The Made In Oklahoma Coalition — a brand awareness and consumer loyalty group formed in 2000 — has plenty of gift ideas to make your holiday season a little less stressful.
Suan’s Foods was created in 2009 by owner Suan Grant in response to friends saying she should sell jars of her famous Scotch bonnet pepper jelly. Suan learned to cook with the popular spicy habanero pepper while living in Jamaica. All Suan’s Food products are made with the pepper, but don’t let that deter you; the company website provides recipes and fun ideas for incorporating the spicy products into your meals.
Gift-giving customers can create $34.99 gift baskets by mixing and matching four jars from the seven current Scotch bonnet pepper-based products: Scotch Bonnet Jelly, Scotch Bonnet Pepper Relish, Scotch Bonnet Sweet Tomato Jam, Scotch Bonnet Pineapple Cinnamon Jam, Scotch Bonnet Mango Lemon Fruit Butter or Scotch Bonnet Flavor Sauce.
You can pick up individual jars and gift baskets at several metro restaurants and businesses. Visit its website at suansfoods.com to learn more.
A 107-year Oklahoma tradition that can’t be overlooked this holiday season is Shawnee Milling Company. The mill was opened by the J.L. Ford family in Shawnee in 1906 and is currently run by the third generation of Ford family millers.
Shawnee Milling is continuing its tradition of “family values, quality products, dependable service, consistent value and friendly, dedicated employees” this season by offering a sampler pack that includes 12 different baking mixes. Gift recipients can try them all and choose their favorites from Yellow Corn Muffin Mix, Honey Bran Muffin Mix, Blueberry Muffin Mix, White Cornbread Mix, Yellow Buttermilk Cornbread Mix, Mexican Cornbread Mix, Buttermilk Biscuit Mix, Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix, Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix, Pizza Crust Mix, Country Gravy Mix and Fudge Brownie Mix.
Gift baskets are $23.50 and can be purchased online at shawneemilling.com. The website also offers recipe ideas in its Baking Corner. Shawnee Milling Company products can be found in grocery stores across the state.
No Oklahoma meal is complete without Head Country Food Products. This award-winning Ponca City establishment was founded in 1945 after Donovan Fred Head returned from serving as a naval cook in World War II. “Uncle Bud” soon began selling his popular barbecue sauce in feed stores and eventually moved cooking operations to a manufacturing plant.
Head Country’s holiday gift basket is shaped like the Sooner State and includes 1-pint bottles of its Original, Smokey and Hot Bar-B-Q Sauces and a 6-oz. shaker of its popular Head Country Championship Seasoning.
Oklahoma-shaped gift baskets are $19.70 and are available at the Head Country Bar-B-Q Restaurant (1217 E. Prospect Ave., Ponca City; 580-767-8304) and various metro-area grocery stores. Two other gift baskets priced at $14.20 are available on the company’s website, headcountry.com.