Santa unwraps his edible gifts guide

St. Nick offers some insight into edible gift ideas.
BY KRIS KRINGLE Modified: December 15, 2010 at 8:54 am •  Published: December 15, 2010
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Food can be given as gift so broadly that I decided to break these ideas into groups.

• Gift baskets: The easiest way to gift a foodie is with a variety basket. Most places that sell foods have baskets. From Gourmet Gallery to the Beef Jerky Emporium and all points between, the fine folks will either pick or allow you to pick a variety of edibles, place them in a basket with pomp and circumstance, and top them with pretty bow. Baskets can be pricey, but they are eye-catching and efficient. If efficiency isn't your thing, buy a basket yourself and self-elf your own gift basket.

• Meats and cheeses: Pepperidge Farms has kept itself in business for years shilling summer sausage and smoked Gouda for the holidays. The irony is free. The Beef Jerky Emporium takes that to a new level with enough varieties of jerky to fill up a chimney. Places like Gourmet Gallery and Forward Foods offer higher-end cured meats and cheeses from around the world. Forward Foods has such a good selection that when you say the word “selection,” you say it with a French accent. But if you want to work some practicality in for the carnivore on your list, consider what you can find at a place like Wheeler's Meat Market, Cusack Meats, Rhett's Meat Market or Crescent Market. And that's boxes of beef. It takes more than a finger placed aside my nose to get good beef up North. So, if you're reading this, Mrs. Claus, close your eyes and imagine the voice of either Sam Elliott or Matthew McConaughey reminding you: Beef, it's what's for Christmas.

• Candy: Children's stockings will be stuffed with their favorite candy, using the ever-evolving technology we use up North. If you want to elevate candy to gift status, you need to visit a professional. Godiva and Russell Stover's have been flooding the market for years with their goods. Candyopolis has several locations to supply you with enough gummy bears to create your own gummy couch. There in Oklahoma, you have some fine purveyors such as Bedre and Woody's Candy. Over at the 42nd Street Candy Shop, they have all kinds of great candies plus some other goodies worth checking out. Same for The Candy Basket in Norman. Don't forget about Coco Flow, where chocolatier Gene Leiterman creates candies almost as pleasing to the eye as they are the palate. Nearby is the Bricktown Candy Co., which is available to appease the sweet tooth's needs beyond chocolate.

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Local purveyors of edible gifts

Gourmet Gallery, 12032 N May Ave. and 1532 S Boulevard in Edmond.

The Beef Jerky Emporium, 4405 SW 3, 9346 N May and 810 W Danforth in Edmond.

Forward Foods, 5123 N Western and 123 E Main in Norman.

Wheeler's Meat Market, 1524 SE 44.

Cusack Meats, 301 SW 12.

Rhett's Meat Market, 9300 N May, No. 300.

Crescent Market, 6409 Avondale Drive.

Bedre, go to www.bedrechocolates.com to check availability.

Woody's Candy, 922 NW 70.

42nd Street Candy Shop, 4200 N Western, Suite A.

The Candy Basket, 2001 W Main, No. 117, in Norman.

Coco Flow, 100 E Main, No. 101.

The Bricktown Candy Co., 100 E California Ave., No. 100.

Market-C, 401 NW 23.

Cupcakes to Go Go, 2524 W Edmond Road in Edmond.

Red Velvet Bakery, 2824 E Second in Edmond.

Sara Sara Cupcakes, 7 NW 9.

Cuppies & Joe, 727 NW 23.

Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy, 150 S E.K. Gaylord Blvd.

Nancy's Cupcakes, go to www.facebook.com/nancyscupcakes to check availability.

The Cupcake Queen in Norman, call 637-7706 to check availability.

1 Smart Cookie, 12100 N Rockwell, No. 9.

McLaren's Pantry, 3210 S Boulevard in Edmond.

Selma's Cakery, 16317 N Santa Fe in Edmond.

Cookies-n-Cards, 754 Asp Ave. in Norman.

Cookies by Design, 2107 Riverwalk Drive in Moore.

Clark's Pastry Shop, 6744 NW 39th Expressway.

Ingrid's Kitchen, 3701 N Youngs Blvd.

Brown's Bakery, 1100 N Walker Ave.

Prairie Thunder Baking Co., 1114 N Classen Drive.

Johnnie's Sweet Creations, 8419 S Western Ave.

Raspberries 'n' Creme, 2925 Lakeside Circle.

Someplace Else Deli and Bakery, 2310 N Western.

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