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These fun condiments are an easy way to spice up a simple recipe with global flavors. Foodies are sure to love receiving artisan nut butter, natural honey, and maple syrup, and carefully selected sauces of all flavors as a gift. From smoky Somali hot sauce to infused sea salts, these affordable and flavorful picks make perfect stocking stuffers.
Drip Calabrasian Chili Sauce
Tony Nguyen—the talented chef behind Beverly Hills hotspots Crustacean and Da Lat Rose—launched his own hot sauce. With Drip, Nguyen combines his love of Southeast Asian and Italian cuisines, fusing Calabrian chile peppers and Asian peppers tempered with raw honey and a touch of garlic for a punch of heat that's great on everything from pasta and soft scrambled eggs to fried rice. Or use it as a dipping sauce for pot stickers.
CinSoy Soy Sauce
You might not associate soy sauce with Ohio, but the Buckeye state grows some of the best non-GMO organic soybeans in the country. CinSoy in Cincinnati is a small-batch fermenter making miso, small-batch soy sauce, and soy salts, all from locally grown soybeans. There's even gluten-free soy sauce and a Make at Home Miso Kit if you're feeling ambitious.
This Little Goat Sauces
Owner Stephanie Izard has been ramping up production on her new line of This Little Goat globally inspired sauces and spices. It all started with This Little Goat Went to Southeast Asia, the zesty fish sauce and mustard sauce drizzled over the green beans at the Girl & the Goat, one of the restaurant's most popular dishes. Izard has bottled up flavors from her various travels—to Korea, Mexico, Hong Kong, Cuba, and Morocco—to give home cooks a chance to travel internationally from their kitchens.
Jacobsen Infused Sea Salt
All of Jacobsen Salt Co's sea salt is hand-harvested from Netarts Bay, Oregon and it's the perfect finish to steak, salad, soft-boiled eggs, or even sprinkled over a simple vanilla ice cream. There are more than a dozen infused salt varieties, including lemon zest and black garlic, for home cooks looking to try something new. Their vial collection of infused salt is a great way to try six, and the vials are convenient to travel with.
Lusty Monk Mustard
Mustard-maker Kelly Davis perfected her mustard recipe, based on a recipe from an old Victorian cookbook, using feedback from pretzel-dipping bar patrons at Green Man Brewery. Now Lusty Monk comes in three varieties: coarse-ground Original Sin, Temptation honey mustard, and Burn in Hell chipotle mustard.
Bona Furtuna Mini Olive Oils
Just outside Corleone, Sicily, Bona Furtuna produces some of the best olive oil in Italy with a dedication to sustainable farming and preserving heritage foods. Their new TSA-friendly collection of miniature oils includes two of their award-winning extra-virgin olive oils along with oils infused with garlic, basil, and chile.
Basbaas Somali Tamarind Date Sauce
Hawa Hassan seeks to bring the flavors of her native Somalia to American home cooks with her sauces at Basbaas Foods. We love the smoky, fruity flavors in her tamarind date sauce. The mild hot sauce is a great ketchup substitute and spices up everything from marinated chicken or salmon to a vegetarian quinoa bowl.
Waxing Kara Honey
Beekeeper and beeswax artist Kara Brook started Waxing Kara to help save honeybees, planting high nectar indigenous plants like clover, buckwheat, wildflowers, lavender, and fruit trees on her land in Maryland and harvesting the raw, unpasteurized honey for a variety of food and beauty products. The honey tasting tower is a great option to sample five different types of honey in smaller 2-ounce jars and there are more than a dozen seasonal varieties of honey to choose from. See if you can taste the subtle difference in your baking and when making cocktails or coffee and tea.
Ata Din Din West African Pepper Chutney
Don't be fooled by the bright red color. This syrupy West African pepper chutney by Egunsi Foods isn't even a little bit spicy. Instead, the caramelized vegetables have the subtly sweet flavor of slow-cooked tomatoes, red peppers, and onions. Founder Yemisi Awosan was born in Nigeria, where ata din din is typically used as a simmering sauce or with jollof rice.
Bushwick Kitchen Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is not just for pancakes and waffles—it's delicious in all manner of glazes, desserts, and cocktails. Bushwick Kitchen has an exceptional selection of flavored maple syrups, including gingerbread, cinnamon, and coffee, all tapped in the Catskill Mountains of New York. A limited batch of bourbon maple syrup aged in charred American oak barrels will add rich vanilla and caramel notes to any holiday sweets.
Big Spoon Roasters Nut Butters
The palm-oil-free nut butters by Big Spoon Roasters are now available in TSA-friendly 3-ounce minis, individually or in perfectly packaged variety packs. Wintry flavors include chai spice peanut almond butter and maple cinnamon peanut pecan butter. They're perfect for slathering on breakfast toasts or pancakes, but we won't tell if you eat it straight out of the jar.