|The marvelous sweet potato pie with real|
whipped cream at Wilson Cafe, Wilson.
Mind you, I like Red Velvet cake. I really do. But it’s quite clearly a Louisiana food. We have no need to borrow desserts. We have oodles of our own.
The problem I have with lists like these is that without significant research they’re, frankly, crap. I can understand where the poor reporter who was assigned this story was going through. Chances are, this was a quick assignment that didn’t cover travel expenses. I’m sure there was some scanning of the web and some juggling around, and maybe even a conversation with other people who like to eat desserts. However, without visiting a place or knowing its cuisine, how the heck can you make some blanket determination about what sort of dessert should represent that state?
So, Slate (and fans of Arkansas food), here’s a quick list. Yes, there are a lot of pies on the list. Hello? Please comment with your suggestions. Perhaps we can educate folks everywhere about some of the glorious bounty of sweets we produce right here in Arkansas.
And no, I’ll save possum pie til the end. You know it’s coming.
|Cinnamon Roll at Your Mama's Good Food, Little Rock.|
|Chocolate rolls at Misty's Shell, Leslie.|
|Butter roll at now defunct Madea's Kitchen, West Memphis.|
|Fried pies at Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales, Lake Village.|
|Butter cake at Bonnie's, Watson.|
|Coconut meringue pie at Papa Joe's, Humnoke.|
|Peanut butter pie at Overcup Diner, Overcup.|
|Even Governor Mike Beebe loves Yarnell's Ice Cream.|
|Lemon icebox pie, Skillet Restaurant, Mountain Home.|
Watermelon. I realize that yes, this is a fruit and not a created dessert, but WATERMELON.
|How can you deny watermelon as a great dessert after seeing this face?|
|Chocolate chess pie at Alley Oops, Little Rock.|
|Blackberries on the vine, Faulkner County.|
Pies in general. There is no other state that reveres pie like we do. And we do it so well and in so many different combinations: PCP (Pineapple, Coconut, Pecan), Dang Good (Pineapple and Coconut), Bourbon Chocolate Pecan, Tang (yes, the astronaut drink), grape, Grasshopper (chocolate mint), old fashioned
|Chocolate and coconut cream pies at the Ranch House|
|Possum pie at Stoby's, Russellville.|
What do you think? Have a better choice for Arkansas’s definitive dessert? Share it, please.
For this piece, I did my best not to duplicate other desserts listed in Slate's article. There are a lot of other Arkansas desserts that could be considered, including but not limited to: pecan pie, apple pie, hummingbird cake, chocolate gravy (more of a breakfast item than a dessert), Earthquake cake, dutch oven cobbler, strawberry shortcake, sweet potato pie, apple dumplings, peach cobbler, strawberry shortcake, strawberry cobbler, mayhaw jam on biscuits (also another breakfasty thing), banana pudding, coconut layer cake, Pig Lickers (chocolate covered bacon), Ozarkies (more of a candy than a dessert), peanut brittle (same thing), cream pies and plain juicy, syrupy peaches.