10 Edible Treats That Give Back to Charities
There are basically a million snack food companies (ditto for wineries and bakeries), so how are you supposed to choose among them all? Obviously flavor and taste are important. On top of that, maybe you could stick with companies that donate to charitable organizations? Each of the (extra-tasty) treats on this list help to give back in some way. Give them as gifts or buy them up for yourself — you really can’t go wrong.
- Three-Month Bread Subscription, $90 at Hot Bread Kitchen: NYC-based Hot Bread Kitchen teaches at-risk women how to bake and then employs them at fair wages. They benefit from having a steady income, and you benefit from having delicious bread (an ever-rotating variety of naan, parker house rolls, ryes, challahs, bialys, babka, and more) delivered to your door on a monthly basis.
- Bananas Foster Dogs, $6 for 2-ounce bar at Rescue Chocolate: Rescue Chocolate makes incredible dark chocolate bars in awesome flavors (think: peanut butter, fig, bacon, and more), and donates 100 percent of its proceeds to animal rescue organizations. We’re partial to this bar with organic dark chocolate, freeze-dried bananas, and rum extracts.
- Hello Fall Red Wine Mixed Pack, $137 at One Hope Wine: Imagine if part of the cash you regularly drop on wine went to a charitable organization? That’s what happens with One Hope Wine. Offering up a variety of different wines, One Hope donates a portion of proceeds from each sale to a variety of charities that help causes such as autism awareness, veteran support, breast cancer research, global poverty, and more. And because fall is coming whether you like it or not, you might want to stock up on some red wines.
- Tableya Hot Chocolate, $10 for 10 at Askinosie: Tableya is a traditional Filipino hot chocolate made from 100 percent roasted cocoa beans that are pressed into coin-shaped tablets. Just dissolve the tablet into boiling water and presto! You have a delicious cup of hot chocolate. And to honor Tableya’s Filipino heritage, each purchase generates 150 school lunches for in-need children in the Philippines.
- Dessert Pack Gum, $20 for 12 packs at Project 7: Project 7’s gums are both delicious and unique (birthday cake and kettle pop? Yes please!), but the company’s real focus is their commitment to supporting mission-based charities that help improve the lives of people across the globe. A portion of Project 7’s proceeds go to a variety of charities, focusing on feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, saving the planet, and more.
- Snack Smart, Do Good Club, $8 a month at Love with Food: If you love trying lots of new snacks, this monthly subscription is for you. You’ll get to try all sorts of all-natural, organic, or gluten-free treats. Better still, Love with Food donates a portion of its proceeds to charities that combat childhood hunger.
- FEED + Mouth Snack Bag, $74 at Mouth: FEED makes products (like this handsome tote) to help fight hunger worldwide, and Mouth has tons of delicious snacks on offer. The two companies combined efforts to make this snack bag filled with things like white truffle popcorn, salt and pepper pistachios, and chocolate gingersnaps. Each purchase of this bag provides 25 school lunches for kids in need around the world.
- Liam’s Lemon Sugar Cookies, $30 at Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Give into your cookie cravings with any of the delicious flavors Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has on offer (dark chocolate cranberry, mint-night chocolate, or this tart and tangy option). All (yes, 100 percent!) of the profits of each box sold are directed to childhood cancer research.
- Natural Peanut Butter & Honey, $18 for three 16-ounce jars at Good Spread: Peanut butter is delicious and nutritious, so it makes sense that Georgia-based Good Spread would hawk its all-natural, honey-infused peanut butter and donate a portion of its proceeds to help combat malnutrition in children in developing countries.
- Sunny Uplift, $3 per bar at GoMacro Bars: Created to raise awareness around a macrobiotic diet, GoMacro Bars are completely vegan, come in a variety of flavors, and give back a percentage of their proceeds to various charities. Try this cherry and berry bar, which is touted for its antioxidants, vitamin C, iron, and fiber.