Gov. Ron DeSantis signs law making strawberry shortcake official state dessert

Ceremonial signing takes place at Florida Strawberry Festival
Gov. Ron DeSantis signs strawberry shortcake law
Posted at 9:09 AM, Mar 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-08 13:56:59-05

PLANT CITY, Fla. — It's official.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill designating strawberry shortcake as the official state dessert into law Monday afternoon during an appearance at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City.

"Signing this bill at the Strawberry Festival is one way that we are supporting our Florida strawberry farmers and is a tribute to the more than 10,000 acres of strawberries that are grown in the greater Plant City area," DeSantis said.

The governor's office said in a news release that Florida strawberry farmers produce 75% of the winter strawberry crop in the U.S.

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This March 23, 2015, photo shows strawberry shortcake in Concord, N.H.

So what does this mean for the key lime pie lover? Not to worry, as key lime pie remains the state's official pie. It'll just now have to share the spotlight with the state's new official dessert.

Strawberry shortcake will be recognized as the state's official dessert effective July 1.