Ten Products We Love, Made in Idaho

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When people from Idaho introduce themselves to a national audience they get a lot of  “Oh yeah, I know where Iowa is! No? Ohio? No? Wait, did you say Idaho? Potatoes!” Well, we might not be the most well-known (for anything besides a starchy vegetable) of the 50, but this landlocked state is making a splash with some wonderful homegrown products made in Idaho.

As you can tell from this list, Idahoans love a sweet treat, and we care about keeping our state beautiful, which is why so many Idaho companies focus on natural ingredients, sustainable businesses and manufacturing practices, and recycled materials. rosieMADE is an Idaho company inspired by Rosie the Riveter offering inspired gifts items made in the USA, many right here in our home state. Here are some Idaho-made products we think represent the essence of Idaho.

Made in Idaho

Plum Hill Pure Body Essentials

Plum Hill Pure Body Essentials was born out of necessity. After moving to the dry climate—yes, Idaho is a desert—Plum Hill creator Jeanne Kissman began experimenting with oils and essences to relieve her dry skin. The same ingredients Kissman used to quench her own dry skin more than ten years ago, are still used in Plum Hill products today, and Plum Hill is now available at spas, boutiques, and online at rosieMADE.

Plum Hill Body Essentials made in IdahoProof Eyewear

Proof Eyewear was founded in Eagle, Idaho in 2010 by three brothers making wood sunglass frames in their garage. The Proof brothers declined an offer they received on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2013, but that hasn’t stopped Proof from becoming an internationally-known brand carried by hundreds of retailers across the USA, as well as countries on every inhabited continent. Proof is still mainly known for its handcrafted, eyeglass frames, but the product line has expanded to include apparel and accessories. Along with its environmentally responsible manufacturing practices, Proof is a socially responsible company donating a portion of profits to an eye clinic in India. American Made Eyewear Source Guide, Including Proof Eyewear via USALoveList.com

Dream Chocolate

rosieMADE selected Boise-based Dream Chocolate to create the private label chocolate bars because of its Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa and other organic, locally sourced ingredients. Dream Chocolate’s South American cocoa is farmed using environmentally sustainable practices and has a distinct flavor and texture. We love the unique flavors like Hot Habanero Mandarin Dark Chocolate, Caramel Creme Latte Milk Chocolate, and Lavender Milk Chocolate. Dream Chocolate also creates custom chocolate for special events and is the creator of the locally famous Boise State Bronco Bar.

rosieMade chocolate made in IdahoLit & Co

Lit & Co.’s soy candles burn cleaner than standard paraffin candles, which means no carbon soot on you walls and cleaner air to breathe. The candles’ fragrance comes from natural botanical oils in a couple dozen sweet and savory scents such as fresh herbs, spiced peach, wedding cake, chai tea, garden tomato, and many more. The 8 oz. candles provide 45 hours of burn time, and they come in glass or tin containers that can be refilled to reduce waste. Lit & Co. also offers candles poured into green glass, recycled from wine bottles. The recycled glass containers come from an Idaho non-profit called Usful ­­Glassworks, which upcycles glass from Boise area restaurants, bars, and residents.

Lit & Co soy candles, made in IdahoBalmshot

Balmshot “Loaded with Lip Balm…Not Buckshot,” is the company’s slogan. Only in Idaho, right? Well, while this lip balm manufacturer packs balm made with beeswax, natural oils, and FDA approved sunscreen into a shotgun shell dispenser in its Boise factory, national retailers such as Walgreens, and Bed, Bath & Beyond are carrying these nicely designed lip balm. The product’s creator, Wayne S. Forrey, came up with the idea after contracting cancer on his lips, which doctors contributed to frequent sunburns on the otherwise healthy outdoorsman’s lips. Forrey disliked how standard lip balm tubes would twist in his pocket causing the cap to come off, so he came up with the idea of using the smooth metal base of a shotgun shell instead of the standard knurled disk. Hey, if it gets our manly outdoor enthusiasts to protect their lips from harmful UV rays, who are we to judge?

