Souvenirs: Take Home a Taste of Nashville

Wanna take something home something yummy to share with family or the guy who’s keeping your dog? There are so many tantalizing choices I’ve broken selections into three blog entries so also check out locally made souvenir beverages and non-edible items.

Candy’s Dandy.

Goo-Goo clusters. Topping the list of souvenirs to eat is a time-honored tradition. We’re talking candy where chocolate envelops layers of marshmallow, caramel and peanuts. Made nationally famous by sponsoring segments of the Opry, you’ll find them at grocery stores as well as their heavenly dessert boutique at 116 3rd Avenue, S. “Go get a Goo-Goo, it’s good.”

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate. Folks, this ain’t Willy Wonka-land. This artisan shop proudly declares itself Tennessee’s only bean-to-bar chocolate maker. They’ve been lauded in Bon Appetit, Garden & Gun and Southern Living. (I do not lie.)

Colt’s Chocolates. It all started when McKenzie Colt, a former member of the “Hee Haw” cast, decided to shift from the cornfield to the kitchen. First came Colt Bolts, peanut butter and almonds surrounded by chocolates. Now there’s all sorts of divine desserts.

Chocolate guitars, Music City Munchie Mix and more. Made by Nashville Chocolate & Nut Company, the Munchie Mix is a mixture of peanut butter-filled pretzels, chocolate-covered blueberries and cranberries, spicy pecans and more. The guitars come in both acoustic and electric. Seriously.

Leon’s Candy. Pralines, turtles, caramels, dental floss. Okay, not the last one. This fourth-generation confectionary could launch you into one delirious sugar rush–but what a way to go. Located inside Bull’s Run Breezeway on 2nd Ave. N. near the Wild Horse Saloon.

Bang Candy Company. What started as gourmet handmade marshmallows is now an entire line of confectionery delights.

Brittle Brothers’ candies. Bacon brittle, need I say more? Okay, there’s also peanut brittle, pecan brittle and cashew brittle. Gluten-free and lower in sugar than what Grandma made.

Baked goods baked good.

The Christie Cookie. Doubletree Hotels place these signature cookies on pillows instead of mints. Made with real everything. Now there’s a retail outlet at their factory in Germantown, near the Sounds stadium. Take home a tin or order online.

souvenirs lemon teacakesMountain Jim’s Tennessee Teacakes. His ad copy nails it: crisp like a cookie, chewy like a brownie, looks like a cupcake. You’re not just buying a treat. You’re connecting to a Tennessee legend. The owner, ironically named Jeff, will thank you for keeping the legend alive. Available in lemon (pictured), vanilla and other flavors.

Sweet Creations. Whether you order them tart-size or the 9″ variety, find pie heaven in their delicacies that include pecan, chocolate chip, peach and chess (or as they call it, jus’). Located on historic Jefferson Street a few blocks west of the Bicentennial Mall, Farmer’s Market and Germantown.

Cupcake Collection. Confession: I like cupcakes but not the mondo-sized/mountain of icing versions. Enter Cupcake Collection in Germantown. For about a buck, you can delight yourself with one of their mini-sized cupcakes with a rotating cavalcade of flavors including strawberry lemonade, coconut creme, wedding cake and key lime in addition to old faithfuls like chocolate. Take a seat on the front porch with your cup of coffee and eat souvenirs to your heart’s content. Note: they are closed on Saturday.

Other options to eat souvenirs.

souvenirs you can eatBatch Nashville. They find all kinds of Nashville goodness (both edible and non-edible types) and–wait for it–batch them together for you. Everything from cookbooks to cocktail mixers. Visit them online or visit their booth in Nashville’s Farmer’s Market adjacent to the Bicentennial Mall.

Loveless Cafe preserves, biscuit mix, country ham and more. What’s on the table can be in your suitcase going home. My recommendation: the peach preserves.

Prohibition Popcorn. Gluten-free, nut-free, made with non-GMO project-verified corn. Why the name? There’s a little bit of whiskey in every batch but don’t tell the revenuers.

Hot Chicken rub. Take some heat home with you. It’s a lot easier to pack than a 2-piece meal from one of our many hot chicken joints. Available in stores as well as online.

Sunday Morning Pancakes. Our friend Sam has taken her health-savvy pancake and waffle mix from her kitchen to the world using ingredients that don’t sound like a chemistry lab. Available online, at select groceries and was once featured at Bloomingdale’s in NYC.

Got a taste for something else? Take a gander at Nashville’s collection of liquid refreshments including whiskey, wine, craft beer and coffee as well as a grab bag of shirts, artwork and more.

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