10 Mail-Order Treats
Stuff we want to eat right now
By Roxanne Webber
1. Devil in an Apron Organic Caramels ($11 to $13 for 20). These caramels are soft, buttery, and made by hand using organic dairy products. The bananas Foster flavor that’s included in the Caribbean package (with Mojito) was our favorite.
2. Recchiuti Asphalt Jungle Mix ($12). New from Recchiuti Confections, this mix of chocolate-covered burnt caramel hazelnuts and almonds, dried tart cherries, candied wild Italian cherries, and tiny peanut butter pearls is addictive. We think it just might make the ultimate trail mix when combined with a few assorted nuts.
3. Tait Farm Foods Fruit Shrubs (from $5.50 for 5 ounces). These shrubs are sort of like the Colonial-era version of Torani syrups, but less sweet because they’re made with vinegar in addition to fruit and sugar. Mix with sparkling water for a spritzer, or add them to cocktails.
4. The Teaspoon Box from La Cocina ($23). An assortment of treats made at San Francisco’s excellent nonprofit community kitchen La Cocina. Worth getting just for a taste of the crumbly, dulce de leche–filled alfajores from Sabores del Sur, but the other stuff in the box—like dark-chocolate-covered caramelized graham crackers from Kika’s Treats—makes it an even better score.
5. Russian River Consecration ($22). Russian River Brewing Company ages dark ale with currants in old Cabernet Sauvignon barrels for six months to make this unique funky beer. While it’s not sweet, it’s a perfect treat for beer-lovers.
6. Orange Marmalade with Lemons by Quince & Apple ($5.99). This preserves producer based out of Madison, Wisconsin, makes its brightly flavored marmalade from only sugar, oranges, lemons, ginger, and pectin.
7. Choclatique Moon Rocks Collection ($30). This 15-piece box has flavors like Mission Control Fig and Galactic Grape—gimmicky, yes, but good. A clever departure from run-of-the-mill truffles that’s attractive both for the novelty factor and for sheer deliciousness.
8. Cookies from Baked (from $21). Red Hook’s Baked sells its cookies in boxes of 6 or 12. Order a single flavor—chocolate chip, ginger molasses, oatmeal, “chocolate cloud,” or “monster” (peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate)—or choose an assortment, and they’ll ship in a cute signature box.
10. Bee Raw 4 Fruit Varietal Honey Flight ($45). A beautifully packaged set of four single-varietal raw honeys made by bees living among blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, or orange blossoms.