Jelly, chutney, tea and soda are among the products Pride Road makes from hibiscus. CONTRIBUTED BY PRIDE ROAD
Photo: For the AJC
Photo: For the AJC

Make it a Georgia holiday with these locally-made dips, snacks, drinks and sweets

Looking for food and drinks to serve at your holiday meal? Keep it local with these Georgia-made teas, dips, snacks and other tasty food items to make the holidays delicious.  

Thyme to Garnish offers eight varieties of seasoning mixes, and is working on new flavors. CONTRIBUTED BY THYME TO GARNISH
Photo: For the AJC

Dips, sauces, spreads and spices

Love Guac. Give your holiday a Mexican kick with the guacamoles from Love Guac, Fayetteville-based Tasha Tolbert’s business. After two years of experimenting, Tolbert got her recipes down to the four that do best for her: Love Guac (the original), Drop It Like It’s Guac (with habanero, jalapeno and serrano peppers), Trop Guac (she adds pineapple and mango to the mix) and Summer Breeze (with watermelon added to the mix and the whole thing topped with feta). Read more about Love Guac here.

Thyme to Garnish. Becky Battle and daughter Lindsey Conway create, mix and package their herb and spice blends in the light-filled kitchen of Battle’s Candler Park bungalow. Look for options including Loaded Onion, Sorta Spicy Very Veggie, Call Me Corny and Here’s the Rub. Though traditionally used for dressings and dips, their mixes can also be used in other dishes including soups and black bean patties; Battle and Conway provide recipes on their website. Read more about Thyme to Garnish here.

Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q. Brothers Larry and Danny Williamson own three restaurants in the metro Atlanta area, with the big draw being their sauces. They produce and sell six flavors, in addition to rub, spice mixes, seasoning salt, spices like chili powder and granulated garlic, and beef jerky in three flavors. Read more about Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q here.

More locally-made dips, sauces, spreads and spices:

Garlic2 Rub and Seasoning from Lane’s BBQ

Fish & Seafood Rub from Casa De Rusch Custom Rubs

Ras el Hanout Spice Blend from MarRay Foods

Marinade and Sauce from C’est Djen

Amazing Dumpling Sauce and Red Chili Oil from Gu’s Kitchen 

Nick’s Grecian Sauce from Grecian Gyro

Kickin’ Mustard Sauce from Maxwell Farms 

Ramblin’ Red Pepper Spread from Georgia Jams 

Fig Bourbon Jam from Elusive Jams 

Pepper Blend from Hotlanta Peppers 

Hungarian Wax Pepper Hot Sauce from Pulp 

Chimole from Sabor Provisions

Salsa #Verde from Hopes Salsa 

Mole Rojo from 100% Salsas 

Spicy Peach AubSauce

Sweet Potato BBQ Sauce from Kyvan

Original flavor from Causey’s BBQ Sauce 

Gullah/Geechee Seafood Boil Sack from Taste of Satira

Tybee Island Coastal Blend from The Salt Table 

Salad Dressing from Kushina Catering 

Cognac Sauce from Frik & Frak

Carrettera Sauce from FraLi Gourmet 

Praline Mustard Glaze from Dr. Pete’s 

The tea blends from Just Add Honey include chamomile vanilla bean, black coconut and chocolate. CONTRIBUTED BY BRANDI SHELTON
Photo: For the AJC

Drinks

Belux Coffee. Give your holiday crew a pick-me-up with coffee from Belux Coffee Roasters in Alpharetta. Ben Li and Lucy Liu, who both grew up in Taiwan, source single-origin, single-farm, micro-lot, organic coffee from Central and South America, Africa and Asia. The shop’s shelves are filled with more than a dozen varieties, along with the latest in coffee brewing equipment to help customers make the perfect cup at home. Read more about Belux Coffee here.

Just Add Honey. Brandi Shelton has been mixing and selling her tea blends around Atlanta for years, including Earl Grey Cream, with black tea that’s scented with oil of bergamot mixed with vanilla bean and cornflower petals and her Chocolate Mint Rooibos, featuring rooibos tea mixed with peppermint, cocoa beans, dried apple, chocolate flakes and vanilla bean. She also offers tea tastings and special events at her two Atlanta retail locations. Read more about Just Add Honey here.

Pride Road. The Atlanta-based Muhaimin family use hibiscus in a variety of products, including  teas, sodas, chutneys and more. The family is hands-on with every step, from planting the seed and managing the fields, to harvesting and processing the fruit. The current best-seller is their hibiscus tea with ginger and citrus. Read more about Pride Road here.

More locally-made drinks:

Sweet Monsoon from The Chai Box

Georgia Grey Black Tea from Thistle & Sprig

Sleep Tight Herbal Tea from Jayida Che

Traffic from East Pole Coffee Co.

