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Food souvenirs?

Hi all,

We will be travelling to Atlanta, Charleston and Savannah on an upcoming trip, and I love bringing back food related souvenirs (i.e., The Chicago Mix at Garrett Popcorn is a fave of mine). Is there anything in the south that would make a great souvenir and is hard to come by in the Northeast?


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  1. Boiled peanuts (I hate them, but they're very local and unique)

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    1. re: jboeke

      Agree boiled oeanuts. Also sweet potatoes pie cheese grits. Fried okra

      1. re: bobstripower

        any place in particular you recommend?

        1. re: bobstripower

          I don't think cheese grits and fried okra are going to travel very well.

      2. Carolina Plantation rice. They also make rice flour and stone-ground grits.

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        1. re: GAfoodfan

          Pecans, or baked goods with lots of them.
          Boiled peanuts *are* available canned; sometimes you can also find things that will freak some Northerners out, like brains canned in milk gravy and pickled pig lips.
          (No, I won't eat any of these *except* pecans!).

          1. re: Chowbird

            Umm...I think you just freaked this Northerner out!?! LOL

            I think I'll stick with the peanuts and pecans ;)


          2. re: GAfoodfan

            Thanks! This looks awesome, would love to even tour the place if they offer that!

          3. Found this in searching where to get boiled peanuts:

            Pecans are tastier, but have less novelty (ie. you can get them up North).

            1. pralines from river street sweets in savannah.

              1. Souvenirs from the World of Coke in Atlanta:


                Vidalia onions

                I always like to buy the local Junior League cookbook as a souvenir.

                1. What about anything with peaches from Georgia?

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                  1. re: BuildingMyBento

                    I would love to bring back this stuff, but not sure I can travel back to Toronto with any type of produce. The pralines and peanuts shouldn't be a problem though. I guess if the peaches are "cooked" should be fine, but not sure how well a peach cobbler will travel?!

                  2. In Charleston, look for Carolina Gold Rice, Anson Mills red peas, several brands of Benne wafers, Cheerwine soda and stone ground grits.
                    In Atlanta you can find Duke's mayonnaise, self rising cornmeal, White Lily self rising flour.
                    In any of these cities, if you look for local farmers markets or CSA stores, you'll be able to pick up some regional foods.

                    1. Muscadine preserves from Callaway Gardens, pickled okra (found in grocery stores), Savannah honey, Vidalia onion salad dressinG. FYI Dukes mayonnaise is from Richmond, Va...not Georgia .

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                      1. re: Duncan

                        Oh!, I wasn't even thinking about where my list of Southern foods were made, I was just thinking of easy places to find traditional items in the cities the OP requested. Duke's is pretty popular in much of the South, as are some of the other items I mentioned. And not so easy to find outside of the South!

                        1. re: Duncan

                          It's funny you mention the muscadine preserves. I just discovered what a Scuppernong was a couple days ago and had it on my list of must tries. Is there anywhere else to get the preserves? Callaway Gardens seems a bit off route for us. Was planning a trip to the Dekalb Farmer's Market. Do you think I can find any there?

                          1. re: umieesa

                            Don't think you can find Callaway Garden products at Dekalb farmers mkt...used to be able to get them at the airport...google them or call Callaway Gardens and ask them who carries their products in Atlanta area.