When people think of Michigan, food is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. But ours is a state where people are forced to really hunker down for winter — and since we can’t hibernate like bears, we need to keep eating. Naturally, we do a lot more of it in winter! That’s why we have such a large number of iconic dishes (iconic if you’re from the area, at least). Here are just a few to try if you decide on a Michigan vacation!
The Pasty. Michigan wealth was derived from the coal industry in the 19th century, which is why convenience is of paramount importance even today. And nothing is more convenient than the pasty. It’s basically a meat pie with a scrumptious flaky crust. They have been a staple for Michigan residents since at least the early 1800s.
Mackinac Island Fudge. A popular vacation destination, you will want to pick up a stack of fudge while you’re there. Does this delectable dessert really need any further description?
Vernors Ginger Ale. This isn’t like any ginger ale you’ve tried before. The best thing about Vernors is that it was discovered by accident! In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor had already been trying to come up with his own ginger ale recipe. But this was during the Civil War, a conflict he was quickly dragged into.
He was forced to leave his creation behind. It was stored in an oak cask for four years. When he returned, he realized the war had granted him the perfect ginger ale, aged like a fine red wine. Vernors is the most popular ginger ale in the state.
The Coney Dog. This magnificent meat is most popular in Detroit, Flint, and Jackson — but you’ll find it pretty much everywhere. The sauce is what gives it such a distinct flavor, but certain variations will add ground beef, onions, or a variety of other fun toppings. Won’t you try one?
Apples. You won’t want to miss out on our apples if you visit Michigan during peak harvesting season. You’ll find food items you just can’t track down in southern states — like the popular cider donut. If you’re already fond of cider donuts, then try a fresh pie from one of our esteemed bakeries.
Better Made Chips. We always recommend trying locally sourced and produced foods when you’re visiting any region. That’s why we say you’d better try Better Made potato chips when you’re in Detroit, once the “snack chip” capital of the United States.