Photo courtesy of Carlino’s.
From left: Motley Mustard//Photo courtesy of Motley Mustard; Burlap and Bean gift bag//Photo courtesy of Burlap and Bean.
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This locally produced, hand-crafted condiment is made by soaking a blend of mustard seeds in craft beer, hard cider, wine or bourbon. Once you dip your pretzels in a bit of Motley Mustard, others will simply seem inferior. Choose from flavors like Apple Wheat Ale, Oktoberfest and Hard Cider. The company has collaborated with Penns Woods Winery and Levante Brewing Company on select products. Purchase at Artisan Exchange (208 Carter Drive, West Chester) or online.
Swing by Carlino’s Speciality Foods in either Ardmore (2616 E. County Line Road) or West Chester (128 W. Market St.) and grab a tin of their beautifully wrapped signature homemade cookies. Each tin contains 25–30 cookies and includes varieties like pignoli, amaretti, vanilla biscotti, lemon anginetti and more. Online ordering is also available.
Photos courtesy of Tradestone Confections.
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You can never go wrong with locally made chocolate and Tradestone Confections produces some of the best artisanal truffles, barks, bars and caramels anywhere. The winter warmer selection includes chocolates with the festive flavors of chestnuts, cinnamon, caramel and spices. Available in store (117 Fayette St., Conshohocken) or online.
Grab some of the best bacon around, locally made in Lansdowne, by 1732 Meats. Their Garlic Insanity Bacon was recently named a pantry essential for the modern gourmet. Available at all Di Bruno Bros. locations, including Ardmore Farmers Market (120 Coulter Ave.) and online.
Java addicts will appreciate almost anything you find at Newtown Square’s Burlap and Bean (204 S. Newtown Street Road). Besides the popular house blends and fine single origin coffees, you can pick up great stocking stuffers—also produced locally—like Peloton Cold Brew (also available online) and Righteous Felon Jerky.
It’s not cheesy to give the gift of fine cheese to your favorite foodie. Farm at Doe Run cheeses include several that have been bathed in Victory Brewing Company beers as well as their award-winning Seven Sisters variety. Find their cheeses at Media’s 320 Market Cafe (211 W. State St.), Wyebrook Farm (150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook) and at Kennett Square’s Country Butcher Fine Foods Market (145 S. Walnut St.).
Give the gift of nourishing matcha or tea from Downingtown’s own Pureblend (118 Brandywine Ave.). Order organic superior grade matcha, organic matcha chai and a wide variety of loose leaf teas like Earl Grey, raspberry sangria and Mediterranean mint online, or swing by the tea bar and try some for yourself. They also offer a tea of the month club for tea connoisseurs. Their teas are also available at many fine food and gift locations.