Pennsylvania Dutch Food is one of the few uniquely American food traditions. Like Cajun food, it traces its origins back to the old country. The "Dutch" in "Pennsylvania Dutch" refers not to Holland but to the German language ("Deutsch") that eighteenth century settlers to Pennsylvania spoke. Along with their language, they brought their cuisine with them.
PA Dutch food is well known in Pennsylvania but is also growing in popularity throughout the United States. Bistros in Charleston, SC and New York City have started serving Scrapple, and desserts like Shoofly Pie and Whoopie Pies have gained a cult following. We hope that you enjoy this curated list of beloved PA Dutch foods and agree that, when it comes to comfort food, there is "nix besser!"