Stuffing a Christmas stocking can be one of the best parts about the holidays. After all, it's all about little, tasty and useful things that will fit inside a giant foot-shaped vessel. With the days counting down, you should be thinking about what to get for the food lovers in your life; consider these ten items, which run the gamut from delicious to handy to something you will treasure for years. All of these items are made in Colorado, and some you can't find outside of the state.
1. Brisket Soap from Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que and Brown Castle Farms
Make a meat lover happy with this unique handmade soap from Roaming Buffalo and Brown Castle Farms. Folks from the two spots collaborated on the project as a way to use up leftovers from the restaurant's smoker. First, the restaurant clarified the fat and then the talented folks at the farm turned it into a savory-smelling soap, which does indeed give off the essence of smoked meat. Try that flavor or any of the other body goods, such as the bacon-scented soap and lip balm. Head to the eatery at 2387 South Downing Street for lunch and to purchase your gifts for $8.50 a bar.
2. Chocolate-Filled Peppermint Candy Canes from Hammond's Candies
5735 North Washington Street
This may be one of the most festive holiday candies out there, and it's the perfect size to fit in a giant knitted sock. These hand-crooked candy canes have been a Hammond's seasonal staple for decades, and you can only get them through January. But how, exactly, do they get the luscious chocolate in the hardened peppermint shell? The technique remains a secret, but the result is something you won't quickly forget. And for those who prefer fruit and chocolate over mint, the shop offers a chocolate-filled cherry cane, too, all for $2.95 each.
3. EatDenver Dining Deck
With this little deck of cards, you can stuff your loved one's stocking with a gift that will carry on throughout the year. Each pack comes with 56 vouchers worth $10 off when you purchase $25 or more of food. This adds up to $560 of savings at the sixty independent EatDenver member restaurants, including Bacon Social House, Ophelia's, Racca's Pizzeria, Vesta, Vital Root and more. Just make sure the cards are used by December 31, 2017, lest they expire. Buy the deck ($55) online at eatdenver.com
or at any Tattered Cover retail location in the metro area.
4. Ganache Truffles from Fortuna Chocolate
Chocolate almost always wins during the holiday season, and the sweets coming out of Fortuna's tiny mobile lab in Boulder prove to be some of the best. Treat your loved ones to a twelve-piece gift box of truffles, a delightful set made with with Xoconusco premier cru cacao and creamy fillings that Fortuna creates by emulsifying triple-boiled, 24-hour cured organic cream from grass-fed cows. Each piece is lovingly hand-rolled and packaged by the company's three-person team, Aldo Ramirez Carrasco, Sienna Trapp-Bowie and Spencer Bowie. Purchase the gift set for $40 online at fortuna-chocolate.com
5. Honey Bear from Haefeli Honey
Make this holiday a bear-y sweet one by stuffing stockings with local honey in a cute, bear-shaped squeeze bottle. Haefeli Honey sells untreated honey sourced from high-altitude clover fields in Monte Vista. Owners John Haefeli and his wife, Patti, got their hives more than 35 years ago, when the company was passed down from Haefeli's father, Edward. In turn, it was Edward's father who started the whole thing way back in the family's homeland of Switzerland. The Haefelis came to the San Luis Valley in 1903 and have been selling delicious honey ever since. For only $5.90 a bear, you can share a little bit of the valley with your own family this Christmas. Honey and other bee-related products like beeswax candles and lotion can be purchased on the Haefeli website
or at the family's store, at 425 Grand Avenue in Del Norte.
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