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Fit for Foodies: Michigan Gift Guide

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    It’s that time of year again to start searching out the best gifts for everyone in your life and we have compiled amazing Gift Guides to help you this season. Whether you’re shopping for those who specifically love all things Michigan or you’re trying to find a unique gift for the ultimate foodie in your life we’ve handpicked what we think best represents Michigan’s culinary experience. Enjoy our 2016 Gift Guide for Foodies!

    Sweet

    Dave’s Sweet Tooth

    Pouch Collection
    Photo Courtesy of Dave’s Sweet Tooth

    Savory sweets from the heart of Detroit! Dave Chmielewski, a retired Detroit Fire Fighter, started his business out of his kitchen in 2011 with his son following his passion for making toffee. You’ll be pleased with these melt in your mouth delicious confections which will change how you perceive toffee.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Pouch Collection

    Collection of their five best toffee creations: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Crunch, Dark Chocolate Cherry, and Coffee Toffee. $25

    Get Up and Go Caffeinated Baked Goods

    Smart Cookie
    Photo Courtesy of Get Up and Go

    “We make Energy Delicious.” Don’t sacrifice taste for energy when you can savor both with these tasty baked goods! Their goodies are specially formulated to ensure that you receive an equivalent to an energy shot or cup of coffee in each product! They make great gifts, stocking stuffers, or subscribe to their Office Pack and receive cookies for your entire office every month!

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Smart Cookie

    “Who doesn’t want to be a smarter cookie?” These caffeinated chocolate chip cookies can be bought either in the 12 Pack ($2.49/cookie) for $29.99 or in the 36 Office Pack ($2.19/cookie) for $79! Get Up and Go order now!

    RMG Family Sugarbush Syrup

    RMG Maple Syrup
    Photo courtesy of RMG Family Sugarbush

    Straight from the beautiful farms of Michigan, their products are freshly organic and undeniably pure Michigan. Sweet and flavorful, with beautiful packaging, you’ll want to add their syrup to almost anything to give it a hint of scrumptious maple.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Autumn Leaf Painted Maple Syrup

    Painted with the state of Michigan exclusive to RMG or their 5 Leaf design and filled with their delicious Maple syrup. $12.49

    Cherry Republic

    Cherry Quartet
    Photo courtesy of Cherry Republic

    From selling t-shirts out of the trunk of a car to becoming the largest exclusive retailer of cherry food creations, Cherry Republic, is a must for foodies of Michigan! For those cherry lovers, this company has a huge variety of cherry confections to satisfy any palette for almost any occasion.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: The Cherry Quartet

    You can’t go wrong with chocolate and cherries! This gift box includes 8 oz. bags of all of their Chocolate Covered Cherry varietals: Dark, Milk, Imperial, and Blossoms. $45

    Jampot

    Cherry Trio
    Photo courtesy of Jampot

    As a quaint little shop of northern Michigan, you may be surprised that they carry some of the best preservatives in the entire state. With such a large variety, any baker would feel indulged with a tasty gift from Jampot. Their large selection includes preserves, confections, fruitcake, and coffee that are all locally sourced and produced goods.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Cherry Trio

    Includes Black Cherry Jam, Red Cherry Jam, and Cherry Butter. $17

    Mid-East Pastry Delight

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    Photo courtesy of Mid-East Pastry Delight

    “The Proof is in the Bite!” Voted #1 in Middle Eastern Baklava and Sweets they specialize in baklava, sugar free baklava, sweets and cakes. Handed down through generations, their expertise is still set on making everything by hand with the purest ingredients. These sweets will surely transport you to another part of the world with every bite.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Custom Assorted Baklava Half Tray

    A special selection of Baklava Sweets of Lady Fingers, Pistachio Baklava, Busma, Bird’s Nests, Burma Circles, Half Moon and Ballouria baklava. $22

    Grand Traverse Pie Company

    Cherry Crumb
    Photo courtesy of Grand Traverse Pie Company

    If you have a pie fanatic in your life there is certainly no better gift than a pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company. These amazingly delicious desserts are cultivated from the best local products, including Michigan’s amazing cherries.  With their vast variety of great products you should definitely order a treat for yourself while shopping for others on your holiday list.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Grand Traverse Cherry Crumb

    Their top selling pie is made with Michigan Montmorency cherries and it’s the signature pie of the National Cherry Festival. $26.99

     

    Murdick’s Fudge

    Mackinac Summer
    Photo courtesy of Murdick’s Fudge

    Celebrating 128 years of creating the best fudge in Northern Michigan, this is a must try for anyone who’s never had Murdick’s fudge. Not only is it a rich and sweet treat, but it also captures the identity of Mackinac Island itself.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Mackinac Summer

    Includes five different ½-pound slices of Mackinac Island fudge, your choice out of twelve best-selling flavors. $45

     

    Sander’s Chocolate

    Sunday Best Four Pack
    Photo courtesy of Sanders Chocolate

    Since 1875, Sanders Chocolate has been selling the best dessert toppings and bakery goods in the Great Lakes region. It shows that great products truly can stand the test of time. Perfect for the chocolate lover in your life!

