These West Virginia-Made Bits & Bites make for perfect gifts

Looking for some unique West Virginia flavors and products? These places have everything to satisfy your Mountain State cravings and more:

J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works

The makers of J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works are seventh-generation salt-makers who are reviving their family’s salt-making tradition on the same land where it all began on their beautiful farm in Malden. They harvest an incredible all-natural salt by hand, from an ancient ocean trapped below the Appalachian Mountains of the Kanawha Valley. Visit their stunning farm for tours and tastings April through November or purchase their amazing salt online to try for yourself.

Smooth Ambler Spirits

Set in the beautiful mountains of Greenbrier County, Smooth Ambler Spirits makes one-of-a-kind West Virginia whiskey. Smooth Ambler Spirits uses the finest local grain and clean natural water paired with commitment and expertise for an incredible whiskey experience. Stop by and visit their tasting room or take an immersive tour. During the hands-on tour, you will learn about each aspect of the process and see their bustling production area. You’ll also get to experience a tasting inside one of their nine-barrel aging houses where you can sample their Big Level Bourbon, Smooth Ambler Contradiction, Old Scout American Whiskey and Old Scout Single Barrel bourbon.

Holl’s Chocolates

The history of Holl’s Chocolates began when founder Fritz Holls was sent to Zurich as a young man to be an apprentice in his uncle’s “conditorei” – or confectionary. After working for a dairy company for 25 years, Holl’s Chocolates was born in 1986 after his friends encouraged him to return to his original training. Today, you can visit their current location in Vienna and indulge in their mouthwatering almond bark, cashew bark, chocolate snowdrops, truffles and more.

Fiesta

Fiesta, was introduced by the Homer Laughlin China Company in 1936 at the Pittsburgh China & Glass Show. The original five colors were red, yellow, cobalt blue, green and ivory, and the collection was an immediate hit. Today, Fiesta continues to be a leading dinnerware brand, and people wait expectantly to see the new color the brand introduces each year. Shop the brand’s beautiful dinnerware online or make a special trip to their factory in Newell. The tour includes a visit to the Homer Laughlin China Company Museum, which houses china displays from the past 144 years of the Homer Laughlin China Company.

West Virginia Fruit & Berry

West Virginia Fruit & Berry was formed in 1995 by two West Virginia natives. They started growing berries in the Sun Valley area of Clarksburg and then moved in 1998 to a new farm location in Bridgeport. If you enjoy preserves, fruit wines, fruit butters and jalapeno jams, then you will love their mouth-watering products. You can purchase their products at Tamarack or other stores such as Kroger, Shop N Save, Sam’s Club and more in many states.

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This post was last updated on August 3, 2020