Although not every stocking stuffer is sweet (read about when I landed on the naughty list one Christmas in our December issue), here are a few of my favorite things this holiday season.

Tables Delight Sauce

Crafted by chef-owners Amy Vitale and Dustin Barrett of Tables, this all-purpose sauce works as a dip, marinade, or salad dressing.

Fun Fact: It’s what makes the restaurant’s signature tuna tartar such a standout.


Wacky Apple

The Colorado-grown organic apples in these products actually taste as nature intended: sweet and crisp.

Try: The fruit leathers or lunchbox-size applesauce.


The Real Dill

A jar of these hand-crafted pickles will brighten up even the plainest sandwich.

Best Bet: The jalapeño-honey dills.


Unreal Candy

OK, so these candies aren’t locally made, but they’re free of creepy synthetics (corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial flavors, GMOs, dyes), and they taste good.

Buy: The Unreal54—the company’s ode to peanut M&M’s.


Tuffy Kickshaw’s Sweetly Covered Corn

Caramel corn is reimagined into seasonal flavors like Gingerbread and Whiskey ’n Brown Butter for the holidays.

Get: The Jalapeño Addiction, which coats kernels in jalapeño, cheddar dust, and a shellac of caramel.

—Photo courtesy of Andrea Flanagan Photography