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The Daily Meal's 2012 Gift Guide for the Home Cook

The Daily Meal's 2012 Gift Guide for the Home Cook


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Chef Sleeve ($19.99)

For the person in your life who always has their iPhone or iPad in the kitchen with them, Chef Sleeves are the perfect stocking stuffer. These disposable and re-sealable sleeves make it easy for someone whose hands are dirty to navigate their touch screens. Touch-sensitive, ultra-clear, and 100 percent recyclable, Chef Sleeves make the kitchen a safe place for electronics to hang out.

Le Creuset Grill Pan ($130.00)

A Le Creuset piece is a classic gift to give anyone for a special occasion, but we say switch it up this year and give an unconventional item like this square skillet grill. Ideal for smaller workspaces, this indoor grill provides the look and taste of grilling outdoors with a black enamel grooved surface that ensures even and steady heat while cooking.

Ninja Cooking System ($199.80)

Move over slow cookers, because the Ninja has come to town. This one-pot wonder is a stovetop, oven, steamer, and slow cooker all in one. Along with its many basic functions, the Ninja Cooking System allows you to steam-roast and steam-bake your meals, creating moister, healthier dishes. Its sleek design and revolutionary cooking technology makes it the perfect gift for that person in your life that has to be on the brink of culinary trends.

Recipe Box ($46.00)

We all have that friend or family member who pulls out a messy cookbook every time they’re cooking for us — so buy your food-obsessed friend this recipe box filled with letterpress recipe cards so they can easily organize their work. Made by 1Canoe2, the unfinished oak wood box comes with a set of 42 cards that are hand-designed and letter pressed on recycled French paper cardstock. Packaged in six different colors, the cards come with dividers that help you organize your recipe by bread, appetizer, entrées, and other dishes.

Wüsthof Electric Knife Sharpener ($189.99)

Anyone who knows anything about cooking knows a chef's work is only as good as his or her knife, and this electric sharpener featuring Wüsthof’s Precision Edge technology is the perfect holiday gift for the knife-obsessed. No matter what type of knife you need to sharpen, Wüsthof’s powerful tool will yield a smooth and refined blade that could never be accomplished by hand.

GneissSpice Magnetic Spice Kit ($30.80)

For that someone who is just starting to branch out with their cooking, give them a starting point with this magnetic spice kit that contains seven basic spices and organic herbs. Created by GneissSpice, the kit comes in small, re-sealable jars that can be stored on any magnetic surface — doing away with the problem of burying hard-to-find jars in the spice cabinet.

TriScale Folding Digital Scale ($30.00)

Have someone in your life who feeds your sweet tooth? Give them the ultimate baking "geek" gadget, a scale. This TriScale Folding Digital scale not only serves its purpose but does so in an easy and compact way. Its three legs are easily folded together so the scale turns into a small, condensed unit that can easily be stored in a kitchen drawer. Its digital screen and Add & Weigh function makes it a convenient gadget to have on hand for whatever baking your loved one is getting into.

All-Purpose Kitchen Towels ($19.95)

Help your loved one go green this holiday and buy them a set of these Williams Sonoma cotton terry-cloth towels. Packaged in a set of four, these towels make the perfect companion for the cook — messy or not — and provide an easy cleanup and drying solution.

Bambu Cutting Boards ($26.54)

A cutting board sees a lot of wear and tear in the kitchen, but it’s also the last thing a cook would probably think to replace. Help your loved one revamp their equipment this year and give them Bambu cutting board made of 100 percent all-natural bamboo. Made from all sustainable materials, these boards are sleek and functional, providing a large and durable work space that’s nice to look at as well.

'Modernist Cuisine Team at Home' Cookbook ($105.00)

A cookbook is a no-fail gift to make the cook in your life happy, but this year give them something that’ll help them improve their craft. From Nathan Myhrvold and The Modern Cuisine Team, Modernist Cuisine at Home breaks down basic and advanced cooking techniques for the home cook (it also made our list for the best 25 cookbooks of the year). Containing recipes, tutorials, and beautiful photographs, this is a unique cookbook to give to that special someone.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.


Mail order gift guide: Michigan foods

Looking to give the gift of home this holiday season? Consider one of the many Michigan specialty food items.

SAVORY FOODS

AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake: Celebrating its 35th year in business, Al Dente specializes in handcrafted gourmet pastas famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Pastas are available in an assortment of shapes and varieties, including low-carb and gluten-free and high-fiber chia seed. There are a variety of gift packages. A gift in a large colander has four bags of Al Dente Pasta (Egg Pappardelle, Spinach Fettuccine, Basil Fettuccine and Garlic Parsley Fettuccine), a holiday oven mitt, recipes, hand-rolled beeswax candles and a wooden pasta clip for $39.

