One of the southeastern states in the USA is South Carolina. This state is known for its beautiful beaches, subtropical climate and marshlike sea islands. South Carolina is one of the original 13 colonies and offers a lot of history. In the 16th century, Spanish and French explorers arrived in South Carolina and they found the land already inhabited by small tribes of Native Americans, the largest of which were the Cherokees and the Catawbas.
A permanent English settlement wasn’t established until 1670 on the coast near present-day Charleston. In 1710 it was divided into South Carolina and North Carolina. By 1720 the port city of Charleston became an important hub for commerce and culture. The interior or upcountry was being slowly settled by small farmers and traders, who pushed the dwindling tribes of Native Americans to the west.
By the time of the American Revolution, South Carolina was one of the richest colonies in America! South Carolina ratified the United States Constitution on May 23, 1788, becoming the eighth state to enter the union. Our boxes for August 2021 from South Carolina contained some special treats like Lowcountry pimento cheese kettle chips, molasses cookies, bene wafers and extraordinary fruity gummy bears to name a few.
Oklahoma is the 20th largest state in the USA with an area of 69,899 square miles (68,595 square miles of land and 1,304 square miles of water). In 1889 the US government opened 2 million acres of land for settlement on a first come basis. The land run’s designated starting time was noon on April 22, 1889 but some people snuck across the border early and hid to try to get a tract of land more easily. They were nicknamed “Sooners”.
Some of the Sooners were railroad workers who had a good reason for being on the Unassigned Lands but were not supposed to grab land before the starting time. Being there early gave them an unfair advantage to claim land.
On April 22, pistols sounded to start the event and an estimated 50,000 land seekers dashed into the Unassigned Lands to make their claims. A person could claim up to 160 acres and to gain title had to live on the land for at least 5 years and make improvements. Some of the claims made by Sooners were later contested.
Maine is the USA’s most northeastern state and is known for its rocky coastline (about 3,478 miles of it), heavily forested interior, rolling mountains, beautiful waterways and of course seafood (especially lobster and clams). Maine is the only state that shares its border with just one other US state (New Hampshire to the west) and is bordered by the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec to the northeast and northwest.
90% of the USA’s lobster supply comes from Maine. About 40 million pounds of lobster is caught off of the coast of Maine each year. Also, 99% of the blueberries in the USA are produced in Maine. In 2010 the US Census named Maine as the most rural state in the country with 61.3% of its population living in rural areas (814,819 people). There are many areas to go hiking and biking that offer spectacular views.
In our June Snax box from Maine, we included Needhams, gummy lobsters, maple cone and candy, almond blueberry mix, Fox Family chips, and raisin bread to name a few so our customers could get a great taste of the state of Maine!
Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Upper Midwestern United States and has the 10th highest population in the US with about 10 million people living there.
The freshwater coastline of Michigan is the longest in the world and is bordered by four of the five Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie) and also Lake St Clair.
Michigan is known as the center of America for the automotive industry. Three of the major automobile companies call Michigan home and started in Detroit (General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Ford Motor Company).
There are a wide variety of crops grown in Michigan on the 54,800 farms that utilize 10 million acres of land.
As can be seen from all of the tasty snacks in our May box from Michigan, there are many small companies there that make delicious sweet and salty goodies!
The diverse landscape, culture, and industry giants in California make it one of the most intriguing states in America! There isn’t another state that can offer such an abundance of activities for all ages and demographics! Mountains, valleys, beaches, and city life make California a wonderful destination for vacationers. The Golden State has the largest population out of any state and has nearly 2 million more residents than Canada!
We found some amazing hidden gems in California! Some fan favorites were the Golden Toffee Pretzels, Chipotle Lime Almonds, and Sees Candies Lollipops! Want to join the USA Snax family? Subscribe today!
Oregon, also known as “The Beaver State” became the 33rd state of the union in 1859. Oregon is known for a wild-west past and a landscape that features majestic sights. One of the most amazing natural landmarks in the United States is Crater Lake, which is located in the south-central part of the state. This lake is close to 2,000 feet deep, making it the deepest lake in America, and was formed by a collapsed volcano about 7,700 years ago!
Our Oregon box was one of our most deliciously diverse boxes yet! Our blue box featured sweet, salty, organic, keto, and gluten-free snacks! Some of our subscribers’ favorite snacks in this box were Spudlove Organic Chips, Conundrum Trail Mix, and The Cookie Department Keto Cake Walk!
