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Regional Specialities

Gooey Butter.

Ever heard of it?

How about candy corn with peanuts?

I'm gathering these are regional food items.  

Gooey butter seems to be specifically a St. Louis treat.  My mom grew up in St. Louis and we would have gooey butter growing up.  Our friends weren't familiar with the treat.  As we grew older we found out St. Louisians were familiar.  Yet, I grew up 60 miles away from St. Louis and it wasn't common.

At a Halloween party I shared the idea of mixing peanuts and candy corn.  This is not something I grew up with and is definitely an idea I picked up in the last few years in Chicago.  I was chatting with all transplants (which most of Chicago is, whether you've been here for 5, 10 or 15 years, most people didn't grow up in Chicago).  No one had heard of it.  

So it's a mystery because I definitely can't remember who shared the mixture idea with me.  Although I am grateful because candy corn is just to much sweet.

The most descriptive I've heard the origin pinned down to is: Midwest.  I'd like to note all the transplants I was chatting with at the Halloween party grew up in the Midwest.

So.  Do you know where the idea of candy corn & peanuts comes from?  Are their any regional food specialties where you grew up?


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