There are cocktail peanuts — and then there are Virginia Cocktail Peanuts.
Rather than the average oily, mushy peanuts you’re used to, these large-kerneled nuts are delightfully crunchy and fresh-tasting every time because they’re hand-prepared and soaked in water for an hour before being dipped ever so briefly into a light oil. Flavors include jalapeño, Cajun and sea salt, but our favorite is the toffee, which offers the perfect blend of salty and sweet.
$5 to $25 for individual tins; $27 to $50 for gift bundles. www.virginiacocktailpeanuts.com