7 Incredible New York Foods You Can’t Find in New York City

Talk to me for a couple minutes and you’ll quickly learn that I hail from New York. Now, I’m going to interrupt you — before you tell me you loved your day in Times Square and Central Park when you visited, please hold the phone and take a look at a map of the continental US. New York City makes up approximately .5 percent of New York State’s square mileage.

That’s like, none at all.

If NYC’s relative size to the state was a body part, it would be your toenail. Your gross and unshapely pinky toenail. Most of my beautiful state looks more like this:

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That being said, when it comes to food, the big city is admittedly special. But, what about the rest of the state, you ask? What’s the food like once you pass the city limits and venture North or West?

To be honest… a lot of the time, abysmal.

But there are many, many examples of amazing food native to New York that are honestly quite difficult to find in the Big Apple. Here’s a list of some upstate/western NY classics.

Buffalo Wings

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Do these really need any explanation? No. You all know what these are, and they’re by far New York State’s most popular and far-reaching dish, and for good reason.

Where they were created and where they are done best are hotly debated topics, but head to Anchor Bar in Buffalo for the generally accepted place of origin.

Chicken Riggies

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Anyone who has tried these just had to hold back the drool from their lips merely from reading the name of this upstate staple. There are a ton of variations, but the dish’s basic formula is chicken, rigatoni and hot and sweet peppers in a spicy cream and tomato sauce.

Often times, the aforementioned Buffalo Wing’s sauce is included in the mix. For a taste of this awesome meal, head to the Utica/Rome region of New York.

Beef on Weck

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Although shadowed by the region’s spicy bird limb popularity, this Buffalonian sandwich is cherished by locals and visitors alike. The name is short for what it is: roast beef on a kummelweck roll. The meat on the sandwich is traditionally served rare, very thinly sliced, with the top bun dipped in au jus. A “kummelweck” roll is a german salt-and caraway-encrusted hard roll. Usually they’ll serve it to you with horseradish, a dill pickle spear, and french fries. Charlie carves up a mean one!

White Hots

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The Rochester area of NYS is able to claim it’s own variation on the classic hot dog. A “white hot” is a natural sausage casing filled with uncured and unsmoked pork, beef and veal (the lack of smoking or curing allows the meat to retain a naturally white color). Zweigle’s distributes a killer version of the frank.

According to Wikipedia, the white hot has become the official hot dog of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans and Rochester Rhinos and was the official hot dog of the Washington Nationals during the major league baseball team’s first season. Pretty neat.

The Spiedie

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The Spiedie is a sandwich very near and dear to my grub-obsessed heart. Like myself, this sandwich was born in Binghamton, NY, and ever since its genesis, it has accumulated the love of everyone with whom it comes into contact.

A spiedie consists of cubes of chicken, pork, lamb, veal, venison or beef. The delectable protein cubes are marinated 24-46 hours (sometimes up to 2 weeks) in a special marinade, then grilled on “spiedie rods” over a charcoal pit.

Lupo’s and Sharkey’s in Binghamton both have a killer rendition of the sandwich, but Spiedie marinade is also available for shipment nationwide for a little taste of central NY anywhere.

Syracuse Salt Potatoes

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Upstate New Yorkers are like, kinda obsessed with salt. It probably has something to do with going back in the old days and keeping food fresh in the winters when there’s 8 feet of snow or whatever.

That statistic is actually not hyperbolic in nature when discussing Syracuse NY, where some salt-loving genius invented Syracuse Salt Potatoes. The high sodium content of these salty spuds not only keeps them edible through the brutal Syracusian winters, but can also be used to chuck at drunken, orange-clad college students if they get too close to your lawn. 

Utica Greens

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This side dish can be found all over central New York, usually accompanying one of the dishes mentioned above. Utica Greens come in many variations – some combination of leafy green veg (usually including escarole, but not always), meat, like bacon or pancetta or prosciutto, peppers of various sorts, and bread crumbs. The exact origins of this dish are unclear, but this killer recipe for the side will be sure to spice up plate.

The 12 Best Ice Cream Truck Treats, Ranked

When I was a little girl, I remember standing at the end of our driveway, dollar bills in hand, waiting anxiously for the ice cream truck to make it to my house. What could be better than prepackaged cool treats delivered right to your driveway every night? I feel like the ice cream truck jingle used to be the soundtrack of my summers.

As nostalgic as I am, I only remember the best of treats (probably because every treat was amazing). Here are some classic ice cream truck treats ranked from least awesome to the best of the best. 

12. Snow Cone

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A favorite at festivals and carnivals, these icy mounds covered in sweet syrup instantly cool you down on a sweltering day. However, they’re best when they’re made fresh, so I wouldn’t go for these pre-packaged ones.

