In preparation for the South Carolina primaries, state native Stephen Colbert gave Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders some advice: "If you're going to get the vote down there, you've gotta eat boiled peanuts. [...] When I offer it to people up here, they say, 'Here comes Colbert with more of his damp food.'"
With the South Carolina primaries just around the corner (for Republicans, February 20; for Democrats, February 27), we're about to see how Colbert's advice holds up.
In the meantime, we've got our own recommendations for the candidates. In approximate order of the upcoming primary elections, here's what the wannabe presidents should eat, state by state, if they want to win our votes (lots of damp, fried, and "interesting" food included).
Thanks to the entire Food52 team, who helped contribute to this list!
What do the candidates need to eat when they visit your state? Tell us—and them!—in the comments below.