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caphill2320 Dec 5, 2006 09:06 PM

Hi! I'm looking for a food gift for my mother in law who is originally from the Grand Rapids area. Is there any regional candy or baked good I could have shipped from there that would spark some memories? Savory is ok too, and I'm open to suggestions!

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    jackiecat Dec 5, 2006 11:52 PM

    Maybe smoked fish? Not specific to Grand Rapids but very popular in Michigan.

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      caphill2320 Dec 6, 2006 01:53 AM

      Hmmm, was thinking more along the candy or snacky variety of gift.

      Is this the area where the famous cherries come from in Michigan?

      (excuse my ignorance! I'm a born and bred New Yorker)

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        cvorbroker Dec 6, 2006 01:57 AM

        The area that is famous for cherries is Traverse City, (Northern Michigan). If you are okay with sending a Michigan centric product, try Americanspoonfoods.com. Michigan also produces delicous maple syrup.

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          sixelagogo Dec 6, 2006 02:00 AM

          dude, that was totally wierd...we both gave the same answer at the same time.....ahhhh michigan

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            cvorbroker Dec 6, 2006 02:12 AM

            Great minds think alike...Mich is one of my favorite places on earth.

        2. sixelagogo Dec 6, 2006 01:59 AM

          There's a company called "american spoon"...they offer jams, jellys and the like from products made in the great palm state..it's quite popular in michigan, particularily on the west coast and they're damn tasty too...bit pricey, but worth it..

          ps.cherries are from traverse city

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            G Mo Dec 6, 2006 07:43 PM

            American Spoon Foods is the best bet. For a Grand Rapids product, you might sent some Koeze's peanut butter - good stuff - you can order it (at a premium) from the Zingerman's web site.

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              nicolars Dec 6, 2006 09:06 PM

              Their gift packages are great. I always send out a bunch of American Spoon gifts to relatives around this time of year.

            2. FuzzyT Dec 6, 2006 07:48 PM

              Amon Orchards has fantastic Michigan cherry products. Jams, jellies, syrups, concentrates, pie fillings, etc. These have become a long-distance gift giving staple for us during the holidays.

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                sudiepav Dec 7, 2006 03:34 PM

                A couple of years ago the Detroit Free Press published a list of mail order stuff from all over Michigan, and I know there were at least 2 GR companies mentioned. Don't know how to get ahold of the article...maybe e-mail the Free Press. www.freep.com I have used Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor Michigan for gifts, but once again, it's northern Michigan and full of cherries, which all us Michiganders (I refuse to be a Michiganian) love.

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