 11. Push Up Pops

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Who could forget the fun of these orange-y, creamy pops, pushing them up from their tube until all you had left was wet cardboard. Beware: These melt so quickly in the hot summer sun that they either have to be eaten immediately, or skipped for a longer-lasting treat.

10. Fudge Bar

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Fudge bars are a classic ice cream pop, with everyone’s favorite ice cream flavor made handheld for easy eating. They’re a bit boring, but if you’re craving chocolate, this is the perfect treat.

9. Strawberry Crunch Bar

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Made to resemble strawberry shortcake, the crunchy crumb coating covers a vanilla and strawberry center in a pretty pink color that is totally ready for Instagram.

8. Chocolate Crunch Bar

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In the world of ice cream, chocolate always beats out strawberry. These bars provide the perfect crunch of chocolate combined with smooth chocolate and vanilla ice cream to cool you down and satisfy your taste buds.

7. Bomb Pop

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Patriotism never tasted so sweet with these popsicles, which consist of cherry, lemon, and blue raspberry flavors. Now that you’re an adult, you can enjoy these popsicles as shots instead at your next patriotic holiday.

6. Ice Cream Sandwich

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Over-the-top ice cream sandwiches using cookies or waffles may be a new trend, but this ice cream truck staple remains a classic. With chocolate wafers that always stuck to your fingers and plenty of vanilla ice cream inside, these sandwiches are beloved by all. Try using them to make an ice box cake for your next summertime party!

5. Chipwich

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The best thing to ever happen to ice cream sandwiches — it combines ice cream with chewy chocolate chip cookies, all coated in crunchy mini chocolate chips. The ratio of cookie to ice cream is exactly enough so that you feel satisfied and chilled on a long hot day.

4. Screwballs

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These icy cones are filled with a sweet cherry ice, and at the bottom hides not one, but two gumballs. They’re loaded with sugar, so they were perfect for fueling games of kick the can or hide and seek back in the day.

3. Malt Cup

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These are basically big cups filled with ice cream, and they definitely gave you the most for your money. The other flavors, like cookies and cream, are also delicious.

2. Choco Taco

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I have an undying love for tacos, and these dessert tacos are a brilliant variation. The crunchy waffle shell, soft ice cream, and crispy chocolate coating all combine to make an ice cream truck favorite.

1. SpongeBob Ice Cream Pops

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The undisputed king of the ice cream truck, these fruit punch and cotton candy flavored pops were the favorite of every kid on my block. And the gum ball eyes were the perfect addition to it’s ridiculous (ridiculously awesome) shape.

So the next time you hear that iconic music coming down your street, grab your wallet and go get a cool treat. You can reminisce about your days spent running around in the summer sun while enjoying a delicious (and probably nostalgic) ice cream. Your inner kid will thank you!

18 Nice Cream Recipes To Scoop Up This Summer

Zoodles. Kale chips. Nice cream. These are the life-changing swaps that dreams are made of. If you haven’t heard of nice cream, then let me fill you in; it’s basically like ice cream, but made with frozen bananas instead.

It’s healthier, vegan, and just as creamy. As someone that goes through more nice cream than sunscreen during the summer, I’m always on the lookout for new recipes, and these 18 nice cream recipes look pretty darn good.

These recipes can be enjoyed by anyone, but they’re especially good for vegans looking for an alternative to ice cream. Don’t go hungry while your friends enjoy their Blizzards; whip up one of these recipes instead. Some of them even have chocolate and oreos. I’ll take one of those, please.

1. Straight-Up Banana Nice Cream

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Even people that have never picked up a spatula before can make this banana nice cream. With only 2 ingredients, it’s easy to throw together as a last minute dessert. This recipe forms the base of most other nice cream recipes, so it’s kinda like the holy grail of nice cream.

2. Chocolate Nice Cream

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You know those days when you’re craving chocolate but you also wanna be healthy? Enter this chocolate nice cream. With only 3 ingredients, it’s a quick solution to get your chocolate fix. If you’re vegan, swap out the honey for maple syrup.

3. Rainbow Nice Cream

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Are you seeing this? Are you freaking seeing this? This rainbow nice cream is like happiness in a jar. Most of those vibrant layers are made with only fruit and veg, which is pretty cool. Make sure to snap an Insta-worthy pic before you dig in.

4. Blueberry Nice Cream

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Sometimes you just want some straight-up fruit. This 2 ingredient blueberry nice cream is the opposite of fussy; all the recipe calls for is bananas and blueberries. It’s the perfect light dessert for those hot summer evenings.

5. Mocha Nice Cream

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I love coffee. I love chocolate. It only makes sense that I love this mocha nice cream. I’m literally drooling just thinking about it with a drizzle of peanut butter on top.

