Discover Our America is a subscription box that delivers food and fun from a different state to your door every month.
The theme of this months box is “Michigan.”
- Sanders – Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Caramel. Regular price: ~$.80
Michigan’s Sanders Candy has been a staple in the candy industry since 1875. This candy includes Sander’s original caramel recipe that has been around since the 1920’s. It is delicious! The caramel is very soft, not hard and chewy like some caramels. They have just the right amount of rich, sweet dark chocolate and sea salt for a sweet and salty treat anyone would love.
2. Caramel Corn – Detroit Popcorn Company. Regular price: $1.69
Detroit Popcorn has been using the same special recipe for this caramel corn since 1923. I love that it’s equally as buttery as there is caramel flavor. It is soaked in butter and caramel and trans fat free. If you love caramel corn I highly suggest giving this brand a try!
3. Rock & Rye Pop – Faygo. Regular price: $1.00
I am VERY, VVEERRYY ashamed to say this, but, I am familiar with Faygo, because between 8th and 9th grade, I went through a gothy, punk rocky phase and listened to Insane Clown Posse (ICP), who references Faygo in several songs and is famous for their “Faygo showers” at concerts. Ahh yes.
Anyways, Faygo was created in 1907 by two Russian immigrant bakers in Detroit. It is a cheaply produced soda with many popular flavors. Rock and Rye smells like cream soda and bubblegum. It tastes like a red cream soda, with a hint of cherry. It is such a mysterious mix of flavors and you can’t really pin it as cherry or cream soda, it is a flavor all it’s own.
4.Zingerman’s Zzang – What the fudge? Candy bars. Regular price: $.75
Zingerman’s Delicatessen has been an Ann Arbor, Michigan favorite since 1982. They are one of the country’s leading specialty food stores, and expanded to include candy and sweets in 2009. What the fudge? candy bar is a sweet mix of dark and milk chocolate with muscovado brown sugar, fresh milk and rich heavy cream. It is one of the richest candy bars I’ve had and really does taste like fudge. If you have a sweet tooth for chocolate, this candy bar will be sure to satisfy your cravings!
5. Wild Cherry Tea – Cherry Republic. Regular price: $4.35
Cherry Republic was founded in 1989 by Bob Sutherland, who sold t-shirts from the trunk of his car before reaching out to the cherry business. This wild cherry tea is a blend of rich black tea and wild cherry. I was surprised by the strong cherry flavor in this tea. Usually when I make tea, the flavor is weak and subtle, but this tea’s flavor is robust and delicious. It is a strong tea and does not disappoint.
6. Salt Water Taffy – Martha’s Original Mackinac Island Fudge. Regular price: $4.49
The recipe for Martha’s Original Mackinac Island Fudge dates back to the late 1800s. The Salt Water Taffy is sweet, soft, airy and comes in a variety of flavors. I live in northwest Indiana, so sometimes me and my family will take a mini vacation for a weekend in Mackinac Island, an island city in Michigan. The population there is 492, you take a ferry there and there is no cars allowed. We rented double bikes to get around and stay at nice bed and breakfasts. It is a really cool and simple way of life there.
The first thing I noticed when biting into this taffy was how soft it is! When I think of taffy, I think of hard chewy candy that may or may not rip a filling out. This taffy is soft, and really sweet. The flavors are spot-on and strong! I like the watermelon and the chocolate.
7. Woodward Avenue Blend – Detroit Bold Coffee Co. Regular price: $7.99
Detroit Bold coffee was created at the headquarters of Becharas Brothers coffee, a Detroit-based company established in 1914. Detroit Bold’s Woodward Ave. blend is roasted to perfection, consistently smooth with just the right amount of smoky balance.
This coffee is indeed bold, and strangely, I felt like I tasted a hint of dark chocolate in the flavor. I usually do not drink my coffee black, but the flavor of this coffee was actually pretty tasty. I enjoyed it black.
This box also included a pamphlet full of information about Michigan, from it’s history to the weather. It was an interesting and informative read, and was a great addition to the Michigan themed box.
The value of the items in this month’s box was about $21.00, not including the pamphlet. The Discover Our America box is $39.95. This box is valuable for parents because it reignites the passion and excitement for America with our youth and is a fun and interactive learning tool for children. This is a great way to teach kids about our great states, and while they enjoy the snacks they can simultaneously engage in learning about the history and culture of the state their snacks came from.
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