Pennsylvania: “The Keystone State”

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State Bird: Ruffed Grouse

State Tree: Hemlock

State Gemstone: none

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

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Made in Pennsylvania Gifts and Specialty Pennsylvania Products

Shoofly PieDutch Haven Shoofly Pie: Shoofly pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch Country specialty that is also known by other names in southern states. The pie is a molasses based creation with crumbs on top which got its name because the sweet molasses scent would attract flies that needed to be “shoo’d” away …

Since 1946, Dutch Haven on Route 30 in the heart of Amish country has been making these pies … in fact they are probably the best known Shoofly Pie experts in the country! You can order a Shoofly pie (or more) online and have it shipped anywhere in the country. The Dutch Haven website also features an online store where you can buy all sorts of Amish made items ranging from clothing to crafts to home decor …

A great gift from Pennsylvania Dutch Country!

National AviaryNational Aviary: Pittsburgh is one of our favorite U.S. cities … the great restaurants, nice people, and many attractions make it a consistent destination on our travels.

On Pittsburgh’s near north side, just a few blocks north of the baseball and football stadiums, you’ll find the National Aviary, America’s premier bird zoo. Equally fun for both kids and adults, the Aviary is an interactive experience allowing you to get up and close to fascinating exotic bird species …

At the Aviary, you’ll see birds like African Grey Parrots, Falcons, Bald Eagles, Snowy Owls and dozens more. Participatory shows are held daily, allowing you to interact with these birds and learn about their personalities and characteristics. The birds all live in a pseudo wild setting which mimics their natural habitat. Many of the birds have been rescued and given a second chance at life …

The non profit Aviary is dependent on memberships and donations to function. You can “adopt” any of the birds via the giving program at Aviary.org and help these beautiful creatures educate the general public …

The National Aviary is a “must see” for anyone visiting Pittsburgh … an experience not to forget! The facility is within blocks of two of the city’s wonderful historic restaurants … the Park House Tavern on Ohio Street (Pittsburgh’s oldest tavern) and Max’s Allegheny Tavern on Suisman Street (a wonderful cozy German restaurant). Enjoy!

The Clay Studio, PhiladelphiaThe Clay Studio: The Clay Studio is a non profit educational institute dedicated to ceramic arts. It is located in the Old City area of Philadelphia, and for the last 40 years it has been a hub for ceramic artists, students, and the local community …

The Clay Studio is an important pillar of ceramic art creation and has hosted artists from over 30 different countries as part of their Guest-in-Residence program. The goal is to expose artists and the community to different cultures and showcase the artist’s work through exhibitions and lectures …

Many of the current artists offer their works for purchase at The Clay Studio website. You’ll find both functional ceramic pieces as well as decorative works, and much more. Jewelry, gifts, clothing, and carrying bags are also a part of their offerings. There’s something for everyone … in all price ranges!

Visit their site to learn more about their educational efforts and to own a wonderful gift from Pennsylvania!

Earth BoxEarth Box: This Scranton, PA company makes what is being called “The Ultimate Gardening System” …

It’s the Earth Box, a unique self irrigated planter that allows any small space gardener to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, and tomatoes on balconies, rooftops, and patios …

Earth Box is a maintenance free growing system that controls soil conditions and requires no digging or weeding. Just add plants, water, and provide adequate sunlight!

The Earth Box differs from planters and raised garden beds because it is self watering and portable (you can buy casters to move it around). Perfect for those who like to garden but don’t have enough space! It can even be moved indoors to grow plants that don’t need outdoor exposure …

Learn more at their website and see the many varieties of Earth Box available for you or as a gift for the gardener on your list …

Green Market PurveyingGreen Market Purveying: Based in Langhorne, PA this small company creates candles and natural bath products. We were attracted to their diffuser kits like the one shown, which is the Lavender Reed Diffuser Kit, an attractive addition to any room to help neutralize the air and provide a sense of calm …

The kit contains eight natural reeds, four ounces of diffuser oil, and a recycled glass apothecary bottle. You can also peruse their collection of candles containing natural scents like lemon and cucumber and cinnamon and mint …

You’ll find these nautral, eco friendly products at the Green Market Purveying website. They’ll ship directly to you or as a gift …

Bookbinder'sBookbinder Specialties: Based in Media, PA Bookbinder Specialties carries on the tastes and tradition of Old Original Bookbinder’s restaurant. Formerly located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia for over 140 years, Bookbinder’s was famous for their chowders, soups, and stews …

The restaurant closed a few years ago and the site is currently being refurbished to hopefully include the tavern aspect of the legendary restaurant. In the meantime, many of the key recipes have been preserved and are now packaged and marketed under the supervision of Bookbinder Specialties.

Available in many grocers on the east coast, the company packages many of the famous soups, stews, and chowders which were staples of the restaurant’s menu. You can order these products in single cans or case lots, like their famous oyster stew (shown) …

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of the Old Original Bookbinder’s space in downtown Philadelphia!

