50 States, 50 Food Gifts
Food Network Magazine found great food gifts from all 50 states that anyone, anywhere will love.
BIG BOB GIBSON BAR-B-Q
"Original White Sauce"
"Pure Organic Alaska Birch Syrup"
Alaska is one of the only places in the world where this tangy-sweet birch syrup is made. It's a fun break from the usual maple.
TUCSON TAMALE COMPANY
Tamales are a holiday tradition in the Southwest. This 14-tamale packages includes a taste of beef, pork, chicken and veggie.
PETIT JEAN MEATS
"EZ Carve Smoked Ham"
Petit Jean Meats has been making hams the same way for 85 years: hickory-smoking them for at least 16 hours. As the name implies, they're boneless.
Canoga Park, California
JERRY'S SODA SHOPPE
"Ice Cream Soda"
In 1928, a San Francisco pie-shop owner put vanilla ice cream between oatmeal cookies, dipped the sandwichin dark chocolate and that was "it." Locals have been fans ever since.
HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN GOAT DAIRY
Colorado is home to some great goat cheeses, and this creamy, earthy cheese has earned prizes at national competitions.
720-494-8714; $11 plus $19 shipping
NORM BLOOM AND SON
"Oysters by the Dozen"
Few people know that oysters are Connecticut's official state shellfish. This shop ships oysters fresh from the Long Island Sound; each order includes a tag with the date and location of your catch.
BEN'S CHILI BOWL
"Original Half Smokes"
D.C.'s half smoke sausages vary depending on where you buy them, but none are more iconic than Ben's chili-topped variety.
This combo of pork scraps and cornmeal isn't for everyone, but it's the breakfast meat of choice in Delaware. Bridgeville, RAPA's home, is also the site of an annual scrapple festival.
Key West, Florida
KEY WEST KEY LIME PIE CO.
"Traditional Key Lime Pie"
Key lime is Florida's official state pie, so locals have plenty of choices. The American Pie Council named this one the best in the country.
BYRD'S FAMOUS COOKIES
"Byrd Signature Cookie Jar"
You'll find this classic cookie jar on reastaurant counters all over the South. Send one along with Byrd's treats in state-favorite flavors like Georgia Peach.
"The Original Mac Pie"
Hawaii's famous macadamia nuts are the pie's main appeal, but other island ingredients, like Maui sugar, make it a killer dessert.
HOMEMADE BY DOROTHY
"Idaho Potato Soup"
This family company uses local ingredients in jams, sauces and, of course, potato soup. It makes a much better gift than a sack of potatoes!
Nostaligic Hoosiers will remember this chocolaty drink. After production stopped in 1985, fans clamored for it, so two Indiana businessmen brought it back.
"12 Dutch Letters"
Dutch immigrants introduced Iowa to this pastry, which is filled with almond paste and shaped into an initial. Jaarsma has been making it since 1898.
STRAWBERRY HILL POVITICA CO.
"Double Delight Pack"
The Strawberry Hill neighborhood in Merriam is known for its povitica, an Eastern European swirl bread. Giving it at the holidays is a sign of respect.
REBECCA RUTH CANDY FACTORY
"Bourbon Ball Candies"
Bourbon balls are everywhere now, but the idea was revolutionary when Rebecca Ruth's owner first made these in 1938.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
"Traditional Coffee Variety Pack"
Locals can count on getting a cup of Community at restaurants - or at the neighbor's house. The beloved brew has been a state favorite for more than 90 years.
The whoopie pie is Maine's official treat - residents swear that they (not Pennsylvania) invented it. Wicked Whoopies' owner once made a 1,062-pound whoopie to show up the rival state.
Ewell, Smith Island Maryland
SMITH ISLAND BAKING COMPANY
"Original Chocolate Cake"
The Smith Island Cake is an icing lover's dream: 10 thin cake layers with frosting in between. The cake gets its name from the 400-year-old village where it originated.
Lines stretch out the door for the giant cannoli at this Italian institution in Boston's North End. The kit includes 10 handmade shells and ricotta so you can assemble cannoli at home.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Michigan's Mackinac Island is home to 15 fudge shops, and tourists known as "fudgies" come from all over for a taste. Open since 1887, Murdick's is the island's original sweets shop.
Minnesota is home to Norwegian settlers, and they brought this potato flatbread with them. It has become a holiday favorite.
Mississippi's comeback sauce, typically a mix of mayonnaise, ketchup and chili sauce, is a jack-of-all-trades condiment. Locals use it as a burger spread, fry dip and salad dressing. BullShed's version, called "specialty sauce," is equally versatile.
St. Louis, Missouri
MAMA TOSCANO'S RAVIOLI
Legend has it that in the 1950's, a St. Louis chef accidentally dropped ravioli in a fryer, and toasted ravioli was born. This popular version is an Alex Guarnaschelli favorite.
