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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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