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Ten KC-made food products that make great holiday gifts

André’s Confeserie Suisse’s holiday offerings include chocolate pine cones filled with chocolate-covered almonds.
André’s Confeserie Suisse’s holiday offerings include chocolate pine cones filled with chocolate-covered almonds. sgish@kcstar.com

Looking for last-minute gift ideas for all the locavores on your list? You’ve come to the right place.

Here are 10 edible (or drinkable) treats made by KC area companies that will please anyone with great taste — you included.

For the amateur mixologist: Blood orange ginger shrub from Kansas City Canning Co. is the secret ingredient to a killer Moscow Mule. Just mix the potent cocktail and soda syrup with vodka and ginger beer, then serve over ice in a copper mug. A 16-ounce bottle of the shrub, made with blood orange juice, red wine vinegar, ginger, sugar and salt, costs $18 at Season + Square, 6205 Oak St. in Brookside.

For the tea sipper: Organic peppermint grown in Washington state gives Hugo Tea’s Wonder Mint herbal tea its refreshing candy cane flavor. A 0.9-ounce tin makes 25 cups and costs $12 at Season + Square.

For the ice cream addict: A single drizzle of lavender-infused caramel sauce from Lawrence’s Salt & Flint Confections is enough to make store-bought vanilla ice cream taste like a gourmet sundae. You can also pour the sweet sauce over cheesecake, serve it with cheese or stir it into coffee. A 6-ounce jar costs $15 at Urban Provisions, 2616 Guinotte Ave. in the East Bottoms.

For the chocolate lover: André’s Confiserie Suisse is a one-stop shop for stocking stuffers. The candy stores with locations at 5018 Main St. and 4929 W. 119th St. in Overland Park sell gingerbread men with iced smiles and chocolate confections shaped like Santas, snowmen and pine cones.

The hollow pine cones are made of solid chocolate, filled with chocolate-coated almonds, and wrapped in red or green foil. Red are milk chocolate; green are dark chocolate. The medium pine cones weigh 6 ounces and cost $21.

For the pitmaster: Butter up the barbecue lover in your life with a selection of sauces from the Kansas City BBQ Store. The shop at 11922 Strang Line Road in Olathe stocks an amazing array of secret recipes from near and far, including the sweet and tangy Squeal Like a Pig Slap sauce ($6.99) from Slap’s BBQ in Kansas City, Kan., and the fiery En Fuego sauce ($5.99) from Plowboys Barbeque, which has locations in Blue Springs and downtown Kansas City.

For the brunch authority: Every year during the holidays, Farm to Market Bread Co. releases Italian-inspired panettone bread studded with cranberries, candied orange and toasted almonds. The muffin-shaped loaf has a light texture and a rich, sweet flavor. It’s perfect for a holiday brunch — just slice into wedges, or use it to make a batch of French toast. The panettone costs $10.99 at markets that sell Farm to Market products, including Hen House, Price Chopper, Cosentino’s, Hy-Vee and Whole Foods.

For the seasoned chef: Small-batch salt rubs from Wood + Salt are a great way to spice up your kitchen life. “Ol’ Tradition” is a seasonal holiday blend made with smoked salt, granulated honey and paprika that lends the flavor of smokehouse ham to wild-caught salmon and pork tenderloin. Glass vials of the spice rub cost $12 at The Sundry Market & Kitchen, 1706 Baltimore Ave.

For the coffee geek: Blip Roasters, a Kansas City coffee company launched in 2014, buys beans directly from farmers in coffee-growing regions around the world and then roasts them in small batches in the West Bottoms. The company’s Brasil Cocarive coffee ($14 at The Sundry) is the perfect winter brew. The full-bodied coffee overflows with flavor notes of tobacco, dried cherry and bittersweet cocoa.

For the heat seeker: We all have that one friend who hoards hot sauces and pours them over everything, from eggs and Bloody Marys to pizza and popcorn. Give him or her the gift of heat with Zim’s Sauces, which come in four flavors: Bufsas Mild, Kiksas Medium, Nuksas Hot and Bläksas Hot Hot Hot. The Kiksas Medium ($6 for a 12-ounce jar at The Sundry) is as hot as most hot sauces and has a flavor profile that falls somewhere between Buffalo hot wings and Kansas City barbecue.

For the gourmet baker: Restock your cake- and cookie-making friend’s cabinet with one (or four) bottles of locally made Vain vanilla extract. The 3.75-ounce bottles contain complex flavors such as Indonesian vanilla extracted in ginger spirits, Mexican vanilla extracted in Kentucky bourbon and Ugandan vanilla extracted in premium vodka. They cost $12.95-$13.95 each at The Sundry.

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