Hampton Chocolate Factory
Chocolate lovers will rejoice when gifted high-end sweet treats by the Hampton Chocolate Factory. East Quogue couple Caroline and Evan Gappelberg market their product throughout the Long Island and New York metropolitan area, producing certified kosher artisan chocolates that aren’t just all natural and preservative free, they’re the definition of luxury.
Made by a former Daniel Boloud pastry chef in Brooklyn, Hamptons Chocolate Co. bon bons couple beauty with incredible taste because they are made from the highest quality ingredients the world has to offer.You can purchase the chocolates – which come in exotic flavors like passionfruit, matcha green tea, lemongrass and black currant jelly – from one of several East End outlets that carry Hamptons Chocolate Factory products, including East Hampton’s Red Horse Market and Montauk’s Gurney’s Inn, as well as a number of North Fork wineries. Hampton-inspired gift sets—like “The Southampton,” The “Bridgehampton” and “The Montauk”—can also be found on, and ordered from the company’s website, hamptonchocolatefactory.com.
Old School Favorites
If you’re looking for a chocolate option outside of the bar or truffled variety, try a jar of SZAUCE from South Fork snack-makers, “Old School Favorites.” This gourmet chocolate sauce is handmade in small batches using fresh cream from the Hudson Valley, North Fork sea salt and organic stone ground Taza chocolate. The family-owned snack company also produces a line of NUTSZ – high quality California walnuts covered in maple syrup from New York State and sprinkled with sea salt from the North Fork. You can purchase Old School Favorites “Honestly Good” NUTSZ and SZAUCES from such outlets as The Hampton Coffee Company in Southampton, the Hayground Farmers Market in Bridgehampton or Harbour Front Deli in Greenport. Products can also be purchased directly from the company’s website: www.oldschoolfavorites.com A number of scrumptious recipe ideas can be found at the Old School Favorites website, including oatmeal chocolate SZAUCE cookies, banana parfait and fondue.
The Architecture of the Cocktail: Constructing the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up
‘Tis the season for classic and creative cocktails and boy, do we have the perfect book for brushing up those bar skills before your next bash. Edible Manhattan’s very own Amy Zavatto recently wrote and released a must-have cocktail construction manual in The Architecture of the Cocktail: Construction the Perfect Cocktail from the Bottom Up, the perfect stocking stuffer for the experienced or budding bartender alike. Whether you’re looking to boost your bar game or simply learn the basics before bad habits form, “The Architecture of the Cocktail” is an invaluable instructor, teaching its readers the precise preparation of 75 cocktails – garnishes and stemware included. Illustrated, easy to read and aesthetically pleasing, there’s no need to keep “Architecture of the Cocktail” hidden beneath yours speed pours and special recipes either; the book is a beautiful addition to any coffee table. You can order your design-inspired copy at barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com
Crown Maple Syrup
Advertised as “quite possibly the purest maple syrup on Earth,” Crown Maple Syrup is tapped from the sap of 25,000 sugar and Red Maple trees on the company’s 800-acre “sustainably-managed” estate in New York’s Dutchess County. Crown insists on the highest quality production; a feather in the cap of a state not traditionally synonymous with maple syrup. According to the company, production in the Hudson Valley consists of only about 20 days beginning in mid-February when temperatures fluctuations between day and night naturally force out the sap from deep within the tree. Crown maple syrupes come in light, medium, dark and extra dark amber varieties and can be purchased on the company’s website, www.crownmaple.com A number of assorted holiday gift baskets can also be found in the Crown Maple’s shop on their website.
Goodale Meat CSA
You could be one of the 200 families to receive the gift of Goodale Farm goodness this holiday season: farmer Hal Goodale is currently offering a weekly farm share delivery service for Long Islanders—as far West as Brooklyn and Queens—who want their fridge forever full of farm-fresh food. Becoming one of the limited edition Goodale family requires a one-month commitment to food deliveries at $75 per week, a value Goodale says is already reached by the three pounds of grass and farm-fed natural beef or pork included in every week’s delivery. Participants also receive more than a bushel of assorted fruits and vegetables, as well as a choice of three dairy and other special products, including cow’s or goat’s milk, cheeses and jams. Recipes are sometimes included in the package, which include an ever-varied selection of meat cuts and vegetables. Sign up for Goodale Farm’s Healthy Eating Home Deliveries, e-mail Hal Goodale at [email protected].