With the sky-high Appalachian Mountains, the rolling open land of the Piedmont, white sandy beaches, and fast-paced city life, the state of North Carolina truly has something for everyone. The scenic beauty, rich culture in history and the arts, and world-class sports make the 12th state of the union a vacationer’s dream.
Although North Carolina is only the 28th largest state, it ranks 9th in population in the United States. It’s bordered by Virginia to the north, Georgia and South Carolina to the south, and Tennessee to the west.
Our North Carolina box was full of delicious snax! Fan favorites included the Pine State Popcorn, Carolina Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Griff’s Pecan Toffee!
The state of Illinois became the 21st member of the union on December 3, 1818. It has the sixth-largest population with nearly 12.9 million people. Illinois is known as the “Land of Lincoln” because Abraham Lincoln spent most of his life there. Nicknamed “The Prairie State”, it has an abundance of farmland, rolling hills and wetland. But it is also home to one of the largest cities in the United States, Chicago.
Not only is Chicago home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the United States, but the tallest man in the world was born in Alton. He weighed 491 pounds, stood 8 feet 11 inches tall and wore a size 37 shoe!
Our subscribers couldn’t get enough of the Homemade Biscotti, Dark Chocolate Graham Cracker and the delicious BBQ Chips!
Did you know, Colorado is known as the “Centennial State” because it became a state in 1876, 100 years after the signing of our nation’s Declaration of Independence? Colorado was the 38th state to enter the union and is known for breathtaking mountainous views, mile-high altitude and their vast history of using natural resources to fuel the economy.
Colorado has a history of going against social expectations. For example, in 1976 Denver had an opportunity to host the Olympics, but the citizens claimed that it would cost too much, create population issues and increase pollution. Denver is one of six cities to turn down the Olympics.
Colorado is home to some of the most delicious snacks we have come across. In particular, the Colorado Green Chili Potato Chips, Hammond’s Root Beer Drops and Enstrom Almond Toffee were among the favorites of our subscribers.
Virginia was the 10th state admitted to the union and was founded in 1788. Although Virginia wasn’t founded until the late 18th century, England planted its first successful North American colony in Jamestown in 1607. Through challenging times, the profits made from growing tobacco saved the Jamestown colony and fueled its growth.
Virginia was in fact home to four of the first five U.S. presidents, serving from 1789 to 1825; Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe. John Adams was the only president during that time not from Virginia.
The great state of Virginia surprised us with their vast selection of delicious gourmet snacks! Our subscribers couldn’t get enough of the Virginia Fudge, Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Balls and the Route 11 Dill Pickle Chips!
Connecticut was one of the original 13 states and is one of the six New England states. It ranks 48th among the 50 U.S. states in terms of total area but is among the most densely populated. Most of Connecticut receives about 35 to 45 inches of snow each year. In the northwest, however, the average snowfall exceeds 75 inches!
The next time you’re getting restless in traffic, remember this! In 1901, the first law regulating the speed of a motor vehicle was imposed in Connecticut. Initially, the law restricted the drivers not to exceed 12 mph… many people have to ability to run faster than this!
Our Connecticut box was full of delicious snacks! In particular, subscribers loved the Dark Pecan Caramel Turtles, Deep River Chips and the Chocolate Dipped Graham Crackers!
Our snack box for September was from the great state of Georgia! Georgia got it’s nickname “the Peach State” because of it’s long history with the fruit. In fact, peaches have been growing in Georgia, long before Georgia was even deemed a state, which was in 1788. In 1851, a Columbus planter, Raphael Moses, gets credit for being the first to successfully sell peaches outside of the south.
Peach production exploded after the Civil War when Georgia farmers were looking for alternatives to cotton. They were so successful that in the following decades Georgia earned the nickname “the Peach State”. It increased railroad lines and the refrigerated boxcar meant faster shipment to markets and pushed peach production to 8 million bushels a year by 1928.
Georgia might be known for peaches, but it is also the top producer of pecans, peanuts and Vidalia onions. The states onions are considered some of the best in the world! Georgia produced some delicious snacks, but in particular, people raved about Vidalia Baked Sweet Onion Petals, Georgia Peach Jelly Beans, Cupcake Cookies and Dillon’s Gourmet Peanut Roll!