The Best Food Gifts to Order From Every State
Every state in the good ol' US of A produces something special, whether it's cheese from Wisconsin or lobster from Maine. These are some of the best food gifts you can order (including a few you might want for yourself).
Who knew—Alabama has a surprising number of goat farms! Belle Chevre has been making delicious goat cheese in Elkmont since 1986. This DIY Cheese Kit comes with everything you need to make your own cheese at home, including a food-safe thermometer, cheese towel and storage container.
When you’re done, use the goat cheese in these recipes!
Salmon is a big deal in Alaska, and Wild Alaska Salmon & Seafood will ship you some of its finest. The Wild Alaska King Pack includes king salmon, shrimp and cod, plus salmon candy, smoked salmon and rub, perfect for the salmon-lover in your life.
Mesquite pod flour certainly isn’t mainstream, but it’s popular in Arizona, and it should be popular everywhere! It’s high in fiber and protein and gluten-free. Tortilleria Arevalo in Tucson makes mesquite tortillas that will greatly improve a friend’s taco night.
Petit Jean Meats in Morrilton has been smoking meats using hickory wood (it gives better flavor than liquid smoke) since the 1920s. Their Bacon Sampler gives you a taste of their hickory-smoked regular bacon, thick-sliced bacon and peppered bacon.
You can gift vinegar made from the vineyards and orchards in the Sonoma Valley! Try their Vinegar Collection, which includes honey apple cider, orange blossom champagne, fig balsamic, champagne, sherry and zinfandel vinegars.
Rocky Mountain Soda Co. in Denver custom crafts each of their soda flavors in small batches and packs every bottle by hand the day it’s made. If you order the 12-pack, you can try every Colorado-themed flavor, from Palisade Peaches & Cream to Pikes Peak Prickly Pear.
Connecticut is home to numerous beekeepers, but Red Bee Honey in Weston is particularly special, as all of the products are limited harvest and hand made to order. Sample their goods with the Apothecary Trio Gift Box, which includes three varietals of your choice, from red currant to goldenrod to star thistle.
You might not expect amazing pickles to come out of Delaware, but Crisp & Co. in Hockessin will delight a pickle-obsessed friend or family member. The offerings range from pickled beets and mushrooms to dilly beans, and you can try them all with the Ultimate Variety Pack. (For something sweet, how about this pickle candy?)
Florida is synonymous with Key lime pie, a sweet and tart dessert made with Key limes that thrive in Florida’s humid climate. Ask ten Floridians what makes the best Key lime pie and you’ll get ten different answers! One of the finest, though, can be ordered from Key West Key Lime Pie Co.
There’s nothing sweeter than a Georgia peach, and Jaemor Farms in Alto, GA, sells every peach product you can imagine. Their Peach Gift Box is packed with pickled peaches, peach salsa, peach butter, peach preserves, peach cider and peach twists.
A lot of amazing coffee is grown in Hawaii, and Waialua Estate in Waialua offers some of the best. Their peaberry coffee beans are prized for their cute shape, full bodied flavor and limited availability.
Psst… You can cook with coffee—here are some sweet and savory recipes.
Two popular items in Idaho are potatoes (of course!) and huckleberries. This gift basket from Homemade by Dorothy in Boise is packed with potato products like soup mix and pancake mix, and huckleberry goodies like syrup, jelly and white chocolate bark.
Garrett Popcorn has been made in Chicago since 1949 and the Garrett Mix—a blend of cheddar and caramel popcorn—is world famous. It’s the perfect gift from the Windy City for any snack-happy friend!
One of the very best things to come out of Indiana is the sugar cream pie, and you can order this delicious, decadent creation from Wick’s Pies in Winchester. They’ve been producing the Hoosier pie since 1944 and know a thing or two about doing it right.
Iowa has a record-setting number of pigs on its farms, so it’s no surprise that its pork products are super. La Quercia Cured Meats in Norwalk can provide you with a delicious collection of meats, including cherrywood bacon and pancetta Americano, which is dry-cured pork belly pinwheels seasoned with rosemary, peppercorns and bay leaves.
