There’s only so much time that one can dedicate to sourdough starters, so it makes sense that more and more Americans are turning to puzzles. As a result, suppliers are quickly running out of stock, but here are a few food-focused puzzles that are still available. Buy one for the home cook, dining obsessive, or sweets lover who needs yet another stay-at-home activity.
Not quite ready to commit to an IRL puzzle? Puzzling giant Ravensburger has created a digital app, where people can do food puzzles — fruit, candy, and even rainbow cake — from the comfort of their phones or laptops.
Piecework makes puzzles perfect for millennials trying to cut down on screen time, and the newest addition to the collection is a glittering breakfast spread. Bonus: 10 percent of proceeds go to nonprofit Feeding America. (Note: These puzzles sell out fast, but they come back into stock just as quickly.)
These fun food puzles are designed to be completed in 20 minutes or less. Buy one for yourself — particularly delightful are the popcorn, pretzel, and shrimp versions — as a pick-me-up for a friend who misses French fries, birthday cake, dollar-slice pizza, or... blue cheese? Order four or more from the Areaware website for 10 percent off.
Liberty Puzzle’s works have “whimsy pieces,” aka pieces that are shaped like the subject of the puzzle. Which means that this fancy cake number includes — in addition to more traditional puzzle pieces — a handful of puzzle pieces that are, yes, shaped like tiny, fancy cakes. There’s a vegetable puzzle as well, if tiny, fancy radishes are more your speed.
This new line of puzzles features dishes from some of the city’s most loved restaurants, from Gramercy Tavern’s dining room to Lilia’s mafaldini and Cosme’s famous corn husk meringue (shown), and proceeds from each puzzle go to the restaurant’s relief funds. The website notes that orders will be produced “when sales for a particular item reach a minimum threshold.”