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Need AZ produced food gifts ideas

smokechop Aug 25, 2007 03:24 PM

I am looking for products that are grown/produced in Arizona which can be mailordered.

On numerous occasions I have sent salsas, marinades and chipotle flakes from Tuxedo Chilis (www.tuxedochilis.com). Which people loved, but I need other ideas.

I have heard of olive oil being grown and produced in Queen Creek. Has anyone tried it or have knowledge of it? I know they have a website www.queencreekolivemill.com but I would like impartial reviews if possible.

What else is out there that is really good and would make a great gift?

Thanks for your ideas.

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  1. Seth Chadwick RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 03:36 PM

    I very much enjoy the pistachios from Arizona Pistachio Company in Bowie (Cochise County), AZ. http://www.azpistachio.com/

    1. azhotdish RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 03:58 PM

      Unbelievable toffee, via Scottsdale.

      1. silverbear RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 04:05 PM

        Well, I'd like to recommend beer from Four Peaks Brewing Company, but that's difficult to ship, particularly across state lines.

        If your recipients like cookies, you might want to try Urban Cookies. While their products don't scream "Arizona," they are locally produced.


        Urban Cookies
        4711 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

        1. winedubar RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 04:12 PM


          the downtown phx farmers market has a booth called 'az's best' and it alot of great locally sourced items - fantastic honeys, almonds, crackers, root beer, and of course queen creek olive mill olive oil. its amazing - gorgeous color, nice fruity bite. they have a blood orange olive oil that is completely out of this world. i'd highly recommend it.

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            Professor12 RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 04:15 PM

            I'd also recommend Queen Creek's olive oil, particularly their Tuscan and dipping oils. Amazing floral taste.

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              smokechop RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 04:20 PM

              Thanks to all for your suggestions, I appreciate you taking the time. All the websites look promising.

              Winedubar - what would you use the blood orange olive oil for? A salad dressing?

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                winedubar RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 04:30 PM

                i've done that with it..its also great drizzled over fish. i've used it in a cold shrimp salad. i also make an appetizer out of it - core green apples, stuff with goat cheese, slice, and drizzle a bit of the blood orange olive oil on it. mmmmm good :)

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                Michele72 RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 08:56 PM

                Not the most gourmet of items, but Prickly Pear Candy, made by the Cactus Candy company here in Phoenix, has always been a hit in my family with out-of-staters.


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                  barry RE: smokechop Aug 25, 2007 11:53 PM

                  Fairytale Brownies is actually an Arizona company owned by two locals, and they have a great mail order business.


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                    ciaogal RE: barry Aug 26, 2007 08:57 AM

                    Sphinx Date Ranch...it's an institution.....

                    Sphinx Date Ranch
                    3039 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                    sunshineinaz RE: smokechop Aug 26, 2007 09:37 AM

                    Cookies from Home is also locally owned. We send their products to our corporate clients around the holidays and always get great feedback!


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                      tara17 RE: sunshineinaz Aug 26, 2007 06:16 PM

                      Cookies From Home is great. The cookies are sinful and the customer service is wonderful. We send them to clients all year long and I don't have a single complaint. It's doesn't really scream "Arizona" like cactus candy or anything, but they're great.

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