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Sweet Hostess Gift Ideas

Maris Callahan is the author of "In Good Taste," and, as an avid self-taught home cook, is widely knowledgeable about all things culinary. She is especially passionate about helping women on-the-go cook healthy, delicious meals and snack...

There are sweets everywhere you look during the holiday season and wrapped inside of a gift box is no exception. You can rarely go wrong with an edible gift, especially because you can personalize the gift for the person you're buying for. Whether it's a simple box of premium chocolates for a coworker or a delightful set of spices for your best friend who loves to bake, you can customize edible gifts to be as personal - or not - as you like. If you need a hostess gift this year, think sweeter than usual. The holiday season is the one time of year when everyone likes to indulge, we've rounded up some perfect hostess gifts for you to give the sweets lovers on your list this year - just make sure they like to share.

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla ExtractNielsen-Massey Vanillas

Though you can't eat or drink vanilla extract, you can bake with it, which is just what any recipient will want to do as soon as he or she opens a box of vanilla, chocolate and peppermint extracts. Since 1907, Nielsen-Massey has been dedicated to creating the finest vanilla in the world. Its Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract is easily the star of their winning line-up of extracts and pastes that will add warm, rich flavor to any recipe.

 

Glee GumGlee Gum

Sometimes when you're craving sweets but don't want to spoil your dinner, all you need is a piece of gum. Glee Gum comes in six flavors, all-natural and gluten-with no artificial coloring, flavoring, sweeteners or preservatives. At just 5 calories a serving, Glee Gum is sweetened with cane sugar and rice syrup-- no aspartame. Glee Gum is also the only gum in North America made the old-fashioned way - with eco-friendly chicle, instead of synthetics. With it's fun, whimsical packaging it would be hard not to want to see this in your Christmas stocking.

 

Bon Appetit gift boxBon Appetit Chevre gift box

Did you know that in some cultures, a cheese plate is considered a dessert? If you have an entertaining enthusiast on your nice list this year, help her serve dessert in an untraditional way at her next party with the Bon Appetit gift box. Belle Chèvre has produced a variety of acclaimed chevres since 1989 using European farmstead techniques. The company is small and each chevre is hand made by passionate cheese makers.

 

 Sutton Gourmet Paper Baking CupsSutton Gourmet Paper Baking Cups

Don't you hate it when you make a beautiful batch of cupcakes and the paper liners brown in the oven? I do, and if you have a friend who loves to bake, she probably does too. With Sutton Gourmet Paper Products every batch of cupcakes will be more fun to bake and turn out more delicious than the last. Pair with one of the Barefoot Contessa baking mixes and a new cupcake/muffin tin for a more substantial gift.

 

Scharffen Berger Cocoa powder

Scharffen Berger Cocoa powder

Don't wait until Valentine's Day to give the gift of chocolate. Scharffen Berger has a line of premium chocolate for home bakers that is on the higher end side - so it might be a splurge for the casual cupcake baker. I love the cocoa powder - you can use it in everything from brownies to chili to homemade hot chocolate. Other offerings include chocolate bars, chocolate chunks and cacao nibs.

 

Dark Chocolate Macadamia Butter BrickleDARK CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT MACADAMIA BUTTER BRICKLE

Bring a little piece of the East coast to any holiday party this year with East Hampton Edibles' selection of sweets. The company began selling its handmade confections in East Hampton, NY and recently launched an online store selling, among other varieties, dark, white and milk chocolate peppermint macadamia butter brickle. 100% handmade with high-quality ingredients, you'll find something for your favorite hostess no matter what her taste preference.

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