50 States, 50 Food Gifts

Food Network Magazine found great food gifts from all 50 states that anyone, anywhere will love.

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Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q: Decatur, Alabama

Local legend Bob Gibson invented this favorite 'Bama sauce, and his bigfamily restaurant still slathers it on chicken, pork and more.

bigbobgibson.com; $4.75, plus shipping $5 and up

 

Kahiltna Birchworks: Palmer, Alaska

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.

alaskabirchsyrup.com; $21 for an 8-ounce bottle, plus $6.50 shipping

 

Tucson Tamale Company: Tucson, Arizona

Tamales are a holiday tradition in the Southwest. This 14-tamale packages includes a taste of beef, pork, chicken and veggie.

tucsontamale.com; $36, plus shipping $8 and up

 

Petit Jean Meats: Morrilton, Arkansas

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.

petitjeanmeats.com; $69 (includes shipping)

 

Jerry's Soda Shoppe: Canoga Park, California

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.

itsiticecream.com; $20 for 24, plus $67 shipping

 

Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy: Longmont, Colorado

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: Norwalk, Connecticut

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.

normbloomandson.net; $25, plus shipping $20 and up

 

Ben's Chili Bowl: Washington, DC

D.C.'s half smoke sausages vary depending on where you buy them, but none are more iconic than Ben's chili-topped variety.

benschilibowl.com; $40 for an eight-pack, plus $20 shipping

Rapa Srapple: Bridgeville, Delaware

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.

rapascrapple.com; $25 for a six-piece package, plus shipping $25 and up

 

Key West Key Lime Pie Co.: Key West, Florida

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.

keywestkeylimepieco.com; $39, plus shipping $18 and up

 

Byrd's Famous Cookies: Savannah, Georgia

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.

byrdcookiecompany.com; $40, plus $12 shipping

 

Mac Pie: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Hawaii's famous macadamia nuts are the pie's main appeal, but other island ingredients, like Maui sugar, make it a killer dessert.

store.macpie.com; $32 for an 8-inch pie (includes shipping)

 

Homemade by Dorothy: Boise, Idaho

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!

homemadebydorothy.com; $7, plus $5.50 shipping

 

Portillo's: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's frank fanatics know Portillo's, a chain that started in a trailer in 1963. Included in this pack: 10 dogs with buns, relish,onion, mustard (no ketchup, of course) and celery salt.

portillos.com; $59 (includes shipping)

 

Chocco, Inc.: Indianapolis, Indiana

Nostaligic Hoosiers will remember this chocolaty drink. After production stopped in 1985, fans clamored for it, so two Indiana businessmen brought it back.

choc-ola.com; $36 for 24, plus shipping $10 and up

 

Jaarsma Bakery: Pella, Iowa

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.

jaarsmabakery.com; $25 plus $15 shipping

 

Strawberry Hill Povitica Co.: Merriam, Kansas

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.

povitica.com; $45 for two loaves, plus $10 shipping

 

Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory: Frankfort, Kentucky

Bourbon balls are everywhere now, but the idea was revolutionary when Rebecca Ruth's owner first made these in 1938.

rebeccaruth.com; $33, plus $13 shipping

 

Community Coffee: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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.

communitycoffee.com; $23, plus shipping $7 and up

 

Wicked Whoopies: Freeport, Maine

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.

wickedwhoopies.com; $30, plus shipping $10 and up

 

Smith Island Baking Company: Ewell, Smith Island Maryland

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.

smithislandcake.com; $63 for a cake and tin, plus shipping $15 and up

 

Mike's Pastry: Boston, Massachusettes

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.

mikespastry.com; $35, plus shipping $28 and up

 

Murdick's Fudge: 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.

murdicks.com; $42 (includes shipping)

 

Norsland: Rushford, Minnesota

Minnesota is home to Norwegian settlers, and they brought this potato flatbread with them. It has become a holiday favorite.

