Yogurt is now official New York state snack

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Columbus CEO

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — All kidding aside, New York now has an official state snack, and it is yogurt.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday that gives the dairy product official distinction as the state snack.

The idea of making yogurt the state's official snack came from a fourth-grade class from western New York. But lawmakers have taken some heat for the proposal after the state Senate's 45-minute debate on the bill was mocked by David Letterman and Jon Stewart.

New York is the nation's top yogurt producer, making 741 million pounds of the dairy product last year, well above the 591 million produced by second-place California.

Cuomo has called New York the nation's "yogurt capital."