Cookies in a tin? (yawn)! Nuts in a sack (uh, no thanks)! Candy (nope)!
This is the time of year for Olympic-sized snacking, not to mention a snack food makes a great gift. Check these super-snack foods out for holiday gifting, for your next gathering, and for yourself.
Doh! It’s Not Just “Dough”
Bakerly has all sorts of French-inspired baked goods including flavored crepes. But it’s the Bakerly Brioche that delighted us not just for the slightly sweet taste, but also because you can do so much with it (check out all the recipes on the Bakerly Web Site.
The brioche makes amazing French toast, or try the recipe above. We did, and all the brioche cubes disappeared in minutes!
The products are made non-GMO with no preservatives or artificial flavors and no trans fat using original French recipes from the Brittany region with real butter and other healthy ingredients.
As to the ready-made filled crepes, they come in different flavors. Try them heated up with chocolate sauce or served on a coulis of fruit sauce.
For more information visit: http://bakerly.com
Healthy Meat Gifts & Snacks:
They’re not meat sticks or jerky really because they remain moist and feature flavors like Mango Sriracha, Korean BBQ, and Pineapple Teriyaki. These taste great, but they’re not overly salty, sweet or “strange.”
Godshall’s also has all Natural Snack Sticks in Beef, Turkey, and Pepperoni, and we tried a flavorful, fully cooked turkey bacon you can literally serve in less than a minute.
There is nothing artificial in the ingredients (no chemicals or preservatives). The products have low sugar and reasonably low sodium for most of the flavors.
Godshall’s also employs green practices in their factory. Add Godshall’s to your holiday snack list!
For more information visit: https://www.godshalls.com/
Do you know someone who loves jerky? The Adventure Pack by Country Archer ($75) contains 5 yummy varieties of Country Archer Beef Jerky, plus two varieties of Turkey Jerky and 4 bars each of Beef, Pork and Turkey Frontier Bars.
These classic snacks are made in small batches at Country Archer’s California facility using healthful ingredients and protein options like grass-fed beef, antibiotic-free turkey, and pork.
They’re gluten-free with no added preservatives, no hormones or antibiotics, no MSG, No Nitrites.
In our taste tests, we had small pieces of meat in the jerky instead of the usual larger ones, and the bars were just the right amount for sharing, or if you are a bit hungrier than usual.
We found the flavorings to be tasty and subtle. These are wrapped nicely for travel and when you are on the go amd need something to satisfy, quickly.
For more information and other gift packs visit https://www.countryarcher.com/
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Great Popcorn Gifts!
We got a first taste or Popcornopolis’s signature cones of popcorn when we discovered a cone of Popcornopolis kettle corn in the Bro Basket Ultimate Whiskey sampler we’re featuring in another gift guide this season.
Boring boxes or tins of popcorn are so “last year.” The Popcornopolis Red Snowflakes 5-Cone Gift Basket ($41.99 plus shipping) offers impressively festive and huge, individually wrapped cellophane cones of Cheddar Cheese, Kettle Corn, Caramel Corn, Cinnamon Toast and “Zebra” popcorn.
Note that these are gluten-free, and made from non-GMO corn with no trans fat so they are a reasonably healthy snack. All are delicious, be they sweet, salty or cheesy.
This Southern California company has other gift baskets, but the red, white and gold box festooned with snowflakes makes it an any and all-holiday-appropriate gift. Order at http://www.popcornopolis.com
We love them for snacking at home, and cocktail hour.
Note that this is also a great idea for someone who is gluten free. The popcorn is non-GMO with Non-GMO ingredients in most of the flavors, and only organic ingredients in the Organics line.
The sweet versions are flavored with brown rice syrup (not corn syrup) to give you a steady supply of energy over a longer period.
We tested some of the flavors, including a crip and perfectly balanced sweetness in the Organic Honey Butter Kettle corn, cheesy (but not over the top) Just the Cheese Corn, and a nicely balanced (not too hot) Organic Chile Jalapeño White Cheddar made with bits of real jalapeno.
Traditionalists will like the Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Corn.There are so many other flavors as well, and the G.H. Cretors website has a really great bunch of mouthwateringly delicious and easy recipe ideas for home, entertaining, and gifts.
You can find this popcorn in many places (e.g. Walmart), but for more information visit http://www.ghcretors.com/
Spice Up Your Life Or Someone Else’s!
Spices make life and food exciting! Whether you’re the host or hostess this season and want high-quality spices for yourself, or you want to give a basket to a cook or food enthusiast, Spice Islands has popular spices and extracts to offer you.
Not all spices are of the same quality or freshness. By the time you need to use them they’ve become bland. Spice Islands bottled spices are fresh and fragrant.
A visit to http://spiceislands.com/ will yield tons of information about just about every spice you might want, with photos, and even recipes. It’s a great resource as well as a place to order spices.
We like baskets of multiples, and the one Spice Islands created for advicesisters.com has some of our favorite spices in duplicate: Bay Leaves, Cumin, Cinnamon, Pumpkin Pie Spice and Cayenne Pepper.
Make up your own with whatever spices you want. Go to the website or your favorite store selling Spice Islands amd make someone’s life just a bit…tastier!
GIANTS Snacks are a US company that contracts directly with hometown farmers and has satisfied the cravings of major baseball league teams such as Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, and the San Francisco Giants.
We tested original pistachios that were large and fresh and every nut opened easily. But for your next cocktail party, why try something different such as dill pickle or bacon ranch.
Giants Snacks also makes flavored sunflower and pumpkin seed snack bags.
A dozen 5 oz. bags of one flavor of high quality, large, delicious pistachios is $45. That should spread a lot of cheer. For more information visit https://www.giantsnacks.com/
*thanks to our advicesisters.com tasters for helping us put this feature together
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