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What's lurking in your burger?

When we go out to eat at a restaurant or buy packaged food at a supermarket, we have a reasonable expectation that the only thing we’ll find in our food will be, well, food. Sadly, though, that isn’t always the case. Some poor, unfortunate souls have found some really off-putting stuff in their food over the past few years (including the unwitting consumers who had to get tested for rabies after finding a dead bat inside their prepackaged salad earlier this week), and we’ve tracked down the 15 most bizarre (and occasionally horrifying) examples.

The 15 Weirdest Things Ever Found in Food (Slideshow)

It’s always a good idea to thoroughly inspect the food you buy before you start to eat it. Food production is an exhausting and labor-intensive task, and some occasional errors are bound to be made. Sometimes it’s harmless, like when you ask for a small fries but accidentally get a large, but other times it can be downright traumatizing.

While most of these unexpected discoveries can be blamed on human error, others are unavoidable accidents, and others happened because maybe we depend too much on machines to do the work for us. Sadly, as consumers, we really have no idea how much of the food we eat is made, and occasionally things, shall we say, fall through the cracks. So the next time you buy a bagged salad, we suggest you take a close look at it first!


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?


15 weirdest foods we eat in central Pennsylvania

There's nothing strange about shoofly pie, red beet eggs and chow-chow, right? As a followup to our request asking for suggestions on strange foods we eat in central Pennsylvania, we have compiled a top 15 list of foods that are unknown or just plain weird to those who don't live here. So, here we present the final list of odd, yet delicious foods we eat in central Pa.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Pennsylvania Dutch style chicken pot pie often puzzles those from outside of the area who are looking for a crust topped pot pie. This pot pie is more like a soup with thick noodles and pieces of chicken that stick to your ribs.

File photo, JULIA HATMAKER | [email protected]

Pork and sauerkraut might not be all that unusual. But the fact it's served on New Year's Day for good luck in central Pennsylvania makes it a regional favorite.

File photo, DAN GLEITER, The Patriot-News

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing

Dandelion greens served with warm bacon dressing is a spring classic in central Pennsylvania. Here is a recipe from PennLive Outdoors writer Marcus Schneck.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Teaberry ice cream is a regional flavor that looks like Pepto-Bismol and tastes like wintergreen. It's made from the teaberry, a small red fruit. Find it at ice cream places such as Hall's Ice Cream in Millerstown.

File photo, CHRISTINE BAKER

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Shoofly pie is not made with flies, but with lots of molasses and brown sugar. Many believe the name stems from the fact flies had to be "shooed" away from the sweet, cooling pies.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Kids in central Pa. grow up packing Lebanon bologna sandwiches in their school lunches. Lebanon bologna is a sweet, cured meat with ties to Lebanon County. Some people enjoy a Lebanon bologna sandwich with peanut butter.

Hog maw is a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. It is basically stuffed pig stomach. The lining of a pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is filled with potatoes and sausage and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Yes, hog maw is a funny name for a food. Hog maw is pig's stomach. The lining of the pig's stomach, similar to a sausage casing, is stuffed with sausage, cabbage and potates and then baked.

Photo by www.flickr.com/photos/jaboobie

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Chow-chow is another PA Dutch dish with a strange name. Chow-chow is pickled relish. It typically contains green beans, kidney beans, carrots and cauliflower with vinegar and sugar. It is both sweet and sour.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Apple Butter with Cottage Cheese

Another creation stemming from the Pennsylvania Dutch is cottage cheese with apple butter. Eat it plain or slather on bread.

Sue Gleiter | [email protected]

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled red beet eggs are popular at picnics and family gatherings. Hardcooked eggs get their red hue and tang from red beets.

Cup cheese is simply a soft, spreadable cheese sold in a cup. The Mennonites and Amish apparently brought the recipes when they immigrated to Pennsylvania in the 1600s. Shenk's is one of the more popular brands of cup cheese.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Central Pennsylvania's version of chicken and waffles is different from what is eaten in other parts of the country. It's not the southern version with fried chicken and maple syrup. Here, pieces of roasted chicken are topped on waffles with a thick, yellow gravy.

File photo, Joe Hermitt, [email protected]

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Fasnachts are a Shrove Tuesdsay treat. Pennsylvania Dutch housewives made fasnachts to use up all of the fat, particularly lard, in the house before Lent. Fasnachts are a variety of doughnut made with yeast or baking soda.

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Scrapple is made with pork scraps and cornmeal. It is baked in loaves and then cut into slices. Some people enjoy it with maple syrup.

File photo, Paul Chaplin, [email protected]

So much happy #birchbeer #pennsylvaniadutch

A photo posted by Kat Sandoval (@katjsandoval) on Apr 19, 2015 at 1:34pm PDT

Sue Gleiter, [email protected]

Birch beer is a type of soda made from the bark of the birch tree. It is sold in three colors - white, red and brown. While many people say it tastes like root beer, true fans say it has a more wintergreen and herbal profile.

Check out 65 things to eat and drink in central Pa. How many of these foods have you eaten?