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South Carolina Food Gifts Deliver Regional Flavors

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 30 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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The Palmetto State is a gourmand's paradise. But if your favorite foodie can't get to South Carolina, how about delivering a taste of South Carolina to your favorite foodie? The rich flavors of the region are expressed in a wide array of locally produced items, from savory snacks to specialty dishes to artisan cheeses to baked goods. The online presence of some of the state's finest food purveyors makes sharing these products a piece of cake - and you can take that literally.

Bittermilk - Jar Bar

Refinement and class, South Carolina style - that's what you'll give when you send this lineup of six mixers. A nifty shaker adds an element of fun. Pick your favorite mix, then measure, shake and strain straight from a custom-designed Mason jar. Perfect for the cocktail crowd. Cheers!

Bradford Watermelon Company - Bradford Watermelon Products

Brandy! Pickles! Molasses! What could this trio of gift ideas possibly have in common? Watermelons! Specifically, each is being made from Sumter County's legendary Bradford watermelons -- considered the sweetest and juiciest of all watermelons (hence all the exciting punctuation.) Foodies will fawn over the molasses, in particular, with its fruit-forward flavors representing 170 years of South Carolina agricultural tradition. The fact that all proceeds support the Bradford family's global project to supply fresh water to areas in need makes this one of the sweetest gifts of the season.

Bulls Bay Saltworks - Chef's Gift Box

Gifts from the sea don't always have fins or shells. Sourced from the mineral-rich, pristine waters of Bulls Bay, these salts are something special and deliver a taste of South Carolina that will make them a prized component of any cook's spice cabinet. Bourbon Barrel Flake and Carolina Flake salts are attractively packaged and adorned with a festive bow -- just right for the foodie in your life. 

Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse - Large Snack Plate

What's in the mother lode of South Carolina charcuterie plates? Oh, just a tantalizing bounty of artisan-crafted cheeses, select meats, fruits, olives, crackers and more. Add a good bottle of wine for noteworthy noshing or an intimate, no-fuss dinner. 

Charleston Specialty Foods - Carolina Plantation Rice Package

Considered by food historians to be South Carolina's most important heirloom crop, Charleston Gold Rice makes a royal gift. This particular package contains two bags of rice from Carolina Plantation: Carolina Gold and aromatic Charleston Gold, both grown in Darlington County. For a crowning touch, included is a silver-plated Charleston rice serving spoon that will be treasured for years to come.

Charleston Tea Garden - Tea Chest

Give a gift that lingers and soothes with a selection of teas from Charleston Tea Garden, a subtropical tea farm with a long history in the Lowcountry. While that's impressive as is, this gift of liquid gold is even more treasured when presented in a handsome chest. The richness of the acacia hardwood box brimming with an assortment of locally grown teas will really wow the recipient of this elegant South Carolina gift.

Daisy Cakes - Minikins

From a simple home kitchen to a nationally renowned bakery operation, Daisy Cakes has turned fresh eggs, butter and hand-sifted flour into a baked-goods dynasty. Sweets lovers will swoon over a delivery of adorable Minikin "cakes in a jar." They arrive whimsically packaged in jars, five to a box, each with a fun theme. Most popular is the "Feeling Groovy" package featuring Jilly Vanilly-flavored cakes decorated with peace signs, punchy flowers and other symbols of the '70s. Just right for your favorite hippy.  

Food for the Southern Soul - Charleston Cocktail Party Gift Box

Celebrant of South Carolina culinary culture and barbecue master Jimmy Hagood shares his food passions online through his aptly named enterprise, Food for the Southern Soul. Pay the website a visit for a thoughtful mix of gift baskets and products featuring good things from the Palmetto State. The Charleston Cocktail Party gift box contains Charleston favorites like pickled okra, Jerusalem artichoke relish, praline pecans, hot pepper jelly and benne wafers. Just add the cocktails and you've got the makings for a classic South Carolina gathering. 

Marsh Hen Mill - Breakfast Sampler Box

This sampler by Edisto Island's Marsh Hen Mill offers tantalizing instruction on how to properly break a fast, South Carolina style. It's packed with the best of locally produced breakfast goodies and corn products milled on-site: grits, cornmeal and coffee from a Charleston roaster. Broadbent hickory-smoked bacon complete this breakfast bundle.

Grey Ghost Bakery - Holiday Gift Sets

Grey Ghost Bakery turns out some of the most delectable cookies in Charleston. That's what makes this trio of cute, reusuable cookie-filled canisters such a sweet treat. You get three flavors, six cookies each: chocolate mint, molasses spice and chocolate bourbon. All are tried-and-true favorites and baked with lots of love in Charleston, SC. 

Island Fudge Shop - South Carolina Chocolate Box

This Hilton Head institution of sweet toothery offers several South Carolina-themed gifts. The South Carolina Chocolate Box represents with a generous state-shaped, Palmetto tree-stamped chocolate surrounded by other chocolate natural wonders like candy butterflies and sea shells. For fun, order a chocolate gator on the side, or for a refined Southern touch, choose handmade pralines, packaged prettily in a South Carolina decorative tin.

McLeod Farms - Carolina Creation Gift Basket

This beloved McBee peach farm does more than grow good things to eat - they are also gift central, especially at the holidays. For a gift bursting with South Carolina flavors, choose the Carolina Creation basket filled with local products like peanut brittle, sweet potato butter, chow chow, peach barbecue sauce, honey and Blizzard Branch grits.

Olde Colony - Gift Tins

Leave it to the folks who bring us buttery benne wafers to fufill every fan's fantasy: a whole tin filled with South Carolina's favorite cookie. These hand-packed, handsome gold tins are a treasure chest of rich, crispy goodness. Have friends who just can't get their fill of benne wafers? This is the gift for them. Grab one for yourself, too. Like those legendary potato chips, bet you can't eat just one. 

Split Creek Farm - Custom Gift Basket

Three words: Goat milk fudge. If you've never had it, this is the place to get it. Of course, once you indulge, you'll want to share this ambrosial find with someone special. Create a gift basket with selections of this amazing award-winning fudge and cheeses lovingly crafted from the milk of goats raised on Split Creek Farm in Anderson.

Young Plantations - South Carolina Specialities Tin

This Pee Dee pecan outlet and gift shop has just the thing for the snacker on your list. The South Carolina Specialities Tin is brimming with pecan snack bags, chocolate and carmel fiddlestix, a log roll, cheese straws and more. It all comes attractively packaged in a container imprinted with the state logo, just to make sure recipients don't forget where all that good taste came from. 

Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 30 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.