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

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.