Experience An Extraordinary U.S. State Every Month
A special thanks to Discover Our America for providing the Miss Frugal Mommy blog with their service for free in exchange for an honest review!
I never realized just how much I didn’t actually know about my states until I moved from Maine to Georgia 2.5 years ago. I never expected to be so culture shocked from moving to another state! There was so much about the southern lifestyle and cuisine that I was unaware of. Grits, hush-puppies and real sweet tea were all foods that I had not heard of until I moved to Georgia. It’s pretty interesting to think about the fact that cultures, lifestyles and food vary so much depending on the state. How fun would it be to experience and celebrate a new U.S. state each month? Discover Our America is a subscription box service that just recently launched. The creators of this company are a group of travel-loving Michiganders who wished they had enough available time or funds to visit all 50 of our great states. They understood that most people do not have enough time or insight to discover and experience what makes each state truly shine. So the idea finally came to them… let’s bring the states right to our doorsteps! They have created a fun and unique way for people to discover, experience and celebrate our America every month. How neat is that? Now let’s check out the amazing state of Michigan and see what there is to discover!
First product I would like to highlight is the caramel popcorn from Detroit Popcorn Company. Michigan’s popular popcorn producer since 1923, the Detroit Popcorn Company is a Michiganian favorite for its unique recipe and variety of flavors. The Caramel corn’s special recipe has been used since 1923 and is still being used in every batch they make. One handful of this and it’s no surprise why this make it in the box! Delicious taste and the texture is perfect, not too sweet… perfection!
Next up is the Wild Cherry Tea from Cherry Republic. In 1989, Cherry Republic was founded by Bob Sutherland who sold t-shirts from the trunk of his car before reaching out into the cherry business. Many years and four retail locations later, Cherry Republic has become the largest cherry exclusive retailer and a cornerstone of Michigan’s popular cherry niche. The Wild Cherry Tea is a rich blend of black tea and wild cherry and makes the perfect travel companion. As an avid tea drinker, I found this unique tea incredibly good and was thrilled to have been introduced to it!
I am about to introduce to you my favorite prodcut from this box. This Detroit Bold coffee has to be one of the most delicious coffee brands I have ever enjoyed. My husband actually came home the other day and told me “The coffee you have been sending me to work with lately is really good!” I could not agree more, it’s so smooth and rich tasting, without any hint of bitterness. I have actually visited their website because I want to order more of this and I was delighted to see it’s an affordable brand of coffee as well! The Woodward Avenue Blend from Detroit Bold Coffee is absolutely my new favorite! From the assembly lines to the workers who helped make Detroit become the “Motor City,” Detroit Blend represents the regions can-do spirit. The company was founded by the belief that the Detroit economy should be supported by more than just the auto industry. Why can’t the Motor City also be the Mocha City? Created at the headquarters of Becharas Brothers Coffee Company, a Detroit based company established in 1014, Detroit Bold’s Woodward Ave. blend is roasted to perfection, consistently smooth with just the right amount of smoky balance.
Zzang! What the Fudge? Bar by Zingerman’s Candy is a scrumptious candy and the next product up on the list. Since 1982, Zingerman’s Delicatessen has been a favorite for Ann Arbor, Michigan residents. Since its founding, Zingerman’s has become one of the country’s leading specialty food stores. In 2009, Zingerman’s expanded its wide range of products to include sweets and treats. Zzang! What the Fudge? Bar has layers of milk chocolate fudge, muscovado caramel and malted milk cream fondant. It is the sweet-lovers dream.
The Sea Salt Caramels from Sanders is incredibly delicious! Established in 1875, Michigan’s Sanders Candy is a staple in the candy industry. Known for its infamous bumpy cake, fudge toppings, ice cream sodas and, of course, candy Sanders has a storied tradition of providing “Chocolate Worth sharing.” Sea Salt Caramels are a perfect sweet and salty treat for anyone. This delectable treat includes Sanders’ original caramel recipe that has been around since 1920. This has to be one of the best chocolate treats I have ever enjoyed, I really liked the sea salt flavor as well as the portion size.
I grew up on the coast of Maine and as a young girl, we use to visit a local beach that I had a small town candy store. One of my favorite things to buy was salt water taffy. I was so excited to see a bag of salt water taffy included in the box, it brought back so many great childhood memories! The bag included in this box comes from a company called Martha’s Original Mackinac Island Fudge. Their recipe dates back to the late 1800s. The fudge is cooked with care in a large copper kettle using only the finest natural ingredients. Salt Water Taffy has been a popular treat since the 1800s. This confection is sweet, soft, airy and chewy and comes in a variety of flavors.
The last item in the box is Rock & Rye Pop from Fayo. The year was 1907. The place was Detroit. The people were two Russian immigrant bakers. The invention was Faygo pop beverages (In Michigan, pop = soda.) Over the next 10 decades, Faygo introduced many new flavors including award-winning, frothy root beer and a Michiganian party favorite, Rock & Rye. The company, still proudly based in Detroit, distributes Faygo throughout the US., Canada and Europe.
My family and I had so much fun with this box and Discovering a state that we previously didn’t know much about. The box also included a very detailed booklet about Michigan’s history, geography, weather, industry and much more! If you are interested in discovering and celebrating a new US state each month, I highly recommend you give this box a try, you will not be disappointed.
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