Pie" in its name. Read up on Frito Pies in our tale of the time we ate one, then head to a convenience store in Sante Fe to get your own.

[Photos: Jaunted, Jaunted, .m.e.c., robynanderson, carabou, Jaunted ]

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