What to Buy a Foodie For the Holidays

Long Island is chock full of foodies that appreciate nearly every ingredient they put into their mouths. Salty, sweet, sour or bitter—the Island caters to every craving. This holiday season, surprise the foodie in your life with a gift dripping in local flavor.

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Coffee, Southdown Coffee

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ICYMI Southdown Coffee, a popular Huntington coffee shop, opened an Oyster Bay outpost in July and locals have been falling sugar-over-spoon for the specialty coffee ever since. In both locations, visitors can impress the foodies on their list with the Las Lajas Yellow Honey, a blend loaded with syrupy sweetness, tropical fruit and a lively acidity. There’s also the La Huella Nicaragua with a milk chocolate overtone, traces of white tea and a soft sweetness. Click for locations and to go

Cookies, Tate’s Bake Shop


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A destination for locals and tourists alike, Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton is where Kathleen King built her cookie empire. Having sold Tate’s Bake Shop in August 2014, foodies can still taste her delicious legacy in the Southampton spot and other shops around the country. Rich and buttery, make sure to add the chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and vanilla cookies to your shopping list. Phone: 631-283-9830 | Address: 43 N Sea Rd, Southampton Click to go

Chocolate, Kilwins

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Renowned for its chocolate, Kilwins crafts each piece of candy by hand and the results leave sweet tooths swooning. For those on your list who like things crunchy and creamy, the signature tuttles are a perfect choice. They are a delicious mix of nuts, chocolate and caramel. The truffles are another rich option. Shoppers can’t go wrong with any of the raspberry, peanut butter or mocha flavors. Click for locations and to go

Cheese Basket, C’est Cheese

Ideal for the cheesemongers of the group, the gift baskets at this popular shop are a treat from sight to taste. Filled with artisanal cheeses, crackers and gourmet accompaniments like jam and olive oil, no one is to open their basket unsatisfied. Phone: 631-403-4944 | Address: 216B Main St, Port Jefferson Click to go

Peanut Butter, Laurel’s Peanut Butter

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Low on added sugars and oils and high on creative flavors, Laurel’s Peanut Butter is simple, pure and nutritious. Made on Long Island, the flavors run the gamut from rainbow cookie and cinnamon raisin to seasonal editions like peppermint swirl brownie batter and gingerbread crunch. Click to go