Order: 9815 Main St. 734-449-8522 www.aldentepasta.com

Al Dente pasta offers a huge selection of holiday gift baskets. (Photo: Al Dente Pasta)

AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: Coney hot dogs and chili can be shipped overnight. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 17 cost is $59.99 and $69.99 depending on where it is shipped. The kits ship out on Monday. (Allow 2-4 days for delivery.)

American Coney Island Kits (Photo: American Coney Island Kits)

DURHAM’S TRACKLEMENTS, Ann Arbor: Now celebrating more than 20 years of producing hot- and cold-smoked salmon by owner T.R. Durham. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spiced. The hot-smoked salmon is miso-mirin marinated flavor. The basic mail-order package is 11/2 pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses $15 for each additional 1/2 pound). This season the solstice/equinox special smoke will be available again. It’s cold-smoked salmon, smoked over genuine turf Irish peat. Due to demand, only a limited quantity will be available for mail order. New this year is a line of mustards and mostardas. Varieties include Michigan tart cherry mustard, Dijon and bourbon-apricot. Best selection of smoked salmon before Dec. 10.

Order: 212 E. Kingsley 734-930-6642 www.tracklements.com

GOOD HART GENERAL STORE, Good Hart: Here, at the oldest year-round business along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Carolyn and Jim Sutherland have owned the store since 1971 and sell about 10,000 potpies a year. Large pies (serves 2 to 3) are $15 and small, single-serving, potpies are $7.50. Pies are made daily and frozen. For mail order, frozen potpies are packed in an insulated container, which costs $15 plus UPS shipping.

MACKINAC STRAITS FISH, St. Ignace: Smoked fish products (whitefish, lake trout fillets, lake trout spread, whitefish sausages) using fish from the upper Great Lakes. Smoked whitefish or smoked lake trout spread (8 ounces) is $8.50 a 12-ounce package of whitefish sausage is $9. Smoked fillets are $16 per pound. Customized gift boxes available. There is a $50 minimum order for product.

Order: 109 W. Elliot 906-643-7535 www.msfishcompany.com

McCLURE’S PICKLES, Detroit: Pickle and relish products made from McClure family recipes. There are several variations of party packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, 32-ounce jars of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears and two 1.5-ounce bags of kettle chips. A 4-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12 pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or www.mcclurespickles.com

MICHIGAN FARM MARKET, Ellsworth: Started in 2012, Michigan Farm Market collaborates with more than 80 different food entrepreneurs and wineries around the state. These Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and more are arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. This year they are offering more than 50 new gift arrangements. You can also customize your own. There’s a flat rate $9.99 or free shipping on a select number of items.

Order: 866-544-1088 or www.mifarmmarket.com

MITTEN CRATE: This online food-subscription service seeks out, packages and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Founders Andrew Chmielewski and Cory Wright scour the state for four to six artisan and specialty foods to include in the package. The contents change each month. The open-ended subscription (2-month minimum) costs $35 a month and includes shipping. Three-month subscription is $99 and includes shipping. The boxes ship out on the 15th of each month.

Offerings from the Mitten Crate (Photo: Mitten Crate)

NATIONAL CONEY ISLAND, Detroit: The kit, shipped only to U.S. addresses, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a 11/2-pound brick of National’s homemade chili, chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping. The company also will ship individual orders of its chili and hot dogs. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 19.

PASTY CENTRAL, Calumet: Individual handmade pasties come in meat, vegetable and breakfast varieties and are shipped fully cooked and frozen. Four-pack costs $41 six-pack, $52 a dozen, $83. Each traditional pasty weighs 14 ounces. Add $3 if shipping to a residence. Check the online calendar for available shipping dates. This year all proceeds benefit Beacon House in Marquette.

Order: 877-727-8911 or www.pasty.com

SRODEK’S CAMPAU QUALITY SAUSAGE, Hamtramck: Known for more than 38 varieties of pierogi traditional potato, kraut, meat, mushrooms and sweet farmers cheese are available. They also have homemade sausage. Prices per dozen pierogi range from $4.50 to $6 plus shipping. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 for one 21/2-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $9.99 for a six-pack. Cutoff for holiday ordering is Dec. 10.

