10 Foods New Hampshire Is Famous For Perfecting

When it comes to food, New Hampshire has incredible natural resources for creating decadent dishes. There’s the fresh New England seafood, fragrant apple orchards, deep woods deer meat and the gigantic trout from the many pristine lakes. There are just certain foods that no other place on Earth can do quite like New Hampshire.

Here are 10 specialties that are not to be missed when you’re visiting the Granite State.



Steamed soft shell clams from the icy Atlantic are a beloved New England treat. They are best cooked in their own briny seawater with lots of butter.

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Fried Lake Bass

There are nearly 950 lakes in New Hampshire and with the state’s devotion to preserving the environment, you can be sure to pull some big, healthy bass from the depths. A nice crispy breading is the perfect compliment to the firm, delicate-flavored white meat.



Spiked Cider

With so many apple orchards and cider presses, you can be sure that a hot fall mug of spiked cider in New Hampshire will be at the peak of flavor and freshness.



This alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey and fresh fruits is a delicious treat to enjoy at the Renaissance Fair – or any time! Be careful though, the sweet flavor masks a very high alcohol content of 8 – 20%!

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Grape Nuts Ice Cream

Also known as brown bread ice cream, this treat is popular in New England and Canada. These aren’t your grandma’s Grape-Nuts!

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Chocolate Mice

The popular New England chocolatier, L.A. Burdick is famous around New England for creating adorable handmade chocolate creatures, but none as iconic as the chocolate mice.




New Hampshire chefs are skilled at creating incredibly decadent creations using the leaner, more powerfully flavored venison. Skip the steak when you’re in New Hampshire and go for the deer meat!

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Apple Pie

As far as I’m concerned New Hampshire has the most delicious apples – and I’m from Massachusetts so I don’t say that lightly! The bakers of New Hampshire have been perfecting the simple bliss that is apple pie for hundreds of years. It is not to be missed!

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Fried Lobster Tail

It may seem like a sin to deep fry something as delicate, tasty and expensive as lobster tail, but if it is done correctly, it is quite the treat. And, of course, nobody does lobster like New Englanders!



Roast Beef Sandwich

There are no shortage of New Hampshire sandwich shops advertising their “famous” roast beef – and none of them are lying! They know how to create the perfect thin-sliced, stacked-high rare roast beef sandwich to keep you coming back time and time again.


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