It’s almost that time when Santa fills stockings by the fire. If your Santa stocking shopping is still a little lean, check out these last-minute ideas that are perfect for foodies.
Setton Farms Dark Chocolate Pistachios– These crunchy snacks from Setton Farms are crunchy snacks are not only tasty, but offer the heart healthy benefits of pistachios along with the antioxidants of dark chocolate.
Pistachios are chock full of potassium, protein, and fiber and contain plenty of dietary fiber, that insoluble part of foods that keeps the intestinal track healthy. And everyone knows that dark chocolate is healthful. They’re loaded with antioxidants, which some authorities say can help prevent a variety of chronic diseases and slow the signs of aging. Dark chocolate can increase blood flow to the brain and heart, helping to improve cognitive function.
Available in 5oz bags—the perfect stocking stuffer size—and priced at $5.99, Setton FarmsDark Chocolate Pistachios is an indulgence you can feel good about. You can buy these delectable Dark Chocolate Pistachios at major grocers and online.
Deccio’s Famous Seasonings and Ranch Dips-Made by the folks to operate Jean’s Cottage Inn in Union Gap, Washington, in Yakima Valley, Deccio’s makes All Purpose Seasoning, Salad Seasoning, and Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix. All of these delicious products are featured in their restaurant. The All Purpose Seasoning, added to a mayo-topped salmon, gave the fish a delightfully tangy, briny accent. The Salad Seasoning, that’s made with sesame, salt, paprika, poppy seeds, sugar and spices, adds a nice crunchy, sesame flavor to any salad. But it’s Deccio’s Rancy Dip mix that has us over the moon. Just add sour cream to their mix for a delightfully tasty, creamy dip or dressing that’ll have your guests raving. www.deccios.com
Saucy Mama Mustards and Dressings– Sold by Barhyte Specialty Foods, Saucy Mama produces a line of gourmet mustards (e.g. Apricot Ginger, Backyard Brat, Champagne Honey, Chipotle, Dijon, and Hatch Chili), marinades (Lime, Cracked Pepper), and salad dressings (Pacific Rim Ginger and Sesame Ginger) that are heads and shoulders above most commercial condiments. This family-owned, operation, in Pendleton, Oregon, is the brainchild of Suzie Barhyte (the Saucy Mama), who spends hours in the kitchen dreaming up new culinary products in her home, test kitchen. Her flavors are bright and fresh. I especially love her Pacific Rim Ginger Dressing with its undertones of soy, ginger and sesame. The Cracked Pepper Marinade, with its complex, spicy peppery notes, is great on steaks, pork chops, or mushrooms.
Saucy Mama products are available on at better retailers, on the Barhyte website, and at Amazon.
Nielsen-Massey Vanilla– If you (or friends and family) are still using imitation vanilla, stop immediately. Real vanilla, while much more expensive, offers complex flavors to any sweet or savory dish and is well worth the price. And some of the best vanilla on the planet comes from Nielsen-Massey. Their vanilla is made from organic fair trade vanilla beans from Madagascar and has a lovely, aromatic flavor. It’s available at a wide range of retailers (from Walmart to Williams-Sonoma) and online.
B.T. McElrath Chocolates– The holidays are a time to indulge your inner chocoholic and B.T. McElrath Chocolatier has two new holiday themed chocolates–B.T. Berry Poinsettia and Eggnog Cup–packaged in 5- and 6-piece packages that are perfect for slipping into that sock hanging on the mantel. The chef-driven approach to this Minneapolis-based artisan chocolatier shows brilliantly in their berry poinsettia chocolate, a red raspberry and black currant ganache in layers of white and dark chocolate
decorated with poinsettia-colored leaves. Their 6-piece eggnog cup, eggnog ganache in 40% milk chocolate capped with spiced white chocolate is a delicate treat that you’ll love even if you aren’t an eggnog fan. These are pretty and delectably delicious chocolates made with care that will have chocolate fans shouting, “happy holidays!”
You can buy B.T. McElrath Chocolates at some mid-West retailers and at www.btmcelrath.com.
Bakery on Main Instant Oatmeal– If you want to go really healthful, a clever stocking stuffer idea is Bakery on Main’s Instant Oatmeal. This is a yummy high-fiber, gluten-free oatmeal made with certified gluten free oats, chia, flax, amaranth and quinoa. Bakery on Main’s Variety Pack has individual 1.75 oz. packages in flavors like Strawberry shortcake, apple pie, and maple multi-grain muffin. You can stuff one, two, or more packages in your family’s stockings for a healthful and chewy-delicious breakfast any time.
You can get Bakery on Main’s Instant Oatmeal (and other products like their super-delicious granolas) at bakeryonmain.com
It’s also available online.
Happy holidays friends. — Bobbie Hasselbring, Editor realfoodtraveler.com