All of the South’s best authentic flavors can be mail-ordered for special gifts or your own holiday table.
Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
A dramatically assertive washed-rind specialty, it’s made for stinky-cheese connoisseurs by the anointed artisans of this farmstead inn. Available April-November.
Buy It: $24 for 12 oz.; blackberryfarmshop.com
Try It Here: For their cheese course, Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta pairs Blackberry Farm Trefoil with toasted cranberry-walnut bread and persimmon conserve.
Hebert’s Specialty Meats, Maurice, LA
Calvin Trillin traced the history of this Cajun delicacy to an unnamed farmer who, in 1985, asked Hebert’s Specialty Meats to stuff a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. Held together with cornbread and pork sausage, it’s been a Southern specialty ever since.
Buy It: $79; hebertsmeats.com
Wickles Pickles, Dadeville, AL
Trey and Will Sims started sharing their spicy-sweet, 70-year-old family tradition with the public a few years ago.
Buy It: $5; wicklespickles.com
Try It Here: Emeril’s in New Orleans piles Wickles Pickles (6) on the signature sirloin burger along with short-rib jam and coleslaw.
Steen Syrup, Abbeville, LA
Five generations of Steens have made this 1910 recipe, developed to salvage frozen sugarcane crops.
Buy It: $23 for 4 (6-oz.) bottles; steensyrup.com
Try It Here: At Catalan in Houston, chef Chris Shepherd glazes roasted Berkshire pork belly with Steen's Pure Cane Syrup.
Savannah Bee Company, Savannah, GA
With a sommelier’s palate for honey, Ted Dennard developed a tasting flight that includes orange blossom, acacia, and tupelo nectars.
Buy It: $14.75 for a 3-pack; savannahbee.com
Try It Here: Elizabeth on 37th gives a hometown nod to Savannah Bee Company with a roasted pork loin marinated in Tupelo Honey and ginger.
Start with a granola base, and then choose fruits, nuts, or even gummy bears to create your own custom granola blend, which
ships straight to your door from Miami.
Buy It: from $4.99; mixmygranola.com
True Southerners know the difference between blah instant grits and the creamy stone-ground variety, like these from Charleston-based
Food for the Southern Soul.
Buy It: $5.59 (2-lb. cloth bag); foodforthesouthernsoul.com
Cynful Confections, Frankfort, KY
Former Test Kitchen staffer Cynthia Briscoe crafts buttery caramels.
Buy It: $9-$11; firstname.lastname@example.org
Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., Nashville, TN
Le Cordon Bleu London grad Scott Witherow stone-grinds cacao for this small-batch sea salt-and-pepper bar.
Buy It: $6; oliveandsinclair.com
Try It Here: At City House in Nashville, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. flavors the decadent Chocolate Torta di Biscotti.
This Winston-Salem bakery's traditional cookie dough recipe of whole eggs, wheat flour, pure cane sugar, and vanilla from
Madagascar is enhanced with gentle flakes of chocolate and premium cocoa powder.
Buy It: $8.99 per package; salembaking.com
The famous Parisian Macarons are small round cakes with crunchy outside and soft inside, made with ground almonds, sugar and
egg whites. Choose from an assortment of flavors.
Buy It: $28 (box of 12); payard.com
Made by hand in small batches in Madison, these buttery shortbread cookies are an ideal summer party snack or hostess gift.
Afton, Virginia’s family-run Veritas Vineyard combines Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc grapes to make its clean and crisp Scintilla
Buy It: $30; veritaswines.com
Carrie Morey ships her mother’s signature handmade biscuits fully baked and frozen from her Charleston bakery. Just reheat
them for a tender, buttery breakfast.
Buy It: calliesbiscuits.com; $35.90 (2 dozen)