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: “OUR SUNDAE BEST” 4 PACK

    Their most popular gift set includes Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge, Classic Caramel, Extra Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge and their traditional Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge served in the Sanders Parlors. $19.99

     

    Salty

    Lush Nuts

    Artisan Mix Three Pack
    Photo courtesy of Lush Nuts

    Developed in 2011 by Bisera Urdarevik, she was but a young student with a vision for sharing her culinary experience. This young entrepreneur created a company priding themselves on all natural ingredients that create a unique tasting experience.  These light, but powerfully flavorful treats create a savory blend fit for any nut lover!

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Artisan Mix Three Pack

    Includes three brand new trail mixes that celebrate the variety of delicious naturally produced goods throughout Michigan. With this three pack you’ll receive the fondly named Two Six Nine, Third Coast, and True North trail mixes. $29.25

    Detroit City Nut Company

    Ultimate Party Mix
    Photo courtesy of Detroit City Nut Company

    Anyone who’s familiar with the Eastern Market has probably heard of Detroit City Nut Company. However, for those just discovering this gem they build the company on their traditions, family values, grit, commitment, and service. This is the perfect treat for those  who enjoy a light snack or may be counting calories to indulge in something savory with lots of flavor.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Ultimate Party Mix

    Includes the popular Grand Slam Mix with California raisins, chocolate buttons, along with a Trail Mix of cashews, sunflower, almonds , pepitas, chocolate chips, and the Cajun Party Mix which includes sesame sticks and just the right touch of blended spices. $17.95

    Germack Pistachio Company

    Signature Basket
    Photo courtesy of Germack Pitachio Company

    As the oldest roaster of pistachio nuts in the United States they specialize in that nut specifically, but they also produce a diverse selection of nuts, seeds, and coffee.  This certainly is a classic taste of Michigan and would be a creatively delicious stocking stuffer.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Germack Gift Basket – Signature Paper Bags (Roasted & Salted)

    A perfect trio, that comes with their most popular favorites including an 11 oz. of natural colossal pistachios, 13 oz. large whole cashews and 13 oz. fancy mixed nuts (no peanuts).$40

    McClure’s Pickles

    The Four Pack
    Photo Courtesy of McClure’s Pickles

    Who would’ve thought that pickles are Pure Michigan? In 2006, McClure’s Pickles made that revelation a reality after years of making pickles in their tiny Michigan kitchen. If you have a pickle lover in your life or anyone who enjoys salty delicacies then this will be a mighty delectable gift.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: THE FOUR PACK

    This hearty collection includes 1 Bloody Mary, 1 Spicy Pickle, 1 Garlic Dill Pickle, and 1 Sweet & Spicy Pickle. $40

     

    Sweet & Salty

    Chocolates by Grimaldi

    Chocolate'N'Chip
    Photo courtesy of Erin Bernhard

    “Your lips will love our chips” is the slogan this Grand Haven company has followed since their beginning in 2012! Their creative confections will bring dreams to reality for those imaginative and adventurous foodies. Their best-selling product is a perfect combination of sweet and salty with a rich layer of chocolate smoothly coating a crisp Michigan potato chip.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Chips ‘N Chocolate

    These chocolate potato chips are made from crispy, fresh, Michigan made potato chips, enveloped in creamy milk chocolate.$18.95

     

    Grand Rapids Popcorn Company

    GRPC Holiday Signature Sampler
    Photo courtesy of Grand Rapids Popcorn Company

    A staple in Grand Rapids since 1944, Grand Rapids Popcorn Company was a true “Mom and Pop” operation first selling corn kernels and popping supplies out of their home. Today, the business is now run by the 3rd generation of family and continues to make popcorn like they did from the start with fresh daily popped products and the best ingredients to ensure their quality flavor. There’s truly a flavor for anyone as they specialize in a huge variety of unique flavors such as Christmas Crunch and Peppermint Hot Cocoa Popcorn.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: GRPC Holiday Signature Sampler

    A variety of Grand Rapids Popcorn favorites including Butter Popcorn, Christmas Crunch Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Drizzle Popcorn, and Cinnamon Nuts. $35

     

    Hearty Meats

    Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage Co.

    Krajana Kielbasa
    Photo courtesy of Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage Co.

