Wait until you open this Pandora’s gift box of international snacks with seriously spooky vibes. From explosively spicy Calabrian pepper spread to California-crafted salami soused with mind-altering absinthe, this holiday-friendly assortment contains everything you’ll need to cater a grown-up Halloween party.
Organic Dried Chile Lime Mango: You’ll want to sink your teeth into this Mt. Vernon, NY-crafted snack. The supple dried mango strips may look and taste as sweet as candy, but they’ve definitely got fangs. That’s because the organic, Southeast Asian fruit is finished with a powerful dusting of chili powder, as well as a lip-puckering burst of lime. It’s like a taste of the tropics…featuring a stopover in Transylvania.
Esplosiva Hot Pepper Spread by Tutto Calabria: From one of the first companies to produce and market typical Calabrian products, this spread showcases one of the Sicilian city’s best-loved exports—chilies. Combined with mushrooms, eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, carrots, and extra virgin olive oil, the flavors and textures of the pepper-spiked condiment are simply explosive.
Fine English Charcoal Squares by The Fine Cheese Co.: While charcoal has been used for medicinal purposes since Egyptian times, the black blocks of carbon were first incorporated into crackers in England in the mid-19th century. The practice was adopted by The Fine Cheese Co.—a Bath-based British company—30 years ago. And while the addition of charcoal to their crumbly, all-butter crackers may aid in digestion, you’re bound to appreciate them for their eye-popping, seductively inky qualities, and for the fact they taste incredible with cheese!
Uncured Absinthe Salami by Zoe's Meats: This salami may induce visions. That’s because the California crafters at Zoe’s infuse their uncured links with anise-flavored absinthe. Derived from wormwood, the hypnotically green potion was historically used as a powerful hallucinogen, before being banned for a time due to its associations with violent crimes and social disorder. Nowadays, the infamous alcoholic tipple is prized more for its flavor—as well for its ability to add a bit of illicit intrigue.
Truffle Fudge Chile Bars by John Kelly: “Death by chocolate” could easily be applied to these intensely fudgy truffle bars, spiked with not one, but four types of chilies. We’re talking smoky and fruity ancho and chipotle, as well as earthy and vegetal jalapeno and off-the-charts habanero, which rates between 100,000 and 350,000 units on the Scoville scale. Combined with award-winning dark chocolate from this Hollywood-based candy maker, and we’d say these boo-tiful bars are more than ready for their close-up.
Pate Rustique: This exceedingly French, country-style pâté could have been made by a Lyonnaise grand-mère. Instead, it’s crafted by esteemed NYC charcuterie-makers, who use only the best parts of little piggies in the toothsome yet velvety spread, including pork and pork liver, seasoned with mushrooms, brandy, and spices.
Langres AOP: As its name implies, this farmhouse cheese comes from the high plains of Langres in the province of Champagne, France. In the same family as Epoisses, Munster and Livarot, this "stinky" cheese has real Halloween flair, thanks to an orange rind naturally dyed with annatto. Creamy and pale yellow within, the salty and supple cheese has a signature dent on top, creating a basin into which Marc (a French brandy made from the spent grapes from Champagne) can be poured.
Cabot Habanero Cheddar: This cheddar has a wicked kick. That’s because Cabot—the celebrated Vermont creamery cooperative—seasons their award-winning sharp cheddar with both jalapeno and habanero peppers. If the first chili is enough to give the block a lip-tingling bite, the second sends its straight into four-alarm overdrive. That’s because the habanero is up to 100 times hotter! This anything-but-chilling cheddar is certainly not for the timid.
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