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Pennsylvania State Cookie (proposed)

homemade chocolate chip cookies - click to see all food symbols
Homemade chocolate chip cookies - photo © Liza (Kodamakitty) on Flickr
(noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).
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Chocolate Chip Cookie (proposed)

In 1996 a group of 4th-grade students at Caln Elementary School in Coatesville initiated proceedings to get sponsorship for a resolution designating the chocolate chip cookie as the official state cookie of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The legislation to designate a state cookie has been held up for several years as lawmakers struggle between the chocolate chip, Nazareth sugar cookie (House Bill 219), and the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie (House Bill 2479).

Senate Bill 320 (introduced to designate the chocolate chip cookie during the 2003-2004 legislative session) points out that snack food production is a key element of the Commonwealth's number one industry (agriculture) and that naming an official cookie of the Commonwealth would recognize the steadfast and loyal devotion of the citizens of Pennsylvania to the chocolate chip cookie. This wording appears to be modeled after the legislation adopting the great Dane as the state dog of Pennslvania ("recognizing the steadfast service and loyal devotion of all dogs in Pennsylvania").

The chocolate chip is the state cookie of Massachusetts (home of the famous Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie). The only other state to date that recognizes an official state cookie is New Mexico (their state cookie is bizcochito, an anise-flavored shortbread). Click to see all state food symbols.

Source:
Official state cookie: MI House Legislative Analysis Section
Chocolate Chip Cookie History: What's cooking America
U.S. Senator Arlen Spector website (no longer active)
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tree - soil
arboretum - toy
beverage - cookie

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