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VOL. 37 | NO. 45 | Friday, November 8, 2013

Great food-related gifts made in Middle Tennessee and where to get them

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Send your out-of-towner family, friends and clients the delicious taste of Middle Tennessee by ordering local products online and shipping them anywhere nationwide.

Bang Candy Company

1300 Clinton St. 953-1065

www.bangcandycompany.com

Sarah Souther’s homemade marshmallow confections include Boozy Caramels made with Belle Meade Bourbon or Tennessee Whisper Creek Sipping Cream. Souther also sells flavored simple syrups, such as Habanero Lime Syrup or Smoked Spice Orange, to mix in with cocktails or desserts.

Bathtub Gin

4728 Crystal Brook Drive

484-3128

www.bathtubginonline.com

Artisanal fruit spreads handcrafted by sisters in small batches who use organic ingredients and high quality fruits and liquor – think Rum Raisin Mission Fig or Tennessee Whiskey Cherry Tomato. Order a gift box and choose to have it topped with a dainty flask, cheese spreader or demitasse spoon.

BittaSweet Cookies

5104 Pheasant Run Trail,

Brentwood, 319-5743

www.bittasweetcookies.com

A Brentwood-based family business that ships constantly changing cookie flavors, like a sweet and spicy apple pie, or buttery candy corn shortbread. Blondies and brownies are an indulgently addictive addition.

Blushing Berry

9508 Midlothian Drive

852-8128

www.blushingberry.com

Owner and chocolatier Regina Pinto, originally from Brazil, creates deliciously complex – and countless – chocolate collections of truffles with pistachio cream, toasted hazelnuts, fig saffron, amaretto and more.

Boggs Sauce

www.boggssauce.com

You can order it by the bottle or the gallon, but you might want to go with the latter. The spicy sauce is so good Tavern Restaurant recently started serving it in house, but you can always find them on the wings at the Cool Springs Brewery, where Jim Boggs works and where the wings are the No. 1 seller.

Brances Sweets

900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.

601-2114

www.brancessweets.com

All of the pecans and ingredients from the gourmet pecan company founded in 2007 by a husband-and-wife team are made right here in Nashville. Famous for their Gourmet Brown Sugar Pecans, moist banana bread loafs are also available.

The Christie Cookie

1205 Third Ave. N

242-3817

www.christiecookies.com

The fact the cookies are baked fresh to order is just one reason the Nashville-based company has found such success. Never wavering from the best ingredients, like real Heath bar bits, is another. Corporate gifts make up a bulk of the business and over the holidays they take on a few hundred employees in their Germantown location to meet demand.

Colt’s Chocolates

609 Overton St.

251-0100

www.coltschocolates.com

Owner Mackenzie Colt, a Memphis native got married at 15 and created Colt’s Bolts, a chocolate, peanut butter and almond confection that remains her No. 1 seller. She went on to spend six years on the locally-taped show “Hee-Haw” before moving to Music City permanently. After that, she focused on candy and received her first order from Honey Baked Hams. In addition to Colt’s Bolts, she also sells tons of Gooey Butter Pies and Roy Rogers Happy Trails Chocolate.

Goo Goo Clusters

715 Massman Drive

855-246-6466

www.googoo.com

Made in Nashville, this “original Southern confection” has achieved near-iconic status and was a true innovation when it premiered in 1912. Before Goo Goo’s production, candy bars were made solely of chocolate, toffee or caramel. The Goo Goo Cluster brought to the table a candy bar that had more than one principal ingredient.

Gracey’s Gourmet Cookies

712-3287

www.ggcookies.com

A Brentwood-based company offers a wide variety of cookies with special emphasis on ginger and shortbread. Cookies with monograms are a specialty.

The Loveless Café

8400 Highway 100

646-9700

www.lovelesscafe.com

Nashville’s classic country cooking is just an Internet order away, with plenty of different gift baskets filled with preserves, biscuit mix, country ham, sauces, seasonings, bacon –pretty much everything you need to recreate your favorite Loveless meal at home.

Nashville Toffee Company

1830 Air Lane Drive

232-2410

www.nashvilletoffeecompany.com

Handcrafted in small batches using all-natural ingredients, the business was founded by husband-and-wife team Christina McCoy Cohn and George Cohn, grandson of Nashville businessman Meier Werthan. In 2003, the candy was produced in their kitchen. Now, they are currently undergoing an expansion to accommodate orders from Kroger and beyond.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co.

1404 McGavock Pike

262-3007

www.oliveandsinclair.com

Voted America’s Best Chocolate by Southern Living magazine, the artisan goods come from Scott Witherow, who clocked plenty of time doing savory at local eateries like Firefly Grill before embarking on this sweet venture in 2007. After making three-pound batches at a time for friends and family, the confections really took off in 2009 with flavors like Buttermilk White Salt and Pepper and Bourbon Nib Brittle.

The Pasta Shoppe

2728 Eugenia Ave.

831-0016

https://pastashoppe.com

Launched by husband-and-wife team John and Carey Aron, their pasta journey began after their Italian honeymoon in 1992. The pastas change with the season, so order up Christmas tree or snowman-shaped bags for friends and family. They also offer sweet meringues in a number of flavors like chocolate cocoa crunch and peppermint.

Silly Goose

1888 Eastland Ave.

915-0757

sillygoosenashville.com

Fans of one of East Nashville’s favorite dining destinations can now order specialty syrups, infused olive oil and balsamic vinegar made onsite.

Sweet Creations

901B Monroe St.

255-5519

www.sweetcreationsllc.net

People who aren’t lucky enough to live in Nashville to grab one of their fresh pies from the storefront can order the all-natural pecan pies to be delivered all over the country.

Tennessee Cheesecake

355 Industrial Drive

Mt. Juliet, 773-6181

www.tennesseecheesecake.com

Custom-packed inside a cooler with refrigerant, fans of the cheesecakes know that they won’t even ship on weekends in order to ensure the freshest product upon arrival. Started by Valerie Wilson in her Nashville kitchen in 1981, Tennessee Cheesecakes have more than three decades of sweet success under their belt.

Willa’s Shortbread

1249 Northgate Business Parkway

Madison, 868-6130

https://www.willas-shortbread.com

For more than 30 years this local company has been shipping out tins of sweet shortbread, savory cheese biscuits. This season, choose a tin celebrating the spirit of Nashville with designs created by the local Anderson Design Group.

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