Thursday, September 21, 2023

Hoosier made

Five products to make you proud to be a Hoosier


Endangered Species Chocolate, headquartered in Indianapolis, offers the first American-made chocolate using fully traceable cocoa from West Africa. In addition to using ethically sourced ingredients to support farmers and protect species, the company donates 10 percent of its proceeds — or a minimum of $10,000 annually — to partner organizations dedicated to conservation. Enjoy a full line of chocolate bars, barks, bites and spreads, with flavors ranging from classic, like dark chocolate with caramel and sea salt, to unexpected, like dark chocolate with cinnamon, cayenne and cherries. Learn more at

“A loveable way to learn and play” with newborns and toddlers, Edwin the Duck is the award-winning, app-connected “smart duck” kids will love. Created by pi lab in Carmel, Indiana, Edwin is a nightlight, a bath water thermometer, a bath-time toy, a Bluetooth speaker, an interactive storyteller and a leader of original sing-along songs. Kiddos can tap, tilt and toss Edwin to play interactive and educational games on a phone or tablet without ever touching the screen. Parents can use their mobile device to adjust Edwin’s nightlight and play soothing sounds for baby without even entering the room. Find Edwin at

For more than 50 years, Diamond Craft Cookware has offered high-quality skillets, pans and more to the discerning home chef. Diamond Craft’s products feature seven-layer construction for unrivaled efficiency and durability and a moisture seal to lock in flavor, nutrients and aroma. Lock-in lid storage means never having to dig for a pan’s cover, and ergonomic, cool-grip handles are designed with comfort in mind. The Vita-Seal 3 system whistles when food reaches the proper cooking temperature, vents to release vapor and locks to retain moisture. More details about the Indianapolis-based company are available at

What started with a young Amish couple selling preservative-free baked goods from their front porch in 2001 is now a popular franchise with locations across northern Indiana and a farmers market following in Illinois. Rise ’n Roll Bakery & Deli, headquartered in Middlebury, Indiana, promises wholesome, scratch-made goodness with each bite. Though the bakery is most famous for their melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon caramel doughnuts, customers can also find an extensive selection of pies, muffins, rolls, bread and cookies. Deli offerings include breakfast dishes like biscuits and gravy and several lunch options, and the company also sells a line of pantry staples including coffee, jam, pancake mixes, noodles, salsa and more. See the full line of products at

Bridgeton Mill in Bridgeton, Indiana, boasts a reputation as the oldest continually operating mill in the state. The mill’s offerings include flours, grits, cornmeal, cereal, fish batter and mixes for cornbread, pancakes and muffins, among other items. All items are 100-percent whole grain and ground fresh at the mill with 200-year-old French Burr grindstones, and many of the original recipes are still in use. Bridgeton products are hand mixed and bagged on-site, and they’re made from high-quality ingredients including hard wheat from Montana, buckwheat from northern Indiana, popcorn from Illinois, blue corn from Missouri, red corn from southern Mexico and purple corn native to South America. To learn more about this historic business, visit

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