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Stocking Stuffers: Ideas From Your Local Herb and Spice Shop

Herb and Spice ShopCan you believe that Christmas is next week? If that fills you with a slight sense of dread, rather than jubilation, you might still be working through your holiday gift list. It’s okay. We totally get it. Here at Old Town Spice Shop, your local herb and spice shop, we understand that there’s a lot to do during the holiday season and gift-buying is just one of many tasks.

We also know what’s likely at the very bottom of your gift list: stocking stuffers. The “Oh, I’ll just grab those while I’m out” mentality often results in stocking stuffers being a last-minute scramble. We can help. We have the best, most unique, tasty, and aromatic stocking stuffers that you could ever desire. Check it out:

Blends and Seasonings

One of the most fun things about our spices is blending them together to make new and delicious flavor combinations. There are different blends for every type of cuisine—from Italian, to pho, to cajun, to popcorn seasonings and dip mixes. We do our best to create our blends right in the store, making them as fresh as possible. And our blends and seasonings all come in cute bags or bottles – perfect for stocking stuffers!  

Brewhouse Sauces

We’re not your typical herb and spice shop. We offer an array of hot sauces, mustards, and easy-to-make marinades and dressings for sale online and in our spice store in Fort Collins, CO. Some of our favorites include our Brewhouse Sauces. These are unique hot sauces, mustards, and BBQ sauces, like Jack Slade’s Revenge, crafted using bock from Gilded Goat Brewing, a recent gold medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, or our unique Noco Beer Jelly, which makes the perfect beer lover’s gift. Any of our tasty sauces would make a delicious and lovely addition to your pile of stocking stuffers.

Hopped Up Coffee

We love a steaming hot cup of coffee here at Old Town Spice Shop; that and a tasty local brew, so we decided to combine the two! Our unique line of Hopped Up Coffee is a single-origin coffee, blended with Cascade hops and various malted barleys to add the texture and sweetness of different beer styles. A bag of Hopped Up Coffee is the perfect stocking stuffer! Not only is the bag the perfect size, but you can pull it out, open it up, and enjoy a hot cup of joe while you finish opening presents. Now that sounds like a win-win to us.

These are just a few stocking stuffer ideas. If you’d like some more ideas, a bit of holiday inspiration, or to browse our selection of spices, blends and seasonings, and so much more, swing by our local herb and spice shop, located at 130A S. College in Old Town Fort Collins, or check us out online at www.oldtownspiceshop.com.

Springtime Grilling Sidekicks: Rubs and Mustards

It’s officially springtime and you know what that means, right? It’s grilling season! We know that there will likely be a few more snowflakes yet to make an appearance before we can really sink our teeth into grilling season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of the warm days while they’re here, right?

At Old Town Spice Shop, your favorite local spice shop, we have a mouthwatering selection of grilling rubs that will take your BBQ to the next level. A spice rub is any mixture of ground spices made for the purpose of being rubbed on raw food before cooking or grilling. The rub forms a coat on the food and once grilled, becomes a tangy and crispy crust. We’re salivating just thinking about. Here’s our savory line of rubs from our herbs and spices store:

Ancho Honey Rub: Warm chili flavor balanced with the sweetness of honey, this blend is great on pork or chicken. Rub on your protein and let it sit overnight for full flavor or just sprinkle some on before you cook it.

Chimichurri Rub: An Argentinean spice, great on any meat; just add two parts olive oil, one part vinegar, one part water, and spices to make a Chimichurri sauce.

Horseradish Steak Rub: This complete dry rub will give any steak that horseradish bite you love. Simply rub on any meat, grill, and enjoy.

Korean Dry Rub: Gochujang powder captures the heat and spice of traditional Korean gochujang paste in a convenient, shelf-stable dry powder. Rub on pork, beef, or chicken for a truly one-of-a-kind grilling experience.

Mango Chipotle Rub: Bringing together the two wonderful flavors of mango and chipotle into one tasty rub, this can be added to fish, pork, chicken, or steak to make it sing with a medley of flavors.

Rib Rub: This tangy blend is a BBQ master’s best friend. Ideal for juicy pork chops, sizzling steak, fresh fish fillets and of course, ribs.

Santa Maria Rub: This style of rub originated in California and is perfect for a tri-tip or any cut of steak. It has a fantastic garlic finish, a pop of pepper, and is completely delicious.

In addition to our rubs, Old Town Spice Shop is happy to spice up another springtime tasteful tradition: picnics. Who doesn’t love a heavenly picnic spread? Especially when your spread includes one of our homemade mustards. Our selection of mustards from our line of Brewhouse Sauces goes great on top of any sandwich, hot dog, or bratwurst.

