1 When we were served a truly scrumptious cheese and bacon scroll at Sweet & Me we loved the honey-mustard sauce so much we had to track it down. The tangy, sweet and downright delicious mouthful is Goldie Tangy American Mustard by local makers Sweet Sting, which uses honey from Nelson and the Coromandel and fresh chillies from Northland but no refined sugar or additives. $12 for 280g. sweetsting.co.nz

2 There is so much choice in the low- or-no alcohol drinks space now, but we’re always happy to see newcomers. These sugar-free, non-alcoholic canned cocktails from Aussie brand Naked Life Non-Alcoholic Spirits are crisp and refreshing, and with flavours of Classic G&T, Margarita, Italian Spritz and Mojito there’s plenty to keep you interested. $17.99 for 4 x 250ml. nakedlifespirits.com.au

3 For that just-baked, fresh-from-the-bakery taste at home, Paneton’s Ready-to-Bake French Pastries – croissants, cinnamon swirls, almond croissants and pain au chocolat – are the next best thing to having a top-class bakery on your doorstep. If, like us, you can’t choose, there’s a mixed bag that includes raspberry danish, pain au chocolat and cinnamon swirls. From $9.99 at Countdown and panetonbakery.co.nz

4 It’s no secret that we love a good negroni and, boy, have we found a good negroni. A smooth little sophisticate, Bariletto Aged Negroni is made from Bariletto’s own crafted gin, some herbaceous sweet vermouths and, of course, Campari. But then it’s aged for six months in heavily charred oak barrels and takes on a lovely toasty, oaky flavour to complement the bitter, herbal fruitiness of this classic cocktail. A 700ml bottle is $95 or if you’re a true fan you can buy your own 5-litre or 10-litre barrel and just send it back for a refill. bariletto.co.nz

5 Think coconut milk, curry leaves and mustard seeds in a medium spicy tomato-based sauce all blended to super-chef Sid Sahrawat’s own recipe to give Cassia At Home Madras Sauce. All you need to do is open the jar, cook your favourite vege, fish, meat, plant protein combination and simmer in the sauce. $12.99 for a 500ml jar. cassiaathome.com