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Seasonal Snacks & Perfect Preserves

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The only thing better than Christmas Dinner is that lovely feeling you get watching your loved ones opening their presents. And of course the only thing better than presents are edible presents. So we wanted to make things a little easier for you this year by providing you with a little round-up of some of the best Devon foodie gifts you can buy.

Today it’s all about preserves and seasonal snacking…

Perfectly Preserved

Tiny Marmalade Co

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Tiny Marmalade Co. Gift Set

What: 6 beautiful jars of homemade Christmasy jams and marmalades, presented in a sweet little gift box.
Who: Exeter based The Tiny Marmalade Co. create preserves with a difference. Read our recent interview with Paloma Hermoso to find out more about this fantastic little family-run business.
Why you should gift them: If you’re after a foodie gift that’s guaranteed to please then look no further. Every taster box contains a unique selection of handmade festive preserves that are beautifully presented and full of fresh and natural flavour. You can expect to receive exciting flavours such as Christmas marmalade (a mix of apples, oranges, cloves and mulled wine), Cranberry Jam or Spiced Apple and Blackberry preserve. Throw in a sweet little candy-cane and you’re on to a winner!

Price: Christmas Taster Box £9


The Masons Arms

The Masons Arms Homemade Chutney & Marmalade

What: Delicious rhubarb chutney & red onion marmalade.
Who: These preserves are made by the team at the Michelin Starred Masons Arms in Knowstone.
Why you should gift them: Michelin stared chef Mark Dobson has created these wonderful rich and indulgent preserves that are perfect for Christmas. The rhubarb chutney has a lovely fruity tang that’s great for your seasonal cheeseboard, while the sticky onion marmalade is rich and sumptuous. Both preserves are perfect accompaniments to many festive dishes and would make charming Christmas stocking gifts.
Price: £3.50 each or 3 Gift Wrapped for £12


Clares Preserves

Clare’s Mulled Cranberry ‘Extra’ Jam

What: A lovely festive jelly that is ideal for Christmas dinner and seasonal dishes.

Who: Launched in 2014, Clare’s Preserves is a true artisan producer of award-winning marmalades, jams, jellies, chutneys and relishes.
Why you need to try this: There are few things nicer than cranberry jelly when it comes to enjoying your roast dinner. So you can imagine how pleased we were when we discovered that Clare’s preserves had enhanced this classic condiment by giving it a mulled twist! If you’re planning on putting together your own Christmas Hamper for someone this year then this is a jar you don’t want to miss.
Price: £4.25


Otter Vale Jelly

Otter Vale Jelly & Chutney

What: Possibly two of the best condiments you’ll pair with your festive buffet this year.

Who: Otter Vale are a local family run business whose award-winning chutneys and condiments have kept loyal customers coming back for years.

Why you should gift these: We’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t fallen in love with Otter Vale’s wide range of chutneys, jellies and mustards. This year we intend on putting together a festive cheese board and buffet for our guests and we’ve made sure that our pantry is stocked full of their tempting preserves. Having said that, we also think that their products make lovely foodie gifts as well. Fans of smoked salmon need to try it with a spoonful of Gooseberry & Elderflower chutney, as this light and tasty chutney is a wonderful companion to fish. Likewise their Quince jelly is perfect for cheese lovers, as it goes beautifully with a nice Manchego and hard cheeses too.

Price: £2 each.


Seasonal Snacking

FilbertsMr Filberts Moroccan Spiced Almonds

What: Unbelievably moorish snacks that are full of flavour.
Who: Mr Filberts create distinctive nut and seed snacks using local honey, fresh herbs, chilli and hand foraged wild garlic from local sources. Each recipe is free from gluten and diary as well as artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.
Why you should gift these: These are no ordinary bags of nuts; these are Filberts spiced nuts. Don’t just stick them in a sharing bowl this Christmas- instead we recommend roughly chopping up a handful of these nuts and sprinkling them over hummus to add some texture, crunch and a hit of spice to proceedings. Over the festive season we like to keep a bag or two in the kitchen cupboard for making a quick and tasty time saving side dish of Moroccan style couscous, but we think that they’re perfect for gifting too.

Price: £3.35 a pack


portlebay popcorn

 Portlebay Popcorn

What: Popcorn with a grown-up twist – perfect for Christmas movie marathons.

Who: Portlebay Popcorn are a small crew from Devon who are on a mission to make great tasting, fun and interesting snacks. With 9 tasty flavours of ‘Kracklecorn’ to choose from we’re pretty confident that you’ll love their range.

Why you should gift them: What could be better than settling down to watch a festive movie with a bag or two of this delicious gourmet popcorn? We can’t stop munching on the Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup flavour but we’re also very partial to the Cinnamon Swirl (which also happens to be very seasonal) and the Wasabi and Sweet Ginger variety too. Purchase one of their variety boxes for 8 unusual and delicious flavours – that way the whole family can pick and choose their favourite!

Price: Variety 8 Pack £9.30


WIN: An Exclusive Devon Foodie Hamper

Check out our Sweet Tooth Gift Guide here.

Over the course of the week we’ll be featuring even more fantastic foodie gifts on the blog and at the end of the week we’ll be giving you the chance to WIN an exclusive Devon Foodie Hamper containing many of the products we’ve featured throughout our gift guides.

Keep your eyes peeled for an update on how to enter!

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