6 Food Gifts That People Will Love
Stonewall Kitchen has tempted food lovers for decades with their indulgent and imaginative flavors. They are a specialty foods company based in York, Maine.
What does Stonewall Kitchen carry? Oh, jams. And sauces. And spices, marmalades, syrups, salsas, mustards, and baking mixes! Regional tastes like blueberries, maple, and cranberry. Charming accessories for the home, garden and kitchen.
Here are 6 Stonewall Kitchen products that anyone with taste buds will be thrilled to receive. And you will become a highly esteemed gift giver in their eyes! These tempting treats come in lovely, little jars and tins that fit very nicely into a gift bag, Christmas stocking, or into the palm of someone’s hand if you want to be direct about it!
Stonewall Kitchen is most famous for their over 50 varieties of jellies, jams and marmalades. This Blueberry Jam is one of my favorites. The blueberry flavor is at once intense and soft, sweet and rich. It’s a big taste of Maine in an unassuming little jar, and is quite good on toast and muffins. A spoonful atop a fresh, hot waffle or pancake is nice too.
This Corn Relish is my husband’s favorite. He loves it so much that he once stole a jar of it from our friends’ cupboard and ate the whole thing with a spoon. Don’t think less of folks who may do this… the Corn Relish is just that good. It is sweet, savory and zesty. Stonewall Kitchen recommends eating it with nachos or fish tacos, but we love it just with tortilla chips. Or a spoon.
The first product from Stonewall I ever had was their Roasted Garlic & Onion Jam. The jam is full of sweet onions cooked in balsamic vinegar, and loads of roasted garlic. My favorite way to enjoy this addictive jam is on a turkey sandwich, with the jam spread on thick, toasted white bread. Besides sandwiches it is also delicious on roasted chicken. And if you’re considering eating it out of the jar with a spoon… well, I’ve done that too. (I guess eating condiments out of the jar with a spoon is a thing in our family!)
This rub, this rub. Espresso Rub is excellent roast chicken. The flavor is strong and smoky, and if you spread a generous layer of it on the meat it has spiciness too. It can also be rubbed on steak, and makes for a very tasty smoked brisket.
It’s hard to beat a good chutney. A thick, rich chutney full to the brim with fruits and spices. It is so very autumn to enjoy some chutney spread on crackers with a cheese board, or added to a sandwich. Slightly warmed it is divine. This Farmhouse Chutney would also be good in a dish using curry, much like you would use Major Grey’s Mango Chutney.
Ok, I am cheating a little here because this is #6, but I really want to share not one, but both of these dessert sauces. Please forgive me… while you dive into these sauces!
Caramel sauce is a pretty common dessert topping, but this Sea Salt Caramel Sauce excels. Most folks are familiar now with how a little dash of salt incredibly enhances the sweet, rich flavor of caramel. I daresay that Stonewall Kitchens has perfected the balance. This sauce is light and the caramel flavor so perfect. And the little dash of sea salt dials up the taste, makes it last on your tongue. This Caramel Sauce has so many possibilities (with fresh fruit, over cake) but I must confess I have not yet moved beyond having it with ice cream. A high quality vanilla ice cream with this Caramel Sauce cannot be beat. Except perhaps by layering the sauce throughout a Butter Crunch & Caramel Ice Cream Lasagna!
This is another example of a standard dessert sauce, transformed and made irresistible. It wasn’t enough to have deep dark chocolate flavor. Toffee in this sauce adds a bricklely, buttery sweetness. As with the Caramel Sauce, I think this Dark Chocolate Toffee Sauce is best showcased on a vanilla ice cream canvas.
Don’t wait to be your favorite foodie’s favorite gift giver. Stonewall Kitchen’s specialty food products are widely available in New England, in gourmet food stores and shops selling regional products. Browsing their website is fun and inspiring. If you are ever traveling through York, Maine it would be criminal if you did not stop at their beautiful, expansive store. I hope you will get a chance to try some of these amazing jams, sauces and spices!