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So...What's actually made in California?

Are you searching for things that are made in California? If you're interested in food, you've come to the right place. We've rounded up the most iconic foods that are grown or created in California in this blog post. California grows an astounding amount of produce that it's famous for (olives, citrus, almonds!) and there are also so many amazing products created by local artisans that make use of these ingredients. If you think we've missed something important, drop us a line and let us know.

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We make it easy to share an authentic taste of California, and we love to help you discover products that highlight the best of the state. Check out our build a box website, where you can hand-pick products that are made in California to create the perfect gift.

Products that are made in California:

But enough about us! In this blog post we've rounded up a comprehensive list of the best made in California foods, with some of our favorite ways to experience all of them. From olive oil to grapes to cheese ... read on to learn more about iconic products that are actually made in California. 

  • Almonds
  • Olive Oil
  • Citrus 
  • Dates
  • Wine
  • Dairy
  • Sriracha
  • and an honorary mention to Beef
  • Almonds

    California grows more almonds than any other place on earth. They are California's 3rd largest agricultural crop (after dairy & grapes)! 

    California Almond Gift Idea: 

    Giddy Up Nuts from Los Angeles, CA. Each batch is hand crafted using seasonal local ingredients fresh from the farmers market or other craft makers. We love Rosemary Garlic, made with California Garlic & rosemary from the maker's own garden! Add them to a custom gift box here or sample all the flavors in this set.

    Olive Oil

    California's sunny skies and a mediterranean climate create the perfect conditions for golden, flavorful olive oil.

    California Olive Oil Gift Idea:

    Wonder Valley Olive Oil, Joshua Tree CA
    This gorgeous oil features a bright, herbaceous, peppery flavor. The olives are hand-picked young, yielding a greener oil, longer shelf life, and higher concentration of polyphenols + the matte black UV coated bottle protects the integrity of the oil. Check it out here. 

      Citrus

      From lemons to tangerines to grapefruit and more, California's citrus industry is bountiful (and 2nd only in size to Florida's)!

      California Citrus Gift Idea:

      Citrus Gift Box by Frog Hollow Farms, Brentwood CA. Check it out here. 


      photo courtesy of Aliza Sokolov via Instagram

      Dates

      These sweet, caramel like gems are grown in California's desert valleys and are a far cry from dates you've probably tried before.

      California Date Gift Idea:

      A one or two pound box of luxurious fresh Rancho Meladuco dates, from California's Coachella Valley. Shop them here.

      Wine

      California is the dominant producer of wine in the United States, and is the 4th largest maker in the world! Iconic wine growing counties like Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino are well known, and for good reason.

      California Wine Gift Idea:

      A gift box from Brix26; they specialize in sourcing the best of California’s small-production boutique wines. You'll find their latest discoveries posted regularly to their website.

      Dairy

      California has been the nation's leading dairy state since 1993, when it surpassed Wisconsin. We think cheese and chocolate are the two best ways to share this highlight of California. 

      California Dairy Gift Ideas:

      Cheese by Cowgirl Creamery or Point Reyes Cheese Company... or Milk Chocolate by Dick Taylor, made with A2/A2 whole milk sourced from a local family farm in Northern California.

      Add chocolate to a custom California gift basket, here.

      Sriracha

      Contrary to popular belief, Sriracha was invented in California by Chinese-Vietnamese refugee David Tran in 1980. This iconic hot sauce is now manufactured in Irwindale, just outside of Los Angeles.

      California's beef industry is also large and well known, which means we'll combine the two into another perfect California food gift, which is...

      California Sriracha Gift Idea:

      Sriracha Beef Jerky, by Tong! of Los Angeles. We can't think of a better combination that everyone will love. This product is a huge customer favorite! Add Sriracha Jerky to a custom gift basket here.

       

      More California Gift Ideas

      We at California Crafted help people shop small & support local by creating custom gift boxes filled with products sourced exclusively from local California businesses. 

      You can hand-pick your favorite products to create a custom gift box, or shop our pre-curated selection of gifts.