Season’s Eatings

Photographs by Danny Kim

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Leone’s Gianduioso When it comes to holiday food gifts, packaging matters as much as flavor. Leone’s Gianduioso ($9.80 at Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., at 23rd St.; 212-229-2560), a spectacularly delicious Piedmontese chocolate-hazelnut spread you squeeze out of what looks like a gold toothpaste tube, has both departments covered. It’s like Nutella, only with fewer, better ingredients and more potential for fun. Stuff it in a stocking, squeeze it over hot toast, squirt it onto a stack of pancakes, or just tilt it directly into a deserving recipient’s mouth like a can of Reddi-wip. Photo: Danny Kim

Morning Break Chocolate Bar A Pennsylvania pairing: Éclat Chocolate and La Colombe beans make a milky mocha of a candy bar that’s 35 percent cacao and 10 percent coffee ($7 at all La Colombe cafés). Photo: Danny Kim

Jasper Hill Farm Harbison Bark-wrapped, bloomy-rind cow’s-milk cheese with a distinct mustard tang. Eat it with a spoon ($19 at Bklyn Larder, 228 Flatbush Ave., nr. Bergen St., Park Slope; 718-783-1250). Photo: Danny Kim

Albergian Fernet Mints For the on-trend cocktail geek with a scratchy throat: hard candy from Piedmont ($10.75 per bag at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, 53 Great Jones St., nr. Bowery; 212-837-2622). Photo: Danny Kim

Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps Vermont-baked crackers with a hint of rosemary, a sprinkle of cranberries, and plenty of nuts and seeds ($7 at Bklyn Larder). Photo: Danny Kim

Soppressata Calabrese Salumeria Rosi’s Cesare Casella makes this Calabrian- style salumi from contented Berkshire hogs supplied by Heritage Foods ($23.25 per pound at Heritage Meat Shop). Photo: Danny Kim

Bellus Girasole From Crown sommelier Jordan Salcito, a food-friendly super-Tuscan and a label that decodes winespeak ($22.95 at Crush Wine & Spirits, 153 E. 57th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-980-9463). Photo: Danny Kim

Sweet Ella’s Peanut Butter How could Koeze, the world’s greatest peanut-butter-maker, get any better? By going organic ($6.99 at H&H Fruit and Vegetable, 471 Sixth Ave., nr. 11th St.; 212-620-4157). Photo: Danny Kim

Moreno Cedroni Tins Creative canned seafood from the trendsetting Italian chef who coined the term “susci” for Italo-Japanese-style raw fish ($12 to $19 at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria). Photo: Danny Kim

Noble Tonic 01 Maple syrup aged for six months in Tuthilltown bourbon barrels. Serve with a twist of pancake ($27.99 at the Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St., at Meeker Ave., Williamsburg; 718-389-2982). Photo: Danny Kim

Heritage Foods Thermometer Sustainably raised, humanely treated, fully traceable meat will never be overcooked again ($7.50 at Heritage Meat Shop, Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St. at Delancey St.; 212-539-1111). Photo: Danny Kim

Chocolate-Cherry Cookies Downtown Cookie Co.’s Dan Guerrera has gone all out for the holidays with a brand-new flavor”maybe his best work yet ($24 per dozen; 646-486-3585 or Photo: Danny Kim

Local Hardneck Garlic The gift that keeps on giving (organoleptically, at least): a bag of Keith Stewart’s heirloom rocambole garlic ($10 at Keith’s Farm Stand at Union Square Greenmarket). Photo: Danny Kim

Season’s Eatings