All Clad Cookware

All Clad Cookware Set

All Clad Cookware: Based in Canonsburg, PA All Clad is one of the best names in cookware products. Everything is made with American metals and local labor …

You can generally find All Clad products in cookware and kitchen stores, and you can also order online. They offer numerous cookware sets, like the one pictured.

These sets make a great housewarming gift, shower or bridal gift, or just for someone who needs some new high quality pots and pans!

StateGiftsUSA.comPennsylvania Chips and Pretzels: If Pennsylvania isn’t America’s snack food capital, it probably should be!

There are numerous manufacturers of pretzels, potato chips, and snack food in The Keystone State. Some are large and distribute nationally, while others are more local in scope. Either way, for someone who loves Pennsylvania, a gift from one of these companies is sure to please …

Even if you don’t want to have the actual product shipped, most of these companies have t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other swag that any Pennsylvanian at heart would be proud to wear …

We’ve listed out several of the state’s snack food manufacturers, and linked to their websites so you can take a look for yourself …

Bachman Company of Reading, since 1884 …

Dieffenbach’s, based in Womelsdorf and founded in 1964 …

Good’s Potato Chips, in Adamstown in Lancaster County since 1886 …

Hartley’s Potato Chips in Lewistown since 1935 …

Herr’s Snack Foods, one of Pennsylvania’s largest snack food manufacturers, founded in 1946, based in Lancaster and is one of the state’s popular tourist attractions …

StateGiftsUSA.comMartin’s Chips, located in Thomasville and founded in 1941 …

Troyer Farms Snack Foods, headquartered in York …

Utz Snacks, another large snack food producer. The company owns several smaller potato chip producers across the country – they’re based in Hanover and offer very popular tours of their factory …

Unique Pretzel Co. of Reading who make a “split open” pretzel (hence the name Unique!) … they’ve been around since the 1880′s.

Hammond Pretzels, also based in Lancaster, has made hand rolled sour dough pretzels since 1931 …

As you can tell, there’s a lot of Pennsylvania history in these companies. All of them sell their products online and represent a real taste of The Keystone State!

Herlocher's

Dipping Mustard

Herlocher’s Dipping Mustard: And what goes good with pretzels? Mustard of course!

Herlocher Foods of State College, PA has been making their famous Dipping Mustard since the late 1970′s …

It’s available in large grocery stores in many parts of the country, about 30 states, but if you can’t find it locally, you can order from their website.

A sweeter style mustard, it’s not just good with pretzels … any deli sandwich will taste better with Herlocher’s!

Seltzer's

Seltzer’s Bologna – The (Really) Good Stuff!

Seltzer’s Lebanon Bologna: If you’re looking for products or gift packages offering a real taste of the heart of The Keystone State, be sure to check out Seltzer’s Lebanon Bologna site to check out the variety of products they have for you …

First and foremost is their bologna. This isn’t the prepackaged stuff you see at your local grocer … this is real smokehouse bologna that’s rich and sweet tasting without needless preservatives. We’d venture to say even if you don’t normally care for bologna, you will very likely enjoy Seltzer’s … it is that good!

Seltzer’s also sells boneless Dutch Country Hams, bacon and two Keystone State specialties, Shoofly Pie and Scrapple. Shoofly Pie is a sweet molasses filled pie that originally got its name because flies were attracted to the aroma and needed to be shoo’d away.

Scrapple is the opposite end of the spectrum … it’s kind of like a meat loaf made with pork scraps and trimmings and mixed with cornmeal and buckwheat flour and shaped in to a loaf which is sliced and served. Both the Shoofly Pie and Scrapple are well known in eastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas …

Seltzer’s is based in Palmyra, PA and ships all over the country …

Jake and Amos Apple Butter

Jake and Amos Apple Butter, Myerstown

Jake and Amos Apple Butter: Jake and Amos is a Myerstown, PA company specializing in canning fruit and vegetable products. Starting with Amish recipes, Jake and Amos are best known for their spreadable fruit butters like apple butter and pumpkin butter …

The Jake and Amos product line has grown to over five dozen specialty items. including several types of salsa, pickle relishes, and chow chow. The apple butter (pictured) is a favorite of ours at breakfast. Spread it on toast, bagles, or English muffins … it’s also the perfect complement to peanut butter at lunch time …

You can order Jake and Amos products directly online at their website …

Pots By de ParrotPots By de Parrot Shop owner Steve de Parrot of Lititz, PA creates beautiful and functional stoneware pottery, tiles, and decorative art from his Etsy shop.

He also creates cabinet stoneware knobs to brighten up your kitchen decor – see all of Steve’s work at Pots By de Perrot

Philly Cheesesteaks: One of Philadelphia’s most famous traditions is the one of a kind Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. They’re made with Black Angus Sirloin, either sliced or chopped depending on the establishment, and served on a soft hoagie roll.