norslandlefse.com; $14 for three packages, plus $10 shipping

 

Bullshed: Pelahatchie, Mississippi

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.

harrellfoods.com; $9.50 (includes shipping)

Mama Toscano's Ravioli: St. Louis, Missouri

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.

mamatoscano.com; $39 for a 5-pound box, plus shipping $25 and up

 

The Sweet Palace: Philipsburg, Montana

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.

sweetpalace.com; $18 for 1 pound, plus shipping $7 and up

 

Runza: Beatrice, Nebraska

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.

runza.com; $50 for four dozen (includes shipping)

Lattin Farms: Fallon, Nevada

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

 

Polly's Pancake Parlor: Sugar Hill, New Hampshire

Tourists and locals get up early for Polly's famous pancake stacks. Fans say they're the lightest and fluffiest around.

pollyspancakeparlor.com; $5 for a small mix, plus shipping $8.50 and up

 

Jersey Pork Roll: Piscataway, New Jersey

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.

jerseyporkroll.com; $27 for two 1.5-pound rolls, plus shipping $9 and up

 

New Mexico Biscochito Company: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Anise and cinnamon-flavored biscochitos are the official cookie of New Mexico and a local holiday tradition.

nmbestcookie.com; $7, plus shipping $5 and up

William Greenburg Jr. Desserts: New York, New York

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.

wmgreenbergdesserts.com; $45 for 12, plus shipping $14 and up

 

King's Restaurant: Kinston, North Carolina

In Eastern North Carolina, barbecue means chopped whole hog pork and vinegar sauce. The sampler includes this, plus great sides.

kingsbbq.com; $50, plus shipping $17 and up

 

Carol Widman's Candy Company: Fargo, North Dakota

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: Cincinnati, Ohio

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.

graeters.com; $60 for six pints (includes shipping)

 

Head Country Barbecue: Ponca City, Oaklahoma

Head Country is Oklahoma's top-selling barbecue sauce, and it's a regular champ at national barbecue competitions.

headcountry.com; $3.70 plus $12 shipping

 

Ninkasi: Portland, Oregon

Portland has more craft breweries than any other city, earning it the nickname Beervana. Local favorite Ninkasi offers a sampler of top sellers.

madeinoregon.com; $33, plus $15 shipping

 

Jim's Steaks: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Autocrat: 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.

littlerhodyfoods.com; $25 for six bottles, plus shipping $11 and up

 

Olde Colony Bakery: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

These crunchy sesame seed cookies are a Low Country classic. Olde Colony's recipe dates back about 200 years.

oldecolonybakery.com; $4, plus $10 shipping

 

Eureka Kuchen Factory: Eureka, South Dakota

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 Vergo's Rendezvous: Memphis, Tennessee

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.

hogsfly.com; $105 (includes shipping)

 

Goode Co.: Houston, Texas

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.

goodecompany.com; $36, plus shipping $10 and up

 

Hires Big H: Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

hiresbigh.com; $9 for two 16-ounce bottles, plus $6 shipping

 

Shelburne Country Store: Shelburne, Vermont

This maple treat will take Vermont lovers right back: It's the same kind served at amusement parks, carnivals and fairs across the state.

shelburnecontrystore.com; $2, plus $4 shipping

 

Virginia Diner: Wakefield, Virginia

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.

vadiner.com; $16.50, plus $6 shipping

 

Pure Food Fish Market: Seattle, Washington

Seattle locals bypass touristy fish-throwing vendors in Pike Place Market and head for this institution in back, open since 1911.

freshseafood.com; $59 (includes shipping)

 

Colasessano's: 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: Racine, Wisconsin

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.

kringle.com; $35 for two, plus $10 shipping

 

Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat Co.: Jackson, Wyoming

Wyoming settlers loved dried buffalo and elk - and the locals still do.

jhbuffalomeat.com; $52 for four 4-ounce bags, plus $12 shipping