Local Food & Drink Gift Ideas

Local artisan foods, packed with flavor and a dash of love, are the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift. Even better, a gift basket laden with sweets, treats and sauces is sure to put a smile on any pouting face — maybe even add more of a twinkle to Santa’s eye.

Sweet Tooth

Süss Carümel

Nashua
Bourbon sea salt caramels
Inspired by her German roots, Tammy Fahey gently cooks these in small batches for a velvety texture and layers of flavor. They are then wrapped in parchment for a classy look, or arrive in a sophisticated box.
$9 (They are also sold by Neiman Marcus for a tad more.) susscarumel.com

Laurel Hill Jams & Jellies

Bedford
Wine Jellies
Simplify with a gift pack of wine jellies with choices ranging from sangria or malbec to celebratory champagne. Packed in a pine crate handmade by Toadstool Design of New Boston.
$24.95, laurelhilljams.com

Taylor-Brown Wild Blueberry Co.

Alton
Blueberry Jam
A not-too-sweet concoction loaded with beautiful blueberries from their own farm.
$6-12, etsy.com/shop/nhblueberries

Polly’s Pancake Parlor

Sugar Hill
Taste of Maple Basket
Perfect for the maple fanatic. Featuring local syrup, Polly’s own maple spread and maple granulated sugar, and your choice of one of their award-winning pancake mixes made from fresh-ground grains. Find many basket and gift wrapping options.
$36.59-41.59, pollyspancakeparlor.com


Chocolate

The Chocolatier

Exeter
Chocolate-covered cherries
Get there early for this classic treat.
$23.95 lb., the-chocolatier.com

Granite State Candy Shoppe

Concord and Manchester
Nonpareils
Granite State Candy Shoppe offers nonpareils that are perfect for sneaking into the movie theater (although they do sell them at Concord’s Red River Theatres). The dark chocolate is delicious, but they’re also offered in milk and white chocolate with colored candy dots.
14 ounces, $12.98, granitestatecandyshoppe.com

Van Otis Chocolates

Manchester
NH Baskets
They have just about everything to celebrate this state of sweetness.
$34.98-89.98, vanotis.com

Enna Chocolate

Exeter
Monthly Bar Subscriptions
It’s $36 a month for three of their favorite bars with free shipping. Bean-to-bar is an experience to treasure on a regular basis.
ennachocolate.com


Beer

Photo by Susan Laughlin

Nothing like dark beer to light up the dim days of winter. Keep Santa’s cheeks rosy with these local stouts and porters. He does love the tall boys. Find them at the breweries or in local beer shops.

Imperial Stout
Moat Mountain Brewing Company
North Conway, moatmountain.com

Town Pound Porter
Concord Craft Brewing Co.
Concord
concordcraftbrewing.com

Coffee Cake Porter
603 Brewery
Londonderry
603brewery.com

Draken Robust Porter
Kelsen Brewing Company
Derry
kelsenbrewing.com

Flap Jack Maple Brown Ale
Henniker Brewing Company
Henniker
hennikerbrewing.com

Fat Alberta (Brewed with peanuts and cocoa nibs)
Throwback Brewery
North Hampton
throwbackbrewery.com


Bubbles & Spirits

Tamworth Distilling

Tamworth
Deerslayer Whiskey
The Deerslayer is a whiskey flavored with the flora and fauna of New Hampshire in autumn — in particular, venison. We sourced our red deer venison from a local New Hampshire farm, then hand-chopped the meat and tossed it with cranberries, porcini mushrooms, juniper berries, and green peppercorns. After fermenting overnight to accentuate the meat’s delectable gaminess, it is then slow-smoked over a mix of seasoned branches from New Hampshire’s boreal forests. A 3-year old white wheat whiskey serves as a lighter-bodied whiskey backbone, allowing the truly unique flavoring to shine through after its final distillation in our rotary evaporator. Savory and smoky notes characterize this one-of-a-kind spirit, with a subtle spice on the palate and a lingering finish.
Price varies, tamworthdistilling.com