THE SWEET PALACE
"Dark Chocolate Premium Moose Truffles"
This treat, a combo of local chocolate and beer, has a truffle center made with dark chocolate and Moose Drool Brown Ale by Big Sky Brewing company is Missoula.
"Miller & Paine Cinnamon Rolls"
Miller & Paine Department Store was more famous for its cinnamon rolls than its clothes, so when it closed in the '90s, Runza, a regional fast-food chain, picked up the beloved pastry.
Fallon is known as "the oasis of Nevada" for its farms, and cantaloupe is the town's prize crop. Lattin Farms turns its heirloom variety into a spread.
866-638-6293; $4, plus $4 shipping
Sugar Hill, New Hampshire
POLLY'S PANCAKE PARLOR
Tourists and locals get up early for Polly's famous pancake stacks. Fans say they're the lightest and fluffiest around.
Piscataway New Jersey
JERSEY PORK ROLL
"John Taylor's Original Taylor Pork Roll"
North Jersey natives refer to this meat as Taylor ham; those in South Jersey call it pork roll. Either way, it's a fixture at diners, boardwalks and family breakfasts.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
NEW MEXICO BISCOCHITO COMPANY
"The Traditional Cookies"
Anise and cinnamon-flavored biscochitos are the official cookie of New Mexico and a local holiday tradition.
New York, New York
WILLIAM GREENBERG JR. DESSERTS
"Black and White Cookies"
New York City bakeries have been making these cookies since the 1940s, but locals still can't decide if they prefer the chocolate- or vanilla-frosted side.
Kinston, North Carolina
"Carolina Oink Sampler"
In Eastern North Carolina, barbecue means chopped whole hog pork and vinegar sauce. The sampler includes this, plus great sides.
Fargo, North Dakota
CAROL WIDMAN'S CANDY COMPANY
To make Chippers, Widman's mixes its chocolate with chips from spuds grown in North Dakota's Red River Valley.
800-688-8351; $18 for 1 pound, plus $11 shipping
GRAETER'S ICE CREAM
"Chip Lover's Selection"
Graeter's makes ice cream just two gallons at a time in a French pot to ensure maximum creaminess. The chip flavors, including black raspbery and toffee chip, are favorites.
Ponca City, Oklahoma
HEAD COUNTRY BARBECUE
"Original Bar-B-Q Sauce"
Head Country is Oklahoma's top-selling barbecue sauce, and it's a regular champ at national barbecue competitions.
"Beertopia Gift Basket"
Portland has more craft breweries than any other city, earning it the nickname Beervana. Local favorite Ninkasi offers a sampler of top sellers.
Jim's is one of the go-to spots for Philly's signature sandwich, and they'll freeze and ship it anywyhere in the continental U.S.
877-313-5467; $32 for four steaks, plus shipping $37 and up
Lincoln, Rhode Island
Outside of Rhode Island, coffee milk - milk mixed with coffee syrup - is a mystery. In Rhode Island, it's the official state drink, and Autocrat is the syrup of choice.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
OLDE COLONY BAKERY
These crunchy sesame seed cookies are a Low Country classic. Olde Colony's recipe dates back about 200 years.
Eureka, South Dakota
EUREKA KUCHEN FACTORY
Kuchen, a custard-filled pastry, came to South Dakota from Germany in the 1800s. Today it's the state dessert.
605-284-2838; $28 for 13, plus shipping $15 and up
CHARLES VERGOS'S RENDEZVOUS
"Two Slabs of Ribs"
President Clinton and the Rolling Stones have dropped by this basement barbecue joint for the famous ribs. This gift pack includes two racks, plus seasoning, sauce and popcorn.
"Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie"
Goode Co.'s pie is a small slice of Texas, handmade every morning using local pecans. Even the custom-crafted box shows off state pride.
Salt Lake City, Utah
HIRES BIG H
In this state, wherever there are fries, there's fry sauce. Invented in Utah in the 1940's, the sauce typically consists of two parts mayonnaise and one part ketchup, plus seasonings.
SHELBURNE COUNTRY STORE
"Maple Cotton Candy"
This maple treat will take Vermont lovers right back: It's the same kind served at amusement parks, carnivals and fairs across the state.
"Salted Gourmet Peanuts"
Virginians are nuts for peanuts, especially at this 84-year-old diner, known as the Peanut Capital of the World. This can keeps the big stash super fresh.
PURE FOOD FISH MARKET
"Smoked Salmon Sampler"
Seattle locals bypass touristy fish-throwing vendors in Pike Place Market and head for this institution in back, open since 1911.
Fairmont, West Virginia
Pepperoni rolls have always been considered West Virginia's snack, and Colasessano's serves them in the neighborhood where they were invented.
304-363-9713; $24 for six, plus shipping $28 and up
RACINE DANISH KRINGLES
The kringle, a filled Danish pastry, was originally shaped like a pretzel, but in Racine it's shaped like an O to fit more filling inside.
JACKSON HOLE BUFFALO MEAT CO.
Wyoming settlers loved dried buffalo and elk - and the locals still do.