I recently took this task upon myself so that I could surprise a friend up North (who hopefully isn't reading this). First, I searched for pre-assembled gift baskets ... because I'm lazy. I knew that North Carolina magazine, Our State, sells gift baskets of N.C. food. And while their BBQ Battle Box does appeal to me, I wanted a greater diversity of food types ... because I'm picky. I also didn't want to pay a lot ... because I'm cheap.
So, as I continued to look around, it became obvious that I wasn't going to find exactly what I was looking for and should just make my own gift basket.
I decided from the get-go not to select anything immediately perishable. As much as I'd like to ship pulled pork or livermush, I decided against getting dry ice involved. I also didn't want the products to all come from my home state (N.C.) or all come from the grocery store (although some came from each/both). So, here's what I came up with:
- Duke's Mayonnaise
- Mrs. Campbell's Chow-Chow
- Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce (can't be purchased retail; can only be bought at Lexington Barbecue)
- Charleston Market Benne Wafers
- Guilford Mills Hushpuppy Mix
- Anson Mills Yellow Grits
- Salem Bakery Moravian Cookies
- Salem Bakery Pimento Cheese Straws
So ... a mix of condiments, snacks, cooking products and beverage. Am I missing anything crucial? Y'all have a couple of days to let me know if there's something else I should add to this package of yum. Send me a note or comment to let me know. I look forward to your suggestions ... really.