6. Key Lime Pie Nice Cream

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If you’re after something citrus-y and refreshing after dinner, then this key lime pie nice cream is your answer. With lime, crumbled graham crackers, and maple syrup, it’s like a pie in ice cream form.

7. Protein-Packed Nice Cream

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Imagine working out and knowing that you get to have this protein nice cream as a post-workout snack. Yes. That can actually be you. Make it ahead of time, chuck it in the freezer, and enjoy it when you need a boost after your gym sesh.

8. Peanut Butter and Honey Nice Cream

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I grew up slathering peanut butter and honey on toast, and this nice cream sounds like the perfect grown-up version. If you’re vegan, swap out the honey for jam instead. Or add chunks of vegan chocolate. Peanut butter complements anything.

9. Matcha Nice Cream

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Calling all die-hard green tea fans. With its vibrant green color, this matcha nice cream is sure to impress any guests that stop by this summer. Just be aware that the recipe calls for condensed milk, so it ain’t a dairy-free dessert. Sorry, vegans.

10. Oreo Peanut Nice Cream

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In case you haven’t heard, oreos are vegan. This oreo peanut nice cream tastes like a Blizzard, but with only half the calories. Skip the drive to Dairy Queen and make this 4 ingredient sundae at home in your pajamas instead.

11. Coffee Chocolate-Chip Nice Cream

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This coffee nice cream is the perfect snack for any caffeine addict. It has the rich flavor of coffee, but the chocolate chips and sweet banana keep it from tasting bitter. Yes, please.

12. Healthy Hemp Nice Cream

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If you’ve ever wanted to eat ice cream for breakfast, then this hemp nice cream is your chance. It’s packed with goodies like hemp protein powder, spirulina, and nut butter, so you can enjoy this nice cream without feeling like it should replace dessert.

13. Mango Nice Cream

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You don’t need to go on holiday this summer to feel tropical; one scoop of this mango nice cream will transport you straight to the beach. No airplane and never-ending security queues required.

14. Chocolate Cookie Dough Explosion Nice Cream

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Remember when you were a kid and it was okay to eat cookie dough out of a bowl? Well, now you can eat dough out of a jar with this cookie dough nice cream. This one takes a bit more work, but it’s worth it for the peanut butter-chocolate drizzle and cookie goodness.

15. Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream

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A good strawberry ice cream is as timeless as Meryl Streep. This one only calls for 3 ingredients, and chances are that you already have them in your freezer. Serve it with a green sprig of mint if you’re feeling extra.

16. Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Nice Cream

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Chocolate and raspberry cake is a favorite in my family, so I can only imagine the hysteria that will occur when I whip this baby up. This dark chocolate and raspberry nice cream may taste naughty, but it’s nice; it has less fat than a regular scoop of ice cream, but it tastes just as creamy.

17. Tahini Vanilla Nice Cream with Chocolate Almond Swirl

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This tahini nice cream looks so beautiful that you won’t want to eat it (but you will anyways, obvs). By swirling together two types of nice cream, you get double the flavor and double the dessert. Sounds pretty ideal to me.

18. Chocolate Biscoff Nice Cream Cake

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Yes, this cake is actually made out of bananas. No word of a lie. Plus, it takes less than 10 ingredients to make this masterpiece, and it’s totally vegan. If it’s not a life-altering realization that you can make something as amazing as this cake out of bananas and cocoa powder, then I don’t know what to tell you. That’s pretty darn cool.

What are you waiting for? This summer, stock up on some frozen bananas, and get to work on these nice cream recipes. You can always experiment by adding more vegan nice cream toppings to each recipe. With 18 recipes and endless toppings to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

11 Ice Cream Treats That Will Take You Back to Your Childhood

If you ask me what my favorite food is, the answer is always the same: ice cream. This was true for as long as I can remember. I lived in different places growing up, and I have different memories associated with each childhood ice cream treat.

Going to elementary school in California, every Wednesday was Ice Cream Day, which meant that we could get a popsicle, a vanilla cup or an ice cream sandwich after lunch. At my middle school in Connecticut, I remember getting a vanilla cone at Popey’s Ice Cream Shoppe after winning away games with my volleyball team. And while I was in high school in New Hampshire, my friends and I went to Stillwells, the local ice cream store, way too many times, regardless of the weather.  

Now in college, I still like to explore new ice cream places, but my childhood ice cream treats remind me of all the good times I’ve had growing up. While there are so many to choose from, here are 11 childhood ice cream treats that will take you back to your childhood. 

1. Sundae Crunch Popsicles

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I think mine was always brown and chocolate-flavored. While sundae crunch popsicles weren’t my favorite, everyone seemed to love them. 

2. Sno-Cone

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These were a must whenever I went to a fair or amusement park of some sort, no matter which state I was in at the time. 

