Producing the Goods 3

Edible Souvenirs

Food and drink are perhaps the most popular and enduring local products that we enjoy on our holidays, and take home, or send on to our friends. We have been buying confectionery and biscuits as edible souvenirs for centuries. From clotted cream in Cornwall, to kippers in Craster, thanks to a growing revaluation of our food – linking quality with where it comes from and how it is produced – souvenirs you can eat are becoming easier to find than non edible ones. Often, their impermanence acts as a way of extending the boundaries of a holiday, blurring the drop back into everyday life. Surely we can do better than boxes of biscuits or fudge which offer a niche for the local postcard, or jars of anonymous preserves rusticated by a gingham mob-cap. How much do these blandly ubiquitous items help the local economy or the wider ecology? Firms specializing in “personalising our products with your logo” – often your place name – are the result of our love affair with cheapness. These products of so called ‘economies of scale’ never add in the environmental cost of transportation, the cultural cost in the erosion of identity, the opportunity cost of local jobs and pride.

Blackpool Rock
Market Drayton Gingerbread
Everton Mints

Bread, Cakes & Buns:
Brick Lane Beigels
Staffordshire Oatcakes
Bath Buns & Sally Lunns
Shaftesbury Cobbles

Dairy Products:
Single & Double Gloucester Cheese
Cornish Clotted Cream by Post

Things In Jars
Fish & Seafood
Fruit & Veg

Non-alcoholic drinks
Somerset cider brandy
Plymouth Gin

Souvenirs with Meaning
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