EDIT: Thanks! For reference, the title originally appeared as "Pa is Full of Bologna Lebanon Bologna", but has now been fixed to "PA is Full of Bologna… Lebanon Bologna".
Lebanon Bologna is one.
(something called "Hot Dog Stew" is another)
I haven't ever done a Lebanon Bologna tour, but a couple decades ago I did attend a large electronic music event ("rave" but that term was unpopular in the scene) in Lebanon PA. Naturally the vast majority of the attendees were coming in from Philly and other spots 2+ hours away. The small local police caught wind of it a couple weeks ahead of time, and called in a huge state task force, even though the event was legal and licensed. The state cops' attempt to place undercover agents was pretty comical -- a bunch of older balding guys dressed like goths (completely wrong scene!) jumping up and down and asking everyone if they "had any X pills for sale". Definitely an experience.
Best parts include potato chips cooked in lard (many brands including Goods and Gibbles and Martins and more) and really good pretzels (Hammonds).
I moved from PA to Colorado and my mom sent me a box of tasty kakes, all melted and pretty much destroyed and then I told her I can go to my local store and buy some. Her mind was blown, same thing with Amarosa rolls.
Anyway, check it out and don't forget to purchase sweet Lebanon bologna meat sticks for your trip home.
Lebanon bologna is closer to a summer sausage or salami, except it's all beef. It has that tangy, fermented flavor.
Scrapple is made from off-cuts and offal and cornmeal, and it isn't fermented. Both the taste and texture are very different from Lebanon bologna. I think most people would find the texture to be more off-putting than the flavor; it's more like a porky hash than like a lunch meat.
PA snacks are terrible. Pretzels? The hell even are those things. Bologna wraps with cream cheese? I see so much pride around what I consider to be C- student level snacking culture.
Dry, tasteless or ridiculously salty. Just a blank terrible tasting carb with no redeeming quality.
Most popular brands of pretzels in the US? Rold Gold (founded in Philly), Snyder's of Hanover (PA), Utz (Hanover, PA again).
edit: of course all of those have nothing on soft pretzels.
They aren't food, they're poorly implemented landscape fill.
It's a little like calling Oscar Mayer wieners "Chicago hot dogs" and dismissing all sausages in the US.
I'm from near philly and never heard of anyone eating bologna with cream cheese. Even "Philadelphia cream cheese" is actually from NY.
They do a Bologna drop for NYE though, so that's fun, I guess.
either or, more often than not I use hn as just a place to save obscure links with the additional benefit of reading insights from others when the posts get noticed.