The Food Network’s “United Plates of America” is a fun report which highlights a unique cuisine that each state is known for. It’s no surprise what was named the most iconic food in Massachusetts. In fact, it’s considered to be a must-try comfort food.

The Bay State is well-known for its selection of small-plate seafood options. From Lobster Rolls to Oysters, Massachusetts has access to fresh selections year-round. What’s interesting about the Food Network’s choice for our most iconic dish is that it can be an appetizer or a full meal. In addition, it is not seasonal. This bowl of hot and hearty soup appears on many different types of menus. The white variation is named after the region. So, what is it?

Clam Chowder

New England Clam Chowder is traditionally made up of clams, potatoes, onions,  salt pork, and milk or cream. However, slight variations can contain certain vegetables or bacon as well. Its wingman is typically oyster crackers, and can be served in a small cup portion or larger bowl.

The Food Network’s feature highlights Legal Sea Foods, which has its headquarters in Boston. The Food Network reports that at Legal Sea Foods, clam chowder outsells fish chowder 20 – 1.

Clam Chowder is such an iconic Massachusetts food that various businesses in the state are built off this soup. Companies such as Boston Chowda Co, Atlantic Fish Company, Luke’s Lobster and Fisherman’s View are all well-established Chowder makers. In Cape Cod, Captain Parker’s Chowder is even packaged and distributed to grocery stores and wholesalers across the region.

If you are feeling a chill inside Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium, or have a sudden craving in TD Garden, you will find clam chowder available at sporting events as well. And if you are visiting the state this summer, Massachusetts’s most iconic food will still be readily available in the warmer months. It’s a bowl of happiness to be enjoyed at any time.

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