Independent retailers often stock those special, one-of-a-kind items that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, when you shop at a locally-owned business, your money stays in the community and supports the home-grown artists and producers who helped make the items you purchased.
To help inspire your holiday shopping this season, we’ve compiled this list of food and beverage products from some amazing Futurpreneur-supported businesses.
The Shogun Series X 8″ Chef’s Knife – Japanese AUS10-V Japanese Steel with G10 Handle and Blade Guard from Dalstrong Inc.
Unrivaled Performance: Ruthlessly sharp scalpel-like edge is hand-finished to a mirror polish at 8-12° per side using the traditional three-step Honbazuke method. Nitrogen cooled for enhanced harness, flexibility and corrosion resistance. Full tang for superb robustness and triple riveted for even more resilience.
Cocoa Mix from Ohh Products
These cocoa mixes are free from dairy and gluten with no added sugar. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, with no regrets!
Mixed Minis (box) from Raw Magic Chocolate
A box of 35, 15 gram, raw, honey-sweetened, dairy/additive-free, organic and ethical, hand-made chocolates. Comes in four assorted flavours: The Dragon (Bee Pollen), The Goddess (Hempermint), The Phoenix (Chili-Chai) and The Faerie (Creamy-Cashew).
$65 (FREE Shipping until December 21)
Local-Lime Syrup from Ripple Farms
Ripple Farms, located at Evergreen Brickworks, produces the freshest heirloom lime basil and supplies 90% of it to their chef clients, but through the growing process some leaves don’t get enough sun. These so-called ‘ugly’ leaves are still high in taste and nutrition so instead of throwing them out, Ripple Farms infuses the leaves in a simple syrup made from three simple ingredients: Alveole Honey (local supplier), Water, and Lime Basil Leaves.
The Kiffin Tiffin from Kiffin
The Kiffin Tiffin is a circular stainless steel lunch box typical of the ones used in India. At Kiffin, we use these boxes for zero-waste lunch experiences for business. The boxes last over ten years. Owners are encouraged to make the Tiffin their own: engrave their names, adjust the tightness, etc. Dishwasher safe.
Brigadeiros from TasteBuds Boutique
Brigadeiros are the most beloved dessert in Brazil. They’re made of chocolate, condensed milk, butter and love.
$20.00 (15 units)
Sweet Heat Jalapenos from Pickling Dixie
Perfectly paired sweetness with jalapeno heat. Pair it with crackers and cream cheese, meats, or straight from the jar and awaken your taste buds!
$7.50 (250mL Jar + shipping)
Blueberry <3s Lavender + Mint from Penny Candy Jam
Penny Candy Jam is an all-natural, low-sugar fruit spread that uses unique flavour combinations to taste like fruit, not like sugar. With half the sweetness of a conventional jam, Penny Candy Jam is the way jam should taste. So dive in guilt free, one spoonful at a time.
$10.00 – $12.00 CAD
Salted Caramel Spread from La Lichée
In brief, La Lichée is three guys from Quebec, caramel from the Magdelan Islands and a grandmother’s recipe. The salted caramel spread is our personal favourite. Everyone loves it! If you can’t make up your mind, start with this one.
Gueule de bois (coffee) from Elojia Micro-roasting
After a bit too much partying, waking up with Gueule de bois will help you forget the previous night’s excesses. This very full-bodied coffee and its refined taste will stimulate your taste buds and give you the energy needed to get your day off to a good start.
Legume Starter Bundle from GRAIN
All three of GRAIN’s premium Canadian grown legumes in one bundle. Try their Kabuli Chickpeas, Laird Lentils and French Lentils – you’ll be so happy you did! Each box comes with an easy and delicious recipe and, as always, GRAIN provides full traceability back to the farm and farmer.
Sneaky BBQ sauces from Momma Mari’s
You might want to watch out for our next Momma. Our Signature Sneaky Momma gets a little more creative with taste. The longer you marinate your taste buds in her flavour, sneaky momma slowly releases her true comical colours, beginning with a fairly sweet smile then, when you least expect it, her flavour bites back. Momma Mari likes to be a little playful with her sense of humor so this type of sauce fits in well!