Looking to spread Texas-size cheer to friends and family out of state? Need a universally appealing present for employees or clients? Below are five suggestions for food gifts chock full of local flavor and appeal.
5. Goode Company Hall of Flame Make barbecue dreams come true with gifts packages from the Goode Company BBQ Hall of Flame. Gifts range from less than $25 to more than $100. For the serious grill master, check out the "Goode Grillin' Essentials": a black 12-Pack soft-sided cooler filled with Original BBQ Sauce, Jalapeño Garlic BBQ Sauce, Brisket Rub, Rib Rub, and Mesquite Shake, a Black TYLS Folding Can Koozie, a Camouflage TYLS Folding Can Koozie, Honey Glazed Pecans, Roasted Salted Pecans, a Goode Company BBQ Apron, BBQ Mop, and a Remote Cooking Thermometer ($136.99). We especially love the wooden boxes used for packaging, plain and simple except for "You might give some serious thought to thanking your lucky stars you're in Texas" emblazoned across the top.
4. Fredlyn Nut Company It's hard to find anything more delicious than fresh roasted nuts. Fred and Evelyn Ioerger opened their first Nut Hut in the 1970s. After growing to five locations, they decided to do their own roasting, and the Fredlyn Nut Company was born. Today the company operates from a single location on Westpark Drive with a roasting facility and retail store. Delivered in beautiful, collectable tins, the gift baskets make great gifts for friends or clients. If you're looking to ship in time for Christmas, the company recommends placing your orders no later than December 10.
3. Whole Foods Gift Boxes Food lovers, health nuts, and the environmentally conscious will go gaga for a gift box from Austin-based Whole Foods Market. Available in four different food-related "themes" (Gift of Grub, Get Warm, Get Fuzzy, You Rock Box o' Choc, and Ciao Down), three of which are vegetarian.
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2. Collin Street BakeryThis little bakery chain in Corsicana ships a million DeLuxe Fruitcakes around the world each year. We decided to see what the big deal was on our way to Dallas last summer.
Trust us, you don't know fruitcake until you've had one from the Collin Street Bakery. Not your thing? Check out the Presidential Pastry line from Roland Mesnier, who served as White House Pastry Chef under Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. All treats come packaged in a decorative pastry tin; the Presidential Pastries arrive in a special "Air Force Blue" collector tin.
1. Kerbey Lane Cafe Pancake Mixes "Make a lot. They'll go like hotcakes."
The Kerbey Lane Café is an Austin favorite, providing a unique, constantly evolving menu and an atmosphere that lives up to the "Keep Austin Weird" mentality. Due to customer demand, the 24-hour diner chain began retailing its legendary pancake mixes at HEB, Central Market, and Whole Foods in 2008. Available in Apple Wheat, Buttermilk, Gingerbread, and Pumpkin. Gift them individually ($6.79), three at a time ($19), or with a 30th anniversary commemorative tin ($8.99).