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!
Our February boxes were from Florida. Inside we captured the local favorite flavors of the Sunshine State. Some of the snacks were key lime cookies because key lime pie is the state dessert and orange delicacy candy as orange juice is the state drink. We added different flavored Old Florida chips in our white and blue boxes.
We also had to include coconut patties. Did you know in 2018 a senator filed a bill to make coconut patties Florida’s designated state snack? Pecan roll slices, plantain chips and even astronaut ice cream, to represent Kennedy Space Center located in Cape Canaveral, Florida were also part of our February snacks.