Arizona residents love their locally made food products and beverages (they love their beer and brownies!). It was difficult to pick just 10 of the best things made in Arizona, but we managed to narrow the list down to our favorites. Did we leave out yours? Let us know in the comments below!
Stuff We Love, Made in Arizona
Rainbow Cotton Candy
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Queen Creek Olive Oil
Many Arizonans claim that when they visit friends and family in other states, they are asked to bring with them samples from the Queen Creek Olive Mill. From their sustainable farm, the Mill produces Arizona’s only extra virgin olive oil. They also sell an assortment of flavored olive oils, including Mexican lime, roasted garlic, vanilla bean, and Meyer lemon.
In the brownie business for over 20 years, Fairytale Brownies has become a favorite sweet spot for Arizonans. No two brownies look exactly alike, because each topping is carefully sprinkled or swirled by hand. They also sell cookies and “Fairytale Truffles,” fudgy brownies gently enrobed in rich, 60% Callebaut dark chocolate.
Strawberry Hedgehog Bath & Body Products
Locals love Strawberry Hedgehog’s homemade and vegan bath and body products. Her soaps are handcrafted from natural and plant based products, and are made in small batches to ensure high quality. In addition to soaps, Strawberry Hedgehog offers oils, scrubs, moisturizers, and facial care products.
Lifetime Leather Co. Leather Goods
Lifetime Leather Co. is a maker of fine leather goods and accessories for men and women. These high quality items are handcrafted from top grain leather and are made to last for generations.
Lanternland is an American manufacturer of handcrafted, artisan copper or brass indoor and outdoor lighting. Lanternland lighting products are 100% handmade in the USA and are made to order.
Arroyo Vodka is the first Phoenix, Arizona, based vodka distillery. After going through an intensive filtering process and distilled twice, Arroyo is impeccably smooth and easy to drink. In addition to using regional ingredients to create flavored vodkas, Arroyo also distills BB’s Apple Pye, an apple pie flavored liqueur.
Poore Brothers Chips
Poore Brothers has been manufacturing kettle cooked chips in the USA since the 1980s. Today, they manufacture the TGI Fridays line of chips as well.
Everywhere you look across Arizona, it seems that a new brewpub has popped up. And it’s not amateur stuff, folks. Fan favorite Four Peaks Brewing Company, based in Tempe, offers a wide variety of brews, including their award-winning flagship beer Kilt Lifter, a Scottish style ale. Other great breweries include SanTan Brewing in Chandler, Prescott Brewing Company, and Nimbus Brewing Company in Tucson.
Sweet Republic Ice Cream
If you mention Sweet Republic to an Arizonian, he will likely start to drool thinking about this artisanal ice cream maker. Starting with milk and cream from independent Arizona dairy farms, Sweet Republic only uses the best ingredients to create their tasty treats. They also take from other local Arizona ingredients to produce creative flavors, such as real mint chip, honey blue cheese, and basil lime sorbet.
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Erica Pederson writes for Local First Arizona, an organization that works to strengthen communities and local economies through supporting, maintaining, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. *This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated since then.