As a lifelong Marylander I know the amazing array of food we have here. We also have things you can ONLY find in Maryland; as a local I take those treats for granted. Take a look with me at my favorite Maryland only food finds.
Maryland Foodie Finds
Brace yourself because these cookies are rich and decadent and only found in Maryland. German immigrant Henry Baker came to the Land of Opportunity with a recipe and a dream. These cookies have been in Maryland markets since the 1800’s and continue to grace store shelves today. This rich shortbread chocolate goodness is a treat not to be missed on a visit to Maryland.
Smith Island Cake
This cake is the official cake of Maryland. It consists of eight to ten layers of yellow cake with chocolate frosting between each layer and slathered over the whole cake. Many variations have evolved but the real deal is from Smith Island Baking Co. Smith Island can only be visited by boat and is the southernmost part of our state. This cake came about as families would gather after a long oyster season in fellowship when the water-men would return. This cake is as rich and decadent as it looks.
Nobody does crabs like we do. We steam them, not BOIL. NO water-logged crabs here in Maryland. Our beautiful Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are steamed in seasoning with water, vinegar and beer to keep them moist. Enjoy with a cold beer and steamed corn. Eating crabs is a very social thing, meaning, if people hear you have crabs they will come running.
Oh these hand-cut fries found on the Ocean City boardwalk are heavenly. Add malt vinegar and a little old bay seasoning and it’s just greasy bucket of goodness. I have had fries from all over this country, and no fries come close to Thrashers.
This treat is another Ocean City staple. The only thing better than the taste of Fishers; is the smell wafting along the boards. This caramel popcorn is best hot and in the box. You can order online but come on down the ocean and try for yourself. You can now find this treat packaged all over the state, but the fresh popcorn from the boardwalk is the best.
Not shaved ice, not a snow cone, but sno-balls. I prefer chocolate with marshmallow. And YES they do taste different. You can find a stand on almost every corner in Central Maryland. If you talk to anyone that has left the state they will tell you they miss sno-balls, because nobody does them like we do. For traditionalists, the favored flavor was — and still is — egg custard, which has a sweet, creme brulee-like taste. Stands are open from May to September normally, and the lines show that this is a seasonal Maryland treat.
National Bohemian Beer
Natty Boh as we call it; is best straight from the can, ice-cold. It is the quintessential partner for our steamed crabs. If you aren’t having crabs with your Natty Boh line the rim with Old Bay. We put Old Bay on everything! While this is a now a national brand it all began in Baltimore, so we claim it as our own.
Goetz’s Caramel Cremes
This sweet treat is legendary in Maryland. It’s a chewy caramel with a rich creamy center. I grew up on these treats and now share them with all of my out-of-state friends, once they take a bite they are hooked for life. My great aunts family owned Goetzs candy, we always had them on hand at family affairs.
These are my top Maryland treats; if I ever leave the state I will have to take a lifetime supply with me. What is your favorite Maryland specialty?