Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Greg0
New York Mouth: Clever, Cute, Local Food Collections
Birthday in a Bag. Great Guest. Thanksgiving Taster. Dorm Munchies. Gobbler Goodies. The Big Apple. If you’re not growing hungry, then you haven’t gotten familiar with New York Mouth’s gift collections, cleverly named and designed. Each of them includes an array of interesting local gourmet products, from hot sauce to cocktail mixers, chocolates, cookies, crackers, jerkey, pickles, jams and jellies, and oddities like flavored mayonnaise. Even if you’re not a local, it’s a great way to send or receive a bit of Gotham right at home, and the even the packaging is classy.
We’ve been munching on the New York Mouth Autumn in New York Gift Set, which collects several of the finest seasonal items in one unique tote. We started by taking the Doc’s Maple Syrup and using it on some homemade pancakes, heating it gently first, and were pleasantly surprised by the sweetness- the thinner texture pours lightly, and it’s much less cloyingly sweet than some others. We made some waffles as well, and used the Agrodolce Red Wine Poached Pears, which tasted fresh and homemade. And if that wasn’t enough dessert or maple, we treated a couple of staff to Roni-Sue’s Maple Bacon Lollipops. These were the only disappointments in the bag; despite the lovely color, they didn’t taste like much, with barely any smoky or salty flavor.
Ginger fans should definitely check out the Granola Labs Gingersnapping- our bag included this granola instead of the listed Cranberry Cashew, but we were pretty thrilled by the substitution. Some of the better granola we’ve tasted, in fact, and we noticed their website indicates that they were hit hard by the recent Hurricane- here’s hoping that they get their kitchen up and running again soon. The Triple Gingersnaps from Lomaxine were pretty solid; the texture is somewhere between hard and soft, and they look fantastic with their sugary coating, even if they didn’t have quite enough bite for us. Finally, the Morris Kitchen Apple Cider Syrup was quite fun to find uses for- adding a bit to ice cream, trying out some cocktail recipes (well, adding some to warm rum). It’s got a great texture and scent, and works well on savory dishes as well (pork chops, for instance).
Check out their clean and easy to use site and wide array of products- perfect to find a gift for that hard-to-shop-for foodie. We’re definitely fans of this mouth, and this gift set, which runs $80. Individual items are available as well, and run from a couple of dollars to collections at around $100.