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01/28/2015 07:36 am ET Updated Jan 28, 2015

22 Food Reasons New England Is Winning At Life

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It's time to take stock of the great region of New England and celebrate everything it gets right in life, like its food. For those of you who aren't quite sure, New England is made up of the small, but great, states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. (No, New York is not part of the cluster.)

To our fellow Americans who were born in any of the other 44 states, we acknowledge that you also have great food traditions to offer. No one does fish tacos like San Diego does. And the best bacon is found in the South, no question. But New England, well, it's been around the longest, has the deepest history, and knows how to take full advantage of its tiny, yet plentiful coast. It's home to some of the country's most beloved foods -- ahem, Ben & Jerry's -- but also has some well-guarded secret treats that require a trip to the region to experience. (Maple Creemees or bust.)

Without further ado, here are 22 food reasons why New England is winning at life -- edited down from a 1,001, for your reading pleasure.

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