Holidays

Great Colorado Food Gifts for the Twelve Days of Christmas

Merf's Condiments are as festive in red and green as they are delicious.
Merf's Condiments are as festive in red and green as they are delicious. Linnea Covington

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click to enlarge CHANDLER KIM
Chandler Kim
Cardamom and Coffee Body Scrub From Fig + Yarrow
This scrumptious body scrub ($48) smells so good, you'll want to eat it. And technically, you could, since Fig + Yarrow uses only wholesome and natural ingredients that are 100 percent edible: coffee, cane sugar, cardamom and a mixture of coconut, shea and cocoa butters. But this product is for your skin and not your tummy. Send it to your coffee-loving sister or best friend, and after one go with this exfoliant, they will not only glow, but will happily smell like their favorite cafe, in the best possible way.

click to enlarge Honey Comb jewelry created by Amy Hager. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Honey Comb jewelry created by Amy Hager.
Linnea Covington
Honey Comb Jewelry by Amy Hager
Imagine if you could showcase your love of honey by wearing a piece of honeycomb. Each item artist Amy Hager makes uses a real chunk of honeycomb that she casts into unique charms on necklaces, bracelets and rings. They're truly a gift for your honey, and each sale helps out the Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit charity that the artist donates to each month.

click to enlarge The holiday collection at Robin Chocolates. - CHRISTY PEARSON, CHASING DREAMS STUDIO
The holiday collection at Robin Chocolates.
Christy Pearson, Chasing Dreams Studio
Holiday Collection From Robin Chocolates
This year, Longmont-based confectioner Robin Chocolates has released six seasonal flavors in a holiday box of chocolates. The lineup includes candy cane, cranberry vodka lime, eggnog, figgy pudding, gingerbread molasses and chocolate whiskey pecan pie. That last one is made with spirits from Black Canyon Distillery, also in Longmont. Get a box of six ($14.75) or really treat someone by ordering a twelve-piece set ($27.50), which includes these holiday flavors as well as caramel fleur de sel, Grand Marnier caramel, and raspberry.

click to enlarge The cinnamon-bun wreath from Steuben's. - CONNOR GREEN
The cinnamon-bun wreath from Steuben's.
Connor Green
Steuben's Holiday Cinnamon Roll Wreath
Who needs a wreath made out of tree boughs when you can have one constructed from delectable, homemade cinnamon rolls ($34)? You might not be able to ship this to your great aunt in Texas, but you can pick one up on Christmas Eve or the day before to give to those close by. Each ten-piece circle is lovingly created by pastry chef Nadine Donovan and includes the tasty rolls as well as three ounces of sweet glaze. A few dollars more will get you cream cheese frosting ($8) and/or a pint of Steuben's housemade ice cream ($6). Pick up at Steuben's Uptown (523 East 17th Avenue) or Steuben's Arvada (7355 Ralston Road) —  just be sure to call in your order by December 20.

click to enlarge TENDER BELLY BACON
Tender Belly Bacon
Bacon From Tender Belly
Given that bacon is one of life's perfect foods, it's not surprising that it would also be one of the season's perfect gifts. This local company makes some of the best in town, and this month, two new flavors have come on the market: sugar-free and java. Get a one-pound package for a stocking stuffer or savory Secret Santa gift, and keep a pack for yourself to indulge on Christmas morning. Heck, if you're feeling really generous, consider the monthly bacon subscription, which consists of four pounds of dry-cured, cherrywood-smoked bacon with the company's signature maple or habanero rub ($59 per month).

Jojo's Sriracha
Homemade sriracha proves a winner in most people's stockings, and Jolene Collins, otherwise known as JoJo, whips up some amazing sauces sure to make any hot-sauce-loving friend happy. Pick out a jar ($13 each) of the original stuff, the green-chile version or the extra-hot red, or go for the holiday gold and get the Xmas style, a blend of green and red sriracha. Each delicious batch is wild-fermented and contains just five ingredients. Purchase a single jar or really make your darlings happy with a four-jar gift pack ($50).

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington