Yinzer Shopping Network: tasty treats and beverages

Holiday shopping just isn’t the same this year so we created the Yinzer Shopping Network!

by Boaz Frankel
December 4, 2020


Holiday shopping just isn’t the same this year so we created the Yinzer Shopping Network! It’s a QVC-inspired video series that highlights some of our favorite holiday gifts that are made right here in Western Pennsylvania. If you haven’t seen our first installment featuring home goods and decor, you can find that here.

In this installment, we’re sharing some of our favorite Pittsburgh edibles (and drinkables) with special appearances from Day Bracey and Kenny the Kangaroo! After you’ve watched the video, you can click on the links below to head to these merchants’ websites and buy directly from them.

Locally Roasted Coffee from Redhawk Coffee

$18

 

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Redhawk started as a coffee truck but now they’ve got three locations and they’re roasting up their own coffee beans. I like chatting with the barista on duty, who’s always happy to offer up a personalized recommendation based on your coffee preferences. You can pick up a bag at one of Redhawk shops, located in Oakland, Downtown or their newest location in Sharpsburg. They’re also offering a coffee subscription which you can sign up for at redhawkcoffee.com

Frick Park Blend by Commonplace Coffee

$16.50

Are you looking for a way to combine your love of coffee and Pittsburgh parks? We’ve got you covered! Commonplace Coffee has partnered up with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy on a series of coffees inspired by Pittsburgh parks. First up is their Frick Park blend, which is almost sold out, but you can also pick up their seasonal Winter Solstice Blend, available at one of their cafe locations or from commonplacecoffee.com

Local Honey from Pittsburgh Honey

Starting at $8

 

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The Fine Family, who own Pittsburgh Honey, have got hundreds of beehives all around Southwestern Pennsylvania and you can still pick up a bottle of the honey that they harvested this fall. If you want something with a bit more kick, try their Hot Rod Honey which is made with loads of hot peppers. They recommend drizzling it on pizza or using it as a glaze. You can pick up a jar from their new shop on Murray Ave in Squirrel Hill or head to www.pittsburghhoney.square.site

1 Pound Box of Assorted Candy from Yetter’s Candy

$27

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Yetter’s Candy has been making their candies and chocolates out of their Millvale shop for 70 years. And the same family is still making all those candies by hand. We love their 1lb box of assorted candies, packed with peanut butter cups and caramels and chocolate-covered nuts and – well, I’ll stop there so I don’t spoil all the candy surprises. You can pick up a box of candy at their shop in Millvale or if you give them a call (412-821-1387) they can arrange a shipment anywhere in the US via USPS. They do have a website but you can’t order online yet.

Ice Cream Sandwiches by Leona’s Ice Cream

$6

 

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Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean that ice cream season is over. Leona’s Ice Cream makes their delicious ice cream sandwiches in Wilkinsburg and they’ve got a series of special seasonally-inspired flavors that are available now.

 

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All their ice cream is made with real cream from grass-fed cows in Chambersburg but they use a natural enzyme to make it lactose free, which is great for lactose-intolerant folks. Head to www.leonaspgh.com to find out where you can pick up a sandwich here in town. Or send them an email and they might be able to coordinate a shipment for you.

Pittsburgh Style Pickles by Pittsburgh Pickle Company

$11.49

Picklesburgh didn’t happen this summer but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a Picklesburgh of your very own at home. The Pittsburgh Pickle Company has been making pickles locally since 2014 and their Pittsburgh-style pickles combine salt and sweet and savory in a uniquely Pittsburgh way. This is the real dill folks. They’re available at Market District, Giant Eagle and many more independent markets or at www.pittsburghpickle.com

Unique Beers by Strange Roots Experimental Ales

$8.75 – $15.99

Everyone has a friend who’s really into beer and if you want to get them something truly unique, you can’t do better than a couple of bottles from Strange Roots Experimental Ales. These folks are constantly experimenting with different fermentation methods and local ingredients to make some incredibly tasty brews. Recently, they made a beer with dandelions they foraged here in Pennsylvania and a farmhouse ale that they brewed with native cultures and hibiscus!

Strange Roots Experimental Ales has locations in Millvale and Gibsonia but you can also order bottles from their website and they’ll deliver right to your door anywhere in Pennsylvania. Place your order at https://store.strangerootsbeer.com/

Box of Chocolates by A519 Chocolate

$30

 

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This is more than chocolate – this is a work of art. This box of chocolates from A519 belongs in the Carnegie Museum of Art. And yes, they’re as tasty as they are beautiful. Each chocolate is packed with unique flavors like intense dark caramel or milk chocolate ganache s’mores. Chef and chocolatier Amanda Wright co-founded the company and crafts these unique and beautiful boxes of chocolates that are available in shops around Pittsburgh (like Wildcard) or from www.a519chocolate.com

All Natural Pet Treats from Paws in the Sand

$4 – $11

Paws in the Sand Pet Treats are made in nearby Warrendale and my dog, Kip, thinks they’re bark-tastic. These pet treats are all natural and they come in a wide range of tasty flavors from sweet potato to peanut butter to yogurt to salmon. You can order a pack of your own at www.pawsinthesandpettreats.com

Wintergarden Box from Love, Pittsburgh

$59

If you want to send someone a whole Pittsburgh smorgasbord then Love, Pittsburgh has got you covered with their Wintergarden Box. It’s packed with local tea (from Tupelo Honey) and coffee (from Curly Tail Coffee), a jar of cinnamon sugar (from Steel City Salt Company), tasty peppermint bark (from Scamps) and a beautiful Borealis Candle. It’s all made right here in the area. Gift one of these to a friend and they’ll be smiling as big as an Eat’n Park Cookie. You can pick one up at one of Love, Pittsburgh’s shops or order one from www.lovepittsburghshop.com

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Boaz Frankel is a talk show host, filmmaker, writer and former Guinness World Record Holder for high-fiving.

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