A very close group of six friends started a tradition of sending Christmas boxes when we were very young, and this tradition has lived on for 20 years. We all met on army bases when we were children, and since we all tended to be in different cities from year to year (and that has continued into adulthood) in order to share our experiences our boxes celebrate the place or region we are currently living in.
As we have gotten older, the boxes have obviously become much more detailed, but the sentiment is the same. This is my first Christmas in Western Canada, and I am looking for advice on inclusions for my box. We typically spend about $500 a box (giving to one person) and make it a grand affair that we all wait with baited breath for.
Since I've only been here a few short months, I was wondering if any of you had any suggestions for foods/dry goods/treats that are notedly Western. Nothing is off limits- I will Internet shop, take a drive etc. for some great goodies. The only restriction obviously is that the products should be imperishable. My box is travelling to Portugal this year.
So my box is 30x30x30 (inches) and is empty except for a white cowboy hat. Tell me:
What culinary delicacies define the West? (Quirky items and weird stories that accompany them are welcome!)