Note: I was provided with free samples of Bacon’s Heir Pork Clouds and Shotwell’s Sea Salt Caramels in order to write this post, but I was not otherwise paid or compensated.
Last month, Southern Living announced their first-ever food awards, and I was lucky enough to get to sample two of this year’s winners: Bacon’s Heir Pork Clouds and Shotwell Candy Co.’s original salted caramels. Pork Clouds won the distinction of being one of the “Best Snacks,” while Shotwell’s took top honors in the “Best Sweets” category.
Of course, in a perfect world, I would’ve tried all 24 winners and 22 runners-up that were recognized by Southern Living. In a perfect world, I would have spent a healthy amount of time with my eyes half-closed, dreamily working through slow, methodical bites of each and every one of these delectable artisanal creations handmade throughout the Southeast. In a perfect world, I would be a professional snack taster, brought only the finest bite-sized pieces every day to eat to my heart’s content. But alas, this is not a perfect world, so I got to try two of the winners. I’m not complaining, of course. If the other winning foods are anything nearly as unique and tasty as Pork Clouds and Shotwell’s original salted caramels, then there are 46 fine Southern foods out there that you kind of need to get your hands on immediately.
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