From cherries to coneys: Here's how to send a taste of Michigan for the holidays

Posted on December 14, 2018

Are you looking for gift ideas for the food lover on your list? Skip the gift cards and send a food gift from Michigan.

It’s a way to celebrate the taste treats created all over the Mitten — everything from artisan chocolates to anything made with cherries. And don’t forget about those beloved coneys. You can ship kits that include all the goods for making them anywhere in the U.S.

If you have ex-Yoopers on your list who miss home, send them a couple bags of Trenary toast, an Upper Peninsula staple.

Before you order, keep in mind that most places have specific shipping date cutoffs to ensure their products arrives on time.  Most charge extra for shipping.

Here’s a sampling of what Michigan companies have to offer.

Baked Goods

This 70-year-old Redford establishment specializes in traditional Scottish foods, including small-batch meats, sweets and savories. It makes scones daily, and its jam is produced in partnership with Gus & Grey. Teas are from the local Joseph Wesley Tea Co. The Afternoon Tea Starter Kit features a dozen fresh-baked scones, jam, choice of loose-leaf tea and clotted cream for $35.

Order:  313-532-1181 or

Pies are made by hand and from scratch daily, and more than 25 fruit flavors are available. The company is known for its crumb topping as well as its tart cherry pies. Pies arrive ready to serve. The most popular for shipping is Peninsula Apple Crumb. Holiday Cherry Ganache is a specialty item this season. Deep-dish 9-inch pies start at $29.99. You can customize pies with a message made from pie crust cutouts for an extra $5. Shipping is extra for all pies.

Order: 866-444-7437 or

Since 1964, this bakery has specialized in making Middle Eastern pastries like baklava, ladyfingers and bird’s nests. A custom-mix tray contains about 65 pieces of pastries made with phyllo dough and is $35 plus shipping. Also available: sugar-free pastries and Iranian baklava featuring almonds.

Order: 800-643-3278 or

Bundt-style cakes in a variety of flavors and other all-natural baked goods are this establishment’s specialty. Individual cakes in holiday gift tins start at $32.50. A wide range of decorative gift boxes and baskets is available. The Holiday Design features a Penn Street Gourmet Cake in a tin, chocolate caramel corn, Penn Street signature cookies, Lavalicious Fudge Cake and gourmet coffee for $48.50.

Order: 800-842-2537 or

This bakery, founded in 1979, specializes in Middle Eastern pastries. Its authentic  baklawa pastries are stuffed with pistachios, walnuts or almonds and layered in crispy phyllo dough, dipped in butter and drizzled with a sweet sugar syrup. A large pistachio gift set with about 80 pieces of baklawa sells for $40.

Order: 313-934-1520 or

 This famed bakery makes Trenary Toast, a long-time favorite of  Yoopers and ex-Yoopers, as well as breads. You’ll find 16 slices of the hard and thick toast in each bag ($4.75). The toast is suitable for dipping in coffee or serving with soups. During the winter, Trenary also ships its breads.

Order: 906-446-3330 or

WALLACE SCONES, Farmington Hills:
Retired nurses Mary Wallace and Julie Tenbusch started this  business, taking it in the direction of selling frozen dough for scones (though they also sell them baked). Scones are $7.50 for six (frozen or baked) plus shipping. A gift pack features a six-pack of scones, coffee or tea and jam or lemon curd for $20 plus shipping. Wallace Scones offers 14 varieties of scones, including cranberry-orange, cheddar chive, blueberry, raspberry chocolate chip and cinnamon chip.

Order: 248-330-0817 or


AL DENTE PASTA, Whitmore Lake:
The company specializes in handcrafted gourmet pasta that’s famous for its 3-minute cooking time. Al Dente pasta is available in an assortment of shapes and varieties.  Al Dente is also known for  pastas that are low-carb, gluten-free and vegan as well as flavored pastas. Numerous gift packages and baskets are available.

Order: 9815 Main St., 734-449-8522,

Coney dogs and chili are a shipped within three to five days. A kit comes with 12 Dearborn Sausage brand hot dogs and buns, a sweet onion, a container of chili from Detroit Chili and an American Coney Island paper hat. Deadline for ordering for this year is Dec. 15; cost is $69.99 and includes shipping.

Order: 586-219-0995;

The business, now celebrating its 22nd year in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district, sells hot- and cold-smoked salmon in several styles. Cold-smoked varieties are classic Highland, Scandinavian-style gravlax and Thai-spice cured. Pastrami and tellicherry pepper-cured also are favorites. The tellicherry is made with salt and pepper and no sugar. A highlight of Durham’s hot-smoked salmon is the miso-mirin-tamari-honey marinade cure. A basic mail-order package includes 1½ pounds of smoked salmon for $75 ($65 to Michigan addresses, $15 for each additional half-pound).


