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Local gifts for food lovers Cacao’s premium drinking chocolate mix

Snake River Stampede 8-year-old Canadian whisky Former indio distiller John Ufford is bottling a new kind of rodeo rush with his Snake river Stampede whisky. The journey begins in canada, where the spirit matures in used Bourbon barrels for eight months before being blended and transferred to used sherry casks for an additional six months. Then it’s shipped to and bottled in cottage grove. Spicy with rye, along with slight sweet and citrus notes, it goes down smooth, but is complex enough to stand on its own. Whether you’ve got a rodeo fan or whiskey aficionado on your gift list, this bottle is a keeper. — TayLor SMiTH $27 per 750ml bottle;



Red Ridge Farms olive oil sampler This set of red ridge Farm’s specialty olive oils stack on top of each other to create a fun and space-saving treat for anyone who loves to dip or drizzle with extra-virgin oil. The arbequina is lighter with grassy notes, the Koroneiki is full-bodied with a peppery finish and the Tuscan is rich with earthy flavors. Buy the set of three 50-milliliter bottles for $17.95 online, at the red ridge shop in Dundee, or at specialty stores like elephants Delicatessen and Made in oregon. — TayLor SMiTH 

Tiny tin of Jacobsen Salt Just the right size to slip into a christmas stocking – or your purse – is Jacobsen Salt co.’s new slide tins. about the size of your thumb, these tins of hand-harvested sea salt from netarts Bay are the very definition of portable. Hey, you never know when you’re going to need highquality salt to season those too-bland potatoes. Be prepared! —TayLor SMiTH $3.50 each; Visit for store information.

Unbound Pickling Maraschino cherries craft cocktail enthusiasts and ice cream sundae devotees deserve to garnish their creations with the very best. Skip those fluorescent-red orbs and opt for Unbound Pickling’s new gourmet maraschino cherries in flavors like Hazelnut and chai Spice, and the spicy-hot Vanilla and cayenne. The sweet, flavorful cherries are just missing two things — artificial colors and flavors, for which we are forever grateful. —DanieLLe cenToni $6.50 per 9-ounce jar. Visit for store locations. 

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Put down that packet of Swiss Miss. if you’re going to drink hot chocolate, make it the good stuff. it doesn’t get much better than cacao’s decadent house-made drinking chocolates, and now the mix for their dark chocolate version is sold in a 12-ounce jar, so you can get your gourmetchocolate fix in the cozy confines of your own home. This premium blend of dark chocolate from Bolivia and the Dominican republic is a velvety, rich balance between bitter and sweet. When blended with milk and cream, each jar should make about 12 “espresso-size” servings, an ideal amount to satisfy your cacao cravings. — TayLor SMiTH $25 for a 12-ounce jar. Visit cacaodrinkchocolate. com for locations.

MIX Magazine December 2012  

Eat • Drink • Get Out • Get Together

MIX Magazine December 2012  

Eat • Drink • Get Out • Get Together