The East and West coastlines of the United States are very different from one another. Butter is the one item you wouldn't think would be different.
Butter is widely utilized in the United States; in fact, each American eats 23 sticks each year, as reported by Time magazine.
However, if you've been traveling between our two beautiful coasts, you may have noticed an unexpected butter-sized difference.
West of the Rocky Mountains, butter is sold in short, squat rectangles, whereas butter in the East Coast is sold in long, slender sticks.
It all stems from the dairy sector, according to Taste of Home. Dairy farms on the East Coast and Midwest utilized an Elgin mold to shape butter.
Butter was served in one-pound chunks until a dairy in Elgin, Illinois (thus the mold's name) began dividing it into four individual sticks.
This method quickly expanded to the East Coast. According to NPR, the California dairy industry began to give the Midwesterners a run for their money in the 1960s.
In order to compete with the Midwest and East Coast, dairy farmers on the West Coast created their own butter molds and began producing the iconic fat sticks.
The only noticeable difference between the two types of butter is their form. East and West coasts remain split, and neither is likely to change.