Here, at the oldest year-round business (it opened in 1934) along the Tunnel of Trees between Harbor Springs and Cross Village, are chicken or beef potpies handmade with traditional ingredients from scratch since 1986. Large pies, serving two or three people (about 40 ounces), are $16.50; small, single-serving pies (16 ounces) are $8.25. Pies are made fresh daily and frozen. Shipping is extra through UPS. Good Hart also offers flour-free peanut butter-chocolate chip cookies sold by the dozen. They’re $25 boxed or $35 in a decorative tin.

Order: 231-526-7661;

Specializing in raclette in full wheel, half wheel or by the pound for $15 per pound. A quarter wheel (about 2 pounds) is $30. Plain Leelanau cheese spread (French-style fromage blanc) is $5.25 for an 8-ounce container; dill-, garlic- or peppercorn-flavored cheese spreads are $5.75 for an 8-ounce container. The spreads are shipped only in Michigan.

Order: 231-271-2600 or

Pickle and relish products are made with McClure family recipes. There are several variations of combo packs for $40, including one with a 32-ounce jar of Bloody Mary mix, a 32-ounce jar of Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy Slices and Garlic Dill Spears. A four-pack of jars of pickles or Bloody Mary mix is $40. Relish varieties include spicy or garlic dill. A 12-pack of 9-ounce jars of relish is $75. New this year is the McClure’s sauerkraut. A four-pack of 32-ounce jars is $40. Shipping is included with all products.

Order: 888-784-8434 or

MIKE’S MUSTARD, Charlevoix:
This sweet, tangy and creamy mustard is terrific as a dip (especially with pretzels), slathered on a sandwich or used in cooking. Mike Washburne began offering it for sale in 2004. It hails from a newspaper recipe Washburne has tweaked over the years. Varieties include cherry, lemon dill, jalapeño, BBQ mustard and the original. Mustards are $5 for a 6½-ounce jar  or $10 for a 16-ounce jar. Gift boxes are $12-$22 plus shipping.

Order: 231-547-0585 or

A kit, shipped to all 50 states, has 24 natural-casing hot dogs, 24 buns, a brick of National’s homemade chili, hand-chopped onions and mustard. Cost: $49.95 plus shipping.  A 12-pack is also available for $29.95; chili is available to order separately. The last day for Christmas ordering is Dec. 18.

Order: 888-442-6639 or

You’ll find everything from Pinconning squeaky mild to  sharp cheddar  aged for 15 years at this company, which is marking its 70th year. Prices range from $8.99 to $24.99 a pound. Cheese box samplers sell for $12.99 to $74.99. Pinconning also makes cheese spreads in several varieties.

Order: 221 N. Mable St., 800-678-1962,

The company is known for its vast selection of specialty food offerings — everything from olive oil and vinegar to  bread and cheese. It will also ship its famed Reuben sandwich in a kit the recipient can assemble. The kit includes Jewish rye (pumpernickel in the Brooklyn Reuben), sliced deli meat (corned beef, pastrami or turkey), sliced Emmentaler Swiss cheese, Zingerman’s potato chips, coleslaw, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, garlicky pickles and Magic Brownie Bites. A kit serving three or four people is $150 including shipping.  Zingerman’s is also known for its sour cream coffee cake. A 9-inch cake (serves 10 to 12) in a wooden crate is $65 with free shipping. The company also has an assortment of huge assortment of gift packages and boxes.

Order: 888-636-8162 or

Snacks and Sweets

Products made with Michigan-grown fruit include fruit butters, preserves and marmalades, salsas, relishes, sauces, grilling and roasting sauces and condiments. A trio of its classic preserves (Early Glow Strawberry, Red Haven Peach and Sour Cherry) is $37. You can also create your own case of 12 jars of preserves; prices vary. It ships for a $10 flat rate. Several gift set options are available including the new holiday quartet featuring Holiday Jam and Salted Maple Caramel, Chocolate Fudge  and Candy Cane Caramel sauces. They’re packed in a gift box for $55.

Order: 888-735-6700 or

Cherries are featured in more than 250 products from jams to salsa to barbecue sauces. Gift boxes and tins range in price $40-$140. You can build a gift box with snacks, fruit or nut mixes, sauces and salsas.The  Bounty of the County gift box ($75) ships free and includes six of the company’s popular products such as  cherry jam, cherry salsa and Montmorency dried cherries.  Cherry Republic has stores in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix, Ann Arbor, Holland and Frankenmuth.

