SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Looking for a unique Mother’s Day gift idea? Try surfing the Illinois Department of Agriculture’s website.
The department’s Bureau of Marketing, whose mission is to support small- to mid-sized Illinois food and agribusiness companies, asked these businesses whether they are offering any Mother’s Day specials this year. Their responses, which include an assortment of delectable candies and treats sure to please most any mom, are posted on the department’s website, along with links to the companies that are selling the items.
Among the offerings:
Futters Nut Butters
Futters has something for everyone's palette, from single nut products like almond butter to unique nut butters like pistachio, pecan and walnut. Its facility is dairy free, peanut free and gluten free.
Honey Wafer Baking Company
Honey wafers are two, crispy, light, 8-inch wafer rounds hand-sandwiched together with a distinctive, candy filling. It is offering free shipping on sample packs ($19.99) and 24-count cases ($41.99).
Ying's Chinese Cookbook
This 115-recipe cookbook, "Authentic, But Simple," is filled with recipes from all regions of China. Ying's cookbook is intended to demonstrate that real Chinese cooking is delicious and healthy without being complicated. It uncovers the tips and tricks that make Chinese cooking authentic and simple and is being offered for a special price of $18.
Mom’s Time Out for Milk Chocolate
One gallon, Signature Pink Tin filled with a combination of classic CaramelCrisp® and smooth Milk Chocolate CaramelCrisp®, $44.
Wink, Hint, Nudge Sampler
One specialty bag of each flavor: classic CaramelCrisp®, Milk Chocolate CaramelCrisp®, and Dark Chocolate CaramelCrisp®, $19.95.
Bragging Rights Bundle
One gallon, Signature Pink Tin filled with The Chicago Mix plus the Wink, Hint, Nudge Sampler, $45.95.
Organic Fruity Hearts
Try something new that is fruitfully delicious and naturally good in oh-so-many ways. Surf Sweets Fruity Hearts are one of the only all-natural and organic Mother’s Day candy options available. What better way to show someone you love them than by giving them delicious better-for-you Mother’s Day Candy. The 2.75 oz package of the heart-shaped gummy candy is being sold online at Alice.com, Natural Candy Store and Peanut Free Planet for $1.99.
For a complete listing go to http://www.agr.state.il.us/marketing/mothersday/.