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!
Those who have said “Kansas is the heart of America”, aren’t lying. Smith County, Kansas is actually the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states! If you thought that was a crazy statistic, it has been proven that the plains of Kansas are flatter than a pancake when you compare the topography of the two! But Kansas is much more than just fun geographical facts.
We discovered an abundance of amazing small businesses while searching for snacks that would be perfect for our boxes. The Snaxsun Wheat Snack in our subscription box was locally grown and produced by a Kansas farmer. The wheat snacks come in a variety of delicious flavors that leave you wanting more!
Tennessee (The Volunteer State) earned its nickname during the war of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, in particular, the Battle of New Orleans. On June 1st, 1796, Tennessee became the 16th state of the Union. The Volunteer state stretches 432 miles east to west and is only 112 miles north to south.
Two of the snacks in the Tennessee box were created over a century ago. The Goo-Goo Cluster was brought to life in the heart of Nashville in 1912. Just five short years later, the Moon Pie was invented in Chatanooga in the year 1917. One of the more unique snacks in this month’s box was the whiskey flavored Prohibition Popcorn!
Did you know, if the state of Texas were its own country, it would be the 40th largest in landmass (268,820 square miles) and would be bigger than any country in Europe? In the United States, it’s second only to Alaska in size. Texas also has three of the top 10 most populous cities in the United States (Houston, Dallas and San Antonio)!
The delicious soda, Dr. Pepper, was actually invented in Texas in 1885. The secret recipe is divided into two halves and kept in two separate safety deposit boxes in Dallas. In June 2020, people went crazy over our Pecan Pralines, White Rock Granola and Texas Maple Pecan!
Minnesota was our featured box for the month of May. Since this state has so many lakes, it is often called “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” Another nickname given to this state is the “Twin Cities” because of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area where 55% of its residents live.
We have been told by customers that the nut roll bar in our Minnesota box was the best they ever had! Small batch caramel, maple nut goodie, parmesan pretzels and funky chunky chocolate drizzled sea salt popcorn were a few of the items in our May boxes. We only include the tastiest snacks locally made in our USA Snax boxes:)
Ohio is a midwestern state in the USA that stretches from the Ohio River and The Appalachian Mountains in the south to Lake Erie in the north. This was the featured state for our April subscription and one time purchase boxes. Ohio is known as the Buckeye state because they have many buckeye trees within their borders.
Ohio is also known for their buckeye candy which is made of peanut butter fudge dipped in chocolate. A little “eye” is left where the chocolate does not cover the peanut butter. Buckeye candy resembles the nut from the buckeye tree. Buckeye candy was one of the locally made snacks from Ohio that were included in our April snax boxes.
Maryland was the state featured in our March subscription and one time purchase boxes. Maryland has five regions one of which is the Eastern Shore. One of the largest and most popular tourist destinations on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is Ocean City. Some of our snacks were from that region of Maryland.
One of our snacks is made in Ocean City. If you have ever visited the boardwalk there, you must have encountered the aroma of fresh caramel popcorn being made at Fisher’s Popcorn. They have been making popcorn there since 1937.
Depending on which size box you chose, we included Fisher’s caramel popcorn and/or their Old Bay caramel popcorn. This popcorn is handmade and contains only 5 or 6 simple ingredients. There were so many other delicious snacks in these boxes, we could write pages about them!