7
Dec
2015
Emporium Pies: Holiday picks for foodies

2015 Itty Bitty Foodies Holiday Picks

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Vitruvian Lights (credit courtesy Stevan Koye Photography)

It’s that magical time of the year again; holiday lights aglow, winter’s snow and warm gatherings. There’s no need to scramble for holiday gift ideas this year, Itty Bitty Foodies have done the research for you. Some of our foodies holiday picks are local, handcrafted and others specially curated but all thoughtfully put together for you. Here’s the 2015 Itty Bitty Foodies Holiday Picks! May you be filled not only in your bellies but also in your hearts as you celebrate with friends and family this season.

Emporium Pies has two convenient locations for pick up

Emporium Pies has two convenient locations for pick up

Emporium Pies

Who doesn’t smile at the sight of pie? Lucky for us, Emporium Pies has two convenient locations (Oak Cliff and McKinney) to pick up their scrumptious baked pies. Their holiday pies right now, like Father Christmas (peppermint cream pie with chocolate cookie crust) and Buttermilk Blitzen (classic buttermilk cream pie with a chai spiced blend) are just the sweet spot for any holiday party. Our Itty Bitty Foodies cannot walk past their storefront without a slice of Smooth Operator (French silk chocolate filling in a salted pretzel crust).

 

Kate Weiser Chocolate by www.IttyBittyFoodies.com

Kate Weiser Chocolate by www.IttyBittyFoodies.com

Kate Weiser Chocolate

Kate Weiser Chocolate at Trinity Grove doesn’t just sell chocolates. They are edible pieces of art. Our boys love going in and watching Kate work her magic with melted chocolate in the open kitchen. The truffles are delectable with exotic flavors like passionfruit and fun flavors like buttery popcorn made with white sweet corn ganache and fleur de sel salt. But truffles aside, she also makes some of the best French macarons in town. All the little indulgences come beautifully boxed up.

 

Jammit! Jam - six fruit forward flavors blended with wine and spirits

Jammit! Jam 

The artisanal line of fruit forward jams blended cleverly with wine and spirits is a great one for teacher gifts and hostess gifts. The jams are made the old fashion way with whole fruit and are so delicious we eat it right out of the jar. The jams pair wonderfully with cheeses (Mozzarella Company is also offering a cheese gift pack with Jammit! Jam) and you can elevate your dish by adding a spoonful to sauces or even as an ice cream topping. Six available flavors like blueberry star anise merlot, apple cinnamon bourbon or raspberry chili shiraz. There’s a six-jar sample pack available too for those who want to try a little of everything.

 

The Chianti from Poggiotondo Winery in Italy are one of the specially curated wines available from the Global Cellars Wine Club www.ittybittyfoodies.com

The Chianti from Poggiotondo Winery in Italy are one of the specially curated wines available from the Global Wine Cellars Club (photo courtesy of Poggiotondo Wines)

Global Wine Cellars Club

Subscription boxes are so popular now but wine clubs have been doing this for years. What a fun way to surprise the wine lover in your life with a package every two or three months (depending on the membership level). They make good gifts for bosses too; a nice way to remind your boss all year round what good taste you have. The wines are specially curated from all over the world with a price point ($15-25 per bottle) that can be enjoyed at every occasion. There are no membership fees and levels start at $44.95 for a 3 bottle shipment.

Love the artwork of famed tattoo artist, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins on the bottle.

Love the artwork of famed tattoo artist, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins on the bottle. (photo courtesy of William Grant & Sons)

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum & Hot Chocolate kit

Put together a hot chocolate kit with your favorite cocoa powder, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum and Butterscotch Schnapps and turn hot chocolate into a spirited adult beverage. The Sailor Jerry bottle bears the festive signature and artwork of famed tattoo artist, Norman “Sailor Jerry”.

ailor Jerry hot chocolate Itty Bitty Foodies Holiday Picks

Add a bit of naughty to nice. Sailor Jerry spiced rum hot chocolate (photo courtesy William Grant & Sons)

Here’s a quick recipe: Add 1 1/2 parts of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, 1 1/2 parts of Butterscotch Schnapps and 3 parts hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream, shaved chocolate and garnish with a cinnamon stick or candy cane. Snuggling by the fireplace: optional.

We hope you enjoyed our 2015 Itty Bitty Foodies Holiday Gift Ideas. Thank you so much for being loyal readers. Please have a safe and joyous holiday season. Do you have a favorite edible holiday gift? Tell us what you love to give or receive during this festive season in the comments.

Till our next Happy Meal!

 

 

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