Assuming you still have your two front teeth and don’t need Santa to bring them to you, what local food gift would you like or like to give this year?
What is made here or packaged here that would make a great food gift?
I’d put chocolate covered cashew nut crunch at the top of my list. It’s a product that is popular at Amish bakeries and kitchens in the Shipshewana/Middlebury area. I first saw it at Rise & Roll Bakery and of the versions I’ve had, it’s still the best one.
Yes, this is the thing that I heard someone call “Amish crack” and I started calling it that too. It speaks to how hard it is to stop eating it.
It’s simply butter, sugar and nuts. And then it gets a layer of chocolate if you want. You should get it with chocolate. You should always get it with chocolate.
Other local food gifts include:
- Chocolates from Olympia Candy Kitchen or The Nut Shoppe in Goshen
- A growler or gift pack from Iechyd Da Brewing Co. (It’s yacky da – either pronounced yacky or yockey, but you don’t know how to say it to give a gift from there.)
- Seasonings from S.A.L.T. Sisters, based in Shipshewana. You can find retail items at Mattern’s Butcher Shop & Corner Deli in Goshen and the spice company also sells online.
- A gift card to a local restaurant or butcher shop you favor.
- Soup of Success soup or cookie mixes put together by women in a job training program at Church Community Services, Elkhart. They’re available at Ten Thousand Villages (where my wife works) and elsewhere.
What’s on you list? What do you give friends, family or co-workers you like that’s yummy and made or packaged here?