Serious Eats: Sweets
Sweets Gift Guide: Carrie's Picks for Holiday Gifts
I eat amazing sweets all year round, but that doesn't mean I don't love getting some as gifts during the holidays. I also like getting (and giving) cool sweets accessories, like vintage-style glasses that make my ice cream eating feel oh-so-classy, or my trick to professional looking cake decorating.
Salt & Straw Delivery
This Portland-based ice cream company is known for its interesting flavors (think foie gras or mincemeat) but the Favorites Gift Pack is a home-run for any ice cream lover, adventurous or not. Flavors include Stumptown Coffee & Bourbon, Chocolate with Gooey Brownie, and my favorite, Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons. Available online.
Size Marked Pastry Board
Forget trying to handle rulers or tape measures with sticky or floured hands. This pastry board has the size for most standard pies and tarts written right onto the board. So useful and, in natural hardwood, visually appealing too. $69.95, available online.
5 Pounds of Swedish Fish
The gift that keeps on giving. At least through February.
$21.25, available online
Glass Ice Cream Bowls
Eating ice cream in front of the TV feels much more classy when it's done out of one of these vintage glass bowls. Extra long spoons would be a nice touch. $3.99 each, Available online
I don't get up to Boston very often, which is a shame because that means I rarely get to eat the treats at Flour Bakery + Cafe. Luckily chef and owner Joanne Chang has published many of her recipes in this cookbook. Homemade Pop-Tarts anyone?
We recently asked the owners of Levain Bakery in NYC to share their top picks at the bakery. And while I'll definitely be trying new items as per their recommendations, there's nothing I'd rather see on Christmas morning than a box of their cookies. The giant cookies are super delicious—don't let Santa eat them all. Available online or at their bakery locations.
Pattern Press Set
This is one of my secret baking tools. The Pattern Press Set comes with 14 assorted shapes—you just press the shape into the top of your cake, then trace the outline in frosting or sprinkles. Voila, a beautifully decorated cake that looks like it was done by a professional. $6.99, available online.
I'm not sure why people mainly give chocolate on Valentines Day—it's a pretty awesome gift year round. The Faves Gift Box from San Francisco chocolatier Michael Recchiuti is packed with flavors like Fleur de Sel Caramel, Key Lime Apple, Key Lime Pear, Candied Orange Peel, Peppermint Thins and Peanut Butter Pucks. Divide them up for stocking stuffers or make one person happy under the tree. Available online.