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Nov 4, 2009 08:51 AM

What excellent, gift-worthy, Ontario foodstuffs (not restaurant food, CSAs, or veggie boxes) do you order by phone or Internet to have shipped?

Just today, I ordered coffee from Planet Bean in Guelph -- -- my husband tried one of their blends (Freedom Fighter) somewhere and loved it! So, I'm ticking one Christmas gift off the list.

I have ordered buttercrunch from and highly recommend it; so addictive!!

Planet Bean
51 MacDonell St, Guelph, ON N1H2Z4, CA

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  1. I've gifted Taste of the Month from Shay Cheese. They have great stuff!

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    1. re: helen0505

      I've read about their cheese boxes. That would be a fabulous gift!!!

      1. re: Full tummy

        We order from Shay for the holidays all the time for ourselves. Would make a great gift for cheese lovers.

    2. I always stock up on Herderson Farm's pear jam (

      I have a soft spot for Champanade ( because I used to visit their St Jacob's booth whenever I visited the farmer's market.

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      1. re: ComeUndone

        Not necessarily gift-worthy nor from Ontario, but ordered 6 dozen St. Viater Monttreal Bagels Tuesday via the net. Arrived at my house yesterday at about noon. What a treat. Many can imitaite yet none can truly duplicate!! $54 delivered, which is only $3 more, and infinitely better, than Montreal Bage House on Avenue.

        1. re: robb

          Went to the St. Viateur Bagel website, and noticed these bagels are now supposed to be available at select Metro locations in Toronto. One is where i shop at Shoppers World. Haven't seen them there, but haven't really looked. I will have to try them. Guess there is no need to ship them in.

          1. re: fluke17

            Please report back when you find them and how fresh they are. Thanks.

            1. re: fluke17

              Alas, the ones I purchased from Metro were stale, not good, not worth the money or anticipation. Others posting on another thread seem to have had similar experiences.

              1. re: Full tummy

                Agreed, they don't even seem to be the same product as the original, which I have bought in Montreal in the morning and frozen that evening in Toronto, with much better results than the Metro ones. Apparently they have a secondary bakery which may not have a wood oven?
                $54 really isn't bad for 6 dozen delivered if they are the good ones!

                1. re: julesrules

                  Yes, there was no detectable smokiness to these, so I would believe that about the lack of a wood oven. With or without the wood oven, they're not as good as The Bagel House, but maybe with delivery, who knows?

                  Bagel House
                  1548 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    They have them at the Metro in Liberty Village. Have yet to try them. Generally we just load up in Montreal and freeze them when we get back. I don't have any left right now though. :(

                    1. re: ikapai

                      Well, when you try them, let us know how they compare to what you get in Montreal!!

          2. re: ComeUndone

            Wow, tell us more about the jam. What makes it special?

            Just want to put up a link that works for Henderson Farms, as yours has the end punctuation included.


            1. re: ComeUndone

              Btw, I notice their products are sold in a few shops in Toronto, including Culinarium and All the Best. Is this something you order through the mail?

              705 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N4, CA

              1. re: Full tummy

                I stock up every year at One Of A Kind when they have a booth set up and tasting for every product. I also enjoy their Maple Jelly and Fig jam (good with cheese). The pear jam is my favourite because of its very pure intense pear flavour. Sweetness is a very personal taste but I find it just right. A bit thin at times though. Great to spread on buttery brioche.

              2. re: ComeUndone

                is champanade available at any downtown toronto stores**? and do you have a favourite flavour? are any flavours no good?

                edit** found store info on the website.

                1. re: foodismyhobby

                  It's a festive option for non-drinkers, especially around holidays. I like peach the best. Not too keen on raspberry. I use them sometimes for gelatin dessert as well.

              3. The Belgian Chocolate Shop ships excellent chocolatey gifts to almost anywhere in North America -

                Belgian Chocolate Shop
                2455 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E, CA

                1. Last year we gave my brother-in-law and his wife a six month subscription to Winery to Home. We opted to give them the wine and cheese pairing so they got a different Canadian wine matched with a cheese each month. I think they enjoyed it.


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                  1. re: ms. clicquot

                    What a great idea. I checked on the site but couldn't find a wine & cheese pairing; did Winery to home send out the cheese, as well? If so, do they still have that option?

                    1. re: Full tummy

                      I had to really search for it - it's not easy to find on their site:
                      I think it was more visible last year when we ordered it!

                      1. re: ms. clicquot

                        Oh, that looks great. So, they actually match the cheeses to the wines of the month? What a great gift!!

                    2. re: ms. clicquot

                      Btw, I love that they're selling Ontario wines one normally would have to go to the winery to purchase.

                      1. great thread, keep the suggestions rolling.. i've been looking for worthy food-items that are orderable online for a long time now.. i buy my beef jerky online, but it's an american company

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                        1. Wow, great suggestions!!