When you think of seaside snacks and goodies, Maryland might not be the first place that comes to mind. One of the oldest states in the Union (the 7th – founded in 1788), Maryland is rich in history and booming with flavorful offerings. It may be small, but there’s so much to discover in the “Old Line State.”
If you’re hankering for some unusual but satisfying scents and snacks, you’re in luck! This month’s pack is jammed with local finds from Maryland. You’re sure to be craving more from where it all came from.
Need a little crunch but don’t want to taste the same old flavors? Look no further than Fisher’s Popcorn. Fisher’s unique flavor combines their famous caramel popcorn with a light dusting of crab spice. Don’t expect to get a mouthful of crab-tasting popcorn – on the contrary, expect something sweet and salty! This caramel popcorn has a touch of Old Bay seasoning.
Fisher’s Popcorn was founded in 1937 by patriarch Everett Fisher and has been famous for its buttery caramel popcorn ever since. Fisher’s Popcorn has endured hardships yet remained open through troubling times like World War II and continues to thrive today. Still a family business, Everett’s son Donald and his children have added stores throughout the state and in Delaware.
If popcorn isn’t quite what you’re looking for to snack on, maybe you’re itching for a taste of something sweet and chewy. Dolle’s salt water taffy might be just what you need. With well over 30 flavors to choose from (including some seasonal specialties!), you’re sure to find one that tickles your fancy. Try some of their more traditional flavors like banana, chocolate, or molasses. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the piña colada, molasses mint, or root beer.
Dolle’s has a long history on Ocean City, Maryland’s famous Boardwalk. Rudolph Dolle and his son purchased a small piece of property at the corner of the Boardwalk in 1906 to be the home of their hand-carved carousel. It wasn’t until a few years later when Rudolph purchased a taffy stand nearby and the candy side of the business was hatched. Today, the business is still run by family and has expanded to 3 locations. The original store is still open year-round and offers facility tours so visitors can see where the sweets are made.
If you need some soothing after a long day, you’re sure to find the relaxation you need from Firebird Bath & Body’s saltwater body lotion. Made with shea butter, avocado oil, and aloe, there’s no need to worry about what you’re putting on your skin. You’ll easily imagine you’re next to the sea when you smell the hints of driftwood and sea salt. It’s like a little vacation in a jar.
Firebird Bath & Body has been developing soaps, lotions, and more since 2008 and initially started by selling products on Etsy and at local Baltimore handmade events. The Firebird team is inspired by unique scents and strives to create luxurious pampering products fit for a body in need of a time-out.
If you're looking to really immerse yourself in the scents of the sea, light your Bay Breeze candle from Annapolis Candle. This hand-poured soy wax candle will have you believing you're next to the Chesapeake Bay within minutes.
Husband and wife team Michael and Jenny were inspired by the scents of downtown Annapolis. Together, they founded Annapolis Candle and craft candles with clean-burning wax. All their creations are hand-poured and naturally fragranced.
You can’t go wrong with a few coconut honey macaroons from Kinderhook Snacks if you’re in search of a light and satisfying bite. The outside of the macaroons are delightfully crunchy but house an airy toasted caramel and honey filling. You might have trouble snacking on just one of these handmade yummies – make sure you snatch a few before they disappear!
Kinderhook founders Katie and Marie met through mutual friends in 2008. Both women had passionate interests in foods and after a series of events, the two decided to try their hands at snack-making. Since 2011, the duo has been handcrafting snacks and selling at local farmers markets and now, online.
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