From cheesesteaks to whoopie pies to make-your-own Philly pretzel kits, the city is filled with delicious treats you can ship nationwide. Here are some options to check out.
Note: Due to COVID-19 and supply chain issues, many places are experiencing delays in packaging and shipping times. Order soon for a timely arrival.
Price: Varies by roaster and product
Whether you’re a diehard La Colombe drinker or a fan of Philly’s smaller coffee shops, you can share a cup of your favorite coffee with friends nationwide. Gift a monthly Ultimo subscription, a ReAnimator holiday gift set, a Rival Bros. blend benefiting city nonprofits, or a La Colombe draft latte variety pack. Greenstreet and OX ship beans, too. Our picks? The Vietnamese coffee brew kit from Càphê Roasters and the snap-chilled coffee and beans from Nilaa.
Order at: Ultimo: ultimocoffee.com/take-action; Reanimator: reanimatorcoffee.com/collections/all; Rival Bros.: rivalbros.com/shop; Greenstreet: greenstreetcoffee.com/shop; La Colombe: lacolombe.com/collections/all-drinks; Ox: shop.oxcoffee.com; Càphê Roasters: capheroasters.com/shop; Nilaa: nilaacoffee.com/buy-coffee
Price: $79-$109 for a four-pack
We’ll let you choose the winner of the best giftable cheesesteak debate. There are plenty of options. Online marketplace Goldbelly ships cheesesteaks from Pat’s, Jim’s, Donkey’s Place, Campo’s, John’s Roast Pork, Joe’s Steaks, and beyond. There’s even a vegetarian option, Questlove’s signature Impossible Meat cheesesteak.
Cheesesteaks are delivered as make-your-own kits or fully assembled sandwiches (with whiz on the side), frozen and shipped with ice packs. Storage and reheating instructions are provided. Most options keep for a couple days in the refrigerator or up to two months in the freezer.
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Philadelphia has a rich history with sweets, churning out candy since the early 1800s. Today, the city brims with artisanal chocolate makers and sweet shops, most of which ship nationwide. For some extra-Philly options, check out Aurora Grace’s Gritty Bar ($8), Lore’s LOVE sculpture chocolates ($3.95-$7.95), or Mueller’s Liberty Bell truffles ($25.95).
Thereis also plenty to browse online from Shane Confectionery, the oldest continually-run candy shop in the country.
Order at: Aurora Grace: shopauroragrace.square.site; Lore’s Chocolate: loreschocolates.com/product-category/uncategorized; Mueller Chocolate Co.: muellerschocolate.com; Shane Confectionery: shanecandies.com/shop
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It’s been a rough 2020, and we all deserve a cookie. Or a whoopie pie. Or a whole box of treats. Here are a few popular Philly spots that make it easy to send baked goods to loved ones. Consider gifting yourself while you’re at it.
Well-known for its Argentinian cookies, Jezabel’s offers two varieties of its buttery alfajores. The first features classic shortbread-style cookies sandwiching dulce de leche and finished with shredded coconut. The second has dulce de leche between two chocolate cookies that are dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with rose petals. A combo box has three of each. Cookies come individually wrapped inside a box with a bow.
Metropolitan curates all sorts of gift boxes, including those for chocolate lovers, the health conscious, and snack enthusiasts. Its Breakfast Box includes lemon pound cake, local honey Metropolitan coffee, and blueberry preserves.
A four-time James Beard Award semifinalist, Essen owner Tova du Plessis has garnered a following for her Jewish specialties, like chocolate-halvah babka, challah, and chocolate rugelach. She’s packaged some of her most popular items into gifts boxes, including a Jewish Bakery Sampler ($89) and a Choose Your Own Two-Pack ($59).
Order at: Jezabel’s: jezabelscafe.com/orderonline/alfajores-5yhl3; Flying Monkey: flyingmonkeyphilly.com/menu; Metropolitan Bakery: metropolitanbakery.com/collections/gift-boxes; Essen: goldbelly.com/essen-bakery
Poi Dog Maui Lavender Ponzu and Chili Peppah Water
We had to say goodbye to Poi Dog’s beloved ahi poke bowls when the financial hit from the pandemic closed the restaurant. But you can still enjoy a taste of its Hawaiian flavors. Poi Dog offers a variety of its sauces online. The ponzu is made with lavender blossoms from Maui, steeped with dried bonito in Japanese yuzu juice, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. It’s a fun, floral soy sauce substitute for dipping fried dumplings and sushi or for seasoning a pan of noodles.
The Chili Peppah Water, a staple condiment in Hawaii, lends a moderately spicy, vinegary tang to all sorts of food. It’s made with local hot and sweet peppers brewed in vinegar, with hints of ginger and a saltiness from Hawaiian Sea Salt. “We say, ‘Chili peppah water over everything,’ and ‘everything’ refers to rice, meats, macaroni salad, and vegetables,” says former Poi Dog co-chef and owner Kiki Aranita.
Order at: Poidogphilly.com
Di Bruno Bros. Gift Baskets
Price: Varies by product
An Italian Market staple for more than 80 years, Di Bruno Bros. makes it easy to gift cheese, charcuterie, and other specialty fare. For a foodie splurge, check out the Italian Market Crate ($150), filled with a variety of signature items, from smoky meats to olives to barrel-aged balsamic vinegar to a hunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano. The Taste of Di Bruno basket is a smaller and cheaper alternative ($65). Or to gift a Philly DIY experience, consider the Philly Soft Pretzel kit ($80), which includes the ingredients and instructions for making pretzels, along with mustard, cheese spread, and pepperoni.
Fox & Son Gluten-Free Mini-Funnel Cake and Corn Dog Kits
Shopping for gluten-free friends? Reading Terminal Market’s fancy corn dog stand has you covered. Fox & Son offers a variety of 100% gluten-free kits and mixes online, including a make-your-own corn dog kit ($12.99) as well as their best-selling mini-funnel cake kit ($29.99).
Order at: foxandsonphilly.com/shop
This article has been updated since first published. Steven White contributed to this article.