    Srodek’s is notably one of the best upscale markets in Hamtramck with their focus on rich Polish and European foods including kielbasa, sauerkraut, pierogi, and stuffed cabbage. For those adventurous foodies or those looking to reconnect with their heritage you’ll be able to find the perfect delicacy with a welcoming Homestyle taste and flavor.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Chunky Veal & Pork Smoked Sausage – Krajana Kielbasa

    Refered to as the Chunky Style or Holiday Kielbasa their hand cut veal and pork kielbasa is made from the finest quality meats and varies in weight between 2-3 pounds. $14.99

    National Coney Island

    Coney Kit
    Photo courtesy of National Coney Island

    Perfect for any occasion, this kit allows you to create these world famous delicacies wherever you are. As one of the most recognizable food specific to Michigan, a coney dog is the perfect gift to transport generations of people back to their first time trying a coney.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Coney Kit

    As an all-inclusive kit it comes with their natural casing hot dogs, steamer buns, National Chili Sauce, freshly diced onions and mustard to create their world famous coneys. $39.95

     

     

    Michigan Venison

    Venison Roast
    Photo courtesy of Michigan Venison

    Tis the season for hunters alike! This small family owned company in the remote forests of Traverse City, Michigan is the leading culinary expert on whitetail venison meat and venison cooking. What a great gift for the hunters in your life who may be having a slow season or health conscious foodies who prefer all natural products.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Venison Roast

    This roast is all natural and slow cooked with only harvested hind quarters offering a medium-heavy grain texture. $13.50

     

    Mackinaw Straits Fish Company

    Mackinaw Straits Fishing Company Products
    Photo courtesy of Mackinaw Straits Fishing Company

    Capturing the essence of the crystalline shores of the Great Lakes, this company is superior in freshness and flavor. The best gift to give those foodies who enjoy and appreciate quality flavored fish sourced from the Mitten Region.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Smoked Lake Trout Spread, White Caps Spread, Traditional Smoked Whitefish Fillets

    These products are caught fresh daily from the Upper Great Lakes ensuring quality and flavor. $9

     

    Drinks

    Higher Grounds Coffee Company

    Higher Grounds Coffee Collection
    Photo by Higher Grounds Coffee

    This company prides itself on high standards for ethical and environmental reasons meaning they specifically only roast fair trade and organic coffee from around the world. Their quality standards and close relationships to farmers make all of their products a healthy, delicious, and satisfying experience.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Coffees for Change Sampler

    Not only does this collection include custom blended coffee crafted for non-profits such as Schools for Chiapas, Fishtown Preservation Society, and Watershed Center of Grand Traverse Bay, but a portion of the proceeds from every sale go to various nonprofit organizations. $55

    Proper Soda

    Proper Soda
    Photo courtesy of Proper Soda

    Simply put, “Proper Soda: Proper Ingredients, Properly Made.” This company stands by their simple slogan creating a strong mission letting the quality of their products drive sales. These make great stocking stuffers for those interested in venturing beyond Pepsi or Coke.

    Awesome Mitten Suggestion: Hop Soda, Hibiscus Soda, or Coffee Soda

    Try one or all three! Each of these unique products is carefully cultivated to be an adventure for your palette for almost any occasion. $2-3 each.

     

    Other Awesome Gifts

    Mitten Crate

    Mitten Crate
    Photo courtesy of Mitten Crate

    If you’re down to the wire and needed the perfect gift like yesterday, Mitten Crate is your savior! A subscription to this company means receiving a box filled with a diverse mix of Michigan made artisan foods that change every month.  Whether you need to send a gift far away or around the corner, this magnificent surprise can only be from Pure Michigan! $35 one time subscription or every month.

    Crossroads Blueberry Market Holiday Gift Collection

    Crossroads Blueberry Holiday Collection
    Photo Courtesy of Crossroads Blueberry Market

    Customize your blueberry gift basket to fit any palette with their wide variety of products! This is a deliciously awesome gift since you can personalize each basket making it perfect for whomever you are giving it to! Choose from baskets like their Breakfast-Themed Gift Basket, Gourmet Gift Box, Best of Blueberries Basket, or their Sweet Tooth Gift Basket for the chocolate lovers in your life! You can also create your own custom ensemble if you can’t decide on one of their existing collections!

    Product Details: ranging from $24.95 to $79.95, with a shipping flat rate of $9.95

    Michigan Spoons Michigan Spoons

    Straight from The Awesome Mitten’s Shop these beautiful spoons are the most adorable mix of Michigan pride, craftiness, and a useful foodie tool. The vibrant and playful colors will make them irresistible in any kitchen. $15

     

     

     

     

    What’s your favorite Michigan gift to give or receive? Let us know in the comments below!

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