With promises to spend an extra 30 minutes at the gym, we tasted our way through an assortment of holiday goodies. (Someone had to do it.) Here are our favorites:
Try the staff favorite: oozy, boozy caramel. The caramel center is surrounded with brandy–milk chocolate ganache and rolled in toasted pecans, $16 for six pieces; chocolategourmet.com.
Skipstone Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
An elegant gift for the foodie with an already well-stocked kitchen, $25; skipstoneranch.com.
Try this alternative to high-fat fried or flavorless baked chips. These are hot-air popped, $3; popchips.com.
Macademia Caramel Crisp Confession
We couldn’t stop eating this sweet treat, $40; garrettpopcorn.com.
Olive Tortilla Chips
What a snack―all-natural chips made from black and green olives, garlic, and sea salt, $3; available nationwide or at foodshouldtastegood.com.
Serve nonsticky honey on the side for naturally sweetened hot tea and other beverages, $12; honibe.com.
World Harbors Gift Pac
Give your grilled food some tropical mojo with marinades and sauces such as Island Mango, Fajita, and Jerk, $10 for three bottles; worldharbors.com.
Lucini Pinot Grigio Wine Vinegar
Aged in oak casks for flavor, this vinegar is made from grapes grown without herbicides or pesticides, $12; lucini.com.
Ivory Coast Chai Chocolate Dessert Soup
An exotic dessert your guests will talk about for days, $12; frontiersoups.com.