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If the way to the dad in your life's heart is through his stomach, check out this compilation of completely crave-worthy edible gifts. Order one, accept profuse thanks -- and hope he'll share!
Raising the Bar
Let dad kick back with a box of fine chocolates that match up to an equally fine whiskey or bourbon. A nine-piece set of chocolates flavored with fleur de sel caramel, Kona coffee, and honeycomb malt come in a handsome box and include pairing notes.
To buy: Whiskey pairing collection, $26 from Recchiuti.com
Fingers in Pies
Give dad variety: If it's pie he craves, give him not one, but four. These handmade, miniature pies come in nine flavor options, including Dutch apple, blueberry, Michigan four berry and cherry.
To buy: Mini pie sampler, $39.95 from AchatzPies.com
A Sweet Mix
A slice of heaven? Nah, give dad the whole pie -- Franken Pie, that is, from NYC's famous Momofuku Milk Bar. It's an assemblage of the restaurant's beloved Crack Pie (a gooey butter filling and a toasted oat topping), Candy Bar Pie (chocolate crust, caramel, peanut butter nougat, and pretzels) and Dream Girl Pie (a gluten-free, dairy-free coconut milk and dark chocolate confection with granola crust). Swoon.
To buy: Franken Pie, $44 from ShopMilkBar.com
Let Him Eat Cake
Chocolate cake is always a winner, but Red Truck Bakery takes it to the next level, adding a tinge of pure Virginia moonshine to its rich chocolate ring cake, then topping it off with a drizzle of chocolate glaze.
To buy: Double-chocolate moonshine cake, $22 from RedTruckBakery.com
Here's a sweet snack with pedigree: brittle that contains cacao nibs that have been aged in the barrels of fine bourbons -- which imbues the confection with the characteristic oak and fruit notes of a classic bourbon.
To buy: Bourbon nib brittle, $12.99 from OliveAndSinclair.com
A Sweet Lift
Give dad a treat of airy, handcrafted marshmallows enhanced with guy-friendly flavors like Maker's Mark bourbon, Guinness stout, grade A maple syrup with bacon and fresh-brewed coffee.
To buy: Father’s Day marshmallows, $25 for four boxes from Wondermade.com
A Cookie Cornucopia
Next time dad goes for the cookie jar, he'll have plenty to choose from: sandwich cookies in flavors like Massaman curry peanut butter and hazelnut whisky; cinnamon chocolate malt biscotti; espresso brownies with dulce de leche -- even chocolate stout beer marshmallows.
To buy: Father's Day gift box, $27 from WhimsyAndSpice.com
When master pastry chef François Payard says a sweet treat as his father's favorite, it's got to be good. These little numbers are made up of chocolate-hazelnut spread between crispy cigarette cookies, and dipped in rich Valrhona Chocolate.
To buy: My Dad's Favorite Cookies, $25 for 18 cookies from Payard.com
Here's the Scoop
Give your father all the fixings for a terrific sundae. A collection of three unique ice cream flavors -- bananas and honey, Queen City cayenne (a spice-spiked chocolate) and whiskey and pecan -- are matched with honey butterscotch sauce and two types of crunchy toppings: a salty graham mix, and sugar-laced corn tortilla chips.
To buy: Father's Day ice cream collection, $55 from Jenis.com
High On the Hog
With the grill in action, dad can reach for a collection of treasured American barbecue sauces, from a North Carolina-influenced recipe to the citrusy Key West In a Bottle blend.
To buy: Barbecue sauce sampler kit, $24 from PigOfTheMonth.com
Flair for the Flames
Perk up meats with the rich flavors of Michigan’s bounty -- cherry, apple cider, pumpkin chipotle and maple grilling sauces crafted by American Spoon from the state's orchards and fields.
To buy: Michigan Griller's Quartet, $44 for four jar box set; or $9.95 each from Spoon.com
Grill with Gusto
Spice is nice, but when fine cocoa and sea salt are also in the mix, it's even better. Give meats, fish or veggies a zippy, flavorful kick with this rub.
To buy: Chocolate chili rub, $9 from GrocersDaughter.com
Slather It On
Dad's late-night snack is about to get bettter: Empire Mayonnaise gussies up a sammy with its unique flavors, including White truffle, bacon, Vadouvan (a Masala-influenced mayo) and smoked paprika.
