Skip to main content

Food in Connecticut

Connecticut claims the world's first lollipop was made there, in New Haven in 1908.

The hamburger was also probably made and sold for the first time in New Haven in 1900. The owner of a placed called Louis' Lunch made hamburgers from the trimmings of the steak he used for steak sandwiches. Hamburgers were served on a plate with onions and home fries. Once a customer was in a hurry and he asked the owner to put the hamburger between two pieces of bread so he could take it with him.

Domestic ducks were first raised in Connecticut after a clipper ship brought some Peking ducks on its return from a trip to China.

The Nutmeg State is an unoficial name for Connecticut, therefore Connecticut residents are nicknamed nutmeggers. It is not clear where this nickname came from.

Connecticut Foods

Connecticut displays a typical New England cuisine, common to very much of the North East, including plenty of seafood, of course, often cooked into chowders, boiled or steamed.

If you are invited to a family dinner, you could be offered clams, lobster or mussels, fresh from the Long Island sound, accompanied by corn and baked beans. The gathering could finish with a fruit and nut pie or cobbler. Berries are favorite fruits.

Connecticut farms produce dairy and poultry, grow vegetables… and mushrooms. You will also find apples, pears in the orchards.

Connecticut has a long coastline and an active fishing industry. Clams, oysters, scallops, and flounder are big catches. If you visit, you would have plenty of opportunities to catch your own food fishing off the beaches and piers.

…and food events

Look for the Lobster Weekend at Mystic in May, or the Oyster Festival in the city of Norwalk, on Labor Day, celebrating the history of the city’s oyster industry.

Recipes from Connecticut

Apple crisp - Basic apple sauce - Best apple pie - Election Day cake


The Constitution State

Capital: Hartford

State animal: Sperm whale

State bird: Robin

State insect: Praying mantis

State tree: Charter oak

State Flower: Mountain laurel

This is Connecticut

Its name comes from the Native American word quinnehtukqet, which means "beside the long river."

Many names of towns and rivers around the state evoke the groups of Native Americans living in the region when the first Dutch and English settlers arrived.

It was one of the original thirteen colonies to rebel against the English.

Its state constitution is deemed as the first written constitution, and also prototype for the U.S. Constitution.

Once upon a time, New Haven hair-cutters gave their customers "pumpkin head" cuts by placing cut pumpkin shells on their customers to make sure the hair was cut round and uniform.


Mystic, don't forget the aquarium and the port where you can step inside of old whaling boats and learn everything about the former whale industry.

The Trout Brook Valley, all sort of outdoor activities including seasonal fishing and restricted hunting.

Westport main street with its quaint shops and Yale university.