Order: 800-206-6949 or

Gourmet and handmade chocolates, including buttery caramels, truffles and turtles, are made at this family-owned Grand Haven chocolate factory. The 2-pound gift set of chocolate covered chips and assorted chocolates is $59.95. There’s also have a Chocolate-of-the-Month Club ($240) that allows recipients to choose $20 of their favorite chocolate treat every month. Grimaldi’s is known for its chocolate bark. It sells for $15.95  in varieties that include almond toffee chocolate bark and Himalayan sea salt.

Order: 616-935-7740 or

DAVE’S SWEET TOOTH, Harrison Township:
Caution, this stuff is addictive. It’s melt-in-your-mouth toffee available in several varieties packaged in a Mason jar and in jar-shaped bags. The company’s mantra is on the label: “Hand Made. Homemade. Michigan Made.” Special holiday flavors include their newest: maple bourbon pecan, a collaboration  with Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan. Dave’s also 1-ounce individual servings that sell in packs of various sizes. A gift pack of five mini (8-ounce) jars of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark chocolate cherry, peanut butter crunch and coffee is $59.99. A five-pack sampler of 4-ounce snack pouches is $29.95.


GERMACK NUTS & COFFEE, Eastern Market in Detroit:
The Germack family has been roasting pistachios, nuts and seeds at Detroit’s Eastern Market since 1924. The product line has grown over the years to include dried fruits, chocolates, candies, nut butters and gourmet gifts. Small-batch, craft-roasted coffees come in Ambassador, I-75 and Eastern Market blends as well as a Sunday Drive decaf.  Popular items are roasted pistachios, cashews and fancy mixed nuts. Roasted pistachios are $14.99 for 14 ounces; super-large whole cashews in 1-pound bags are $19.99. The store offers gift items and baskets and on-site coffee roasting along with teas and spices.

Order: 2509 Russell at Eastern Market, 313-784-9484,

Since 2004, Jody Hayden has been making fine artisan chocolate confections in her bright-green shop that’s just minutes from Sleeping Beer National Lakeshore. There are chocolate bars, chocolate-covered nuts and chocolate-covered cherries. The company also offers drinking chocolates that include dark and milk chocolate varieties and a 50-50 mix of the two. Chocolate bark is a specialty, too. Grocer’s Daughter uses herbs and spices in its chocolates and collaborates with other businesses. It makes use of local honey and maple syrup and stout from a microbrewery. A six pack Holiday Truffles & Honey Caramels box is $14.50. There’s free
shipping on orders of $50 or more throughout December.

Order: 231-326-3030 or

MARSHALL’S FUDGE, Mackinaw City:
The shop uses pure Caracas bean chocolate for its fudge along with Michigan beet sugar and fresh dairy cream with no preservatives. A gift bag with two half-pound slices of Original Mackinac Island Fudge and a half-pound each of white almond bark, peanut brittle and caramel corn is $46. A fudge sampler, arranged in a Marshall’s Box, includes four half-pound slices of fudge for $35. Gift baskets and tins are available. Gluten-free fudge and chocolates are available.

Order: 800-343-8343 or

This online food-subscription service offering packages of locally made food items now has an online store that sells items separately. The company’s slogan is “Eat. Love. Michigan.” It seeks out, package and ships a selection of Michigan-made products to subscribers each month. Subscriptions are for one, three six and 12 months and start at $35. Holiday gift boxes include the Sweet n’ Salty Superior Snack Pack that features items like Pop Daddy kettle corn and Sanders peanut butter caramel bits. It’s $38 and packed in Mitten Crate packaging or a reclaimed wood gift crate.


For more than five years, Michigan Farm Market has been collaborating with suppliers of food products and wines around the state. Offerings include Michigan-made barbecue sauces, jams, jellies, fruits and wine. They’re   arranged in wooden crates crafted in the market’s Ellsworth woodshop. There are numerous gift packages to choose from or you can customize your own. Shipping is a flat rate of $9.99 on most gift package; orders with 20-plus items ship free.

Order: 866-544-1088 or

The famed fudge shop has been known for its handcrafted fudge, brittle, toffee and caramel since 1887. A holiday box with four half-pound slices, a bag of caramel corn, 12 ounces of  brittle and a box of toffee is $79.98. A box with five slices of fudge is $49.98. There are more than 12 flavors of fudge to choose from. You can customize gift boxes.

Order: 906-847-3530 or

Jams, Preserves, Vinegars
FUSTINI’S OILS & VINEGARS, Traverse City: This olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room was founded and is owned by Jim Milligan. It started out Traverse City in 2007 and now has locations in Ann Arbor, Holland and Petoskey. New this year is the addition of Michigan Apple Balsamic Vinegar to the company’s Lakeshores of Michigan gift pack. It’s available in three sizes and includes Traverse City Cherry Balsamic Vinegar, West Michigan Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar and  Arbequina extra-virgin oliver oil.  A four-pack of 60-milliliter bottles is $32.