In Kansas City barbecue, meat is rubbed with flavorful spices, slow-smoked over a variety of woodchips and served with a thick tomato-based sauce. Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que can supply you with whatever your barbecue-loving heart desires, but we recommend this particular flavor-packed combination.
Bourbon is big in Kentucky! The Eat Your Bourbon Gift Box from Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville is packed with bourbon-laced items like soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce, plus bourbon-smoked citrus pepper and sesame seeds.
You can’t go to New Orleans and not partake in the beignets! Cafe Du Monde is famous for their heavenly pillows of fried dough, and they’ve created a mix so you can make beignets at home. (Read this guide to deep-fry with confidence.)
Lobster rolls from Maine are a thing of beauty, and Maine Lobster Now in Portland has a kit that will provide you with everything you need for your own feast, from fresh lobster to the traditional split-top roll to Cape Cod kettle-cooked potato chips.
Jerry’s Seafood in Bowie, Maryland makes a “Crab Bomb”—a huge ball of fresh, hand-picked lump crab meat, mixed with a touch of mayonnaise and lightly seasoned with Old Bay. It’s shipped overnight to make sure it stays fresh.
New England Clam Chowder, also known as Boston Chowder, is an American staple. Legal Sea Foods in Boston has a recipe full of tender Cape Cod clams, cream and herbs. (It also comes with oyster crackers, a traditional and necessary accompaniment.)
Craving a Coney dog but nowhere near Detroit? National Coney Island in Roseville would be happy to send you a Coney Kit, complete with natural-casing hot dogs, steamer buns, chili sauce, fresh whole onion and mustard. That’s all you need!
When it comes to cookies, we say the bigger, the better. The folks at T-Rex Cookie in Minneapolis couldn’t agree more. They make giant cookies, with flavors ranging from chocolate chirp (with crickets!) to dill pickle, a specialty created for the Minnesota Bloody Mary Festival.
Rice is an important crop in Mississippi. Delta Blues Rice in Ruleville mills and packages all of their rice on their family farm, and you can get a combo pack containing a pound each of brown rice, long grain white rice, jasmine rice, brown rice grits and white rice grits.
Gooey butter cake is a delectable creation that happens to be a proud St. Louis tradition. This super-sweet treat consists of a dry base topped with the most sticky, gooey and buttery filling imaginable. It’s absolutely decadent, and Park Avenue Coffee will ship the original.
Montana is home to many delicious buffalo, elk and cheese products, and the Treasure State Gift Box from Distinctly Montana Gifts in Bozeman is a great way to sample them all! It contains buffalo salami, elk summer sausage, MT-shaped cheddar cheese, plus gourmet mustard and huckleberry cordials.
Omaha Steaks is a very popular meat purveyor, and what better way to experience Nebraska than with a collection of the best products? It includes filet mignons, top sirloins and Polynesian pork chops, not to mention sweet caramel apple tartlets for dessert.
Pecan brittle is a delicious confection, and Ethel M in Henderson has mastered the art of making it. This gift box contains 24 pieces of freshly made copper kettle pecan brittle, half in its original crunchy form and half drizzled with specialty milk chocolate.
Every state has a place that makes preserves and mustards, but Cheshire Garden in Winchester, New Hampshire stands apart with their hands-on approach. With A Full House, you can pick three types of preserves (from peach to plum and everything in between) and two kinds of mustard (including lavender and tarragon).
Is it Taylor Ham or Pork Roll? Regardless of what you call it, it’s a breakfast delight. Jersey Pork Roll in Middlesex will ship it to you any way you want, whether it’s thick- or thin-sliced or left whole so you can slice it yourself.
Though based in Brooklyn, Zia Green Chile Company has its roots in New Mexico. They produce delicious and hand-picked Hatch green chiles that are New Mexico certified, flame-roasted, peeled and diced so you can enjoy them in everything from omelets to enchiladas.
There might be no better representation of New York City than Carnegie Deli, and you can order their Pastrami Sandwich Kit! You get Carnegie’s legendary pastrami, rye bread, a jar of pickles and a container of legendary mustard.
Barkley’s Mill in Weaverville might make the best grits in the South. They grow and hand-select heirloom corn seed, and it’s run through a water wheel and stone-ground. The grits have an extra-hearty texture, perfect for making Shrimp and Grits.
