5 Edible New Orleans Souvenirs and Where to Get Them
Yes, you can bottle some of New Orleans’ distinct blend of Creole, Cajun, French, Caribbean, and West African flavors and take it home with you. Here are some of the edible souvenirs you can score near Hotel St. Marie, to take home to savor yourself or bring as gifts to your loved ones.
Beignet mix & coffee w/chicory
You’ll find many locations throughout New Orleans and the French Quarter of this iconic establishment — both the cafe and the gift shop outposts — but why not go to the source? That way you can get one more plate of sugar-dusted beignets with a cup of chicory-laced cafe au lait while you shop and people-watch.
Louisiana hot sauce
Where to buy: The French Market, 1008 N. Peters St.
Authentic Louisiana hot sauces top many must-buy lists, and while many souvenir shops on Decatur and throughout the French Quarter have them, the French Market has the best and most varied selection, from mildly spicy to the mouth bombs. Although it’s not a local chain, the adjacent spice-and-seasoning emporium, Pepper Palace (1 French Market Place) also represents local flavors.
Where to buy: Central Grocery, 923 Decatur St.
It’s not just any olive salad in a jar, and those who have tasted Central Grocery’s muffuletta would understand that to even try to recreate this gem of a sandwich at home you would need the Lupo’s family Italian olive salad. Now, finding the right bread for the muffuletta outside of Louisiana is another story.
Where to buy: Aunt Sally’s Original Pralines, 810 Decatur St.
A few stores throughout the Quarter sell high-quality pralines, but Aunt Sally’s, right by the French Market, has been doing it (right) for a long time. Besides this traditional New Orleans treat (in classic, creamy and chewy), you can stock up on houseware, cookbooks, Creole seasonings, Steen’s Cane Syrup, and other culinary souvenirs.
Zapp’s potato chips
Where to buy: Widely available in stores of any size, supermarkets, drugstores, etc. In the French Quarter, try Rouses Market #30, 701 Royal St.
Once you try them, from the original to any number of flavors, some limited edition, you’d probably want to take a few bags home or on the plane with you. Zapp’s come in a rainbow of flavors, some spicier than others (Spicy Cajun Crawtators, Mesquite Bar-B-Que), but don’t overlook the milder flavor explosions of Voodoo, and Cajun Dill Gatortator.