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1 A fun twist on reg­u­lar pop­corn,

Proper Crunch Corn is half-popped whole­grain corn ker­nels, mak­ing it crunchier, and the ad­di­tion of Lake Grass­mere Marl­bor­ough sea salt gives it a mor­eish savoury flavour. It's $4.90 for a 150g bag. prop­er­crisps.co.nz

2 Made by hand to get a deca­dent gooey cen­tre and flavoured with manuka and re­warewa honey, this pretty Manuka Honey Dark Choco­late Tablet from

Hon­est Choco­late is dusted with coloured ca­cao but­ter to re­sem­ble bee pollen. A 70g tablet is $16. hon­estchoco­lat.com

3 At the Clare­ville Bak­ery they use New Zealand-grown and milled flour, lo­cal Grey­town honey, but­ter and free range eggs from their neigh­bour to cre­ate their de­li­cious crispy Honey & Cin­na­mon Cook­ies. $8.50-$10 for a 175g pack. the­clare­ville­bak­ery.co.nz

4 OK, so we've heard of acai, but what about cupuaçu? Wild­ness take this Brazil­ian fruit, sim­i­lar to ca­cao, and dip chunks into acai and sugar cane juice from their own farm for their Or­ganic 57% dark choco­late. $11.95 for a 70g tablet. wild­ness.co.nz

5 Wai­heke Im­pe­rial Gin is dis­tilled us­ing uniquely soft and silky water nat­u­rally in­fused with min­er­als. They add a blend of clas­sic, new

world and na­tive botan­i­cals such as manuka flow­ers and kawakawa leaves, in­fuse it with a nat­u­ral na­tive qui­nine and fi­nally hand­bot­tle it, adding 23ct gold flake. Made by Wai­heke Aquifers it's $125 for a 500ml lim­ited-edi­tion bot­tle. wai­hekeim­pe­rial.com

6 Packed with omegas 3, 6 and 9 and high in mono-un­sat­u­rated fat, rape­seed oil from Omega NZ is cold-pressed to en­sure that key nu­tri­ents, en­zymes and acids are not de­stroyed and health ben­e­fits are max­imised. It's $14.50 for 250ml. omega-oils.co.nz

7 A lit­tle spritzy with fresh zesty pops of gin­ger, lime el­der­berry and le­mon, this Gin­ger-beer-flavoured Water Ke­fir from Happy Belly

Fer­ments is a raw, nat­u­ral and ac­tive pro­bi­otic bev­er­age. Not too sweet, it's a refreshing al­ter­na­tive to sugar-laden so­das and good for gut health,too. $13.50-$15.90 for 750ml. hap­py­bel­lyfer­ments.com

8 Eg­g­plant ka­sundi from Rel­ish

the Thought is made from New Zealand-grown egg­plants, care­fully bal­anced with toasted spices and chill­ies to cre­ate an aro­matic pre­serve. Mix it with yo­ghurt or mayo to make the pe­fect dip. $10 for 250ml jar. rel­ish­thethought.co.nz

9 This French-style boudin noir from Wild Game Salamis is made

to a tra­di­tional recipe us­ing wild veni­son for a beau­ti­ful tex­ture, and sub­tle spic­ing. Each boudin is hand-made and twisted into the cus­tom­ary horse­shoe shape. $8-$15 for 200-300g.

10 Hark­ing back to the tra­di­tional ice blocks of days gone by, Mr Pops Zesty Le­mon Ice Blocks con­tain just four in­gre­di­ents – in­clud­ing glo­ri­ous Gis­borne Meyer lemons – let­ting the refreshing le­mon flavour shine. Each 75ml block has a RRP of $4.50. mr­pops.co.nz

11 For Fix & Fogg Crunchy Al­mond But­ter they use Non­pareil al­monds dry-roasted deep and dark and then add just a pinch of Marl­bor­ough sea salt. That’s it. No ad­di­tives, no noth­ing. $9.99 for 275g. fixand­fogg.co.nz

12 If you crave ba­con but don't eat pork, then get your hands on some Honey-cured Manuka-smoked Beef Ba­con from Grey Lynn Butch­ers, which is made us­ing sus­tain­ably farmed beef sir­loin. $10 for 250g. face­book/grey-lynn-butch­ers

13 Wooden Spoon Bou­tique Freez­ery have pro­duced Su­per­food, a cashew-based non-dairy ice cream line that's ad­di­tive and preser­va­tive-free, too. Their Fudgy Salty Caramel flavour has a great nutty, lux­u­ri­ous caramel flavour and its RRP is $11.49 for 500ml. wood­en­spoon­freez­ery.com

14 Casheta is an or­ganic, cul­tured ve­gan nut cheese by Savour. It's creamy yet firm, mar­i­nated in or­ganic olive oil in­fused with rose­mary and pep­per­corns, so it's great as part of a cheese­board. $13.95 for 205g jar. savour.co.nz

15 To pro­duce their ultra-pre­mium monoflo­ral manuka honey, Avatar Manuka Honey MQS20+, Avatar en­sure the hives are placed in the purest manuka source, us­ing he­li­copters to get to ar­eas where ac­cess is tricky. Ap­ply­ing the Manuka Qual­ity Stan­dard rat­ing sys­tem ver­i­fies the pu­rity and prove­nance of this lovely honey. $229.95 for 250g jar from avatarhoney.com

16 Great New York-style pas­trami from Pas­trami & Rye, made from New Zealand grass-fed beef and smoked over manuka wood chips to give a dis­tinct flavour. The maker earned his stripes work­ing in NY delis and butch­ers so you can be sure it's good, and it comes beau­ti­fully pack­aged, too. $9.50 for 200g. pas­tramiandrye.co.nz

17 For a tra­di­tional Kiwi Christ­mas pud­ding, look no fur­ther than this Tra­di­tional Steamed Christ­mas Pud­ding from Kitchen Six. Steeped in brandy and Guin­ness to give it a lux­u­ri­ous taste, it has Hawke's Bay or­anges and lemons too, so it's not too sweet. The 840g pud­ding costs $30. kitchen­six.co.nz

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