Order: 9601 Jos. Campau 313-871-8080 www.srodek.com

BAKED GOODS

ACHATZ HANDMADE PIE CO., Chesterfield Township: Famous for handmade pies made by Wendy Achatz and her staff in Chesterfield Township. A large variety of fruit pies are available for shipping. Michigan Four-Berry pie is Achatz’s signature pie. All pies are baked to order. Cost: 10-inch pies are $45 (includes shipping depending on destination). Cutoff for holiday orders is Dec. 17.

Order: 586-749-2882 or www.achatzpies.com

GRAND TRAVERSE PIE, Traverse City: Pies made by hand and from scratch daily with more than 25 fruit flavors available. The pie company, now celebrating its 20th year, is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Deep-dish pies (9-inch) arrive ready to serve. Cost: 9-inch pies start at $26.99. New this year is the Sweet Potato Pie for $29.99. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or www.gtpie.com

Sweet Potato Pie is the newest pie flavor at Grand Traverse Pie Shops (Photo: Beryl Striewski)

HILLTOP RESTAURANT, L’Anse: The restaurant’s famous sweet roll is a cinnamon roll that stands about 6 inches high and wide and weighs nearly a pound. The sweet rolls are shipped out on Tuesdays, order by noon the Sunday before. Shipping dates this month are Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. Regular shipping returns Jan. 10. Cost: $32.95 for a three-roll package, which includes shipping and handling.

To order: 906-524-7858 or www.sweetroll.com

Hilltop Restaurant's famous cinnamon rolls (Photo: Hilltop Restaurant)

MID-EAST PASTRY DELIGHT, Sterling Heights: Specializing in Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests, all baked on-site. A large tray of custom mix contains a 65-piece assortment of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $34 plus shipping. A small tray has 30 pieces and is $20 plus shipping.

Order: 800-643-3278 or www.mepdelight.com

NATURALLY NUTTY FOODS, Traverse City: Nut and seed butters were created by vegan mom Katie Kearney for her kids and handcrafted in small batches. There are more than 15 varieties of these butters that are also organic and include varieties such as Vanilla Almond Butter, Organic Chocolate Sunflower Butter and natural peanut butter. Prices range from $6 for an 8-ounce peanut butter to $18 for a 15-ounce almond butter. Free shipping for $80 or more.

Order: 231-944-3684 or www.naturallynutty.com

PENN STREET BAKERY, Grand Rapids: Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods. Gluten-free offerings available. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets available. Penn Street now has its own line of chocolates made from an old family recipe. The Holiday Design features a choice of Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate delight gourmet caramel corn, four Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $47.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or www.pennstreetbakery.com

STONE HOUSE BREAD, Traverse City: Hand-formed, crusty loaves of sourdough bread made with organic flour. All the loaves weigh more than 1 pound. The holiday sampler, $42.95, has a loaf of North Country, choice of Cranberry or Orange Cherry Walnut holiday loaf, a ciabatta, two jars of Stone House Preserves and biscotti. The sourdough sampler has five breads (North Country, Italian, Cracked Wheat, 7 Grain and Cherry Walnut or Cranberry Orange) for $36.95.

Order: 800-252-3218 or www.stonehousebread.com

Stone House Bread North Country Bread (Photo: Stone House Bread)

TOM’S MOM’S COOKIES, Harbor Springs: More than 18 varieties of made-from-scratch cookies including the original chocolate chunk, chocolate cherry and white chocolate macadamia nut. Its traditional white chocolate peppermint and chocolate peppermint are available only for the holidays. A two-dozen cookie minimum is $36. A 17-ounce Tom’s Mom’s Cookies coffee mug with a dozen mini cookies, festively wrapped, is $20. Shipping is extra. Cutoff is Dec. 10.

Order: 231-526-6606 or www.tomsmomscookies.com

Cookies from Tom's Mom's Cookies (Photo: provided by Tom's Mom's Cookies)

ZINGERMAN’S MAIL ORDER, Ann Arbor: The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings from olive oils to vinegars from around the world, as well as breads made at Zingerman’s Bakehouse and handcrafted artisan cheeses from their creamery. They are also known for their sour cream coffee cakes. A 9-inch Sour Cream Coffee Cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping according to the website. A Christmas Goodies round wooden gift box includes a Zzang original handmade candy bar, mini Hot Cocoa Coffeecake, Spanish Chocolate-covered figs, a half-pound of Nor’easter Cheddar, a small Zingerman’s Stollen, Spiced Pecans and Zingerman’s Pfeffernüsse Cookies for $100 plus shipping.

