Impeccable Taste

Our picks of the most flavorful gifts of the season

“Keep using this vintage-style tin even after the popcorn disappears!” —Mamie Walling, office manager

Photographer David Hillegas

1-Gallon Popcorn Tins

In White Truffle Parmesan, $22, and Chocolate Caramel Crunch, $25; hamptonpopcorn.com

“Keep using this vintage-style tin even after the popcorn disappears!”  ―Mamie Walling, office manager

$6.95 for 5 ounces; ghostpepper.com

Photographer David Hillegas

Boston Wicked Good and Montauk Madness Hot Sauce

$6.95 for 5 ounces; ghostpepper.com

“This champagne only looks expensive! I’m stocking a few bottles for parties and hostess gifts.” —Sara Peterson, executive editor

Photographer David Hillegas

Pommery Brut Royal NV

$45; 800/410-6004 or wine-club-central.com

“This champagne only looks expensive! I’m stocking a few bottles for parties and hostess gifts.”  ―Sara Peterson, executive editor

$7 for 16 ounces; 800/935-2792 or lowcountryproduce.com

Photographer David Hillegas

Lowcountry Creole

$7 for 16 ounces; 800/935-2792 or lowcountryproduce.com

In Tuscan Rose and Pink Peppercorn, $11.50; 404/347-6476 or bellacucina.com

Photographer David Hillegas

Aromatic Savory Salts

In Tuscan Rose and Pink Peppercorn, $11.50; 404/347-6476 or bellacucina.com

$30, Aquavit; 212/724-6767 or 67wine.com

Photographer David Hillegas

White Cranberry Vodka

$30, Aquavit; 212/724-6767 or 67wine.com

“This caviar’s subtle saltiness is like being kissed by a sailor.” —Julia Rutland, senior food editor

Photographer David Hillegas

Beet and Saffron Whitefish Roe

$20; 800/952-2842 or tsarnicoulai.com

“This caviar’s subtle saltiness is like being kissed by a sailor.”  ―Julia Rutland, senior food editor

$6 for 20; 800/697-9095 or jackandlulu.com

Photographer David Hillegas

Stripey Straws

$6 for 20; 800/697-9095 or jackandlulu.com

In Piccolo, $17; 404/347-6476 or bellacucina.com

Photographer David Hillegas

Farmhouse Lemons

In Piccolo, $17; 404/347-6476 or bellacucina.com

$9, Taxi’s Dog Bakery; 413/535-9826 or homegrowndog.com

Photographer David Hillegas

Snowflake Pack Dog Cookies

$9, Taxi’s Dog Bakery; 413/535-9826 or homegrowndog.com

“This was my favorite product from last year’s Fancy Food Show,” senior food editor Julia Rutland says. “The rich, moist cake accompanied by a warm butterscotch sauce is fast for everyday but delicious enough to serve on your finest china.”

Photographer David Hillegas

Sticky Toffee Pudding

$30 for 6 individual puddings; 512/472-0039 or stickytoffeepuddingcompany.com

“This was my favorite product from last year’s Fancy Food Show,” senior food editor Julia Rutland says. “The rich, moist cake accompanied by a warm butterscotch sauce is fast for everyday but delicious enough to serve on your finest china.”

It’s a good thing these are filling enough to stop at one because these chocolate-caramel-and-shortbread cookies are the kind of sweet you want to hide and keep all to yourself. But don’t—buy them for your best friends.

Photographer David Hillegas

Clairesquares Five Pack

Available in Dark or Milk Chocolate, $12.99; clairesquares.com

It’s a good thing these are filling enough to stop at one because these chocolate-caramel-and-shortbread cookies are the kind of sweet you want to hide and keep all to yourself. But don’t―buy them for your best friends.
 

 

Ginger is a spice that especially shines during the holidays. It’s featured in cakes, puddings, and candy, but the gang at The Ginger People really knows how to give it a holiday twist. The adorable Ginger Candy Canes are great for snacking but also delightful on the edge of cocktails and warm drinks.

Photographer David Hillegas

Crystallized Ginger Candy Canes

$7; gingerpeople.com

Ginger is a spice that especially shines during the holidays. It’s featured in cakes, puddings, and candy, but the gang at The Ginger People really knows how to give it a holiday twist. The adorable Ginger Candy Canes are great for snacking but also delightful on the edge of cocktails and warm drinks.
 

Cookbook author Sarah Leah Chase combines gourmet sea salt with flavors from afar. The Collection features blends inspired from her travels around the world: Tuscan, Provenal, Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Photographer David Hillegas

Sarah’s Sea Salt, The Collection

$25; coastalgoods.com

Cookbook author Sarah Leah Chase combines gourmet sea salt with flavors from afar. The Collection features blends inspired from her travels around the world: Tuscan, Provençal, Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean.
 

Award-winning Espresso Balsamic Drizzle, Azorean Piri-Piri Pepper Condiment, and Windward Island Roasting Rub finish out this trio of palate pleasers. This gift is a homerun for any foodie.

Photographer David Hillegas

Vervacious Signature Stack

$25; vervacious.com

Award-winning Espresso Balsamic Drizzle, Azorean Piri-Piri Pepper Condiment, and Windward Island Roasting Rub finish out this trio of palate pleasers. This gift is a homerun for any foodie.

(Published December/January 2010)
 

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