“A regional confectionary with a weird name that's a holiday tradition.” — Matthew Heigl, Brooklyn, New York
This wild cumin is hand-picked by foragers in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. They are tiny, oblong and black with long stems.
Hand-picked from the droppings of Jacu birds and then washed and roasted, these beans make a sweetly delicious—and yes, incredibly expensive—cup of coffee. Learn more on Gastro Obscura.
Conceived in a dream, Hiyoko cakes are a specialty of the Fukuoka region in the northern part of Japan’s Kyushu Island. Originally sold to local miners, their super-cute shape continues to make them one of Japan’s most beloved treats.
Served by American Airlines in first class in the 1970s, this Chicago candy favorite has recently made a limited return to shelves after a two-decade absence.
Once made by monks, this candy spends 15 days rolling in sugar syrup to get its pearly-white shell. With an anise seed in its center, its coating comes in a variety of flavors, including anise, rose, and blackcurrant. As seen on Gastro Obscura.
This bubblegum-hued, peppermint-flavored pig is a Christmas Day tradition in Saratoga Springs, New York. After placing the pink porker in a velvet pouch, each family member gives it a thwack with an accompanying tiny metal mallet and shares a story of their good fortune from the past year. Once everyone...
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