Looking to add a taste of Michigan to your or your host’s Thanksgiving meal? While a bottle of Michigan wine is always a nice touch, here are some other products that can be appreciated on Thanksgiving Day, during the long football-focused weekend, or at any time of year.
Detroit Hives Honey
Detroiters Timothy Paule and Nicole Lindsey became fascinated with the healing power of local raw honey, and in 2017, they bought a Detroit lot to start their first urban bee farm. Since then, they’ve expanded to other lots and sell their Deliciously Dope Detroit Honey made possible by honeybees that have flown 27,500 miles to visit a million flowers and extracted by local beekeepers. This handcrafted honey can be added to whipped butter, veggie sides, and more. $20 for 8 oz. detroithives.org.
Sufi Saigon Cinnamon
The spice you don’t have when you need it most — your host will appreciate not having to make a quick run to the grocery store. This Farmington Hills-based company also has an inspiring backstory of following your passion: The two female co-founders have backgrounds in science (microbiology and pharmacy) but had a love of entertaining and would cater large family parties, so they decided to go all in on food. Bonus: The craft cocktail kits offered on the website would also make for a fabulous hostess gift. Starts at $6.99. sufiproducts.com.
Natalie’s Bakery French Macarons
Sometimes you want something other than pie. Enter these light and airy French macarons from a Madison Heights-based bakery. These decadent French sandwich cookies are available in an array of flavors, from mocha to passion fruit to rose water. Find them at local markets and grocery stores. nataliesbakery.net.
Hattie Girl Sweet Potato Ice Cream
Double down on the sweet potato with a pint of ice cream from Detroit-based Hattie Girl Ice Cream and Foods, named after founder James Render’s mother, who learned to churn fresh ice cream from her grandmother. Tired of sweet potatoes? Try strawberry, pound cake, chocolate pound cake, or another delicious flavor. Find them at local markets and grocery stores. Facebook.com.
Detroit Salsa Co. Salsa
After cooking all day, the last thing your host will want to do in the evening is make another meal — or eat more turkey. For that late-night snack after all the guests have left
(or maybe as a few are still milling about), some chips and salsa should hit the spot. Try the salsa from this family-run, fourth-generation company. Better yet, stock up on all four of its salsa varieties for the Michigan vs. Ohio State game. Find them at local markets and area grocery stores. detroitsalsa.com.
This post has been updated for 2023.
This story is from the November 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.