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Rochester Gift Ideas for Foodies

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 2:00 PM by Diana Rapp Keating

Nothing says local love like the gift of tasty locally-made treats and spirits. In Rochester, the options are limitless, and whether you fill their bellies or fill their cups, your friends and family are sure to have full hearts when they receive a locally-made gift.

Chocolate Meltaways from Laughing Gull Chocolates

Heat up your holiday season and up your cocoa game with a delectable hot chocolate “bomb” that melts away in your mug to create a rich and creamy cup of hot chocolate. Flavors include milk chocolate, dark chocolate, spiced, and peppermint. SHOP NOW

Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles from Hedonist Chocolates

Take a trip down Candy Cane Lane with Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles from Hedonist Chocolates. Dark Chocolate peppermint ganache is enrobed in their French white chocolate before being rolled in bits of candy cane. SHOP NOW

Wine from Living Roots

Living Roots is the first urban winery in the Finger Lakes. What makes Living Roots even more unique is that it has a tasting room and production presence on two different continents! The winery boasts wines produced both in the Finger Lakes region as well as in the Adelaide Hills region of Australia. The result? A wide range of varietals sure to please every palate. Our gift recommendations include the 2017 Finger Lakes 'Spicebush' Gewürztraminer and the 2017 Finger Lakes 'Linden Blossom' Dry Riesling. SHOP NOW

Gift Card to Abbott’s Frozen Custard

Set aside the winter chill for a visit to Abbott’s Frozen Custard. Available year-round for pick-up at select locations as well as for delivery, delight your friends and family with creamy frozen custard, chip wheels, frozen bananas and other tasty novelties. SHOP NOW

Spirits (and Sweets!) from Black Button Distilling

Black Button Distillery is the first grain-to-glass distillery to open in Rochester since Prohibition. Pair one of their signature sprits with a sweet treat, like the Black Button Bourbon Cream Cheesecake from Cheesy’ Eddie’s! We also recommend gifting bottles of Black Button’s spirits, merch, cocktail kits, food, mixers and more. SHOP NOW

Maple Syrup & Honey from Kettle Ridge Farm

Located just outside of Rochester in the town of Victor, Kettle Ridge Farm has been producing the purest New York State maple syrup and finest local honey since 2010. The farm's products are all natural with no added chemicals or fillers. SHOP NOW

Cupcake Bouquet from Gourmet Goodies

If you’re looking for something really unique, imagine getting your favorite cupcakes delivered like a bouquet of flowers! Made from mini-cupcakes, it’s hard to believe that you don’t need to water these. Instead grab a glass of milk and enjoy these tasty flowers. SHOP NOW

Traditional Candy and Confections from Stever’s Candies

A Rochester institution for more than half a century, delight family and friends with traditional holiday goodies such as handmade ribbon candy or chocolates from the North Pole. And if that special person is not on the nice list, you can gift them a chocolate lump of coal! SHOP NOW

Give the Gift of Local Craft Beer 

Toast in the new year with the gift of beer from one of the best beer cities in the country! Whether you select a classic Genny from New York’s oldest brewery, Genesee, or a craft brew from Rohrbach Brewing Company, Roc Brewing, Sager Beer Works, Fairport Brewing Company, Young Lion or Irondequoit Beer Company, craft beer lovers will love them all!

SHOP NOW: GENESEE BREWERY | ROHRBACH BREWERY |  ROC BREWING | SAGER BEER WORKS | FAIRPORT BREWING | YOUNG LION BREWING | IRONDEQUOIT BEER COMPANY 

Wine from Casa Larga Vineyards

Casa Larga is one of the oldest and best-recognized wineries in the Finger lakes region, and is a short drive from downtown Rochester. Casa Larga offers varietals for every taste, but we recommend the 2019 Dry Rose, a refreshing wine whose flavors are inspired the winery’s founders original family vineyard in Gaeta, Italy. Other favorites include Tramonto, a classic Italian-style red blend, or one of Casa Larga’s signature ice wines. SHOP NOW

Rattlesnake Rosie’s Apple Pie Whiskey from Iron Smoke Distilling

Savor the flavor of Apple Pie in a glass with Iron Smoke Distilling’s award-winning Rattlesnake Rosie’s “Forbidden Apple Pie” whiskey recipe. Made with Iron Smoke’s very own artisan handcrafted corn whiskey and upstate New York apple cider, cinnamon, vanilla and brown sugar. SHOP NOW 

Rochester Restaurant Gift Cards

Rochester is one of the best cities for foodies in the country, and right now, Rochester restaurants need your support more than ever before. Support your favorite restaurant and give the gift of an amazing future meal with a gift card to a local restaurant. Get an idea of restaurants to purchase from with our guide to Takeout & Delivery in Rochester - all of these restaurants also offer gift cards! 

Custom Donut from Donuts Delite

This Rochester donut shop took the nation by storm earlier this year with donut renderings of Dr. Fauci, and other notable figures. Choose from a wide ranging menu of traditional and specialty flavors, or create a totally custom design. SHOP NOW

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Shelly’s Sweet Shoppe

Sweeten up their holiday season with chocolate crinkle cookies! Made from melted chocolate, this brownie-like cookie is rolled in powdered sugar for just the right amount of sweetness. SHOP NOW

Author: Diana Rapp Keating

Diana Rapp Keating is the Director of Tourism Programs & Marketing for Visit Rochester. 

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