To buy: Empire Mayonnaise, $28 for set of four from Joyus.com
These exotic salts, culled from around the globe, will make anything dad cooks even better. Plus, test tubes with pink salts from Australia and Pakistan, white sea salt from El Salvador and coarse smoked black salt from Denmark just look cool in the kitchen.
To buy: Salts Of the World, $40 for a set of six tubes with cedar wood rack from UncommonGoods.com
Pairings for the Palate
Give dad's favorite oil-and-vinegar salad dressing an upgrade: Lucero's oil and vinegar collection pairs fruity oils (each with their own flavor profile and suggested use) with true balsamic vinegars from Modena, Italy. Greens never had it so good.
To buy: Lucero olive oils and balsamic vinegars set, $73 from SurLaTable.com
For the meat-loving man: Charlito’s Cocina handcrafts small batches of cured meats (from heritage breed, pasture-raised pork, natch) and pairs its paprika and garlic-laden chorizo with a log of dried-fig "salami." A handsome alderwood cutting board is included, too.
To buy: Chorizo and fig “salami” box, $50 at CharlitosCocina.com
Bring On the Cheese
The experts at Saxelby Cheesemongers sourced three farmstead cheeses that match up to the salty, smoky, and sweet nuances of Liddabit Sweets’ bourbon bacon popcorn and put it all in one special package of amazingness.
To buy: Bacon Dad Happy cheese gift box, $65 from SaxelbyCheese.com
In the pantheon of pizza, Chicago's signature deep dish is an American icon. Dad doesn't even need to live there to enjoy one: Order a gooey, cheesy pie from the Windy City's famed Lou Malnati's, which ships its coveted pizzas around the country.
To buy: Deep dish pizza, $58.99 for a two-pack from LouMalnatis.com
For the dad who's not on a low-carb diet: the famous Italian food hall, Eataly, offers a gift set that includes two fanciful pasta-and-sauce pairings -- a bottarga sauce for the spiral-formed Vesuvio pasta, and a pesto for the trofie shape. Add a bottle of fine Piemontese rice with dried mushrooms for a risotto, and you've got Father's Day dinner covered.
To buy: Regional Italian gift set, $54.80 from Eataly.com
Super-Luxe Comfort Food
Who doesn't get a little weak in the knees over great macaroni and cheese? Give dad this crazy-rich version made with pasta shells, a creamy mascarpone and cheddar sauce, chunks of Maine lobster and a parmesan, herb butter and panko breadcrumb topping. Ah-maze-ing.
To buy: Port Clyde lobster mac & cheese, $39.95 from HancockGourmetLobster.com
An Upgraded Classic
Give the humble PB&J an artisan makeover with a taster kit that includes wildflower and sea salt-laced peanut and cashew butter, triple berry jam, a banana and rum jam and peanut butter and jelly macaroons. This is so not for your kid's lunch.
To buy: PB&J Taster, $45 from Mouth.com
This isn't your convenience-store jerky: Krave's all-natural, artisanal version is made with turkey, beef and pork, and comes in unique flavors like chili lime, lemon garlic, sweet chipotle and black cherry barbecue.
To buy: Krave Jerky Klub, $30 per month for five bags from KraveJerky.com
Beer Pretzel Caramels
Made with an interesting mix of high-end ingredients -- Ronnybrook Farm dairy, Brooklyn Brewery's ales and Martin's five-ingredient pretzels -- these caramels are unusual (and unbelievably good).
To buy: Beer & pretzel caramels, $27 for two dozen from LiddabitSweets.com
The Original Beer Cupcakes
If he's a fan of beer and sweets, these cupcakes are the way to go. Choose between Guinness-spiked chocolate with cream cheese frosting or Blue Moon-infused white cake and orange-flavored icing.
To buy: The Original Beer Cupcakes, $42 per dozen from AbesMarket.com
Hot Dog Heaven
Because bacon makes everything better: These bacon-flecked hot dogs are nitrate-free and as snappy as can be.
To buy: Bacon studded hot dogs, $8 for a four-pack from 4505Meats.com