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New England's Finest: In Good Taste

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)

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;

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;

Updated Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
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