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9 Favorite Midwest Take-Home Treats

A big helping of all road-trip memories centers on food. So why not pack the trunk with mouth-watering mementos? Here are nine of our favorite take-home treats from across the region. (Stuck at home? Order them online!)
Photo courtesy of 17th street BBQ.
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Photo courtesy of Das Dutchman Essenhaus.
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Photo courtesy of Garrett Popcorn Shops.
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17th Street Barbecue, Marion and Murphysboro, Illinois Around southern Illinois, folks know barbecue master Mike Mills as The Legend, thanks to his three-time Grand World Champion ribs. He cooks them for six hours over apple and cherry woods. His not-so-secret ingredient: Magic Dust, an all-purpose seasoning and rub with a kick (eat17bbq.com).

Das Dutchman Essenhaus, Middlebury, Indiana This Amish Country landmark deals in noodles in many forms. Order a heaping mound of chicken and noodles at the restaurant before taking home some dried noodles and chicken soup base from the bakery for easy DIY comfort food. (800) 455-9471; essenhaus.com

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup, Shirley, Illinois How serious is Funks Grove about tradition? For one thing, they still spell sirup the really old-fashioned way. A favorite stop along Route 66, the 1824-era tree farm bottles its maple syrup and sells kitschy Mother Road memorabilia. (309) 874-3360; funkspuremaplesirup.com

Garrett Popcorn Shops, Chicago Since 1949, Windy City visitors have had a hard time passing up the scent of sweet popcorn bubbling out of copper kettles. We love The Chicago Mix, a perfect blend of stick-to-your-teeth Caramel Crisp and addictive CheeseCorn. Pop in at one of 11 Chicago locations to snag a signature souvenir tin. garrettpopcorn.com

O&H Danish Bakery, Racine, Wisconsin The oval-shape kringle alone is enough to spur a road trip. Its 36 layers of ultrathin dough are wrapped around fillings like crushed pecans or raspberries, then covered with a sheet of white icing. Are we there yet? (800) 709-4009; ohdanishbakery.com

St. Elmo Steak House, Indianapolis Indy icon St. Elmo Steak House now bottles its horseradish-heavy cocktail sauce. It’s a must for any shrimp connoisseur who wants to open up their sinuses with their appetizer. (317) 635-0636; stelmos.com

Tell City Pretzels, Indiana There’s no home store for the beloved 156-year-old pretzel-maker, but you can grab a bag of their munchies at grocery stores throughout the Hoosier State (see the website for a full list). Choose your level of sodium, from bald (salt-free) to extra salt. (812) 548-4499; tellcitypretzel.com

The Cherry Hut, Fish Creek, Wisconsin It would be a shame to leave Door County without its star superfruit. This shop in quaint Fish Creek bursts with cherry jams and chocolates. (920) 868-3406; doorcountycherryhut.com

Wisconsin Cheese Mart, Milwaukee Overwhelmed by the 175 varieties of cheese for sale? That’s where the Über Tap Room comes in. Order a flight of cheddars with Wisconsin beer pairings, and you won’t worry that you missed the good stuff. (888) 482-7700; wisconsincheesemart.com 

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