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MaxParadise
« on: October 22, 2008 10:09:22 PM »

okay so, last year, for a few members of our family, my husband and i made cookies. they each got gingerbread men, chocolate chip, cinnamon, and oatmeal. we wrapped them up in boxes and i included recipes. this year i want to do something different.

i was wondering if anybody had any good food gift ideas? something besides cookies. i was thinking peppermint bark (i believe that's what it's called...) still something sweet, but it's different than cookies. or those recipe jar thingys. you know, the ones with all the ingredients inside them to make soups and such. anybody have any other ideas? what are some foods you've made to give out as gifts? sweet,salty,spicy...whatever! share any and all ideas! thanks =)
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008 05:18:27 AM »

First of all, now I'm VERY hungry!!

Secondly, here's what I made last year as far as food gifts are concerned.  They are easy to make "in bulk" and nummmmy!  Part of it is the peppermint bark you mentioned:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218438.0

Here's what I made in 2006:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140952.0

The list of everything in the last few years...
  • Peanut butter chocolate Oreo bark
  • Peppermint bark
  • Chocolate-covered cashews
  • Chocolate-covered pretzel sticks (decorated with red sugar, sprinkles and/or peanut butter drizzles)
  • Chocolate tea/coffee stir spoons with crushed peppermint candies
  • Chocolate suckers
  • Hot cocoa "kit" cones

Hope that helps! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008 05:31:17 AM »

Red Pepper Jelly is always an option.  It's easy to make and most people consider it to be an easy treat.  I can post the recipe later if needed (but it's probably available online). 

If you are giving the gifts somewhat locally you could include some nice cheese. 

You could make homemade crackers or biscuits.

You could make chocolate truffles.

You can make nuts and bolts, or seasoned popcorn.

Ummm, I think that's all my ideas for now, but this thread is a great idea, so I hope the ideas keep coming.
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008 05:45:56 AM »

Those are delicious ideas, kjlutz!

Oh!  I forgot that I made food treats for our baby shower a few weeks ago -- caramel apples and popcorn balls.  Num!
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« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008 01:32:55 PM »

sweets4ever, that peanut butter chocolate oreo bark looks SO good! i just saved the recipe. i'm definitely going to have to make that! and your mug idea was so cool! you've inspired me!

kjlutz, chocolate truffles is a great idea, thanks! and i've never heard of red pepper jelly. def. gonna check that out.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2008 01:37:18 PM »

Thanks, Max!  It was sooo good.

And this thread has made me realize that I make a lot of food. Cheesy  Here's another one that would make fab gifts http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=218225.0
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008 06:53:23 PM »

Sorry I won't shut up on your thread. Cheesy  I just posted the apples & popcorn, if you wanna see:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275181.0
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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2008 09:25:35 PM »

sweets, you're amazing! those chocolate covered oreo balls look so DELICIOUS!! i am so definitely making those. i'm going to have to make extra of everything to keep for myself. Grin please, if you have any other ideas, keep 'em coming! i think i'm also going to lurk around the cooking boards for other treats!
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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2008 04:41:09 AM »

sweets, you're amazing! those chocolate covered oreo balls look so DELICIOUS!! i am so definitely making those. i'm going to have to make extra of everything to keep for myself. Grin please, if you have any other ideas, keep 'em coming! i think i'm also going to lurk around the cooking boards for other treats!

The Oreo balls are VERY rich, but probably my favorite of the links/projects I've made.  I've seen a few other variations on Craftster, too -- using mint Oreos, for example.

I had made the containers of food for my hubby's coworkers and then made plates of the extras for my family Christmas get togethers last year.  The Oreo balls definitely disappeared off the plates the fastest. Cheesy  I think next in line were the two kinds of bark -- people must love bark!

Please post back here if you find any other super nummy treats for holiday gifts.  I need to start thinking of what to feed his coworkers again. Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2008 10:05:18 AM »

I think I'm making bottled oils and bread for dipping for Christmas.
I've seen oil bottles at The Dollar Store!

I love all the sweets, people are DEFINATLY gettings things Sweets4Ever showed us.

And then this not so sweet option too.

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