After the high season comes to a close and I begin to settle into my autumn routine, I find myself discovering tasty specialty food and beverages that have an elegant, eye-catching appeal. From New York maple syrup to sumptuous organic fruit spreads, below you will discover my curated list of five notable specialty food gifts for the autumn season.
Butter Toffee Caramels: Buttery, soft, and creamy caramel confections you can only dream of. Their handsome tin is perfect as a housewarming gift, intimate gathering, or to have on your coffee table for guests. Buy at least two: one for yourself and the others to gift. ($10)
Crown Maple Syrup: Their newest certified organic infused syrups: Cinnamon, Madagascar Vanilla and Applewood-Smoked Syrup, are brilliant for sending to loved ones across the nation. Encourage your family and friends to incorporate each syrup into non-traditional dishes, sweet and savory, including yogurt, cheese, cocktails, and as a finishing sauce for grilled meats. ($19.95 each, $59.85 for three)
Rum Punch Mix: Carry a taste of summer into the cooler months. This authentic, flavorful mix will carry you straight to the Caribbean. Each colorful bottle is crafted with ultra premium ingredients and sweetened with organic agave syrup with a twist of island flavors like vanilla and coconut. Purchase at locations throughout the Hamptons and North Fork or online. ($15.50)
Fiordifrutta Organic Fruit Spreads: Bring home an essence of autumn with these four flavors: Pomegranate, Pear, Cranberry, and Fig. These organic fruit spreads are sweetened with apple juice and each jar is made from over three pounds of selected organic fruit using using a patented low-temperature cooking process. Be creative and incorporate into cakes, breads, smoothies, pies, yogurt, and savory recipes. Retail prices vary. ($11 and up, approx.)
BonBons: Did you know that the term “bonbon” stems from the French word “bon”, which means “good” like “Bon Appétit.” Bonbons are sweet confections that can stand alone, but instead get dipped in chocolate at the very end of the candy-making process. This creates a thin layer of chocolate around the candy with a true focus on the filling. Vibrantly wrapped, Neuhaus’s imported BonBons come in 6 handcrafted fresh filling flavors: Moelleux, Salted Caramel, Cookies, Crunchy Nut, and Gianduja Nougat. My favorite is the Salted Caramel. Pair it with a with sparkling wine or Champagne, a rare dessert wine, brandy, liqueur, Prosecco, port, sherry, or whiskey. (10-piece, $13; 27-piece, $37).
*Everton Toffee Company and Rigoni di Asiago photos are courtesy of the respective companies.