New England's Finest: In Good Taste
10. “Cookies for Grown-ups” is the tagline, and it aptly describes these not-too-sweet, intriguingly flavored treats (from $6, 6.7 or 7.5-ounce bag), made by hand in small batches. Lark Fine Foods, Essex, MA. 978-768-0012; larkfinefoods.com
11. More complex than your typical sugary crunch, Bureau’s “Maple Kettle Korn” ($12 for two 16-ounce bags) pops with salty-sweet goodness. Bureau’s Sugarhouse, Old Lyme, CT. 860-434-5787; maplekettlekorn.com
12. Ice cream’s indulgence level goes way up when it’s topped with Bay State-made dark-chocolate sauce, creamy caramel sauce, or “Sweet Sloops Crunch” ($9.98 each)–or, better yet, all three. Harbor Sweets, Salem, MA. 978-745-7648; harborsweets.com
More Great New England Food Products
Wade Holtzman concentrates the juice of 8 pounds of apples into every bottle ($24.99) of ice cider. The result: a rich, sweet, nectar-like wine to sip solo or with dessert.
Still River Winery, Harvard, MA. 978-415-WINE;stillriverwinery.com
You love farmstead goat cheese, why not farmstead goat’s milk caramel? Farmers Steve Reid and Judith Irving, along with daughters Calley Hastings and Hannah Reid, use fresh milk from their herd of Alpine and Saanen goats to produce the rich sauces, in flavors like salted bourbon and vanilla bean (2-ounce jar $3.95. Fat Toad Farm, Brookfield, VT. 802-279-0098; fattoadfarm.com
We love it when pastry chefs understand that every sweet needs a little salt to really pop. We also love a cookie with some heft. These tasty pucks have it all — and come in three delicious flavors: original, chocolate, and chunky chocolate pecan ($14 for six).
Kayak Cookies, Cummaquid, MA. (NO PHONE) kayakcookies.com
Fresh from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom comes Joshua Davidson’s line of premium maple syrups (500ml Grade A Fancy for $18), all packed in glass syrup to preserve the delicate flavor. Nutting Farm, Montgomery Center, VT. 207-255-3310; maineseasalt.com
All the jams and sauces produced by Rhode Island chef Jens Retlev are delicious: the fig and caramelized onion jam (9-ounce jar for $8), the eggplant caponata (9-ounce jar for $7). But the caramel mustard (9-ounce jar for $7) wins the prize for sheer knock-your-socks-off flavor. Wicked Natural, Bristol, RI. 401-575-0264; wickednatural.com