Classic Cocktails in Cans from Post Meridiem

Ironworker Half Caff Coffee from  4AM Coffee Roasters 

Coffee from Ejo Heza Cooperative in Rwanda from Cloudland Coffee Company

Matcha Almond Milk from Treehouse Milk 

Meats and fish

Water-Buffalo Jalapeno-Cheese Sausages from Carrell Farms

Smoked Trout from Dancin’ Salmon

Val’s Kale Chips

Snacks, sides and salads

Lupa’s Kitchen. Naturopath Lupa Irie of Lupa’s Kitchen is a student of natural remedies. After learning that sprouting seeds, nuts and grains would make their nutrients more accessible, she was inspired to sprout buckwheat and pumpkin seeds and mix them with coconut flakes, raisins and other ingredients to make a trail mix she called Morning Glory. Since then, she’s expanded to sell kombucha, sauerkraut and a variety of trail mixes. Her daughter, Claire, has also joined the Doraville-based business. Read more about Lupa’s Kitchen here.

Suga’s Pimento Cheeses. Stacey and Robert West and Stacey’s son Quinton Jones are behind this Powder Springs business, which offers 10 kinds of pimento cheese including a mildly spicy pimento cheese with jalapeno, bacon asiago with jalapenos and one with serrano peppers, plus vegan varieties including mildly spicy with jalapenos and spicy serrano. Their 10th flavor, a smoked gouda pimento cheese debuted at the 2018 Atlanta Cheese Fest. Read more about Suga’s Pimento Cheese here.

Val’s Kale Chips. Valerie Burroughs is the creator of Val’s Kale Chips, a Fayetteville-based company that sells five flavors of handmade vegetable-based treats including original, spicy curry, garlic, sweet garlic and ginger spice. It all starts with putting the five Vitamix blenders to work, pureeing the seasoning mix, and then washing the organic curly kale and massaging the seasoning mix into the nooks and crannies of each leaf. She’s able to source some of her kale locally, working with Truly Living Well Urban Farm in Atlanta and Bugg Family Farm in Pine Mountain. Read more about Val’s Kale Chips here.

More locally-made snacks:

Savory Popcorn from Poppa Corn’s Gourmet Popcorn

Kettle Corn from Cork’s

Triple Popcorn from Miss D’s

Classic Southern Eudora Chow Chow from Harrison Family Farm 

Pimento Cheese Straws from Mama Geraldine’s 

Classic and Spicy Cheese Straws from home.made 

Versatile Vegetable Stock from Mad Mama’s

Mac and Cheese from Anna Bell’s Mac

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans from J. Martinez & Company 

Fried Peanuts from Georgia Fried Peanut Company 

New Orleans-Style Gumbo from Casseroles

Jambalaya Pot Pie from Paul’s Pot Pies

Bulgar salad mix from Vom Fass & Violas’ Spice and Gourmet Foods

Each Jardi Chocolates bonbon is hand-painted. This collection of treats showcases layered fillings inside speckled, swirled and marbled chocolate shells. CONTRIBUTED BY RICHARDSON MEDIA HOUSE
Photo: For the AJC

Dessert

Jardi Chocolates. Jocelyn Gragg’s Chamblee business specializes in chocolate bonbons, filled bars and chocolate-covered nuts. Most Monday mornings find Gragg tempering more than 20 pounds of chocolate. “Tempering” is process that ensures chocolate will be smooth and glossy, and have a bit of “snap” when you bite into it. It takes 24 hours for the chocolate to go from solid chunk to perfect “temper.” Read more about Jardi Chocolates here.

Perennial Pop Co. The mother-daughter team of Wendy and Chloe Collins whips up vegan pops in shared commercial kitchen space just outside the Perimeter. Their business, Perennial Pop Co., is the result of a desire to find dairy-free frozen desserts with high-quality ingredients and interesting flavors. The business offers seasonal flavors including mango and lime pineapple coconut in the summer and salted caramel apple and mint chocolate in the winter. There’s also a golden milk turmeric pop they thought would be seasonal, but their customers love it so much, it’s in demand year-round. Read more about Perennial Pop Co. here.

More locally-made dessert options: 

Doughnuts from Doughnut Dollies

Purposeful Chocolate from Meals on Wheels Atlanta

Smores from Smores Couture

Fig Newnans from Let Them Eat Toffee

Gelato Sandwiches from Honeysuckle Gelato

Oatmeal Lace Cookies from A Little Taste of Heaven 

Chocolate Obsessions from The Toasted Nut

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Shortbread from Angel Lane Bakery 

Peanut Brittle from Boston Brittle Company

Peanut Bites from Miss D’s Pralines & Popcorn 

Read the AJC Fall Dining Guide: The Noodle Edition

Read more stories like this by liking Atlanta Restaurant Scene on Facebook, following @ATLDiningNews on Twitter and @ajcdining on Instagram.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

X