New England Pride - Gift Foods? [moved from Boston board]
I'm always scrambling for gifts to take when I travel, or for guests who come to visit. I find that regional foods are often great gifts. Can you share any ideas you have?
Just to give you an idea, some things which I've done in the past:
Lobsters on ice from Legals and others (great for really $pecial occasion$)
Bag of chowder from Legals (not the prettiest, but very effective)
My Grandma's Coffee Cake (I'm taking a dozen with me this weekend to Los Angeles)
Hood light cream (for amateur coffee drinkers like myself, there's nothing like light cream, which is really hard or impossible to find in many parts of America)
Some of the kinds of food I'm trying to find:
Great blueberry pie or Boston cream pie that can travel
Anything tasty with cranberries
I always buy jars of local honey and people seem to enjoy receiving that. In my neighborhood of Jamaica Plain there are a number of beekeepers and some of them sell their wares in local stores like City Feed and Gadgets.
I've had cranberry products from this local producer...Look further into the site to find cranberry chutneys, as well as the pepper jelly. They also do a cranberyy white chocolate bark. They're out of Lynn (I thought it was salem) and I know they asre sold at the Swampscot Whoole zFoods. Don't know about the others....
Seasonal: Good Mcintosh apples -- the ones packaged in their own little foam nests direct from the orchard. No comparison to the grocery store bags of macs.
Vermont maple syrup (maybe a sampler of the different grades) or maple sugar candy.
www.vermontcountrystore.com has a fun selection. (I have no idea why they carry canned Cincinnati chili.)
How about jars of hot fudge sauce from Herrell's? It's excellent hot fudge and the jars are sealed with chocolate-scented wax that looks like dripping sauce -- a little goofy but it's always a big hit.
Burdicks is always popular -- not very olde New England but personally I'd rather have good chocolate thatn old fashioned candy.
Nashoba Valley Winery out in Bolton has a lot of blah wines but a few that I really like -- Dry Pear and Blueberry come to mind, plus several of the dessert wines. They also have a cranberry brandy.
I live in California now, and usually bring or ship the following items back with me or eat while I'm there.
Friendly's black raspberry ice cream
Fresh apple cider
Bar Harbor brand Lobster Bisque
Fanny's Italian Salad Dressing - http://www.gofannys.com/
Bog beans- chocolate covered cranberries
Barley sugar lollipops
Salt water taffy
split top hot dog buns
Jam and Pickles from Green Briar Jam kitchen on the Cape - http://www.thorntonburgess.org/Jam%20...
I've seen chocolate covered cranberries at different stores, but don't recall the company
Salt water taffy
Maine Sea Salt - http://www.maineseasalt.com/
Dunkin Donuts coffee
Thank you for all the replies! I just got back from Los Angeles (and a cruise to Mexico), and really enjoyed the local fare over there (real Mexican food in Mexico, and the best fast food in L.A.!). People loved the MyGrandma's which I brought, but I had to use a huge computer printer box to fly them over. All of the suggestions above are better for gifts, and each response is very much appreciated!