Food Gifts from the 50 States
Looking for a delicious gift for that special someone this year? We've rounded up some awesome local finds from great shops and locations across the 50 states.
State Dish Towels
These 100% cotton dish towels from Uncommon Goods are a vibrant tribute to whichever state you call home. Silk screened with names, images and iconic landmarks to decorate each towel, we have to agree with Uncommon Goods when they say, "These dishtowels look so good, you might end up framing them."
Arkansas is home to a great shop called Eggshells Kitchen Co., which carries a haven of Arkansas-made goodies such as Robbi's Salsa, which is revered as a Little Rock treasure, or McClard's Barbecue Sauce, a classic staple in the town of Hot Springs. This year, it's easy to find your next favorite Arkasnas-made gift to give to that special someone.
Poco Dolce Confections based in San Fransisco, California has perfected the art of savory chocolate. "Poco Dolce" in Italian literally translates as "not too sweet." These hand-made chocolates, such as the Bitterwsweet Tile Trio, are made in small batches and contain only all-natural ingredients and environmentally and socially concious chocolate.
Located in the heart of Connecticut is a biscotti shop unlike any other. Sweet Maven's specializes in a traditional Milanese biscotti recipe that is softer and more cake-like than standard rock-hard variations. The pefect accompaniment to coffee or tea, each variation is preservative-free and made with all natural ingredients.
Coffee from the same place has never tasted so different. Brandywine Coffee Roasters has perfected their roasting style to bring something unique to the table with their Process Series Roast which showcases how two coffees from the same region can possess very different qualities for a dual experience like no other.
St. Augustine, Florida was founded in 1565, making it the oldest city in America. St. Augustine Distillery Co. however, is a new endeavor consisting of local collaborators who share the same dream of producing the best small-batch spirits for their community. Locally grown ingredients such as Florida cane sugar are used in products like their flagship vodka, and we think you're gonna love it.
Harvested from Georgia orchards that have been in the Schermer family for over 65 years, pecans from Schermer Pecans are a delicious addition to the holiday spread whether you partake in the simplicity of raw pecans or one of the signature candied varieties. Our pick? The Sweet Southern Collection.
Traditionally, Hawaiian sea salt was used in ceremonial blessings of voyaging canoes to bring in abundant catches and good fortune. To this day, a gift of salt is considered a symbol of good luck and makes a beautiful and meaningful gift. We love these salts from Sea Salts of Hawaii, which are naturally harvested on the island of Molokai and the Kona coast and also help give back to the community.
One of the top-selling candy bars in the Northwest and the Idaho Candy Company's best-seller, the "Idaho Spud" bar actually contains no potato at all! A delicious combination of a soft marshmallow center inside of a dark chocolate coating and sprinkled with coconut makes it easy to see how this candy bar has been a favorite for nearly a century.
Nick's Kitchen, located in Huntingdon, IN, is home to many Hoosier favorites, like their breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches and hand-dipped shakes. They're also famous for their homemade pies, which you can buy online. The fan favorite? Their sugar cream pie, a deceptively simple but maddeningly delicious pie. Trust us, you won't be able to have just one slice.
Nut butter fans, unite! From the heartland of Iowa comes a collection of all-naural nut butters unlike any other. Whatever your preferences, you can find what you're looking for from Butter Me Up! Nut Butters. Our pick? The deliciously sweet and irrisistable White Chocolate Almond Butter. Just be warned, you'll want to eat it by the spoonful!
With a huge variety of hand-made chocolates and confections to choose from, the family owned Hazel Hill Chocolates might just be Kansas' best kept secret. With so many treats, confections, and gifts to choose from, anyone can find something delicious to fit their tastes. As for our favorite item, we bet you've never seen or tasted caramel apples quite like these before.
Family owned for four generations, Pappy & Co. has always prided itself on making the finest bourbon, but they didn't stop there. After all, what's a good maple syrup without a little bourbon? Aged for 100 days in 23 year old bourbon barrels, this maple syrup is simply one of a kind. In their words, "Our maple syrup is sweeter than Southern hospitality," and we couldn't agree more.
The good folks over at Swamp Pop have achieved the almost impossible task of taking all of the sweetness of Louisiana and putting it in a bottle. Their Praline Cream Soda celebrates the sweet flavor of classic New Orleans pralines and combines it with irresistible bubbles and fizz. Thirsty yet?
The beautiful coast of Maine is home to many who have turned the area into the seafood capital of the Northeast. If your pick is lobster, look no further than the Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co., a company that began as a way to spread the love of Maine lobster to those far and wide. Our favorite pick is the Lobster Mac 'n Cheese.
McCrea's Caramels can be summed up in their words as, "Possessed by the single, simple idea to make the best caramel in the world—nothing less." The man behind it all, Jason McCrea, has perfected his caramel recipe and shares his candies with those near and far. Surprise family and friends with a gift box this year for a sweet treat.
Who doesn't love a great cup of coffee? Those at Kafe Utza would not only agree, but passionately agree with that statement. For their small-batch roasts, they use beans from fair trade suppliers, a custom built roaster imported all the way from Israel, and another important ingredient: love!
The folks over at Fuller's Sugarhouse sure know what they're doing. Between churning out delicious maple candies to perfecting their authentic New Hampshire maple syrup, you're bound to find something delicious for the maple-lover in your life. Our pick this holiday season is the maple syrup trio gift set.
For a truly fresh coffee experience, look no further than New Jersey's own Booskerdoo Coffee Co. They roast each batch of coffee the same day it's mailed out, so you can be sure you're getting the freshest coffee imaginable. Our picks are the classic Jersey Diner Style Blend, and for the most impressive dark roast you'll ever try, the After Dark Fair Trade Organic Roast.
We just love that all of the small-batch and artisan confections from French Broad Chocolates are "made with love and good stuff." That's exactly the way that chocolate should be, and by the looks of the Ashville Grown Truffle Collection, we'd say that's exactly what they're made of.