Auntie Stone’s Mustard: Crafted using Guinness Extra Stout, spread this tasty mustard on a bratwurst, add to deviled eggs or enjoy on a sandwich. By the way, did you know that Elizabeth “Auntie” Stone (1801-1895) is considered the founding mother of Fort Collins? Which is why we named this trailblazing mustard after Auntie Stone herself.

Redstone Creek Harissa Mustard: Crafted using Zwei Brewing Rauch Export Lager, you can spread this mustard on a brat, sandwich or anything else that could use a little tasty zing.

Sleeping Giant Spicy Mustard: This recipe is crafted using Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Dunkel Lager, Fearless Youth. If you like spicy and you like mustard, then you’re definitely going to love our Sleeping Giant Spicy Mustard. Layer it over your next hot dog and prepare to be impressed.

These are just a few ideas for tastefully spicing up your springtime grilling with the help of your favorite local and online spice store, Old Town Spice Shop. We’re here to make sure that you’re getting all the flavor that you can whether you’re grilling, frying, sauteing or cooking. We love it all. Come in and chat with our grilling experts to learn more about spicing up your grilling!   

 

Getting Saucy with Our Brewhouse Sauces

Although we prefer spice, we like to get a little saucy from time to time as well, here at Old Town Spice Shop. You see, we’re not your typical herbs and spices shop or hot sauce store for that matter. This is precisely why we’ve created our own line of Brewhouse Sauces.

Our Brewhouse Sauces are a line of unique hot sauces, mustards, BBQ sauces, and easy-to-make marinades and dressings created by your friendly local spice enthusiasts here at Old Town Spice Shop. The saucy part is that they’re all made with local craft beers.

And get this…we’ll be unveiling more sauces throughout the upcoming year. We currently have 3-4 recipes nearly finished with a lot of fun, new, and tasty flavors each with corresponding local lore. So stay tuned.

Get the scoop below on each of our tasty sauces and choose which suits you best!

Sauces

 

Jack Slade’s Revenge – Jack Slade was a Stage Master of Virginia Dale, CO and a notorious gunslinger. Just as notorious is our hot sauce, crafted using Bock from Gilded Goat Brewing Company and sweetened with pineapple; this Carolina Reaper sauce definitely brings the heat.

Robbers Roost Hot Sauce – Robbers Roost was a notorious hideout for outlaws in the 1860’s. Possibly where $60,000 in army payroll gold was buried after being stolen by six masked outlaws. Our sauce is crafted using Irish Red from Maxline Brewing. Add this sauce to eggs, meat, or veggies to bring a subtle, flavorful heat.

Beer Jelly

NoCo Beer Jelly – Delicious served with a variety of meats and cheeses or used as a glaze for roasting pork or chicken. The flavor of each beer jelly is true to the style of beer used.

Oils and Vinegars

Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This oil has low bitterness, is moderately pungent, and is the perfect for dressing salad greens or dipping spices. Milled from 100% California grown olives.

Premium Balsamic Vinegar – This balsamic vinegar offers a richness and depth of flavor, this balsamic vinegar is great with a salad, drizzled over fruit, or with dipping spices.

Marinades


Balsamic Honey Marinade
– A savory marinade with a touch of honey sweetness that results in tender juiciness. Simply add 3 oz hot water to contents and shake well. Then add 6 oz cooking oil and shake well. Marinate chicken, pork, or beef for 3-4 hours.

Garlic Herb Marinade – You’ll want to try this robust, Italian flavored marinade that makes a great alternative to bottled dressings. This one is especially delicious used with flank steak or london broil. It will liven up any type of grilled protein or veggie.

Sesame Soy Ginger Marinade – A simple, yet delicious and versatile marinade that gives distinctive Asian flavor to chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or veggies.

Mustards

 

Auntie Stone’s Mustard – Named after Elizabeth “Auntie” Stone, one of the founding mothers of Fort Collins, this tasty mustard is crafted using Guinness Extra Stout and can be spread on a bratwurst, added to deviled eggs or enjoyed on a sandwich.

Sleeping Giant Spicy Mustard – Legend tells of a sleeping giant that was cut down to access the Valley of Contentment, creating what is now known as Horsetooth Rock. This spicy mustard is crafted using Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Dunkel Lager, Fearless Youth and is fantastic for spicing up any sandwich, pork chop, or bratwurst.

BBQ Sauce

 

The Fair Store Bourbon BBQ – Named for Bootlegger, Frank Miller, this BBQ sauce is perfect for chicken, pulled pork, or slow cooked ribs. Sweet, with a hint of smoke and a buttery finish.

There you have it, our entire line of Brewhouse Sauces. Try one or try them all. All of our Brewhouse hot sauces, mustards, marinades and dressings are for sale online and in our Spice Store in Fort Collins, CO.

