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Four ideas for edible gifts you can find throughout Tampa Bay

CHERIE DIEZ | Times Florida Pure Sea Salt flavors clockwise from left, sriracha, maple bacon, "Butcher Block" black pepper, and chocolate in St. Petersburg, FL, Monday, August 8, 2017. Maureen Cacioppo harvests salt from the waters around Tampa Bay, dries it and flavors (some of) it to make her own salt, which she sells at markets and local stores as the company Florida Pure Sea Salt.
Published Dec. 9, 2017

Florida Pure Sea Salt

Harvested from Tampa Bay's waters, these handcrafted salts come in flavors like maple bacon, Sriracha, lemongrass, habanero or black truffle. They retail for $15 a jar online, at You can also buy a three-pack of salts at Strands of Sunshine, 633 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg; they come in a handmade wooden gift box for $55.

Fermentation or other cooking class

Tampa Bay has become a hub for fermentation. With local companies like Mother Kombucha and St. Pete Ferments, this area is a source for learning about everything from kimchi to pickles to sauerkraut to kombucha. Consider registering someone for a class. St. Pete Ferments offers classes about once a month. There's also the Urban Canning Co. in St. Petersburg, which offers classes on everything from making mustards to jams.;

Chai blends

To give the gift of good chai, scoop a tablespoon of black tea leaves and various amounts of spices of your choice into individual pint-size zip-top plastic bags. Opt for a local company to source your tea, like TeBella Tea Co. Pack the tea bags in a French press, which you can buy for about $15 to $20, and attach these instructions: Steep contents in hot water, between 185 and 200 degrees, for four minutes. Add milk and sweetener to taste.

Brick Street Honey

Know someone who really likes tea? Or makes cocktails at home? Or has another use for local honey? Brick Street Honey is made in St. Petersburg, and you can find it at indie markets around the area. For something a little different, try a bottle of their spicy honey — a little bit goes a long way in bourbon, creating a warm winter drink. Look for Brick Street Honey on Facebook.

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