What food isn't made better with a little bit of sauce, particularly, if it's made in Michigan?

I recently had a debate with a co-worker about the proper eating technique for a bagel. He insisted that he doesn't want or need anything done to it. Doesn't want it toasted, no butter, no cream cheese, no nothing... he just bites into an everything bagel just like someone would bite into a donut. I insisted that bagels need a little bit of schmear. SOMETHING. This debate revealed the fact that I am a sauce-girlie.

I don't know if being a "sauce-girlie" is a thing, but I'm making it one.

I an the type of person that doesn't want dry food. If it's a sandwich, I want a condiment. If it's a salad, maybe a little extra dressing. Pasta, I definitely want extra sauce with that.

Yummy Michigan-Made Food

With that being said, here are some recommendations for some of the tastiest Michigan-made sauces and more around.

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Saddleback BBQ Sauce

McConnell Adams, Townsquare Media Lansing
McConnell Adams, Townsquare Media Lansing
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With locations in REO Town and Okemos, Saddleback is most certainly a Lansing staple. An they're a local business that does so much good, I'm proud to have them as a part of the Lansing community. Support local and give your gift recipient a yummy sauce to use while BBQing all summer long.

American Spoon Preserves

Early Glow Strawberry Preserves from America Spoon via the American Spoon website
Early Glow Strawberry Preserves from America Spoon via the American Spoon website
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American Spoon makes delicious jams and jellies, sundae toppings, drink mixes, and more. My favorite product is the Early Glow Strawberry Preserves, which are only available seasonally and made in small batches.

Grand Traverse Sauce Company Hot Sauce

Girl Boss Hot Sauce by Grand Traverse Sauce Company via the Grand Traverse Sauce Company Website
Girl Boss Hot Sauce by Grand Traverse Sauce Company via the Grand Traverse Sauce Company Website
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Grand Traverse Sauce Company makes a delicious variety of hot sauces, honey, maple syrup, and drink mixers. The best hot sauces, in my humble opinion, are the Girl Boss (pineapple habanero) and Kickstand (smoky, hot, and sweet, made with Fresno peppers).

Sanders Hot Fudge

via Sanders Candy
via Sanders Candy
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This decadent hot fudge is the perfect topping for any scoop of ice cream.

Food For Thought Michigan Craft Brew Spicy IPA Mustard & Rub

Food For Thought via Amazon
Food For Thought via Amazon
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Spice up your hot dog or sandwich with some of this Michigan-made IPA mustard.

9 Wonderful Items to Put in a Lansing-Themed Gift Basket

As Michael Scott from The Office once said, "Gift baskets are amazing. Gift baskets are the essence of class and fanciness. They are the ultimate present that a person can receive." And I don't disagree with him. That's why I decided to put together my own gift basket, but in my case, a Lansing-themed basket. Take a look through the goodies below to see what kind of items would make for a wonderful Lansing-themed gift basket. I tried to stick true to Michael's beliefs that a "little bit of fat and salt" is what people really want.

Gallery Credit: Kristen Matthews