Here are some more Super Mario-inspired goodies: little mushrooms from the game stuffed with sour candies. In the game, the green mushroom gives you an extra life, the red mushroom makes you bigger, and the blue mushroom... wait, there was a blue mushroom? I have no idea what the blue mushroom does, but anyway, there's candy inside. So, all good.
$11.99, Perpetual Kid
This is kind of bizarre/awesome. It's a pan that helps you create cupcakes in the shape of ice cream cones. The bottom half has markings like a cone, and the top swirls like a helping of ice cream. The cupcakes look really yummy, but I imagine they would give you a hankering for soft serve.
$27.95, Sur La Table
Nothing says I love you like a box loaded with enough chocolate to put you into a diabetic coma. This set comes with 14 different flavors of Fran Bigelow's chocolate truffles, which are very dark and really, really delicious. It also comes with 19 of her famous chocolate-covered caramels.
$45.00, Fran's Chocolates
My brother and sister-in-law got me this awesome spice rack for Christmas. The spinning carousel, which comes with eight spices, has some pretty cool tricks. When you twist the bottom of the spice container, 1/4 of a teaspoon of spice comes out automatically. (That's great for people like me who aren't sure if they own measuring spoons.) And if you pull up on the top, it reveals little holes, so you can sprinkle the spice.
I recently learned that it’s actually not that hard to make pancakes from scratch, so long as you have a ton of flour and some baking powder sitting around. (Which I don’t.) If you want to go the easy route, try this cool set. It comes with Ina Garten’s pancake and waffle mix, a bottle of amber maple syrup, and a silicone spatula.
$26.95, Sur La Table
For a decadent holiday treat or a nice hostess gift, pick up this beautifully packaged box of eight chocolate truffles. The delicious sweets are decorated in fun holiday motifs and filled with my favorite--Recchiuti's burnt caramel. It's toasty and sweet.
$18.00, Recchiuti Confections
In New York, people will travel miles–or at least a few subway stops–for a steaming cup of this sweet, thick brew from chocolatier Jacques Torres. Its heady combination of chocolate, cinnamon, and chili peppers is absolutely delicious.
$18.00 for an 18-ounce tin, Jacques Torres
I really, really like See's Gourmet Lollypops --chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, caffe latte-- I like them all. This is the same candy, only in an individually wrapped, bite size form. The best part is that you can snack on them at work without being self-conscious that you look like a five year old.
$3.30 for a 4-ounce box, See's Candies
Did you ever dream of becoming a Nintendo Game Counselor? What, it would have been fun to sit around playing Zelda all day--for money! Even if your thumb reflexes aren't what they used to be, you can still freshen up your breath with these mints (while humming the Super Mario Bros. theme song, of course).
$6.00, Fred Flare
As the nights get cooler, you would do well to treat yourself to a cup of this creamy white hot chocolate. It has delicate hints of lemon, lavender, and vanilla. And because it is caffeine-free, it's nice and soothing to drink before bed.
$17.00, Vosges Haut Chocolat