Updated for 2013
Stocking stuffers can truly be the fabulous dessert after an offering of bland presents. And why not indulge your favorite foodie with some delicious treats? Since this occasion only comes once a year, consider purchasing gourmet products that have been made in small batches for that extra special touch. So this holiday season, shop around for the perfect edible stocking stuffer that shows you took the time to find a gift that is personal and delectable.
Maple Honey Caramel Spread
Divinely delectable, rich, creamy organic caramel spread perfect for topping, saucing, cooking, dipping, spreading, accompanying… ice cream, crepes, pies, cakes, sweet breads and pastries, flan, fresh fruits and more.
Liddabit Sweets, Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
Chewy, chocolatey, and not too sweet, these babies will calm your chocolate craving with just one piece…Okay, maybe two. Made with delicious Taza Chocolate – organic, direct-trade deliciousness produced bean-to-bar in Somerville, MA.
Zoe Chocolate Co.: Candy Canes
Voted by Saveur magazine as the “World’s Best” candy canes,” these hand-pulled treats are often said to be of another breed. No two alike, the glossy canes come in three wintery flavors: peppermint, anise and cinnamon.
Ajiri: Keyan Black Tea
This elegant black tea is grown in the verdant Kisii Hills of western Kenya. The packaging is most unique with handmade labels and twine created from dried banana leaves. All profits from the tea are donated to the Ajiri Foundation to pay school fees for orphans in western Kenya.
Lake Champlain Fair Trade Chocolate Gift Set
A ready-to-give assortment of fair trade certified bars and hot chocolate, this delectable stocking stuffer is presented in a custom gift box featuring thoughtful touches like a complimentary greeting card, and a sweet selection of four organic bars — salted caramel, cherries and chocolate, dark chocolate and creamy coconut — and two hot chocolates, spicy aztec and their traditional mix.
Theo Chipotle Spice Drinking Chocolate
Not exactly your average hot chocolate, Theo’s fair trade and organic Drinking Chocolate is a mélange of ground chocolate, spices and chiles, uniting the worlds of sweet and savory. This award-winning drinking chocolate will take you on a velvety, full bodied, spicy and warming molten chocolate journey.
Macaron Café: Medium Luxury Box
These stunning French confectioneries have won quite a bit of attention from the press and loyal customers. Rose, Cassis and Fleur de Sel are just a few of the inventive flavors you can chose to add to your luxurious gift box.
Marché Noir: Brut Cacao Cabernet Brownies
Thanks to Rachel Klemek, the brilliant pastry chef and owner of Blackmarket Bakery in Irvine, CA, you can now eat wine. The secret is a flour made by drying and milling the pomace (leftover skins and seeds) from cabernet sauvignon after the vintner’s crush. High in antioxidants, iron, fiber and Res-V, these wine flour brownies are a healthful, yet decadent guiltless pleasure.
Cabernet Brownie Photo: Julien Hater/Flickr, Candy Cane Photo: HipMomma/flickr