Mar 6, 2023 - News

πŸ‘ƒ Ohio's state smell, according to readers

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Following New Mexico's effort to make roasted chiles its official state aroma, we asked you clever people to suggest one for Ohio.

As always, you didn't disappoint:

🍞 Leesa G.: "Wonder Bread baking. Couldn't resist that aroma when driving past the old building on Route 670."

🍨 Tammy D.: "Jeni's sweet corn and raspberry ice cream."

🍭 Christa H.: "[Our hometown of Bryan] is home to Spangler Candy Company … It makes the famous Dum-Dum sucker that is a favorite worldwide.

  • "The sweet aroma of Dum-Dum suckers that floats in the air nearly every day should be considered the official smell of Ohio!"

🚧 Linda B.: "Growth: Road construction dust with notes of realtor sweat."

πŸ›£οΈ Joshua M.: "Asphalt and tar. It’s a May through October scent, a perfect complement to the Orange Barrel Season."

🌱 Bernice A.: "Fresh-cut grass."

πŸ” Mike W.: "Without a doubt, the smell of White Castles. They've been around longer than anything else. As a matter of fact, I was drawn to them every Friday night, Arcadia and High, after a few beers on campus."

🍩 Toni S.: "Warm doughnuts!"

🍿 Della P.: "Popcorn."

πŸ’ Rita R.: "The beautiful, subtle smell of carnations."

πŸ„ Kevin B.: "The midway at the Ohio State Fair β€” fair foods, livestock, etc."

  • Other suggestions: "Skyline Chili, a uniquely Ohio thing," "White Castle sliders, Ohio's original belly bomb" or "freshly cooked sauerkraut balls, another Ohio food anomaly."

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