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December 2, 2013

From apples to chocolates to sub oil, there's no lack of food gifts from the Niagara Region

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In addition, they produce jam and jelly gift baskets in various sizes, as well as individual jars of jam and jellies, vinegars, oils, honey, relishes and hot sauces.

Those who order at least 12 jars of jam can get a personalized label free of charge, which has become very popular, Murphy said. 

Becker Farms in Gasport also offers an array of locally made jams and jellies (and fudge) available for ordering online — as well as its wines from Vizcarra Vineyards. (And growlers of beers from its Becker Brewing.)

Its fellow Niagara Wine Trail wineries — all 18 of them — also offer potential gifts for those who like to imbibe their holiday cheer. 

Back on the teetotaler side of things is Lewiston Jellies, which has a line of jams and jellies made from berries, grapes and fruit grown in Western New York. They’re available both online and in a handful of local retail locations.

Gifts from the oven

Niagara Region residents might not know that, right in the heart of the area, they can purchase goodies that sell across the world via the Neiman Marcus’ famous mail-order book.

Based out of Niagara Falls, DiCamillo Bakery has been providing the area (and beyond) with Italian bread, cookies, biscotti, pizzelles, cakes and more since 1920. Michael DiCamillo, vice president of marketing, said business outside Western New York ranges from the expatriate crowd to companies and individuals who have become familiar with DiCamillo products in other ways.

“Ex-Niagara Falls people are famiilar with our bread. That’s a huge thing,” he said. “I just got another order for 12 loaves I have to ship to Florida. If they buy our bread, they usually have some connection to Western New York. That’s a big, big, big part of our business with expats.”

Beyond the expat market, popular DiCamillo gifts are the tins or ceramic jars of biscotti or cookies — several of which are featured in the Neiman Marcus mail order catalog, DiCamillo said.

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