Order: 888-636-8162 or www.zingermans.com

Zingerman's Sour Cream Coffee Cake (Photo: zingerman's)

JAMS, JELLIES & CONDIMENTS

AMERICAN SPOON FOODS, Petoskey: Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces, condiments and much more. A trio of its classic preserves — Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour (Montmorency) Cherry — is $37. You can also make up your own case of 12 jars of preserves prices vary, but it ships for $10. Several gift set options are available including the Petite Entertainer that features award-winning Raclette cheese from Leelanau Cheese in Suttons Bay, crackers and two jars of preserves for $50.

Order: 888-735-6700 or www.spoon.com

Poor Rock Abby Thimbleberry Jam produced by the monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John (Photo: Holy Transfiguration Skete-Socie)

JAMPOT, Eagle Harbor: The monks at Holy Transfiguration Skete-Society of St. John produce jams and jellies using wild fruit and berries harvested in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Their store is closed for the season, but they ship year-round. They also have an assortment of baked goods, candy, truffles and fruitcakes. The Thimbleberry Jam Trio is $54.00. Keepsake gift boxes made of maple contain two of the monks’ original fruitcakes: the Abbey Cake (soaked in bourbon) and the Walnut Ginger Cake (soaked in brandy) in a 24-ounce size for $66. A selection of jams and conserves are also available. The cranberry trio is $20 and features Cranberry-Grape Marmalade, Cranberry-Ginger Jam and Cranberry-Lemon Conserve.

Order: Fax 906-289-4388, e-mail [email protected] or store.societystjohn.com. Orders are also taken by U.S. mail (Society of St. John, 6559 State Highway M-26, Eagle Harbor 49950).

FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Honor: For more than 21 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. This year, two of its products — Blueberry Lavender Organic Preserves & Michigan Pear Organic Preserves — are finalists in the national Good Food Awards. Through a newly designed website, you can order a variety of products individually or in six- and 12-packs, as well as mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves is $52.50 plus shipping. A 12-pack of preserves is $105, with free shipping for all orders over $100.

Order: 888-935-2748 or www.foodforthought.net

Photo by Gary L Howe (Photo: Food For Thought)

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix: This sweet and tangy cream-style mustard is terrific as a dip, slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Varieties include Cherry, Lemon Dill and Jalapeño mustards and the original. Cost: $5 for a 61/2-ounce jar of any variety of mustard or $9 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes range from $10-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or www.mikesmustard.com

Mike's Mustard (Photo: Mike's Mustard)

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs: This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. All the products are transformed into many of the farm’s jams, pickles and salsas. They grow grapes and also make wine and have a brewery on-site. Customize gift packages or you can buy premade. Prices vary. The Taste Of Home-New City, New Job package includes four, 12-ounce bottles of Pond Hill’s specialty sauces for $28 plus shipping.

Order: 231-526-3276 or www.pondhill.com

Pond Hill Farm products has unique sauces, jams and salsas. (Photo: Pond Hill Farm)

ROCKY TOP FARMS, Ellsworth: The fruit that goes into Rocky Top Farms’ preserves, butters and toppings is all Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s woodshop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $30-$55, plus shipping.

Order: 800-862-9303 or www.rockytopfarms.com

SNACKS AND SWEETS

CHERRY REPUBLIC, Glen Arbor: Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Preset gift boxes range from $35-$165. You also can build your own gift box with a variety of snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas. The company has retail locations in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or www.cherryrepublic.com

BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS, Detroit: Detroit-made potato chips in the iconic yellow bag. They also have gift tins with chocolate-covered potato chips or chocolate-covered pretzels. Other gift samplers are available prices vary.

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH TOFFEE, Harrison Township: Melt-in-your-mouth toffee packaged in a Mason jar. The company’s mantra is on the label: Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars is $59.95. A 22-ounce jar is $22.95. Several varieties are available. Now available are 4-ounce jar shaped bags. A five-pack sampler is $29.95.

Dave's Sweet Tooth now sells toffee in 4 ounce jar-shaped bags. (Photo: Dave's Sweet Tooth)

CHOCOLATES BY GRIMALDI, Grand Haven. Gourmet, handmade chocolates including caramels, truffles and turtles. Grimaldi’s caramels are smooth and buttery. Love sweet and salty? Grimaldi’s combines their milk chocolate with Detroit’s iconic Better Made potato chips. Boxes of assorted chocolates, chocolate candy and gift baskets are available.

