Our 2015 Holiday Gourmand Gift-Giving Guide (Part 2)


Christmas is inching ever closer. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Part 1 of our 2015 Holiday Gourmand Gift-Giving Guide and are still searching for that perfect something to give to someone special, then we have a few more suggestions for you.

If, on the other hand, you’re just looking for a little something to reward yourself with for having been good all year (we’ll take your word for this,) this list will work for that, too. We just like making people happy, whoever and wherever they may be.

For the Discerning Candy Devourer…

Fla-Ver Candy with Artisan Crafted Dispenser

Image credit: FlaVerMints.com
Image credit: FlaVerMints.com

Call 205-838-0570 for purchase/cost information.

This company born of a successful Kickstarter campaign knows how to treat a sweet tooth. Innovative candy flavors like Lime Chipotle, Pineapple-Jalapeno, and even Popcorn share a place in our hearts alongside time-tested favorites like Cherry and Peppermint. Having enjoyed an opportunity to sample each flavor, we’re pleased to recommend this product line to anyone who enjoys being surprised by how well seemingly dissimilar flavors can work together to create something memorable.

Even better is that now one can house their Mint with Rosemary Creme Essence-flavored candies in an attractive 9″ tall dispenser featuring a glass display vessel perched securely atop a natural bamboo base. This makes a great gift for those who want to snack in style without overloading on calories (the candies, sold separately from the dispenser, pack less than 95 calories per serving.)

Get it at FlaVerMints.com

For the Manly Gourmand…

Mantry.com Gift Subscription

Image credit: Mantry.com
Image credit: Mantry.com


Billing itself as “Food for Men,” Mantry.com specializes in curated six-item boxes of food items from the cream of the food artisan world. Taking 2015 Christmas orders right up until December 21, and offering delivery subscriptions in 1-, 3-, and 6-month shipping plans, this could be the food-loving gentleman’s equivalent of a dozen long-stemmed red roses. Shipping costs are waived when you purchase a 3- or 6-month delivery subscription, so it’s a wonderful gift option if discovering new and unfamiliar foods and the people who make them is considered an adventurous and worthwhile pastime for you or someone you know.

Get it at Mantry.com

For the Condiment King or Queen…

NAR Gourmet Gift Sets

Image credit: NAR Gourmet
Image credit: NAR Gourmet


Last year we covered some of the products that NAR Gourmet has to offer, so we have no compunctions about vouching for the quality of their goods. Suffice it to say that these gift baskets offering up goodies like Naturally Rosemary Flavored Olive Oil, Organic Pomegranate Sour Condiment, and All-Natural Seasonal Preserves in flavors like Rose, Black Mulberry, and Fig, are sure to be appreciated by those who love to cook as much as they love to eat.

Get it at NAR Gourmet

For the Patient Carnivore…

Do-It-Yourself Jerky Kit

Image credit: Fleischers.com
Image credit: Fleischers.com


If making mounds of tasty beef jerky in the comfort of home sounds appealing to you or someone you love, this could solve your gift-giving dilemma. The kit comes with two drying racks and two spice blends (Mexican and Classic varieties) along with detailed instructions on how to turn a pound of your favorite cut of beef (not included) into a delicious high-protein dried snack.

Get it at Fleischers.com

For the Degustatory Daredevil…

Ghost Pepper Honey

Image credit: Geddes Farms
Image credit: Geddes Farms



Embodying the best of what happens when sugar meets spice, this is some hot honey, honey! Ghost peppers are among the hottest chili peppers on the planet, and here we find it immersed in a jar of sustainably-produced wildflower honey. The honey’s ntural sweetness tamps down the fire a little, but this product retains more than enough kick to bite you back, no matter what foods you or your favorite foodie who’s tasted everything choose to drizzle it over.

Get it at Geddes Farms

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