For more than 20 years, Food for Thought has been producing wild-harvested and USDA-certified organic jams, sauces, salsas and more. All of its products are either Organic (Food For Thought line) or All Natural (Esch Road brand). The Wine Me gift box ($31.95) comes with four varieties of  organic wine-infused preserves: Wild Blueberry Merlot, Blackberry Shiraz, Cherry Cabernet, and Apricot Chardonnay. Products are sold individually or in six- and 12-packs or mixed cases. A six-pack of 9.5-ounce jars of preserves starts at $38.95 plus shipping.

Order: 888-935-2748 or

For more than 30 years, this farm has been tapping maple syrup from trees 30 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge. It has several products, including Whiskey Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, Natural or Organic Fruit Infused Maple Syrups and Jalapeno Maple Mustard. The farm uses glass bottles with art scenes of the Mackinac Bridge and Michigan. A medium gift box is $45 and contains a 12-ounce bottle of maple syrup, maple barbecue sauce, blueberry syrup and a 4-ounce maple sugar shaker. You also can create you own gift box.  Other products include maple candy and maple cream, a spreadable mixture.

Order: 800-506-2753 or

POND HILL FARM, Harbor Springs:
This farm grows vegetables and herbs, and raises, pigs, sheep and goats. Much of what it grows goes into its jams, sauces, pickles and salsas. You can customize gift packages or choose a premade package. Prices vary. The Northern Michigan Jam gift box is $40. Jams and jellies are $7 for pint jars. Sauces and dressings are $8 for 12-ounce bottles. Other canned goods such as fruit salsas and condiments start at $7 for pint jars. You can also order wine from the Pond Hill winery. It  ships bottles within Michigan.

Order: for winery order go

The fruit that goes into Rocky Top’s preserves, butters and toppings is Michigan-grown. Specialty foods are packed in keepsake Michigan white cedar boxes produced in the family’s wood shop. Preserves, butters and toppings are sold in 10-ounce jars. Gift boxes range in price from $33 to $61, plus shipping.

Order: 231-599-2251 or 800-862-9303 or

SANDERS CANDY, Clinton Township:
Sanders classic topping flavors, including milk chocolate, extra-dark chocolate, dark chocolate and classic caramel, are available in 10- and 20-ounce jars. A two-pack gift set ($9.99) includes a 10-ounce jar of Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Topping and a 10-ounce jar of Classic Caramel Topping. New this year is a 16-ounce gift tin of milk chocolate and dark chocolate sea salt caramesl for $25.99. A set of four 20-ounce jars of toppings (caramel and dark, extra-dark and milk chocolate)  sells for $39.99 and comes in a wooden gift carrier with the state stamped on it. Sanders Bumpy Cakes and cream puff shells are sold online.

Order: 800-651-7263 or

The company is known for more than 40 varieties of pierogi and homemade sausage. Pierogi are available in varieties including potato, kraut, meat, mushroom and sweet farmers cheese. Prices per dozen are $6.99-$7.99. Their newest pierogi variety is Buffalo chicken. Fresh kielbasa is $13.99 for a 2 ½-pound ring. Smoked kielbasa is $14.99 (for veal and pork) and $12.99 (all pork) for a 2 ½-pound ring. Srodek’s stuffed cabbage is $12.99 for a six-pack. The final day for holiday ordering is Dec. 15.

Order:  313-871-8080;


Founder A.J. O’Neil blends his coffees with selections from Highland Park’s Becharas Brothers Coffee Roasters. Detroit Bold varieties are 1701 French Roast, Christmas Roast, Café Signature, Woodward Avenue blend and  Traditions blend. One-pound packages, whole-bean or freshly ground, are $12.99. Gift packages featuring the 8 Mile dark-roast blend and a Detroit Bold mug are $29.95.

Order: 248-277-2640 or

Higher Grounds Trading roasts organic fair-trade coffee sourced from small-scale farmers around the world. It all started with the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico, where Chris Treter first sourced his coffee beans (and still does). A gift box with 12 ounces each of the company’s Revel holiday blend and DR Congo Kawa Kanzururu blend and a chocolate bar from Michigan-based Grocer’s Daughter  is $30.

Order: 231-922-9009 or

The company roasts coffee daily for orders. Gift packages range in price from $14 to $140, and the $50 Red, White and Blue is one of the most popular. It contains two half-pounds of coffee, a 1-pound package of multi-grain pancake mix, 8 ounces local maple syrup, cherry jam and a half-pound of dried Michigan blueberries for $50. (A gluten-free version is available for $52.)  A box featuring a dozen popular coffees in pot-sized servings sells for for $29.

Order: 800-424-5282 or