Old Town Spice Shop Holiday Gift Guide

Can you feel it? It’s almost palpable. The holidays are just around the corner! It’s a magical time of year, but we also know that there’s a lot to do to make sure you’re ready for everything that this season entails. However, when it comes to making your holidays tasty, you can leave that to Old Town Spice Shop in Fort Collins, CO, your friendly and local herbs and spices store. If you plan on making a Holiday feast of epic proportions or delicious holiday sweet treats, let us help!

Our spices are much fresher than those found in the grocery store or from most places online. We do our best to purchase spices in their whole form and grind them in our local warehouse so that you get the most out of your spices and so that your recipes taste amazing. Our local spice shop is here to make your Holidays less stressful and more enjoyable.

Here are a few of our Holiday items that you’ll want to make sure you have on your Christmas list or might be the perfect gift idea for the foodie in your life. Check it out:

Cocoa The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without our tasty, warm Old Town Spice Shop hot cocoa. Did you know that our cocoa is single origin cocoa from Ecuador and processed through one vendor to ensure the highest quality standards are being met? We add milk, sugar, and other mouth-water flavors to create cocoa masterpieces like chai spices cocoa, Mexican hot cocoa, and salted caramel cocoa to name a few. Make the perfect warm beverage to keep out the chill this Holiday season and get you in the yuletide mood. Check out our cocoa selection in our online spice store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SugarsIf you have sugar plum fairies dancing in your head this holiday season make sure to check out our selection of gourmet sugars and take your cooking and baking to the next level! We carry over a dozen essential cane sugars that are infused with flavors such as raspberry, maple, vanilla bean, strawberry, and tons of others. These sweet treats are perfect for adding a little flare to baked goods, cocktails, coffee, or even your morning oatmeal. We also offer savory infusions, such as sweet onion sugar, which make great glazes on grilled meat. Our chili sugars make fantastic additions to any chocolate dessert, such as brownies or ice cream. Order your sugars in our online spice shop or come into our local spice shop in Fort Collins, CO – they make the perfect stocking stuffers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift BoxesOur spices, blends, teas, extracts, sugars, and salts make the perfect gift this Holiday Season. We’ve put together some great combinations to suit any palate and cooking ability. These gift baskets make the perfect gift for that person in your life who seems to have everything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift Bags – Or if you’re looking for a delicious idea for a gift exchange or house party gift, consider one of our gift bags. Priced around $10 these are perfect as a small gift for the food and spice lover in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopped Up CoffeeHappen to have a beer-lover or coffee-lover on your Christmas list? We’ve got you covered. Peruse our unique line of Hopped Up Coffee, coffee infused with hops, malted barley, and spices to mimic different beer styles. Fresh roast coffee with hints of the malted barley? Yes please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer JellyJelly + Beer = Bliss. Try our delicious beer jelly made with local craft beers! Delicious served with a variety of meats and cheeses or used as a glaze for roasting pork or chicken. For a really special treat, try our Hard Cider Jelly. Crafted using Summit Hard Cider & Perry Company’s Campfire Hard Cider, this jelly is perfect for adding to toast or using in savory cooking for a lovely glaze. You can also spread it on cheese and pair with crackers for a tasty treat to accompany your beer. A terrific gift for any beer lover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brewhouse SaucesSauces, mustards, marinades, BBQ’s, and oils….oh my! Check out our line of awesome Brewhouse Sauces made with local craft beers and you’ll be whipping up tasty treats in no time. They’re also fantastic gift ideas for the foodie on your Holiday list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BlendsOne of the most fun things about spices is blending them together to make new and delicious flavor combinations. The possibilities are endless, especially during the Holiday Season. At Old Town Spice Shop we offer everything from popcorn seasonings and dip mixes, to curries and other international blends to bring flavors from around the world to your table. There are numerous exclusive blends that you will only find in Old Town Spice Shop, so come on down and peruse today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SaltsLet’s add some flavor to this Holiday Season, shall we? At Old Town Spice Shop we carry more than 15 different natural salts with various flake sizes and flavors, making them perfect to add a beautiful finish and texture to any dish. We also carry more than 25 salts that have been infused with different flavors. We have the right salt to add a unique flavor to almost any dish, whether you’re looking for smokey applewood, fiery ghost pepper, or earthy spanish rosemary. We’ve got your Holiday cooking covered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you have it, our tastiest and most holiday-tacular gift ideas. If you’re out and about shopping, make sure to swing by our local spice shop to make sure you’ve got everything on your list. Or if you’re not in the area, check out our online spice store to stock up on Holiday gifts and items for your pantry year-round.