Upgrade your favorite dried-meat snack with Krave Jerky ($7). This all-natural jerky is made from pork, turkey, and beef, seasoned to perfection with a range of flavors across the spectrum from sweet to spicy. Flavors include black cherry barbecue pork, garlic chili pepper beef, lemon garlic turkey, grilled sweet teriyaki pork, and more. It's made from natural ingredients, and is low in fat and calories, so you don't have to feel bad about eating a whole bag. If you can't decide on just one flavor, join their club ($30) to get five bags of delicious jerky in the mail each month.
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Whether you want to kick that nasty tobacco habit, need to do something about your offensive breath, or you just like constantly gnawing on something, Daneson Toothpicks ($20) are here to upgrade your oral fixation. They're made from North-American-sourced Northern White Birch (they are committed to milling sustainably), and come in a number of flavors — salted birch, cinnamint, lemon, mint, smoked, and single malt. The flavors come from high-quality ingredients like essential oils, scotch, herbs, and spices. Each box contains four nicely-packaged vials of picks.
No matter where you live in relation to the ocean, sometimes you just need a taste of the sea. With Dogfish Head Hard Tack Chowder ($4), you can get just that — along with the flavor of some pretty delicious beer. Inspired by the classic tale of seaborne adventure Moby Dick, and made with Dogfish's 60-Minute IPA and fresh clams, all you need to do to enjoy great chowder is heat it up with half-and-half and your favorite brown ale. Dogfish recommends their own Indian Brown Ale, naturally.
Your bologna has a first name (it's O-S-C-A-R), so your bacon certainly shouldn't remain nameless. Treat yourself to the gift of bacon with the Oscar Mayer Bacon Gift Box Collection ($22-$28). Or, you could always drop subtle hints to your loved one ("Yeah, that was great, but it would have been better with bacon"). These elegant boxed sets come with your choice of bacon-themed cufflinks, a multitool, or a money clip — and of course a package of delicious, naturally-hardwood-smoked bacon.
It's hardly a secret that we have a bit of a taste for bacon — call it an obsession if you want. So, we were pretty excited when we found out that the mad culinary scientists at the Baconery had combined the awesomeness of bacon, the deliciousness of chocolate, and the luxury of gold to make 23k Gold Chocolate Bacon ($40). It's made with Nueske's Cherrywood Bacon, Guittard Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate, and 23k edible gold flakes. Put it on a sandwich, eat it with your eggs, we don't care. Just don't let it go to waste.
Well, at least it's not trying to hide its possible side effects (we're looking at you, Chipotle hot sauce). Colon Cleaner Hot Sauce ($14) is a devastating blend of mustard, scotch bonnet peppers, salt, onions, water, vinegar, sugar, and some other goods that's ready to add a healthy blast of heat to pretty much anything you put it on. Just use it wisely — and by wisely, we mean don't load up on it at breakfast before heading out to a festival where your only chance of relief lies in the line for the porta potty.
There's nothing better for bacon lovers than super-fresh bacon, and there's no better way to get it than by making it yourself. The Baconkit ($17) includes everything you need to make 5 lbs. of homemade bacon — save for the pork belly, which you can find at most supermarkets and butchers. Once you've got your meat, simply follow along with the instructions — after a week of curing, you can prepare it in the oven, or in a smoker for a more intense flavor — then cut it into strips, cook it, and eat it! It's that easy — just try not to eat all five pounds at once, or you may find yourself visiting the pig you just ate in very short order.
Tired of scouring through recipe sites trying to pick out a dinner, then trudging to the store only to find they're out of one key ingredient? Give Blue Apron ($10/meal) a try. This handy service ships you the raw ingredients for three delicious meals each week; each meal is perfectly portioned, weighs in a 500-700 calories, and takes roughly 35 minutes to prepare. There are options available for both carnivores and vegetarians, so no matter what your lifestyle, there's an option to match.
Yes, it's still syrup — but that doesn't mean you should slather it on your pancakes and waffles. Instead, Smoked Maple Syrup ($12) is best saved for savory endeavors. This unique product is made by bubbling low-temperature smoke through a vat of pure Vermont maple syrup for approximately 24 hours, then refiltering the syrup to ensure a smooth consistency. The resulting mixture is strong, sweet, and smoky, and can add extra layers of flavor to your glazes, marinades, sauces, soups, and stews. [via]
If you're the type of person that starts your day off with eggs and Tobasco, why don't you give yourself an extra boost and replace the latter with DoubleKick Caffeinated Hot Sauce ($10). This flavorful condiment combines Asian and Southwestern chili sauces for a flavor all its own while packing the one-two punch of ginger and caffeine to get you going. With a rich taste that's both savory and sweet, it tastes great on nearly everything — and for added bonus points, put a spoonful or two into your next Bloody Mary and enjoy the results.
Whether you're fearing an end-of-the-world food crisis or just want to get a head start on next year's garden, the Survival Seed Vault ($40) has you covered. This hermetically-sealed waterproof container holds resealable packets of seeds for a variety of heirloom vegetables, including peppers, carrots, broccoli, tomato, peas, cucumber, onion, and zucchini. And not to worry if you've never planted a garden before — detailed planting, harvesting, and seed-saving instructions are included.
Add the lovely flavor of bacon to your next meal with Empire Bacon Mayonnaise ($9). Arriving in a 4 oz. jar, this specialty condiment is made from canola oil, pasteurized egg yolks, vinegar, salt, and bacon that was chosen to provide just the right amount of sweetness, smokiness, and rich flavor. The company suggests using it as sort of a bacon replacement, but if you ask us, it probably wouldn't hurt to go ahead and use it alongside the real thing.