Balm Shot lip balm made in IdahoMiss Courageous

A Boise woman on a mission to reduce, reuse, and recycle, Miss Courageous makes jewelry and accessories out of Legos, record vinyl, game pieces, bottle caps, and more. Many Miss Courageous pieces ooze childhood nostalgia—from the Lego tie clips and cufflinks to scrabble square jewelry—while the wine cork earrings and cufflinks remind us of the perks of adulthood.  Millie Hilgert, the mastermind behind Miss Courageous, doesn’t mind if you call it repurposing, upcycling, or green crafting, she just wants people to enjoy a trip down memory lane with something old that she has made new again. 

Miss Courageous repurposed items made in IdahoBee Wise Goods

Bee Wise Goods has a storefront in downtown Boise where it sells handmade items from all over the USA, but Bee Wise original goods are created in little ol’ Boise. Bee Wise offers hand-sewn housewares such as napkins, dish towels, shopping totes, pot holders and pillows, plus many other gift items and toys. Bee Wise also has a line of fabric-based accessories and artwork. Craft enthusiasts can purchase sewing supplies from Bee Wise including handmade pincushions and patterns, and can even take classes from the Bee Wise Goods creators.

Cowgirl Chocolates

Cowgirl Chocolates is based out of Moscow in northern Idaho, and has received national awards for both product and packaging, has been featured on the Food Channel and CNBC, and ships its products around the world. Head cowgirl and founder, Marilyn Lysohir, prides herself on pioneering the trend of combining spices and chocolate when she created her signature “Cowgirl Kick” and launched Cowgirl Chocolates in 1997. The Cowgirl product line has now expanded to include hot cocoas (that give new meaning the word “hot” as used in that term) and spicy caramels and brittles.

Cowgirl Chocolates made in Idaho grownup hot chocolateJust Like Jane

Just Like Jane soaps are natural and handmade via the cold pressed method of soap making. Not only do Just Like Jane soaps smell amazing, but the packaging is just beautiful!

Just Like Jane soaps made in IdahoOwyhee/Idaho Candy Co.

We couldn’t complete this list without something potato. This isn’t exactly the kind Idaho is famous for, but it’s close. The Idaho Spud Bar is a potato shaped (but contains no potato!), chocolaty marshmallow treat, sprinkled with coconut.  Idaho Candy Co. began in 1901 and has been making this famous candy bar trademarked under the Owyhee name since 1918. The company has been operating out of the same warehouse since 1909 and is responsible for other sugary delights such as the Old Faithful Peanut Cluster, Cherry Cocktail candy bar, and most recently, the Huckleberry Gem, which makes use of the state fruit of Idaho.

Idaho Candy Co, candy #madeinUSA since the 1900s

 Alicia Vanderschuere, is the  founder of rosieMADE, an online store that offers inspired, quality made in USA gifts, that tell a unique story. Edited and updated by Tracey Hanson. 

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Comments

  1. We love Miss Courageous! She always has a booth at BAM’s Art in the Park. It is always fun to see what cool new items she will create.

    This is a great blog post! Thank you

    • idaho rocks says:

      this website gave me lots of information on Idaho and it`s manufactured goods. thank you sincerely your Idaho blogpost lover.

  2. Suzanne Sherman says:

    I will not be buying anything from the state of Idaho…I will not support wolf killers or animal abusers.

  3. sarah hirsch says:

    those sunglasses from proof are so cute

  4. ILOVEANIMALS says:

    i have to say thnx cuz i have a project and this had some of the answers.

  5. Its nice to see some of what we in Idaho have to offer. I would like to see more products to choose from. I love well done crafted products. Looking to start my own line soon I hope. Would like to advertise at this site if possible.

  6. Tamra Phelps says:

    I had no idea there was so much chocolate coming out of Idaho. I’d like to try all of those!

  7. FlyingTurtlesYT says:

    Thanks! I am sure my Idaho project will be done!

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