And then of course, there’s the cheese. Philly Cheesesteaks can be ordered smothered in Cheese Wiz, or made with other sliced cheese, like provolone (our favorite). It’s a one of a kind taste experience that’s truly Philadelphia!

If you travel around the city and ask the locals, they’ll steer you to their favorite cheesesteak haunt. The most well known are Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s, both on 9th Street, and Jim’s Steaks on South Street. When you’re in Philly, try them all and see which you like best!

We found a source to have Philly cheesesteaks shipped to you … it’s Campo’s Deli, a tradition in itself on Market Street since 1947. They have several cheesesteak packages to order, some of which include other Pennsylvania taste treat …

Bollman Hat Co.

Bollman Hat Company

Bollman Hat Company: Bollman’s is America’s oldest hat company, established in 1868. They make dress hats for both men and women, and if you’re ever looking for a retro style hat, this is the place to find it …

Bollman’s markets a Heritage Collection of their hats which you can see and buy here: Bollman’s Heritage Collection. The Heritage Collection is a series of men’s dress hats … one from each decade from the 1870′s to today. Pictured is a 1930′s style classic fedora …

Also check out Bollman’s main website at BollmanHats.com. The company is located in Adamstown, PA.

PA AshersAsher’s Chocolates: Asher’s has been making chocolates in Souderton, PA for a long time … since 1892 in fact. If you’re looking for one stop shopping for a Pennsylvania made gift, Asher’s Chocolates is a good choice …

Choose from one of their colorful gift baskets, available in a variety of themes, or pick out one or more of Asher’s many candy and chocolate specialties. They’re particularly known for their vanilla caramels!

Martin Guitars: This legendary guitar maker has been around since 1833 and boasts some of the biggest names in music as fans of their guitars …

Legendary names like Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley strummed on Martin guitars, as do current legends like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Travis Tritt, and each of Crosby, Stills, and Nash …

Even if you don’t play guitar, you can celebrate this legendary American company and its many contributions to music by checking out the 1833 Shop which offers all sorts of Martin memorabilia which make great gifts for the music lover on your list …

The Martin Guitar Company is located in Nazareth, PA – their guitar factory is a popular visitor attraction.

Ener-Gel Insoles: Want to give someone a case of the happy feet? Get them a pair of Ener-Gel insoles from this family owned business located in Penn Run, PA …

Ener-Gel Insoles are designed to fit snugly and comfortably in any type of shoe. They drastically diminish the pounding your feet take on a daily basis, whether you’re athletically inclined or just need to be on your feet for hours at a time …

Made with American labor and materials, Ener-Gel insoles are designed to alleviate foot pain resulting from lack of arch and heel support. They also help your body’s natural alignment and can help rid you of hip, ankle, and lower back pain.

Make your feet happy! Order online from the Ener-Gel website …

Kutztown Bottling Works

Kutztown Sarsaparilla

Kutztown Bottling Works: The Kutztown Bottling Works has been making soda and birch beer in Kutztown, PA for well over 100 years. Even today, their flavored sodas use original, time tested recipes … only pure cane sugar is used … and Kutztown sodas are unique in that they do not contain caffeine and never have …

Flavors include root beer, red creme soda, ginger beer, sarsaparilla, orange creme, grape, black cherry, and birch beer.

You can order any of the flavors online, either in 24 oz. plastic bottles or 12 oz. glass bottles …

YuenglingYuengling Brewery: Officially called the D.G. Yuengling and Sons Brewery, Yuengling has been around since 1829 which makes it American’s oldest brewery. This iconic brewery turns out several flagship brands of beer, like Yuengling Lager, Black and Tan, Porter, and Lord Chesterfield Ale. Finding a Yuengling on tap is one of the first things we do whenever we travel to Pennsylvania!

For many years, Yuengling could only be found in eastern Pennsylvania, near the original brewery in Pottsville. That has changed over recent years, particularly with the addition of a satellite Yuengling plant in Florida. In general, you can find Yuengling products in most of the eastern half of the United States …

While the brewery can’t ship you a case online, you can order some great Yuengling gear at the Yuengling online store. A great gift for you or someone who appreciates a great beer!

Cope's Dried Sweet CornCope’s Dried Toasted Sweet Corn: This product from Pennsylvania Dutch Country has been around since 1900. It’s John Cope’s dried and toasted sweet corn, which is harvested, air dried, and packaged in resealable pouches for convenience and easy storage …

Toasted and dried sweet corn is a Keystone State staple and is used in any recipe that calls for corn, like quiches, chowder, and fritters. It’s got an exceptionally sweet, fresh taste !

You can order packets online at the John Cope’s online store

A real treat from Pennsylvania Dutch Country!

More Pennsylvania Made Products On The Way … Tell Us About Your Favorites By Commenting Below!

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