$15 for six packs (15 pieces per pack); www.simplygum.com
Here’s a way to chew gum but avoid the chemicals that might seem more like tongue-twisters than treats (acesufame K, for example). None of Simply Gum’s six flavors – mint, cinnamon, fennel licorice, maple, ginger and coffee – includes any synthetic ingredients. The consistency accommodates bubble-blowing, if that’s your thing.
The Sticky Toffee Pudding Co. Tart Lemon Pudding
$5.99 for 4 ounces; Nugget Markets; www.stickytoffeepuddingcompany.com
Winter is for warm desserts, and these handcrafted cakes (pudding is the British name for a warm baked dessert) from an England-to-Austin, Texas, transplant will leave you swooning. Just pop it in the microwave oven and top with berries or crème fraîche.
George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
$99.99; Walmart and other retailers; www.georgeforemancooking.com
This grill has room for your Super Bowl specialties without the need for charcoal, and you’ll avoid risk of flare-ups that could sideline you from seeing the competition between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. It can be used indoors as well as on your patio or balcony.
Taylor Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer
A reliable thermometer is essential to perfecting the consistency of candies you’re creating for your Valentine. This one does double-duty for deep-frying, too. Designed with an 8-inch face that reads temps from 100 to 400, it has food-safe glass, a stay-cool handle and an adjustable clip. It provides readings in Fahrenheit and Celsius.
“Cooking For Geeks: Real Science, Great Cooks and Good Food”
$40; 488 pages; O’Reilly; www.oreilly.com
Cooking meets chemistry in the accessible “Cooking For Geeks” by Jeff Potter. It’s an essential tool for home cooks (and foodies) of all skill levels. In this second edition of “Geeks,” recipes for 100 dishes (oven-roasted eggs, Belgian meatballs) and ingredients (mayo, vanilla extract) mix and mingle with “labs” (knife-sharpening, essential equipment), cooking methods and directions for how to really read a recipe.
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