DETROIT POPCORN, Redford Township: The company has been using the same recipe to make its popular caramel corn since 1923. Holiday gift tins are available in 1- to 3-gallon sizes of popped movie-style popcorn in one or three flavors. For example, the new Detroit Tour tin is a 31/2-gallon original 3-way (caramel, cheese and butter) and is $39.99 plus shipping. Holiday tins are $34.99 for 31/2 gallons. Sports tins are $39.99.

Order: 14950 Telegraph 313-387-1600 www.detroitpopcorn.com

GERMACK PISTACHIO, Detroit: More than 100 items such as roasted nuts, seeds, candy, trail mixes and dried fruits. Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces fancy whole cashews are $13.99 for 13 ounces. The store has a variety of gift items and baskets and on-site roasted coffee along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell in Eastern Market 313-784-9484 www.germack.com

GROCER’S DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE, Empire: Fine artisan chocolate confections including bars, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cherries and others containing tea. Chocolate bark is one of its specialties. The company uses different herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other food businesses, using local honey and maple syrup and stout from a local microbrewery. Gift boxes range from $20-$100. Cutoff for Christmas is Dec. 18.

Order: 231-326-3030 or www.grocersdaughter.com

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township: Sanders’ hot fudge topping flavors — milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel — are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping, wrapped together and tied with a bow for $9.99. A set of four, 20-ounce jars (Dark, Extra Dark, Caramel and Milk Chocolate) hot fudge toppings in a reusable wooden gift crate is $34.99. The iconic Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream shells are sold online and shipped.

Order: 800-651-7263 or www.sanderscandy.com

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City: This fudge shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream. A gift bag with two 1/2-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge, 1/2 pound White Almond Bark, 1/2 pound peanut brittle and 1/2 pound caramel corn is $45. A fudge sampler, arranged in Marshall’s Box, includes four, 1/2-pound slices of fudge for $34. There also is a wide assortment of gift baskets and tins.

Order: 800-343-8343 or www.marshallsfudge.com

ORIGINAL MURDICK’S FUDGE, Mackinac Island: The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel for more than 125 years. A holiday box with four different half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of crunchy brittle, and one box of nut-topped, flavorful toffee is $79.98. A box with three slices of fudge and 12 ounces of either cashew or peanut brittle is $47.98. There are 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. A new flavor this year is white chocolate candy cane made with Belgian white chocolate.

Original Murdick's Fudge Holiday gift Box (Photo: Original Murdick's Fudge)

MICHIGAN MAPLE FARMS, Rudyard: Maple syrup tapped from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. The farm has introduced several new products including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The glass bottles are shaped like log cabins and decorated with etchings of local landmarks. A medium gift box is $35 and contains a choice of a 12-ounce bottle of fruit-infused maple syrup, 12-ounce maple barbecue sauce and a 250-milliliter bottle of maple syrup. Or you can create your own gift box.

CHEESE

LEELANAU CHEESE, Suttons Bay: Specializing in Raclette in full wheel, half-wheel or by the pound for $14 per pound. A quarter-wheel is about 2 pounds for $28. Aged Raclette (when available) is $18 a pound. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (8 ounces) is $5.25 dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or www.leelanaucheese.com

PINCONNING CHEESE, Pinconning: Mild and aged cheddars (aged 1 day to 15 years) range from $6.99 to $24.99 a pound. The company also makes about 30 cheese-spread flavors, sells smoked whitefish, herring, trout and salmon and bakes on-site every day. Gift and sampler boxes that include cheese or cheese spreads, homemade sausage and jerky range from $12.99 to $74.99.

Order: 221 N. Mable St. 800-678-1962 www.pinconningcheese.com

COFFEE

HIGHER GROUNDS TRADING, Traverse City: Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A sampler gift box has three, 6-ounce bags of coffee: Congo Muungano (Africa), Colombian Fondo Paez (South America) and Sumatran Permata Gayo (Indonesia). A holiday gift set includes a specially selected pairing of 12 ounces of Revel and Muungano, and a bar of hand-crafted Michigan-based Fresh Coast Chocolate Co. 70% dark Brazil chocolate.

Higher Grounds coffee uses fair-trade sourced beans (Photo: Higher Grounds)

LEELANAU COFFEE ROASTING, Glen Arbor: This coffee roasting company fresh roasts coffee daily for orders. More than 100 varieties are available. Gift packages range from $14 to $75. The Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular with 2 pounds of coffee, 1-pound package of multigrain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and 1/2 pound of Michigan dried blueberries for $52. A box features a dozen of their most popular coffees and is $29.



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