Here are a few more gift-giving ideas that will make great options for food and drink lovers this Christmas season. If you and yours are fond of enjoying bites and beverages as they were meant to be enjoyed, and shopping from the comfort of your own home is preferable to standing in endless cashier lines, the seven items below may save you time and sanity.
FOR THE CURED MEAT NATURALIST:
Williams-Sonoma Bacon Making Kit – $39.95
Use all-natural ingredients to make five 2-lb. batches of bacon your way. Fresh pork belly and this kit are all you need to cure your own delicious bacon free of nitrates, nitrites, and MSG in only one week without using chemical preservatives.
FOR THE ‘PERCEPTION VS. REALITY’ PONDERER:
Aroma R-evolution – $49.60
This is a great gift for those seeking to explore how great a role our sense of smell plays in our enjoyment of food. Enhance, augment, and altogether change the taste of familiar foods by inserting a blotter disc into a flatware utensil handle, then choose from 21 included aromas to apply to the blotting paper. As one eats, this innovative utensil provides a flow of potent vapors that doubles the flavors for the brain to analyze.
FOR THE GOURMET COCOA ENTHUSIAST:
Hot Chocolate On a Stick – $24.00
A clever gift that’s quick and easy to use: Swirl these cubes of the finest Belgian chocolate into a cup of hot milk or heavy cream for the ultimate cup of delicious cocoa. Each box includes 6 1.3-oz. cubes that are best used within 2 to 4 weeks of receiving them.
FOR THE CELEBRITY CHEF-LOVING FOOD ADVENTURER:
The Voyager II Spice Set – $45.00
Chef Eric Ripert of Manhattan’s Le Bernardin collaborated with Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte to create this unique line of spice blends. This set includes blends made for this unique collection: Amahari, Inspired by the Berbere spice blend that is essential to Ethiopian cuisine; Massalis, a floral, sweet, and savory curry inspired blend; and Yagenbori, named after the Tokyo birthplace of classic shichimi togarashi.
FOR THE 21+ CHOCOLATE LOVER:
Twice The Vice Spirited Chocolates – $28.00-$44.00
Here is where fine Callebaut chocolate from Belgium meets as much top shelf liquor as can legally be added to it (enough that they’re just flat-out banned in some states.) Twice the Vice Spirited Chocolates are available in three collections: Spirits of the Season, Girls’ Night Out, and Classic Cocktails, and come bearing flavors like Cosmopolitan, Mint Julep, 18-year-old Single Malt Scotch, Margarita, and more.
FOR THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS TEA DRINKER:
Kombucha Home Brew Kit – $45.00
Probiotic tea lovers will enjoy this kit from Kombucha Brooklyn that lets them brew their own. The kit includes the following:
- 1/2-gallon glass brew jar
- 100% organic cotton cover with rubber band
- temperature strip
- 1 tea bag of KBBK’s black, green and white tea blend
- 1/2 cup organic evaporated cane sugar
- SCOBY culture and liquid starter
- very detailed instructions
FOR THE GREEN-THUMBED DAREDEVIL:
Bhut Jolokia (Ghost Pepper) Seeds – $30.00 (3 packets)
The Hottest Pepper in the World is the Bhut Jolokia, also known as the “Ghost Pepper.” World Record Holder for Chile Pepper heat, its Scoville ranking is a not-to-be-trifled-with 1,000,000 SHU. These Ghost Pepper seeds come with growing instructions and are sure to set your favorite spice lover’s world on fire.