A taste of Carolina

Robin’s Gourmet Veggies offer all-natural, South Carolina-made products. The veggies (okra, beans, asparagus, carrots, jalapenos, garlic and Brussels sprouts) are marinated in a vinegar base, pickled with jalapeno, garlic and dill. They are made in Chapin and are available at the Cotton Mill Exchange in the South Carolina State Museum on Gervais Street, specialty food stores and online. The zesty okra (pictured) is $8.95. More information:

Adluh stone ground grits — white or yellow — are a South Carolina tradition. They are ground from white or South Carolina-grown yellow corn. A pound bag comes with a recipe for shrimp and grits on the label. Available at the Cotton Mill Exchange or from the Adluh store,, where you can find them in 1- and 25-pound bags.

A small bag of gourmet cookies makes the perfect hostess gift alone or tucked in a basket. The Charleston Cookie Company’s white chocolate cranberry cookies offer a taste of the holidays — and of South Carolina. They are $5.50 at the Cotton Mill Exchange at the State Museum or at

For a taste of the Lowcountry, check out Gullah Gourmet. Each bag has the ingredients to make gourmet meals, dips, desserts or breads. You’ll find desserts like Cherry Pickin’ Cobbla Mix ($8.50) or dips like Artichoke Dippin’ Sauce ($6.95). A gift crate with some of the company’s favorites — She Crab Soup with Caught in Da Crick Crabmeat, Shrimp and Grits, Aunt Maggie’s Sweet Cornbread and Geechie Peachie Cobbla — is $49.95. (800) 695-4493 or

South Carolina knows a little something about sweet tea — even in its vodka. The Firefly Distillery on Wadmalaw Island, 30 miles south of Charleston, infuses American tea and Firefly vodka. The company also makes muscadine wine-flavored vodka, inspired by the native Southern grape grown in the vineyard at the distillery. Available at liquor stores around the state. For a list of locations, see

Now you can have your state and eat it, too. The South Carolina cookie cutter set features metal cookie forms in the shape of a pineapple, the state map, a lighthouse, dolphin, crab and palmetto tree. The cost is $10 for the set at the Cotton Mill Exchange at the State Museum. It’s also at


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