10 Exciting Ingredients to Gift

updated May 1, 2019
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When it comes to food gifts, we highly suggest anything that’s been homemade with love. Unfortunately, this time of year, not everyone has a ton of extra time to make treats for everyone on their list.

Instead, consider gifting one of these fun ingredients. They’re more exciting than a bottle of ketchup and not likely something people think to buy for themselves.

Just tie a pretty ribbon around it or put it in a cute gift bag (anything with a polka dot is a win) and call it a day.

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  1. Organic Porcini Mushroom Spread, $9.50 at Mediterranean: This earthy stuff can go on sandwiches, pasta, salads, meat, and more.
  2. Bee Local Honey Water, $7 at Jacobsen Salt: Give this healthy and versatile sweetener with a mug or set of highball glasses. Why? Because it’s a nice addition to morning tea or coffee, or evening cocktails.
  3. Cherry Chai, $9 at Stagg Jam & Marmalade: Bakers or breakfast lovers will go through this jar fairly quickly. It’s jam made with tart cherries and small-batch chai tea, you guys!
  4. Magic Unicorn Sea Salt, $9 at Merch: As if this psychedelic tin (and wacky name!) isn’t enough to make you want to buy this sea salt, it’s actually useful and tasty too. Here’s what’s in magic unicorn sea salt: celery seed, rosemary, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, and maybe some magic.
  5. Flatbreads from Around the World, $36 at Hot Bread Kitchen: For the carb addicts in your life, this sampler comes with two slightly sweet Persian nan-e qandi, four buttery Moroccan m’smen, and a box of lavash crackers.
  6. Sorrento Walnut & Honey Spread, $12 at Market Hall Foods: Nutella needs to move over for this walnut and honey spread that’s sweet and salty in an oh-so-grown-up way.
  7. Holiday Chutney, $6.50 at Stonewall Kitchen: Keep the flavors of the season going with this sweet-and-tart chutney. It can be used as a glaze on ham, added to a cheese plate, or served with dessert.
  8. ‘Nduja, $9 at iGourmet: Buy two of these spicy prosciutto spreads, made with fully cured prosciutto and speck, sea salt, and red chili pepper — one for your friend and one for you.
  9. Pipcorn, $22 at Pipsnacks: Skip the popcorn tin trio (there’s always one flavor no one likes, anyway!) in favor of these mini kernels, which pop to about half the size of ordinary popcorn.
  10. Bison Apple Cider Bone Broth, $42 for six at Epic Bar: ICYMI, bone broth is totally having a moment. And this seasonal concoction is sure to excite anyone looking to warm up. Buy a case and give one to everyone in your book club.
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