Cowgirl Creamery Good Neighbor Gift Set
With social distancing guidelines extended through the end of April, we could all use a little pick-me-up to enjoy at home. Support local restaurants by ordering takeout and delivery and if you’re feeling ambitious, learn a new recipe inspired by somewhere you hope to travel to once it’s safe again to do so. For those fortunate enough to be able to safely work from home, it’s more important than ever to support independent food artisans who have always valued people and the quality of their product over profits. Without support now, many might not make it through this pandemic. Here are some sophisticated snack suggestions to keep on hand so you can live your best quarantine life.
Clementines Creamery Tamara Keefe
Sometimes all you want to do is curl up in bed and devour a whole pint of ice cream while binge-watching Ozark on Netflix. That’s ok – no judgement, so long as the ice cream is quality. So many great artisan ice creameries deliver nationally now, so you can order cult favorites like Salt & Straw and Humphry Slocombe by the pint to ship nationally. Van Leeuwen’s new oat milk flavors are great for vegans.
Saint Louis-based Clementine’s Creamery makes the best boozy ice cream in the country – so strong that they check your ID and will only serve those of legal drinking age. All of their ice cream, naughty and nice, is made with milk from local grass-fed cows and churned in small batches for an impossibly rich texture. For April, they’re releasing carrot cake ice cream, along with two flavors for 4/20 celebrations: The Dude, a boozy White Russian-inspired ice cream and Mystic Brownie, swirled with chunks of brownies, herbs and candied barley.
Mochidoki Red Bean
If you like the mochi ice cream at Whole Foods, the pillowy mochi bites by Mochidoki are so much better. The signature collection comprises a dozen different flavors including Asian favorites black sesame, matcha, red bean, Thai tea, mango and passion fruit.
Stick With Me Sweets
Chock full of antioxidants and healthy fats, great dark chocolate doesn’t even have to be a guilty pleasure, simply a pleasure. Send a box of beautiful bonbons from Stick With Me Sweets to cheer up a friend – their singing birthday box is a great idea for anyone with April birthdays. Purists will enjoy small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolate from Nuance Chocolate, Ritual Chocolate and Philly’s Chocolate Alchemist, who sweetens his nutrient-dense chocolate with panela, maple and coconut sugar rather than cane sugar. Husband-and-wife team Toby and Alix Gadd make the largest selection of single-origin chocolate bars in the country and for the first time ever, they’ve started offering their irresistible truffles online. Many truffles incorporate local flavors, like Vern’s toffee and Feisty Spirits Irish whiskey.
If you’re looking for a crunchy alternative to chocolate bars, snacking cacao from Good King is a novel new favorite – caramelized cacao beans from cacao farmer cooperatives in Honduras and Indonesia are flavored with herbs and spices or simply a dash of Himalayan pink salt.
Cowgirl Creamery is your one-stop shop for the best artisanal American cheeses, including their own signature Mt Tam triple cream. You can’t go wrong with the Good Neighbors cheese collection with $10 of every purchase going to World Central Kitchen.
Humboldt Dog Dill Remix
Cypress Grove is one of the great cheesemakers available at Cowgirl Creamery, and their selection of seasoned fresh cheese, soft-ripened cheese and aged cheese is a delight for anyone who enjoys goat cheese. Zingerman’s is another American classic; splurge on their $190 charcuterie and cheese gift box that includes a loaf of Zingerman’s fresh-baked bread, plus spicy ‘nduja and salami by La Quercia. Or opt for a mystery grab bag and look forward to a tasty surprise on your doorstep.
Pair your cheese with a bottle of biodynamic wine from Gérard Bertrand. Perles de Sauvignon Blanc is great with cheddar, gouda, fresh goat cheese and nutty Alpine cheeses. Cigalus Rouge, with its black cherry notes and plush tannins with bolder ripened cheeses. Flagship Clos d’Ora Rouge is ideal with charcuterie, but complex
Truffle Heirloom Popcorn
For movie marathons, popcorn is an obvious necessity. LesserEvil‘s fluffy organic air-popped popcorn is popped with extra-virgin coconut oil or ghee for a richer, buttery flavor. Shark Tank success story Pipcorn is a delicious miniature heirloom popcorn and the truffle flavor is made with real black truffles from the slopes of Umbria in Italy, not synthetic truffle oil.
Black Jewell Popcorn has been growing an heirloom strain of black kernel popcorn since 1962 in Southern Illinois. Pop your own kernels of this high-fiber, heart-healthy snack that’s rich in polyphenols and anthocyanins on the stovetop . Or opt for microwaveable bags and ready-to-eat bags in flavors like pink Himalayan salt, aged white cheddar and sea salt cracked pepper.
Sunday Scaries Gummies
If you’re craving a nostalgic throwback to childhood candy, fruity gummies do the trick. The kaleidoscope gummies from Sunday Scaries are just like your favorite Haribo bears but with a 10 mg dose of CBD in each. Their consistently dosed broad-spectrum CBD is made with a proprietary blend of the highest quality bioavailable CBD, and boosted with vitamins B12 and D3, setting them apart from the competition.
If you prefer alcohol to CBD, Smith & Sinclair‘s cocktail confectionary are right up your alley. Individually wrapped flavors like elderflower gin spritz, pineapple bellini and hibiscus negroni are comprised of 40% gin, vodka or rum for a mild 5% ABV buzz.