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Yoghurt Named New York City’s Official State Snack

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Yoghurt became New York’s official state snack on Wednesday, joining the likes of chocolate chip cookie and boiled peanuts as the United States’ most lovable foods.

New York has become the nation’s top yoghurt producer amid the booming popularity of the thick Greek-style yoghurt, the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo signed a bill making it the official state snack.

“Designating yoghurt as the official state snack will continue to raise public awareness of the economic and health benefits of yoghurt and the dairy industry,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

It was a momentous occasion because only a few U.S. states can boast their own official snack. South Carolina has boiled peanuts, Texas has salsa and tortilla chips, Colorado has cinnamon rolls and Maine, whoopie pie.

New York state produced 336 million kg of yoghurt last year, accounting for 16 percent of total U.S. production, the governor’s statement said.

Two leading brands of the thick Greek-style yoghurt, Ciobani and Fage, have large production plants in New York.

The probiotic-rich dairy product is used extensively from food to a natural beauty tool. Plus, its tartness provides a ‘blank canvas’ to add other flavours and textures in such as crunchy nuts, fresh fruits and sweet honey.MYNEWSHUB/Text: Sara Khalid

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