7 Louisiana Souvenirs to Bring Back from the Cajun Coast

Local music is one of many great Louisiana souvenirs to purchase and remember your trip to the Cajun Coast

#7. Music

Louisiana is where many unique musical styles, including jazz, zydeco, Cajun, and forms of blues and country emanated. Today, the music scene thrives across Louisiana, and musicians need your support! One of the best Louisiana souvenirs and ways to support local artists is to buy a CD. After you’ve enjoyed dancing the Cajun two-step in a Lafayette dance hall, or a blues jam in a local club, make sure to pick up a few of your favorites.

#6. Bee-Goods Honey

The Louisiana honeybees on the Bee-Goods farms enjoy crops like satsumas, persimmon, clover, buckwheat, and wildflowers. The honey is so delicious and good for you, too. Bee-Goods also sells chap sticks, scrubs, candles, and more made from honey products.

#5. Coffee and Chicory

With chicory is the way old folks prefer their coffee in Louisiana, and I must be an old soul. Community coffee or CDM both make a terrific blend. Makes great gifts.

#4. Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

Can’t go wrong on anything—meat, potatoes, eggs, popcorn—by adding a little shake of this delicious spice!  Use it like you use salt—while cooking or afterwards. Down here some people even add it to the hot boiled crawfish.

#3. Zatarain’s Creole Seasoning Kits

You can get spice kits for red beans, Creole gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Louisiana-style jambalaya, dirty rice and more, in a box. Just add meat and water… it may not be the real thing, but it’s close. And I wager more than a few modern day Cajuns cheat, themselves.

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#2. Hot sauce

Whether you’re a Crystal, Tabasco (pictured at left), or Louisiana Hot Sauce fan, you’ve got to get this for your friends back home. Or for yourself, in your own kitchen! Hot sauce is a mixture of vinegar, red pepper, salt and spices, and it gives everything a little kick.

#1. Pralines

My number one favorite souvenir, hands down. Sweet pralines, made with Louisiana pecans, brown sugar, cream, and butter. So sweet, so heavenly! And they come in perfectly sized gift boxes.

Find more Louisiana gift ideas in the French Market in New Orleans!

While you’re out collecting some Louisiana souvenirs, check out these top 10 ways to explore your inner Cajun in Houma, LA.

Music fliers photo courtesy of Louisiana Office of Tourism; Tabasco photo by Sally Asher

 

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