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How To Watch The Ball Drop, Without Dropping The Ball

Happy ’17 is the perfect collection of sweet and savory goodies to snack on while watching the ball drop – all you need to do is add a bottle of booze of your choice (might we suggest some indie bourbon, or bubbles?) and kiss 2016 goodbye. (Man, we’ll toast to that!) 

This fabulous box of New Year's noshes is full on decadence:

Smoky Whiskey Sour Cocktail Syrup made by Bittermilk in Charleston, South Carolina – When made well, there's nothing more satisfying than a Whiskey Sour. And with this secret-weapon mixer, the best one you’ve ever had is just two seconds away. (And did we mention how gorgeous the bottle is?!). Drink these all night and save the sip of bubbly until the end. And call your friend an Uber.

Fig and Olive Tapenade made by Sutter Buttes in Sutter, CA – Olives and figs. Savory and sweet. Tasty proof that opposites attract. Mission figs give this Kalamata olive tapenade a sweet, fruity edge, and a thick, spreadable texture. Terrific for smearing on crackers with cheese (we especially love pairing it with decadent, creamy Kunik).

Organic Cranberry Hazelnut Crisps made by Potter’s Crackers in Madison, WI – You need a sturdy cracker to smear all that cheese and tapenade on. Bonus: These flavorful, oat crisps come packaged in a sleek wooden basket, which makes any appetizer spread look extra shmancy.  

Roasted Mexican Chocolate Pecans Kit made by Allgood Provisions in Park City, UT – Warning: The sultry smell of roasting pecans, cocoa, coconut, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne and coffee swirling through the air may lure in more guests than you were anticipating. For noshing ease, place bowls all around the house alongside a stack of Gold Star Cocktail Napkins.  

White Truffle Popcorn made by Pipsnacks in Brooklyn, NY – This light and airy popcorn is sprinkled with a double-whammy of truffle-infused oil plus actual white truffle. So lux. And it’s made from a special kind of corn, so when it's popped (always by hand, in small-batches, in just a little olive oil) the mini-kernel shells break up into tiny pieces – which means they don’t get stuck in your teeth. Helloooo midnight kiss. 

Gold Champagne Marshmallows made by Wondermade in Orlando, FL – Sparkling with 24-karat edible gold, these handmade bite-sized treats infused with the delicate taste of Champagne are, hands down, the most elegant marshmallows we’ve ever come across. If you’re not drinking, toast with these, instead! The sound of marshmallows clinking is a thing of beauty. 

Here's looking at you, kid.

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