Foodie Fun: 12 Delicious Made In America Gift Ideas

There’s quite a bit of American ingenuity with culinary endeavors happening. From cookware to cuisine, local business owners are making products that showcase their state’s native resources or put their location on the map. Plus they ship!

If seeking a taste of Made in America goodness, check out these 12 tasty stateside holiday gifts.

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1. New Mexico – Santa Fe School of Cooking

This culinary school specializes in Southwestern foods and sells kitchen aids, cookbooks and various sets of ingredients. Consider their Grand Chile Lover’s Assortment ($69), a collection of the school’s most popular chiles, including a jar of their own Chipotle en Adobo. Or there’s also their dry roasting and durable Cooking Grill ($29.95), which can be placed on top of a stovetop range and adorned with chiles, garlic, onions, peppers and other fresh veggies.

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2. Kentucky – Woodford Reserve

This Lexington distillery has various bourbon-infused products like their Mint Julep Simple Syrup, made from a raw Demerara sugar ($9.50), and special blends including Woodford Reserve Bourbon Smoked Sugar ($10.50) smoked with Woodford Reserve’s barrel staves; Woodford Reserve Bourbon Vanilla Sugar, packed with a whole Madagascar vanilla bean ($10.50); and Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Sugar, combining natural mint flavors with Demerara sugar ($10.50).

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3. Vermont – Runamok Maple

This organic maple syrup maker puts out nine unique (and unexpected) varieties and is boxing their bottles up in different gift sets. The Barrel Aged Gift Box ($74.95) contains a trifecta of Bourbon Barrel-Aged, Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged, and Rum Barrel-Aged. The Infused Gift Box ($64.95) holds Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused, Makrut Lime-Leaf Infused, and Elderberry Infused, and the Mixed Gift Box ($69.95) offers a medley of Bourbon Barrel-Aged, Cinnamon + Vanilla Infused, and Hibiscus Flower Infused syrups. Or get a four-bottle sample ($29.95).

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4. California – Convivial

Convivial sources ingredients directly from local farms to produce fresh and flavorful artisan spices and blends with clearly noted use by dating. Along with selling blends separately, Convivial offers specialty subscriptions. Convivial Box ($25 a month) sends out a new spice blend every month and Founders Box, ($50 a month for 12 months) delivers quite a surprise to your doorstep. There’s also their Flavor Kit ($35), with recipe cards and jars of Sizzle, SweetSpicy, and Savory_0%Salt.

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5. Washington – Seattle Chocolates

This Seattle company creates gourmet confections and is pretty sweet about giving back during the holidays. Each November and December, for every chocolate purchase made, Seattle Chocolates donates a food serving to food banks in Seattle, San Francisco, New York City and Boston. Customers can get — and give — with products like the company’s Holiday 3 Bar gift box ($12.95) with flavors such as Candy Cane Crunch, Nutty Nougat Chew and Peanut Buddy Crisp, and the Holiday Party Gift Box ($12.95).

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6. Virginia – Shuman’s Bakery

In Alexandria, this family-owned bakery carries on a delicious tradition known as Shuman’s Jelly Cake ($32). This dessert consists of thin layers of pound cake, separated by a homemade red currant jelly, cut into diamond shapes and dusted with powdered sugar. The bakery has quite the history: Louis P. Shuman (the current owner’s great-great grandfather) started his business in 1876. It closed in 2004, but then was re-opened by Shuman’s descendants in 2010 and makes this signature cake (and their main product) by advance order only.

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7. Texas – Frio Farm

This farm in Texas Hill Country specializes in made-from-scratch food products, and one of their specialties involves artisan extracts. More than 10 varieties are produced, with each flavor aged at least three months – if not more – to develop a rich and complex flavor. Choices include three different vanilla extractions, with combinations of bourbon and cane sugar, rum and honey, and tequila and agave. There’s also a chocolate extract paired with premium rum, and a coffee extract with Texas roasted coffee beans, fine bourbon and a touch of honey. Each extract costs $20.

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8. Oregon – Salt & Straw

This ice cream company scoops out flavors inspired by Head Ice Cream Maker Tyler Malek’s childhood. It’s got some tasty gift ideas, too! This holiday season, Salt & Straw has three new choices—Apple Brandy & Pecan Pie, Gingerbread Cookie Dough, and Fennel Five Spiced Eggnog—plus two returning favorites, Congressman Blumenauer’s Fruitcake and Peppermint Cocoa. For $65, purchase all of them as a one-time pack. Or create a customized gift with Pick Your Own variety packs ($65) of six pints from Salt & Straw’s current menu. You can also register your recipient for Salt & Straw’s Seasonal Pints Club ($65 each month).

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9. Maine – Maine Shellware, LLC

At its manufacturing facility in Bangor, this environmentally conscious company utilizes reclaimed lobster, mussel and clam shells — of Maine origin — to create housewares such as coffee mugs and cutting boards. Find a range of decorated lobster picks ($14) and crackers ($25) or elaborate serving trays ($120). Cutting boards made from birch wood with shell inlays differ in patterns but are priced individually at $44.

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10. Utah – Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli

This Salt Lake City purveyor might be known for carrying Italian and Southern European foods, but it also carries Utah-made products. One of them is chocolate, as Utah is home to five artisan chocolate makers along with the state’s own chocolate society. Caputo’s has put together Caputo’s Utah Dark Chocolate Collection ($41.99), a sampler box containing five different bars from each Utah brand. They include Amano, Durci, Chocolate Conspiracy, Ritual Chocolate and Solstice.

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11. Minnesota – Sunrise Bakery

This century-old, four-generation run bakery provides small-batch treats, one of them being potica. It’s a paper-thin, nutty sweetbread with a Minnesota legacy dating back to the late 19th century, when European immigrants came to the northern part of the state to work in the mines. The bakery’s ownership learned how to make it – and keep this heritage going. Their potica ($18.99) comes in different flavors, including traditional walnut.

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12. Hawaii – Big Island Bees

Honey might not be the first food associated with Hawaii, but this artisanal, family-owned company produces organic, single-floral raw honeys with flower sources such as macadamia nut trees and ohia-lehua blossoms. Consider their Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Blossom Raw Honey ($14.99) — great on pancakes and ice cream — or one of their sampler packs or salves.

 

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What are you favorite Made in America food-focused products? Please share in the comments below! 

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Michele Herrmann splits her time between New England and New York City, and has gotten much better at packing light with her back and forth trips. She has jaunted across Europe and up, down and across the United States and even as far as the South Pacific. She's grateful for being able to dispense travel stories and advice through media outlets and companies (as well as putting her BA in English to good use). Her blog She Is Going Places serves as her way to encourage others to get out and exploring!

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