These Homemade Food Gifts Are Way Too Tasty to Resist


Chocolate bark is yummy and roasted pecans are nice, but sometimes you want to kick your food gift game up a notch. With these five ideas, your homemade goodies are sure to be the talk of the town.

1. Braised Onions

Braised onions may not be the first idea that pops into your head when you think of a tasty food gift, but it's actually pretty genius. Pack 'em up with gruyere cheese, chicken stock and a crusty loaf of bread and you've got the ultimate DIY French Onion Soup Kit. That means the people you love can literally be 15 minutes away from hot, cheesy soup nirvana whenever the wind blows cold.

Braised onions may not leap to mind when you think of holiday gifts, but when you pair this recipe from our class, Sweet & Savory Food Gifts, with all the all the makings of French onion soup, it's a game-changer. Just spoon the onions into a jar, seal it tight and include the recipe for French onion soup on the tag. Add a loaf of crusty French bread, some flavorful Gruyere cheese and — bam! — you've got yourself the best food gift ever.

Pro Tip

Instead of buying a loaf, learn to make your own bread in our class, Artisan Bread Making .

2. Crazy-Easy Jam

When you want to make a pretty food gift without much effort, this should be your go-to recipe. Your recipient will be wowed with the cool Plum Spice and Strawberry Pinot Nior variations, and toast doesn't get tastier when it's got a spread of this stuff.

Forget the idea that making jam is a complicated, all-day process. This recipe from our class, The From-Scratch Kitchen, is three-steps easy. Plus, it's a prime candidate for gifting. Strawberry Pinot Jam — who wouldn't love that?!

3. Pear-Cranberry Chutney

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill cranberry sauce — it's an all-out flavor-fest loaded with cinnamon, hazelnuts, pears and more. In other words, it's about to change your whole outlook on the traditional holiday staple.

Putting a spin on cranberry chutney takes a holiday classic way over the top with amazing layers of flavor. This recipe from our class, Sweet & Savory Food Gifts, offers surprise ingredients that are sure to wow your main meal. Serve it at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, or divvy into mason jars for a delicious food gift your recipient won't soon forget.

4. Chocolate Hazelnut Butter

Everybody loves Nutella, but this DIY version puts the store-bought spread to shame. Bonus: the recipe yields a bonus jar of homemade chocolate syrup.

Warning: after you try this recipe for chocolate hazelnut butter from our class The From-Scratch Kitchen, you'll never buy a jar of Nutella again. It's honestly that good and the recipe yields a bonus jar of homemade chocolate syrup. Seriously, could life get any better?!

5. Customized Caramel

Caramel sauce gets a grown-up upgrade thanks to flavorful infusions of espresso, dark chocolate, bourbon and more. This versatile recipe easily goes wherever you want it to go, so it's sure to satisfy any lucky recipient's palate.

Fact: almost everything is better covered in caramel. And this recipe from our class, The Art of Caramel, is flawless in its most basic form. But when you add bourbon, dark chocolate or espresso into the mix — fireworks. Whip it up next time you're craving a bowl of ice cream, or make a big batch and pour into cute little mason jars for an easy (and tasty!) holiday gift.

April 24, 2020
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