These Unique Condiments Are Perfect Gifts for Saucy Friends

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If you're searching for a great stocking stuffer or small gift, look no further. The condiment is the perfect present and here's why: Just a dab of a quality sauce can transform a whole meal, yet people tend to go for the cheap, lackluster variety rather than spending a couple more dollars for the game-changing bottles. Treating your favorite person to a fantastic mustard or chili oil will improve their food countless times over and they will be ever so grateful. Here are 14 condiments that deserve space in every kitchen.

1. Big Spoon Roasters Chai Spice Peanut and Almond Butter with Sea Salt, $11.95

American and Indian culinary traditions become one in this peanut and almond butter that's blended with a classic chai spice mixture of cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and black pepper. After tasting this aromatic spread, you'll never want Skippy again.

2. Brooklyn Delhi Roasted Garlic Achaar, $12

Though the South Asian pickled condiment achaar is typically enjoyed with rice, curry, dal, and yogurt, this roasted garlic iteration works beautifully atop everything from chicken to tacos to ramen. It's at once spicy, lemony, savory, and sweet — and totally addictive.

3. Bushwick Kitchen Bees Knees Salted Honey, $13.99

Those who relish the union of salty and sweet will find the ultimate balance in this salt-brined wildflower honey. It pairs well with soft goat cheese, buttery toast, fruit pastries, oatmeal, and more.

4. Enzo Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, $37.95

A must-have for bread dipping and grilled fish drizzling, this citrusy organic olive oil is produced in sunny California using Italian techniques. Fresh and buttery, it's a complete upgrade from your average cooking oil.

5. Just Date Syrup, $8.99

A healthier take on maple syrup, this low glycemic index sweetener is made with organic Medjool dates. Natural sugar, antioxidants, and nutrients like potassium and magnesium are extracted from the single ingredient for this wholesome pancake companion.

6. Colman's English Mustard (Set of 2), $5.98

Mustard aficionados know that Colman's is a master in the field. The gourmet English brand has been around since 1814 and its sharp, zesty flavor adds the perfect bite to sandwiches, sausages, and roasts. (We've also heard it's amazing with Cheddar.)

7. Momofuku Chili Crunch, $10

Chef David Chang's Momofuku restaurants are renowned for innovations in dining. The group's newly released — and immediately soldout —chili oil brings spicy, crunchy goodness to your home. A mix of Mexican chilis, dried garlic, and crispy shallots, it's ideal for eggs, noodles, and more. (Don't worry, they're working on a restock right now.)

8. Mother-in-Law's Tangy Gochujang Fermented Chile Sauce, $34

The Korean fermented chile sauce gochujang is kind of like ketchup — but so much better. It has serious depth, with layers of sweetness, spice, and tang, which make it the consummate dip for fries, calamari, and barbecue.

9. New York Shuk Harissa with Preserved Lemon, $15.95

Fans of Middle Eastern cuisine will fall head over heels for this exceptional chili pepper paste. The rich, jammy harissa is combined with preserved lemon for a bright, acidic twist you won't find anywhere else.

10. Sir Kensington's Special Sauce, Pack of 2, $9.96

To craft a fast food-style burger at home, special sauce is key. Sir Kensington's makes the very best version of the tangy, mayonnaise-based condiment using non-GMO ingredients like free-range eggs and 100% sunflower oil.

11. Soom Premium Tahini, Pack of 2, $16.50

Perhaps best known as a main component of hummus, the Mediterranean sesame butter tahini is so much more than that. Soom's is especially creamy, so it's delicious as a spread on pita, a dip for fresh vegetables, and a nutty thickener for smoothies.

12. Trade Street Jam Co. Smoked Yellow Peach Jam, $14

Without pectin, thickeners, stabilizers, or extra sugar, Trade Street's smoked yellow peach is not your average jam. It's actually far superior and has the flavor to prove it. Just three natural ingredients pack a punch of fruity, smoky delight for PB&Js, cocktails, and beyond.

13. Truff Hot Sauce, $17.98

Infused with decadent black truffles, this hot sauce is a true luxury. It brings all the chili-powered heat you'd desire in a go-to bottle with the addition of a rich, earthy element that propels it to a league of its own.

14. Zesty Z Savory Za'atar Condiment, $9

Beloved herb mixture za'atar meets extra virgin olive oil in this Mediterranean condiment that belongs on literally everything. The magical fusion of wild thyme, sesame seeds, oregano, sumac, and salt is particularly suitable for bagels, salads, and grilled meats.


Morgan Goldberg is a writer based in Los Angeles. She likes pasta, hiking, and crossword puzzles.

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