Certified B Corp and fair trade, international chocolate company Tony’s Chocolonely works to end child labor and modern slavery in cocoa farms across the world (which is the result of large corporation purchasing power and ensuing conditions). For their chocolate bars, Tony’s Chocolonely adheres to five transparent sourcing principles that include longterm investments in farmers and their communities. Once limited edition, their four beloved Sweet Solution chocolate bars return for good, and from the category the Milk Caramel Cookie version delights with its flavorful creamy, crunchy and chewy contrasting texture.
A portrait through poetry of a trans person’s experience, Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s Water I Won’t Touch runs powerful, emotion-laden language through moments of trauma, tenderness and joy. Candrilli’s accolades—as a 2019 Whiting Award Winner in poetry, a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry, and many more—are deserved, and this latest 96-page book further reveals their distinct, necessary voice.
Franny Choi explores queerness, femininity, identity and autonomy as an Asian American woman in Soft Science, a book of poems that often center on futurism and technology in a remarkably human manner. While cyborgs feature as a vehicle for otherness, Choi also uses them in many other nuanced ways. Rhythmic and melodic, her poems enthrall readers.
OCCO’s new Burger Sampler includes seasoning for four different types of burger: Lebanese kafta, garlic herb butter, spicy Sichuan and au poivre. All chefs have to do is select their protein, add the zesty spices and cook. Each blend is packed in an airtight pod that stays fresh for over six months, and the sampler is packaged in a card-deck style that’s ideal for gifting to any grilling enthusiast.
Editor of the print magazine Wm Brown and author of the books A Man & His Watch and A Man & His Car, Matt Hranek returns with The Negroni: A Love Affair with a Classic Cocktail. Comprised of recipes, both classic and reinterpreted, as well as the iconic tale of cocktail’s invention, Hranek’s book is a marvelous ode to one of the world’s most beloved and versatile alcoholic beverages.
For their delicious new Cookies + Cream chocolate bar, the team at artisanal Icelandic chocolate purveyor Omnom embeds two lightly bitter chocolate cookies (made from 70% Tanzanian dark chocolate) into velvety white chocolate (composed of Icelandic whole milk powder, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, sea salt and an emulsifier from sunflower). The experience lives up to its name.
The 50th edition of Field Notes’ quarterly three-pack notebooks features a “Red Hot” French Paper Co cover (embellished with metallic ink and the pop of a Futura “50” through a die-cut circle) encapsulating 48 silver graph grid pages. It’s an altogether vibrant commemorative edition, but one to be used rather than tucked away.
San Antonio’s Hotel Emma—named for Emma Koehler, an famous Pearl district figure who kept her late husband’s brewery running during Prohibition—has an online gift store full of goods for those who can’t visit right now. Among the products are several tasty treats by the hotel’s culinary director (chef John Brand) and his team. Our favorite is the Chile Pepita Crunch, a nutty, earthy, slightly spicy and crunchy relish-style condiment that can be added to salads, roasted vegetables, grilled fare and more. The blend is made up of pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp hearts, roast garlic, sunflower oil and morita chile and adds a little kick to your chosen dish.
Before purchasing any Gemmist products, customers take a hair quiz that includes prompts beyond the standard questions about color treatments, thickness and texture. With shampoo and conditioner available, the women-owned brand also has a Scalp Balancing Bar on offer. Intended for use once a week, this paraben-free soap exfoliates and stimulates the scalp—removing build-up and invigorating hair follicles. Though sulfate-free, the bar works up a satisfying lather and smells delicious. It also comes packaged just in a little cardboard box, reducing your use of single-use plastic bottles.
From Eat Offbeat, The Kitchen Without Borders is part cookbook, part story book. With recipes by refugees and asylees from Syria, Sri Lanka, Iran, Eritrea, Venezuela and beyond, who relocated to NYC and became chefs at Eat Offbeat, the book contains diverse and delicious dishes. From fattoush to stuffed momos, the recipes will thrill home cooks. Much more than a list of ingredients and a method, the book profiles each chef. The overall result is imbued with tales of memories, places, family and identity.
From the Brooklyn-based, queer-couple-owned business Queen Candle Co, this hand-poured sea salt and orchid soy candle blends luscious floral notes with a salty tang. The clean-burning creation comes in a recyclable (or reusable) container and an eight-ounce candle burns for 40 to 50 hours. Each candle is topped with a visual representation of the scent beneath—in this instance pink Himalayan salt rocks. This soothing scent is a favorite, but the brand has many more well-priced options to choose from.
Containing hemp-derived Delta 8 THC, these gummies from Reform Wellness can promote relaxation, alleviate nausea and offer a subtle high without the anxiety or intensity that can come from Delta 9 THC. Just one of the chemical compounds within the cannabis flower, Delta 8 THC is legal under the 2018 Farm Bill, so these fruit-flavored treats are available more widely. Each tin contains 15 gummies, available in blueberry or strawberry, and 5mg or 10mg options. Additionally, Reform Wellness is committed to redistribution of wealth within the cannabis industry, which manifests in part as a referral program that provides immediate payments and royalties to users. They also donate 10% of all sales to the Last Prisoner Project.
An extension of the Parks Project’s “Leave It Better Than You Found It” campaign, this DIY Park Pick Up Kit comes with all of the tools necessary to clean your local public land. Featuring two recycled bags, gloves and a paper insert with information from the National Park Service (NPS), this ensemble encourages positive action, no matter whether you’re tidying a beach, a park or your own backyard. Best of all, each purchase supports the National Parks Conservation Association’s efforts to engage new park advocates.
A new take on their alcohol-based gel sanitizer, Aesop’s Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Mist provides an even fresher and cleaner feeling. When soap and water aren’t an option, simply spray your hands with the mist to clean and refresh them. With Saccharide Isomerate (a plant-derived moisturizer) and Aloe Vera, the potion nourishes rather than drying skin out; it’s also not tacky, gooey or greasy. The mandarin citrus scent balances a woody undertone, and the subtle fragrance doesn’t linger too long.
Available in four colorways, Bornn’s enamel tumblers are a cheerful alternative to regular glasses and ideal for picnics. Designed in Turkey by Basak Onay and Oyku Thurston, their core is heavy gauge steel with porcelain fused over the top. Measuring 3.8 inches in height, each cup holds eight fluid ounces. Also in the Colorama collection are plates, serving dishes, tea pots and more. Price is in Euros.
New York-based studio and publisher Pacific produces all types of publications—from zines to catalogues—centered on contemporary art and culture. To celebrate the simple, but crucial, joy of choosing and diving into a title, Pacific made a series of caps with the word “books” embroidered on them. Available in various colorways but just one size, the caps are made from 100% organic cotton.