The Best Label Maker Epson LW-300
After talking label maker pros and cons with three professional organizers, conducting nearly 50 hours of research and playing with six different models of label makers, we picked the $40 Epson LW-300 because it allowed us to kick out clean labels with the least amount of fuss. It was comfortable to hold, featured easy-to-type-on QWERTY keys, and was always intuitive to use, even when typing really complicated labels involving symbols, punctuation, and multiple font styles.    Read More >
The Best Boxed Chocolates Christopher Elbow Assorted Chocolates (20-piece heart)
If you’re looking for a delicious box of high-quality chocolates to give to your one-and-only this Valentine’s Day (or any other holiday, for that matter), we recommend Christopher Elbow Assorted Chocolates ($40 for a 20-piece heart). In a tasting against ten other filled chocolates, six out of nine blind taste testers placed this collection in their top three. These chocolates are not only fresh and made of high-quality ingredients; they are each a visual work of art, which makes them a perfect gift. Or, if you’re more the bar type, take a look at our guide to the best chocolate bar.    Read More >
The Best Chocolate Bar (for Gifting or Eating) Hachez Cocoa D' Arriba Chocolate Bar
One of my favorite things to give as a hostess gift is a stack of hand-selected chocolate bars from my local gourmet market. It’s fun, whimsical, and shows a little more thoughtfulness than a bottle of wine purchased en route to a dinner party. But store shelves are saturated with chocolate bar options these days. With all of the choices out there, what do you get? How do you know that $4 bar of 70 percent is really that good? After 15 hours of research, I spoke with chocolatiers, chocolate retailers, and a 15-year veteran of the business to try and wrap my head around this mammoth subject. We whittled down 44 considerations to 16 and then to seven. If you’re looking for a great chocolate bar to give friends and family that won’t break the bank, we recommend Hachez Cocoa D’Arriba ($7).    Read More >
The Best Olive Oil for Everyday Use California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin
A simple trip to any grocery store is proof enough that there are plenty of olive oils to choose from. If you’re searching for a good, everyday olive oil that you can have at the ready for a variety of uses, California Olive Ranch Everyday Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($10-$13 for 500 mL) is the choice we recommend.   Read More >
The Best Salt for the Home Kitchen Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt
When it comes to salt, there’s no need to break the bank. For everyday cooking and baking, we would recommend Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt ($2.65 for 3 lbs.) for its purity, consistency, low cost, and overseasoning-proof crystal shape. For finishing dishes, we recommend Maldon Sea Salt Flakes ($5.69 for 8.5 oz.) because the unique flake shape provides a pleasant, clean pop of salinity when sprinkled over foods.    Read More >