Yogurt gets nomination for state snack

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Chobani yogurt. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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ALBANY—By way of a bill introduced Friday, State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer nominated yogurt to be the official New York State Snack, which could make New York the fifth state to make such a designation.

The nomination comes well-founded: Upstate New York is home to many yogurt and dairy producers.

“Both from a health standpoint and economic standpoint, yogurt is particularly suitable as the state snack,” the bill’s sponsor’s memo states.

While something like this may seem ceremonious, New York lawmakers take designating symbols of the state seriously. In 2011, State Senator David Carlucci vouched for the onion as the official state vegetable, while Senator Michael Nozzolio went to bat for sweet corn. The lawmakers fought. Neither prevailed.

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Also on the table this year is consideration of the wood frog as the New York State amphibian.

Other states with officials snacks are Illinois, with popcorn; South Carolina with boiled peanuts; Texas with tortilla chips and salsa; and Utah with Jell-O.

New York currently has a state muffin, (apple); and a state fruit, also an apple.