From farm-fresh eggnog to crispy latkes, Colorado is home to some of the most mouth-watering winter foods. Collect them all like holiday Pokemon.
From Clark Griswold’s Walley World mugs to your grandpa’s spiked concoction, eggnog is synonymous with the holiday season. This dairy’s thick glass bottles are full of whole milk, cream, cane sugar, egg yolks, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Crunchy on the outside, delicate on the inside, Littleton’s popular Jewish deli plates their latkes with homemade apple sauce and a cinnamon whipped cream that might make you cry tears of joy.
What’s a holiday feast without the grand dame of meat sitting in the middle of the table? Sourced from local ranches, Homestead uses quality cattle raised without antibiotics. Pre-order online or nip by to see what they have in stock.
Classic Baked Goods
In what could be compared to a Swiss chalet, Wimberger’s offers strudel bejeweled with apple chunks, dainty pastry-works stuffed with fruit reductions and holiday stollen (fruit bread with nuts) in a dense butter and sugar coating.
December just wouldn’t be the same without the Cadillac of desserts — pie. The Pie Maker in Cortez has been making succulent brandied ginger pear pies since 2012. Meanwhile in Granby, Showboat’s Drive By Pie sells out of their Killer Apple pretty quickly, so get there fast.
Why decorate your tree with grocery-store candy canes when you can get them gourmet from Denver’s favorite candy maker? But that’s not all they offer. Pick up their peppermint stirrers to make your hot cocoa extra festive and the blue-raspberry lollipops for those keeping kosher.
For the adults, Two Swede’s Glögg is a spiced, supercharged wine. Pour the garnet-colored beverage into a pot and slowly heat it up before serving it in mugs near a fire. Find it in liquor stores around the state.
This establishment cranks out some of the spiciest gingerbread in the state. Pick up at least a dozen of their gingerbread snowmen decorated with vibrant icing.
Breckenridge Brewery | Littleton
Breck Brew’s Christmas Ale is a full-bodied malt meant to be sipped near the hearth while “A Christmas Story” plays softly in the background.
While fruitcake may be the butt of holiday jokes, Ginger and Baker elevates this holiday staple with notes of rum and spice.
Known as Haute Chocolate, this is hot cocoa’s fancy cousin. Melted Swiss chocolate in a copper mug is topped with a block of marshmallow and finished off with a generous pour of Chantilly creme.
Resembling gold bricks, Liz’s Tamales will warm you up inside with a heavenly combination of meat and spices.
Nothing says winter like flaky, buttery, saucy and meaty pies made New Zealand style. These hand-held creations come in a variety of flavors like Sunday roast chicken dinner.
Photo Credits: The Pie Maker Bakery, Breckenridge Brewing