Cheese Straws from the Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory
Where to find them: Various restaurants, visitor centers, and gift shops around Mississippi
From a recipe that has been passed down through a family in Yazoo City, Mississippi come these spicy, crunchy, cheesy snacks!
If you love all things cheese, these baked cheddar snacks will be irresistible! Want to try them now? Check out the Mississippi Cheese Straw website to order.
Elvis Salt Water Taffy
Where to find it: The Birthplace of Elvis in Tupelo, Mississippi
So, what does salt water taffy have to do with Elvis? Well, it’s the flavor!
Around here, it’s a well-known fact that Elvis loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches! This candy is such a fitting tribute!
You’ll be sure to think of Elvis and the little white house with the porch swing every time you take a bite!
See Related: Taking the Elvis Tour of Tupelo, Mississippi
If these aren’t your favorite flavors or if taffy’s just not for you, you can always pick up a pair of Elvis-inspired sunglasses from the Birthplace…complete with sideburns! Voila! Instant “hunka hunka burnin’ love”!
Mississippi Muscadine Jelly (and other locally-made preserves, salsas, and sauces!)
Where to find it: Various visitor centers and gift shops around the state.
Canning is definitely a tradition here in Mississippi. I grew up eating out of Mason jars thanks to the amazing cooking and canning abilities of both of my grandmothers. Why not take some of this tradition home?
Look for preserves at visitor centers and gift shops. Many local restaurants will offer canned salsas and sauces as well.
Natchez Trace Completion Patch
Where to find it: Natchez Trace Visitor Center in Tupelo, Mississippi
The Natchez Trace runs from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee and was originally a trail used by Native Americans in the area as they followed herds of deer, bison, etc. for hunting.
Today, only pieces of the original trail exist, but you can drive, bike, or motorcycle the 444 mile highway that is now the Natchez Trace Parkway.
See Related: 30 Things To Do in Natchez, Mississippi
The Trace offers frequent stops for travelers interested in the history of the area, including the Native American Emerald Mound (second largest in the US), Confederate gravesites, and former Native American villages.
Once you’ve completed the length of the trace, you definitely need to commemorate your achievement with the Natchez Trace Parkway Patch. The patch above is the general design for those driving, but patches specific to bikes and motorcycles are also available.
Mississippi Literature and Music
Where to find it: Gift shops, music and bookstores around the state.
With Mississippi being so famous for its contributions to the arts, it only makes sense to take some of that creativity back home with you.
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With authors like William Faulker, John Grisham, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and Willie Morris, you’re sure to find a new favorite book by a Mississippian. Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi is a great place to pick up books by Mississippi authors.
Mississippi is also known for its musicians. Pick up some Elvis music at his birthplace in Tupelo, or grab some Blues when traveling through the Mississippi Delta like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, or Robert Johnson (who famously sold his soul to the devil to be able to play the guitar!).
Take home a Barq’s or a glass bottle of Coca-Cola from good ol’ Mississippi, and educate your friends and family on the history of these sodas!
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