Kuchen, the German word for cake, is a staple in North Dakota. Karen’s Kuchens in Larimore has so many flavors of the traditional yeast-raised dessert, it’s almost impossible to pick one. The Bumble Berry is made with blueberry, raspberry and blackberry, plus rhubarb for a sweet tart taste.
The Marsha behind for Marsha’s Buckeyes in Perrysburg has been making homemade buckeyes for 30+ years. They struck Cracker Barrel’s interest and now they’re carried in all of their restaurants! Don’t be shy—go ahead and order the Party Tub.
Are these not the most gorgeously decorated chocolates you’ve ever seen? Glacier Confection in Tulsa will wow you with their artistry and their selection, which includes everything from banana split to peanut butter and cayenne to cinnamon roll!
What are fruit shrubs? They aren’t plants! They’re vinegar-based beverages infused with fruit and herbs that mix well with spirits, soda and carbonated water. Lola’s Fruit Shrubs in Eugene makes good use of Oregon’s local farms and abundant produce—the shrubs come in unique flavors like elderberry hibiscus, tomato and coriander, and fennel and lemon.
You can make a shrub at home, too—here’s how.
Shoofly pie is a quintessential Pennsylvania Dutch dessert with a crumbled brown sugar topping and a gooey molasses bottom. Though you can certainly make your own, the Pennsylvania General Store in Philadelphia will also ship one anywhere.
Everyone in Rhode Island knows about stuffies, and Iggy’s in Warwick makes some of the best! They fill jumbo Quahog clams with their famous stuffing and dust the whole thing with paprika before serving. They’re frozen fresh and sent right to your doorstep.
Southern biscuits are special, and Callie’s Charleston Biscuits in Charleston makes some of the most tender, delicious biscuits in the whole state. Their BiscuitBox contains two bags of buttermilk biscuit mix, a jar of honey and two kinds of jam. Talk about a biscuit-lover’s dream come true!
The dairy industry is growing in South Dakota, and that’s good news for Dimock Cheese in Dimock, which has been making quality cheese since 1931. They have only 12 employees and take great care in producing their goods. Try the Variety Box, with half a pound each of their bacon and onion, cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.
Need an idea for a great brunch? The Loveless Cafe in Nashville has you covered! Order the Biscuit and Waffle Bar and receive absolutely everything you need, from biscuit mix to pancake mix, and with maple syrup, honey, apple butter and four kinds of preserves to use on top.
Nobody does brisket quite like Texas, and Thurman’s Pride Smoked Brisket from The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood cooks theirs slowly for 14 hours and bastes it with a secret family sauce. You can order both the hunk of meat and the sauce to go!
Apple beer is a bubbly apple soda unique to Utah. It’s a non-alcoholic American variant of a popular German drink, and Apple Beer in Holladay will provide you with a 6-pack and a nice pilsner glass.
Some of the best maple syrup in the world comes out of Vermont, but this maple cube from Tonewood Maple in Waitsfield is a twist on the classic. Just grate shavings from the cube and sprinkle them on everything from oatmeal to ice cream!
Feridies in Courtland has been family-owned since 1973, and they have peanuts of all kinds! The Nut Variety Pack includes salted Virginia peanuts, peanut brittle crunch and either milk chocolate covered peanuts or honey-roasted peanuts. Peanut perfection!
The Washington My Home Gift Basket from Chukar Cherry Company in Prosser is a salute to Washington’s farmers and fishermen. It contains things like Cabernet cherries, triple cherry nut mix, cherry apple crisps and smoked salmon.
Pepperoni rolls are tasty snacks from West Virginia, specifically created so the coal miners could have a handy and hearty meal while on the job. They’re still popular today, and Tomaro’s Bakery in Clarksburg will ship them anywhere.
A food gift from Wisconsin must contain cheese, and the Big Nibbler from Wisconsin Cheeseman in Monroe doesn’t stop there! In addition to six blocks of several cheeses, you’ll also get delicious all-beef sausage bits and sticks.
The buffalo and elk roam freely in the Western grasslands, and Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat uses that high-quality meat for jerky gifts. The Buffalo and Elk Jerky Sampler contains a hearty selection of both all-natural meats.