When you think of the word 'America,' what specific symbols come to mind? The Statue of Liberty? Baseball? Burgers? A world-class (albeit very expensive) college degree? Those are all good guesses, but for a long time, a sweeter treat has come to represent the best — and worst — of the U.S.: apple pie.
Encyclopedia Britannica proclaims apple pie to be "perhaps the archetypal American dessert."
And if you're born and bred in the U.S., then it's a good bet that you've heard the oft-recited phrase 'as American as apple pie.' But what is the origin of this patriotic slogan?