Ancient Fire Mead & Cider

Manchester
Mead with a light touch and a bit of fizz may make a mead drinker out of you (or Santa). Check out their tasting room for mead on draft.
ancientfireciders.com

Hermit Woods Winery & Deli

Meredith
Sparkling Heirloom Crabapple
Their award-wining crabapple wine is made even better with a delicate effervescence. It’s medium dry with a long and tangy finish, perfect for starting a celebration. Serve well-chilled.
$29.95, hermitwoods.com


Snacks

Port City Pretzels

Portsmouth
Tasty Ranch Dill
These are very addictive, but others may favor the cinnamon sugar or zesty hot versions.
$7, portcitypretzels.com

Brookford Farm

Canterbury
Shade of Blue Cheese
This farmstead raw-milk cheese is a favorite of local chefs and can be found at several winter farmers markets. Blue fans will love its tang and depth.
brookfordfarm.com

Popzup Popcorn

Dover
Popcorn seasoning
This company is known for its innovative approach to microwaving popcorn at home, but now they’re selling it ready-popped. Just pair with one of their creative seasonings and let the Netflix bingeing begin.
$7.25, popzup.com


Sauces

Spicy Mike’s

Kingston
Spicy Mike’s Curry Ketchup
If ketchup seems boring to you, just sample what Spicy Mike has been cooking up. Flavor profiles are creative and add varying degrees of heat to kiss your lips and match your burger style. Newest is a spicy curry for an international twist to top your fries.
$7.99, spicymikes.com

Steve’s Original Sauces

Belmont
S.O.S. Kentucky Bourbon
Add this to your pulled pork sandwich.
$10, stevesoriginalsauces.com

Angry Porcupine

Central New Hampshire
Fresno Hot Sauce
Uniquely sweet and spicy (thanks to a combo of peppers and apple cider), this adobo-style sauce will make a bold addition to your favorite foods.
$12.99, angryporc.com

Naked Hot Sauces

Newmarket
Crabapple Thai Chili
The peppers are sourced locally when possible. Reaper Madness tops the Scoville scale … that’s hot! Others are available with varying intensity, like this sweet crabapple with Thai flavors. Their Awesome Sauce certainly gets a vote for best name.
$11, nakedhotsauces.net


Kits

Local Baskit

Concord
Meal Kits
Give the gift of a ready-to-prepare food kit delivered weekly. A variety of plans are available. Gift certificates sold online. Facebook

All Real Meal

Manchester
Ready-made Meals
Enjoy fully prepared locally made meals delivered right to your door. Order a pre-filled cooler bag or pick from a large range of individual meals. Prices vary.
allrealmeal.com


Local Source Shopping

Hannah Grimes Marketplace
42 Main St., Keene
hannahgrimesmarketplace.com
They build custom food-themed gift baskets filled with an array of Upper Valley products from their shop.

Common Man Country Store
59 Main St., Ashland
thecman.com
Common Man products include fudge, chocolates, jarred pickled vegetables, Bloody Mary mix and more. (Tip: Markets at Common Man Roadside stops off I-93 northbound and southbound in Hooksett and now Plymouth offer a great selection of New Hampshire-made food products for shoppers on the run.)

100 Mile Market
35 Pleasant St., Claremont
100milemarket.com

Tendercrop Farm
123 Dover Point Rd., Dover
tendercropfarm.com

Squam Lake MarketPlace
863 Route 3, Holderness
squammarket.com

Zeb’s General Store
2675 White Mountain Hwy., North Conway
zebs.com

Robie’s Country Store
9 Riverside St., Hooksett
rootsatrobies.com

Johnson Golden Harvest
412 W. River Rd., Hooksett
johnsongoldenharvest.com

Manchester Craft Market
Mall of New Hampshire, Manchester
manchestercraftmarket.com

Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop
815 Chestnut St., Manchester
angelaspastaandcheese.com

Community Food Co-ops
Lebanon, Concord, Keene, Wolfeboro


Other online sources

nhmade.com and nhgiftbaskets.com

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