Watch What Happened When West-Coasters Tried Michigan’s Favorite Foods For The First Time

June 28th, 2016

Watch the amazing reactions of six Californians after trying some of Michigan’s favorite foods for the first time. The foods and drink they tried are Pasties, Faygo pop, Coney Dog and PannuKakku.

Michigan food test

Michigan Pasty (Meat Hand Pie)

When Cornish miners migrated to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the 1800’s, they brought with them their beloved national dish: the pasty. The Finnish miners that followed adopted these meat pies as their own (easily transportable for long subterranean days!), and the pasty became such a large part of the regional culture that there’s an annual pasty festival in early July. In this recipe, beef, rutabaga, carrots, onions and potatoes are essentially steamed within the crimped, D-shaped dough pocket that’s slit to allow just enough steam to escape.

Faygo Pop

Faygo Beverages, Inc., is a soft drink company headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. The beverages produced by the company, branded as Faygo or Faygo Pop, are distributed in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Central Southern regions of the United States, and southern Canada. Faygo is imported in Europe by American Fizz, an official distributor of Faygo. Faygo Beverages, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Beverage Corporation, started in Detroit, Michigan, in 1907, as Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works.

Faygo first became available in 1907 in bottles with only three flavors: grape, strawberry, and fruit punch.

Coney Dog

A Coney dog is a beef hotdog, topped with an all meat, beanless chili, diced white onions, and yellow mustard. A true Coney dog uses made-in-Michigan products.


Various types of pancakes are enjoyed all over the world, and the pannukakku refers to a Finnish style of pancake. The pannukakku is often described as a pancake with the smoothness of a custard. This traditional Finnish dish generally features a crusty exterior with a light crispiness surrounding an airy, soft interior with a rich buttery flavor.

One response to “Watch What Happened When West-Coasters Tried Michigan’s Favorite Foods For The First Time”

  1. Berlin says:

    Perhaps i have passed that age wherein i have second thoughts on eating something for the first time. If it looks yucky or gross, i wont try it. If the smell is distrubing, i wont try it as well. I may be kj but i just dont want to complicate things and life

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