3. Creamy Fudgesicle

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You can never go wrong with a classic fudgesicle.

4. Popsicle®SpongeBob SquarePants™Bar

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Growing up, my favorite cartoon character was SpongeBob. I’ve never had this popsicle because I was scared to take a bite out of his happy face, but it really does take me back to my childhood. 

5. Freeze Pops

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When I lived in California, my neighbor somehow always had freeze pops in the house. I mean, how can you resist?

6. Rocket Pops

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Also known as bomb pops, this red, white, and blue popsicle was a hit in our childhoods. Confession: I still eat these. 

7. Push-up Popsicles

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Anything push-up was good. But ones with characters on the cover? Enough said.

8. Itzakadoozie

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Seriously, that’s beauty. 

9. Ice cream sandwich

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Ice cream sandwiches were probably at my top three choices in fourth grade. But where are the three-flavored ones?

10. Hoodsie Cup

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Half vanilla and half chocolate ice creams + a wooden spoon = happy child.

11. Dippin’ Dots

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Last but not least, my favorite banana split Dippin’ Dots. 

Go reminisce!

If some of these childhood ice cream treats didn’t put a smile on your face, then you have to go try one for yourself! Have some ice cream, and let the memories live on. 

Waffle Cone vs Sugar Cone: How Different Are They?

You wouldn’t think it, but there are so many questions involved in ordering ice cream. First you have to start with the flavor. Then you have to choose the size and toppings. The true dilemma comes when deciding on a cone type. Completely ignoring wafer cones (because come on, who gets a wafer cone), waffle cone vs. sugar cone?

I know someone who goes to get ice cream but only gets a waffle cone to eat. That’s weird right? Regardless, here’s the differences between waffle cones vs. sugar cones:

Here’s the scoop on sugar cones

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When I’m serving ice cream at work and someone tells me they want a cone, the first thing I ask is if they want a pointy or flat one. This is the pointy one. A sugar cone is made with flour, brown sugar, vegetable oil shortening, oat fiber, artificial flavor and soy lecithin. These cones are made with a solid round edge so that ice cream is stacked up. Sugar cones are smaller than waffle cones, but also sturdier. They are also generally mass produced.

What’s the deal with waffles?

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Waffle cones are the cones that are generally made in-store. Every person that enters the ice cream shop I work in comments on the smell of the waffle cones. Not even going to lie, I go home from work smelling like waffle cones. These cones are made with flour, salt, eggs, sugar, butter and milk.  Little do ice cream consumers know that waffle cones contain more sugar than sugar cones. Maybe they should rename these cones to More-Sugar-Than-Sugar Waffle cones. These cones are also often more fragile than sugar cones, making it harder to get the scoop heights we really and truly want. 

Next time you go get ice cream, take the time to think about your cone options. Whether you get hard ice cream or soft-serve ice cream, waffle or sugar cones, always remember that wafer cones are the worst. 

What’s the Deal with Halo Top Ice Cream? — On Trend

Ice cream is one of the most magical treats on the planet, but no one is ever going to tell you it’s the “healthiest” option at the grocery store. If you have a hard time not finishing a pint when it’s in your home and want to avoid temptation, the easy option is to skip the freezer aisle. But it turns out it doesn’t have to be that way.

A quick stroll on Instagram — especially in the wellness and weight-loss community — and you’ll notice brightly colored pints of ice cream with the label “Halo Top” on the lid. Halo Top is a low-calorie, low-sugar, high-protein ice cream. A single pint of ice cream from Halo Top has anywhere between 240 to 360 calories and up to 24 grams of protein. And the best part? It actually tastes pretty decent, too.


We Tried Every Halo Top Ice Cream Flavor and Here’s Our Favorite — On Trend

By now there’s a good chance that you’ve already heard about Halo Top ice cream. The protein-rich, low-calorie pints that you can find in the freezer aisle have basically taken over the wellness community on Instagram and Reddit. Interested in trying one of the colorful pints? How should you decide which flavor to try first? We’re here to help. Here’s Kitchn’s very un-scientific and totally subjective ranking of Halo Top ice cream flavors.

Can you guess which flavor got the number-one spot?


20 Things to Make for Dinner Without Heating Up the Kitchen — Recipes from The Kitchn

I’ll argue that I, more than many people, can attest to not wanting to heat up the kitchen in the summer months. That’s because I live in a 600-square-foot apartment and even preheating the oven can kick our AC unit into high gear. So in order to survive, recipes that forgo these common cooking methods are the standard. Even if you live in a space larger than mine, I am sure you share a similar desire to keep your kitchen cool when the weather is stifling.

Here’s what you’re looking for. These 20 recipes skip the oven and the stovetop and instead lean on alternative cooking methods (or no cooking at all) in order to keep your kitchen (and you) cool as a cucumber.