5 Stocking-Stuffers You Can Only Find in Louisiana
'Tis the season to be jolly. Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, and tiny tots' eyes are all aglow. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care--and you have no idea what to put inside them.
When we were kids, the first place we all went on Christmas morning was to the mantel to see what Santa had left in our stockings. No matter if it was candy, a toy car, or a $5 bill we just relished the joy that came with the surprise that nestled inside.
As adults many of us still celebrate Christmas by stuffing stockings, but sometimes it's hard to find just the right gift that's both original and fun. That's where a great website like Cajun-Shop.com comes in. It's filled with ideas to make your stocking-stuffers the talk of the season. Here are five that you'll only find right here in Louisiana:
The McIlhenny Company of Avery Island produces this piquant sauce that's fit for a queen--literally. McIlhenny is just one of 850 companies in the world that has been officially designated as a supplier to Queen Elizabeth II.
New Orleans' legendary Pat O'Brien's opened in 1933 as a legal liquor establishment. During Prohibition it was known as Mr. O'Brien's Club Tipperary and the password to get in was "storm's brewin'". This undoubtedly inspired its world-renowned hurricane cocktail.
It's 5" tall and wears a little red hat with a sticker that says "A Merry Cajun Christmas". At just $1.99 you can buy a bunch and hang a few on your tree.
These candies are still made the way they were in the 1930's: cooked over a gas stove in a copper pot, and hand-poured onto a marble surface. A true Creole confection.
Zapp's kettle-cooked potato chips are still cooked and packaged in Gramercy where the company began in 1985. The Cajun Crawtator was Ron Zappe's first creation and remains one of the brand's favorite flavors.