Some of my most favorite gifts are food. It is no wonder, I am a graduate of Johnson & Wales University's culinary program. So there is many a time when food has created a lasting memory, and some of these I share with you. These items are not just my favorite shops, but I am adding my favorites food gifts too... so keep checking back!
Shari's Berries www.berries.com I received a gift of these berries recently, and was completely blown away. The berries were not large, they were HUGE. Think of small tangerine! I cannot believe how large they were. I have seen Driscoll's dipping berries in the store before, these however, were larger. Gianormous! The nutritional information included said each berry was 100 calories (about), which I thought was pretty good considering they were dipped in chocolate! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!
Choco Logo http://www.chocologo.com/ This company is NY based and has quite a history. For some background on the company click here. They make great chocolate gifts and even create chocolate logos custom to your business or for an even like a graduation or mothers day! Yummmmm!
Dale & Thomas Popcorn www.daleandthomas.com Thanks to my cousin Laura, I found a great snack and cool gift (and addicting gift); POPCORN and CHOCOLATE!
Jacques Torres Chocolate www.mrchocolate.com No one can be without some good quality chocolate! In comes the one, the only Jacques Torres, my favorite pastry chef, and I can say that confidently being a chocolate lover myself! His entire line is great, but I am partial to his dark chocolate, and they are healthy too! He has a local shop in Brooklyn, so make some time and pay them a visit!
POPCORN ON THE COB! http://www.mastgeneralstore.com/products2.cfm/ID/45972/n/Popcorn-on-the-Cob Popcorn on the Cob! Yes, you heard it, this is so cool! You remove the cob from the bag it comes in, put it into a paper bag and nuke it. The corn actually pops off the cob, which you later discard, and there is no fat or chemicals. You can sprinkle some salt or pepper, crushed chili pepper, spray with some Olivio butter spray, this is a cool food gift!
Pecans, a treasure of the south I recently supported the local Coweta County Kiwanis and bought an entire case of Pecans grown in Vienna Georgia at a family owned wholesale/retail pecan grove. You can shop their store by navigating to http://www.werenuts.com/ you will not be disappointed. The nuts I bought were on a tree two weeks ago! They are so fresh, and yummy, I have been eating them like they were potato chips. So I am giving them to the family for the holiday, to give them a little taste of the South. I am making Candied Pecans and pralines. For the Candied Pecans recipe, click here for the Pralines here.
Pickled Eggplant (how this all started!) This was the first gift I made from my kitchen, as I was not able to shop when I was recuperating from surgery several years back. So I jarred pickled eggplant. You do not necessarily need to go through the jarring process, as long as your gift recipients know that your item must be refrigerated, but to jar pickled foods is easy, click here for the recipe and in there is the link for the jarring directions.
Ok, so chocolate is my weakness. There are a lot of other things to crave that are worse for you!
Chocolate in moderation can be good for you! Dark chocolate contains anti-oxidants and flavenoids and can lower blood pressure and keep your heart healthy!