Don't cha know: 7 foods you didn't know started in Minnesota

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Dennis Yang
The Land of 10,000 Lakes can brag about many things, including but not limited to the birth of our dear artist formally known as Prince, the stapler, and roller blades. But when was the last time you took a bite of your Pillsbury croissants or funfetti cake and thought, "BOOM, Minnesota!"? Not often enough, Hot Dishers. Well, stop being so humble. Here are seven foods you should celebrate with newfound pride.

See also:
The 10 new State Fair foods we can't wait to try

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Susan Sermoneta
7. Spam Spicy spam, cheesy spam, we all scream for spam! Okay, not quite, but this convenient little can of patriotism was created by Minnesota's very own Hormel Foods back in 1937. The town of Austin, Minnesota, even has a SPAM museum, proving that this snack deserves more credit than simply being a synonym for junk mail.
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Windell Oskay
6. Toast We can practically hear you screaming, "Minnesota did not invent toasted bread, you idiot!" To that we say: You are 100 percent correct. However, you can thank Minnesota's invention of the first pop-up toaster for your crispy breakfast of perfection since 1919. Grab some jam from a local farmers market and we bet you can taste the Minnesota pride in a single bite.



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Jeffrey Snell
Jeffrey Snell

Will be stopping at the 5-8 club while visiting here. Yum

Jason Todd
Jason Todd

FROZEN PIZZA!!!! Ever heard of...screw spam...like duh...knew that already...how could you not include that on the list. Are u serious?

Brian Nieken
Brian Nieken

Pronto Pup vendors at the State Fair claimed to do that in 1941 too...the world may never know

Mary King
Mary King

I would have chosen the Salted Nut Roll and Nut Goodie Bar...... Oh!!! Cream of Wheat too!

birdnird
birdnird

Get a clue 5800 Cedar Ave.  Home of the real Juicy Lucy, better fries, and the wait staff is hotter.


birdnird
birdnird

Notice that the Juicy Lucy image is from the 5/8 Club?  Home of the best Juicy Lucy!  Matt's is lame.

Ann Mayfield Selgeby
Ann Mayfield Selgeby

Thanks-always knew my home state was exceptional!If you need any great spam recipes, let me know!

Kris Albrightson
Kris Albrightson

Bro, I'm so focused to eat it, I don't pay attention to specific geographical locations

Mike S. Jones
Mike S. Jones

Kris Albrightson its 35th and cedar ave come on man u should know that.

Andrea Loza
Andrea Loza

Corn dogs were not invented in Minnesota... They were invented in 1942 at the Texas State Fair

Nicholas D. Livingston
Nicholas D. Livingston

Of all the foods to be proud of a corn syrup based Mars bar is embarrassing to highlight. Chocolate flavored wax whose shrinking bar sizes were the only way to reduce the calorie content is a lame at best -perhaps dishonest? Mars could be great but instead leaves one wanting. Too bad they couldn't embrace "made with real sugar" or better yet local honey. Vending machines and shelf lives trumped flavor and content. People want sweets -just less so those.

Dick Ruth
Dick Ruth

I've been eating Jucy Lucys at Matt's bar in Minneapolis for over 40 years. YUM!

Kris Albrightson
Kris Albrightson

Jucy Lucy. Its located at Matt's Bar and Grill off 26th and Cedar ave. In Minneapolis. If you buy a Jucy Lucy from the 5-8 Club, you're gonna be disappointed

Michael Marshall
Michael Marshall

And it starts with the Juicy Lucy... the food that EVERYONE knows started here. Way to dig deep, CityPages.

Dan Woods
Dan Woods

Sheryl you need to get out more.

Jen Omlie
Jen Omlie

Where is this juicy lucy?????

Sheryl Marvin
Sheryl Marvin

I been putting cheese into hamburgers and grilling them for 37 years and never heard of a juicy lucy,, till 3 years ago....

jesse_puterbaugh
jesse_puterbaugh

A number of current corn dog vendors claim responsibility for the invention and/or popularization of the corn dog. Carl and Neil Fletcher lay such a claim, having introduced their "Corny Dogs" at the Texas State Fair sometime between 1938 and 1942.[4] The Pronto Pup vendors at the Minnesota State Fair claim to have invented the corn dog in 1941.[4][5] Cozy Dog Drive-in, in Springfield, Illinois, claims to have been the first to serve corn dogs on sticks, on June 16, 1946.[6] Also in 1946, Dave Barham opened the first location of Hot Dog on a Stick at Muscle Beach, Santa Monica, California.[7]

birdnird
birdnird

Been eating the fake Juicy Lucy.  5/8 Club is the original......hence the picture here.


birdnird
birdnird

Spelled 5/8 Club, not Matt's.;-)


birdnird
birdnird

Spelled incorrectly means dry, flavorless, with one kind of cheese.


birdnird
birdnird

Not!  Fake Juicy Lucy at Matt's with one kind of cheese as opposed to the real Juicy Lucy with any cheese you want, and better fries!

birdnird
birdnird

Yep, starts with the 5/8 Club Juicy Lucy.  Not Matt's flavorless, misspelled burger.


birdnird
birdnird

At the 5/8 Club.  It is the real Juicy Lucy.  Matt's is lame.


birdnird
birdnird

Better beer too, and the waitresses are way better looking.


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