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The 12 Best Regional Snack Foods

Posted: 11/25/11 09:52 AM ET

From Louisiana gumbo to New England clam chowder, America is stacked with regional delicacies that evoke nostalgia (not to mention hunger pangs) from its often far-flung native eaters. But equally beloved are those regional snack foods we grew up on that we can't seem to find anywhere else but home, and we're not talking Oreos and Cheez-Its. Click through the pictures below or a look at some of our favorite snacks from across the 50 states.

Did we leave out your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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Abita Root Beer, Louisiana
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This Louisiana brewing company ships their popular, regular beers across the country, but locating a bottle of their creamy root beer isn't quite so easy. No wonder natives miss it: The rich, vanilla-tinged beverage not only tastes great, it's made solely with Louisiana cane sugar. Yep, that means none of the icky high-fructose corn syrup found in most commercial sodas.

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