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Christmas and Beyond at Central Market

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Short Stack Pancake Mixes and Syrups provide a variety of ways to liven up your breakfast!

Short Stacks Pancake Mixes and Syrups provide a variety of ways to liven up your breakfast!

The thought of empty shelves and crowded stores can give the last-minute Christmas shopper chills that have nothing to do with December’s chilly weather. Should the gift be fun? Practical? Or maybe both? It seems the more shops a mall has, the less likely one of them contains the perfect gift.

So skip the mall altogether and find a Central Market. Find the foodies on your list and get their gifts knocked out in one fell swoop. Thanks to Central Market’s constant search to find the best, most unique culinary items in America – and the rest of the world, even – we found three items in particular whose uses go well beyond the season and are not only exciting to receive, but even more enjoyable to use, whether it’s the 25th of December or the middle of May.1-oliveOil

Olivar de Segura Gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Lightly bitter and spicy, Olivar de Segura oil enhances breads, salads, meats, and fish with flavors of green leaves, apples, tomatoes, and figs. And with a bottle as elegant as the oil, it’s a gorgeous gift that any foodie would be delighted to find under the tree. From the beginning foodie to the most advanced culinary kitchen crusaders, this olive oil presents a delightful experience to anyone interested in delving deeper into this most ancient of foods.

“It’s got the complexity for the aficionado, but it’s not overly assertive for a novice olive oil taster,” notes Central Market specialty buyer Rex Howell-Smith. “Plus, it’s a gift ready off the shelf with its beautiful packaging.”

Willie’s Cacao: Handmade by Chef and Owner Willie Harcourt-Cooze, this delicious chocolate goes well beyond satisfying the typical cocoa craving. Using cacao beans he farms himself in a sustainable and ethical manner, you’re sure every beautifully packaged bar is the best has to offer from not only a flavor standpoint, but from an ethical one, as well. Additionally, its unique packaging makes it accessible to just about everybody.6-cacoa

Willie’s produces a great chocolate with unique flavors in a socially responsible way,” says David Leuthold, Central Market’s Chocolate and Coffee buyer. “And with the bar being smaller than most (50 grams vs. 100 grams) it’s a great way for someone to try something new at an approachable price.”

Short Stacks Pancake Mixes and Syrups: There’s no limit on the creative twists the folks at Short Stacks Pancake Mixes and Syrups are putting on America’s favorite breakfast item. With flavors like Sweet Potato, Meyer Lemon Blueberry, and Bourbon Salted Pecan, your favorite chef will flip over these all-natural mixes and syrups.

Short Stacks Pancake Mixes and Syrups are great for adults and kids alike, with fun, creative flavors like banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, Madagascar vanilla, and even cookie dough,” mentions Mark Phillips, a Central Market Specialty Buyer.  And their syrups and bacon salt shouldn’t be missed, either.”

The list of gifts at Central Market is endless, and while these three are some of our favorites, the chance of getting your whole list knocked out between their four walls is certainly within the realm of possibility. And as for the best part of Christmas shopping at Central Market? You’ll find plenty of gifts to adorn your own kitchen, too!

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