Top Pick Of The Week

December 6, 2011


Good things come in small packages. These  3.5- ounce chocolate bars are so beautiful and delicious, that a single bar makes a happy gift. Photo of Sulpice chocolate bars by River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

WHAT IT IS: Our favorite affordable gourmet food gifts.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Nothing tastes better!
WHY WE LOVE IT: So delicious, and something for everyone.
WHERE TO BUY IT: See individual listings.



Put some spice in your life with these luscious habanero caramels in a keepsake tin. From Cowgirl Chocolates. Photo by Michael Steele | THE NIBBLE.

Fabulous fudge from John Kelly. It’s even certified kosher. (Ribbons not included.) Photo courtesy John Kelly Chocolate.

Gourmet Trail Mix

How about something on the healthier side? Gourmet trail mix from Comfort Crunch includes bits of toffee. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

Gem Chocolates are among the most gorgeous gourmet chocolates we’ve ever had. Photo courtesy Gem Chocolates.

Ginger Sesame Caramel popcorn from 479° Popcorn is one of eight delicious popcorn flavors in five different gift box samplers. Individual bags are available as stocking stuffers. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky | THE NIBBLE.

Our favorite toffee from Enstrom Candies is available in regular and sugar-free. Both are just incredible—and certified kosher. Photo courtesy Enstrom.


20 Superb Gourmet Food Gifts, Most Under $20.00

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Please Picky Palates For Peanuts

If you have foodie friends and family members who delight in the tastes of the new and scrumptious, we have some suggestions that won’t break the bank.

All have been NIBBLE Top Picks Of The Week and  are beyond delectable—we order them personally all the time. All are made by American artisans. Delicious sugar-free sweets are also on our list, as well as some healthier suggestions. Three gifts are kosher (Biscottea Shortbread, Enstrom Toffee (also in sugar-free) and John Kelly Fudge).

Next week: superb savory gifts, with plenty of time to order online for holiday delivery.

Our  holiday gift to you: 10% off at checkout with code SANTA through December 31, 2011.


Brownies & Cookies Combo

Can't decide between brownies and cookies? This Geoff & Drew's gift box fits the bill with four of each. The beautiful box is a keeper. $18.00. More information.

Cake Pops

Our favorite way to enjoy cake: Veronica’a Cake Pops are delightful, delicious and portion-controlled. They’ll charm everyone. In a great selection of different shapes/designs, including holiday themes: $24.00 to $38.00. More information.

Chipotle Habanero Caramels

A memorable delight from Cowgirl Chocolates. The caramel’s sweetness, butteriness and spice linger on the palate. We love the keepsake tin (large photo below), but there are packaging options from $13.95 to $17.95  and up. The brittles are also delicious. More information.

Lavender Sea Salt Caramels

A great salted caramel with a brilliant touch of lavender from Lillie Belle Farms, $24.00. The blue cheese chocolate truffles sound unusual, but they are incredible; $25.00. Bonbons made with organic ingredients, also great, $26.00 More information.

Bonbon Beauties With Organic Ingredients

Handmade from organic chocolate by Gem Chocolates, these are a NIBBLE favorite—a true honor, given how many different brands we try. The bonbons are gorgeous; the beautiful box is a keeper. $12.95; larger sizes available. More information.

Chocolate Spice Tiles

From Two Chicks With Chocolate, these 38% dark milk chocolate tiles are so good, we’re sad that they’re just made in the fall-winter season. Blended with cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg and cayenne pepper: a perfect seasonal gift.  In a reusable box, $15.95. More information.

Decorated & Flavored Bars

Sulpice Chocolat creates beautiful bars that are perfect for gift-giving. Each of the eight flavors made with Belgian chocolate is hand-painted. Two 3.5-ounce bars (two stocking stuffers) are $15.00. More information.


Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

We love the cookies from this artisan baker. Charleston Cookies’ 45 miniature cookies deliver all of the flavor, and the smaller size delivers half the calories. In a gold tin, $15.95. More information.


Butter Shortbread With Coffee Or Tea

Who wouldn’t like a piece of buttery shortbread? Choose from Biscottea, flavored with fine tea; or Biscoffee, with coffee accents. The 24 individually wrapped cookies are nested in a nice gift box. Certified kosher by OU. $29.99. More information.


Whoopie Pies

The best whoopies we’ve ever had are from WannaHavaCookie. A half dozen chocolate-peppermint whoopie pies (seasonal), $12.00. Favorite flavors (including amazing red velvet) from $2.00 to $22.00. More information.

Fabulous, Not Cloying

John Kelly fudge always thrills. With choices from $14.00 and up, this fabulous fudge is also certified kosher (by KSA). More information.


Gourmet Trail Mix

We love giving these better-for-you fruit and nut mixes  (with a touch of toffee) from Comfort Crunch. People remember them each year and hint to us, “We loved the trail mix you gave us.” $14.00 and up (the latter for multiple bags, nicely boxed). More information.


Creme Honey Gift Set

Two regular-size jars, or a gift create of three smaller sizes, makes a better-for-you gift for just about anyone. From Honey Ridge Farms, the flavored honeys are divine, including seasonal cranberry. $17.78 and $18.99. More information.


Holiday & Classic Flavors

Handmade gourmet marshmallows from 240 Sweet simply melt in your mouth. Five different flavor collections include Chocolate and Holiday. More information.

Gourmet Popcorn Flavors

For anyone who doesn’t think popcorn is a gourmet food,  the samplers from 479° Popcorn will be a revelation. $35.00. Flavors are also available as individual bags for stocking stuffers, $23.88. More information.

In Dark Or Milk Chocolate

If there’s a toffee heaven, this is it. In individual squares or “broken from the slab,” $19.95 buys you the best toffee we’ve ever had. Sugar-free version below. Certified kosher. More infor-mation.


Fancy Sugar For Entertaining

While these beauties from Chambre de Sucre were a recent Top Pick, they deserve attention here as stocking stuffers and larger gifts. $10.95 and up. More information.


Delicious Sugar Free Sweets



The regular toffee (above) is amazing; and this sugar-free version, dipped in fine milk chocolate, is so sublime that it’s hard to tell it apart from its sugared brother. Here, $20.95 buys you an incredible sugar-free confection. Certified kosher. More information.


More sugar-free gourmet food gifts are below.


Favorite Holiday Food Book Gifts

Crazy For Cake Pops

America Walks Into A Bar Tomatoland

Crazy For Cake Pops: 50 All-New Delicious and Adorable Creations, by Molly Bakes. Give a copy to baker friends and you’ll be the lucky recipient of some truly delicious cakes-on-a-stick. More information.

America Walks Into A Bar, by Christine Sismondo. For your favorite barflies, a fascinating history of America’s taverns, saloons, speakeasies and grog shops. Fascinating. More information.

Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, by Barry Estabrook. This harrowing page-turner shows the ugly side of agriculture. We loved it. More information.


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Delicious Sugar Free Sweets (Continued)


Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cookies

For the sugar-free gourmet: Charleston Cookies makes bags of full-size sugarless chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies, $9.95 per bag. Gift tins are also available. More information.


Oatmeal cookies photo courtesy Charleston Cookies.

  Sugar-Free Cookies

Chocolate Truffles

Top-quality chocolate and classic French artisan techniques are used by Choclatique to make their “Sweet Deceit” line a treat for people who must restrict their sugar intake. $18.00; larger boxes available. More information.

Chocolates photo courtesy Choclatique.

  Sugar Free Chocolates

—Karen Hochman, Founder


Happy Holidays From All Of Us At THE NIBBLE


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