In 1999 there was a law passed designating the apple as the state fruit and apple pie as the state pie. It requires a good faith effort to serve either a glass of cold milk, a 1/2 ounce or larger slice of cheddar cheese or a large scoop of vanilla ice cream with a slice of apple pie. With Cabot cheddar cheese being another of the state's food staples the apple pic & cheddar combo has become classic Vermont combo. One of the most talked about spots to enjoy this specialty is from Vermont Apple Pie, a mom & pop bakery in Proctorsville,
Ben & Jerry's was founded in 1978 by childhood friends Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield with a $12,00 investment in Burlington. This national brand has grown into a mainstay in the ice cream industry & it's headquarters are still located in the state. Their main factory is located in Waterbury and is a huge spot for tourists to come enjoy on their visits to the Green Mountain State.
Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup, producing over 2 million gallons of it per year, More than 1,500 sugarhouses statewide help to generate 47% of the country's maple syrup supply. Vermonters are proud of their sugarmakers and the products they make. Maple syrup is completely all-natural and made by a very simple process that has been perfected over generations.
Cabot Cheese, owned & operated by real farmers, has been making award winning cheddar cheese & other dairy products since 1919. The company has facilities in Cabot, Waterbury and Quechee, with each location offering samples of products from the expansive line of Cabot goods, specialty foods from local vendors, and souvenirs.
With some of the best cheese around it's no surprise that Vermont also takes their grilled cheese sandwiches seriously as well. One standout location is the Woodstock Farmers Market in Woodstock, where "The Quechee Gorge" specialty sandwich is a fan favorite. Smoked Vermont cheddar, provolone, Parrano, tomato is grilled on roasted garlic parmesan bread and topped with Honeycup mustard. Other favorite grilled cheese locations include Mystic Cafe & Wine Bar in Manchester, Prohibition Pig in Waterbury and Dot's Restaurant in WIlmington.
The maple creemee is the combined product of Vermont’s robust dairy and maple syrup industries. It is a swirling tower of maple-flavored soft serve piled high upon a sugar or waffle cone. During the cooling process creemees trap more air than ice cream making it both light and rich in flavor. The Canteen Creemee Company in Waitsfield puts their own twist on this classic with their "Bad Larry" that features maple crystal, maple drizzle, maple cookie & maple cotton candy.