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The Illinois Department of Agriculture announces the 25 Days of Christmas Contest December 1 - 25. One winner will be selected randomly each day from those who have signed up to take the Buy Illinois Challenge. Each winner will receive the daily featured Illinois product(s). Let's encourage the public to "Buy Illinois" this holiday season!

25 Days of Illinois Products:

    Day 1 - Giannotti's Premium Pasta Sauces, Giannott's Premium Pasta Sauces- a variety pack case (12 bottles ) of Giannotti Pasta Sauces (Marinara Originale; Marinara Arrabiata; Vodka Sauce; Marinara with Cheese and Pasta Sauce with Meat)   

    Day 2 - Bobak Sausage Company, Bobak Sausage Company in Chicago- Sausageology Special: 10 packages of the following: Hot & Spicy, Maxwell, Jalapeno & Cheddar, Tuscan, Stadium Brats. We'll also include a bag of Sauerkraut, some delicious recipes, a container of Horseradish Sauce and Mustard 

    Day 3 - Honey Wafer Baking Company, Honey Wafer Baking Company in Crestwood- Variety case of 24 packages (3 wafer per package) of assorted Honey Wafers 

    Day 4 - Simply Appetizers, Simply Appetizers in Algonquin- 3 pack of salsa with newly released tortilla chips. Winner gets to pick flavors 

    Day 5 - NOW Foods, Living Now Foods in Bloomingdale- 3 boxes of our Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Mix and 3 of our Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix (Gluten Free and allergy friendly). Just in time for holiday baking! 

    Day 6 - Curry's Kitchen, Curry's Kitchen in Chicago- Indian Tonight Gift Box. This is a basic collection of spices to cook Indian dishes for dinner. It includes our best sellers such as Tandoori Rub, Garam Masala and Chai Spice. 

    Day 7 - Plochman's Mustard, Plochman's Mustard in Manteno- Inside the Plochman's 25 Days of Christmas Gift Box, you will find a variety of Illinois-produced mustards including: 3 Plochman's Premium Mustards, 2 Kosciusko Brown Mustards, 3 Plochman's Specialty Mustards 

    Day 8 - Java & Co., Java & Co. in Henry- The winner will receive our TRIO - one of each of our recipes: Vanilla Latte for a sweet, silky caffeinated infusion; JA-MOCHA infused with coffee butter and cocoa; and for the caffeine sensitive, Toffee DECAF infused with organicToffee flavor oil and made with shea and cocoa butters 

    Day 9 - Jones Boys Market, Jones Boys Market in Ashland- A gift certificate for 1 Rak of BBQ Baby Back Ribs, 2lbs. of our Pulled Pork BBQ and 1 Package of any of our 45 diff. kinds of Specialty Bratwurst 

    Day 10 - Char Crust , Char Crust in Chicago- Variety Pack of our rubs (10), a Smoke & Spice Cookbook (winner of the James Beard Award), and Char Crust Rub Your Meat apron 

    Day 11 - Grandpa G's, Grandpa G's in Hamilton- Holiday gift basket full of assorted sauces 

    Day 12 - Hometown Bagel Inc. , Hometown Bagel in Alsip- A mixed case of our delicious bagel chips 

    Day 13 - Ying's Kitchen, Ying's Kitchen in Gurnee- Four of Ying's Asian Sauces and one mini cookbook 

    Day 14 - La Criolla, La Criolla in Chicago- A gift basket of La Criolla assorted products (spices, beans, pasta, and olives) 

    Day 15 - Bridgford Foods, Bridgford Foods in Chicago - A gift basket containing the following: Bridgford Original and Teriyaki Beef Jerky, Bridgford Sweet Baby Rays Original and Sweet Baby Rays Sweet N' Hot Beef Jerky, Thick Sliced Pepperoni, Sliced Italian, Sliced Turkey Pepperoni, Summer Sausage 

    Day 16 - Anderson's Candy Shop, Anderson's Candy Shop in Richmond- A $30 gift certificate, perfect for holiday entertaining or last minute gifts 

    Day 17 - Pigchaser BBQ Sauce, Pigchaser BBQ in Grayslake- Holiday Gift Set- includes: 3 bottles of assorted bbq sauce, 1 culinary basting brush, a full size apron, and an assortment of our best Pigchaser recipe cards! 

    Day 18 - Esther's Authentic Foods, Esther's Authentic Foods in Naperville- 4 jars of Ready Stew, great for appetizers, with vegetables, seafood, French fries, breadsticks or as a pasta or pizza sauce 

    Day 19 - Hooray Puree', Hooray Puree' in Park Ridge- A Healthy Dinner and Drinks for Two giftbasket featuring 8 boxes of Hooray Puree', recipe cards, dry ingredients for the meal and a gift card for the non-perishables! 

    Day 20 - One Hot Cookie, One Hot Cookie in Murphysboro- a holiday tin filled with an assortment of sweets including homemade cookies, handmade chocolates, famous Baptist peanut rolls, gourmet brownies and a drink assortment of specialty coffee, hot chocolates, and spiced cider 

    Day 21 - Rolling Meadows Brewery, Rolling Meadows Brewery in Cantrall- A holiday gift set featuring a 22oz. bottle of our national award winning Abe's Ale, a limited edition Abe's Ale glass, and a brewery tour. Must be 21 to win 

    Day 22 - Black Swan, Inc., The standard breed of barbeque sauce consists mostly of corn syrup or ketchup. But Black Swan, BBQ sauce in Dundee is a healthy, all-natural delicacy, made with fresh, pureed vegetables. The winner will receive a case of Black Swan's three traditional recipe sauces. 

    Day 23 - Eli's Cheesecake, Eli's Cheesecake in Chicago- a gift certificate for one cheesecake, perfect for holiday gatherings! 

    Day 24 - Forsee Vineyard, Forsee Vineyards in Coffeen- A $25 gift certificate and wine pairing for the winner 

    Day 25 - Champion Pizza, Champion Pizza in Hebron- 12 frozen pizzas shipped directly to the winner! Champion Pizza produces handmade frozen pizza with 100% natural ingredients and no preservatives. 

To be eligible, individuals must sign up and take the Buy Illinois Challenge. One challenge taker will be selected daily. Individuals must be at least 21 years old to win gifts donated by Illinois wine companies. For more information about the contest, please contact Jennifer Tirey, Bureau Chief of Marketing, Promotion and Grants at (217) 782-8146 or