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The Crowded Kitchen’s Edible Gift Guide

Hello and Happy Holidays everyone. I wanted to create an edible gift guide for you guys because I love homemade gifts, they seem a lot more personal that some bought gift (although those don’t hurt either). I made these for my roommates this year before I left to go back home and they rather enjoyed it. I put it in a brown paper bag with their names on it and put it in front of their doors that way it would be the first thing they saw when they came out of their room. I did it when I left that way it was like a goodbye present as well. I wrote a little note on the back of each bag and put little index cards in the bag explaining what each treat was.



๐ŸŽ… My Edible Gift #1 are these adorable Rum & Dark Chocolate Truffles. I figured since it was supposed to be festive and in the holiday spirit why not add some spirits to it. The trick with adding liquor to treats, especially ones that have to harden up, is that liquor usually prevents it from happening. You have to be careful not to add too much or it will be too soft to become a truffle. I put just enough rum in there to taste it but not too much that it lost it’s shape.

As you can see I made it a little fancy by dipping it in melted chocolate. A little cheat sheet for you is that Ghirardelli has melted candy coating in all supermarket stores so that you don’t have to go through the hassle of melting, tempering and finding chocolate that will melt smoothly. Most chocolates in supermarkets have stabilizers in it specifically to hold its shape through the heating process, so this is a good cheat for you.


Alterations: I also made some Chocolate Almond Joy Truffles as well to go with it. I just used the same truffles since the rum does have a tropical aspect to it and put a almond in the center and rolled it in coconut instead of melted chocolate. Was a HIT!



๐ŸŽ… My Edible Gift #2 is Peanut Butter & Chocolate cookies. I love peanut butter; I love it so much that I could eat it out of the jar with just a spoon. These treats could be nice for younger ages or for a quick “have to make something in 20 minutes” gift. I love that while the cookies look separated the cooking process makes the flavors meld together enough to where you taste both in every bite.

Also putting those fork indents into the cookies are incredibly easy and decorative. Take your fork and dip it in sugar as to not stick to the cookie, press down enough to get the imprints in the cookie and continue.


๐ŸŽ… My Edible Gift #3 are these amazing Honey & Earl Grey Chocolate Caramels. They are simply divine and dances on your pallet. They’re not overly sweet thanks to the dark chocolate and the honey instead of corn syrup. Wrapping it in wax paper also gives it a old time candy store feel as well. The cooking time for this is around 45 minutes and it sets in 3 hours.


Alterations: This can easily just be a chocolate caramel as well. Leave out the tea and replace the honey, if you don’t want that in as well, with the exact amount of corn syrup. If you would like to replace the tea flavor with a liquor then add the liquor at the end of the cooking process and stir. You can find the recipe here.


๐ŸŽ… My Edible Gift #4 is not one of my own but is too awesome and darling not to share with you. A blog I follow called Love, Cake has these awesome saffron biscotti with dark chocolate; if you want to take a turn on the exotic side then this is the time to do it. The saffron isn’t too strong and there are other flavors in the biscotti to help balance all the flavors. You can find the recipe here. If biscotti just isn’t your thing then these adorable and flavorful Lemon Meringue Thumbprint cookies are for you.

lemon meringue cookies

Alterations: If you don’t want saffron you can add other festive holiday additions. One of the best things about biscotti is that it is so versatile.

๐ŸŽ… My Edible Gift #5 is something that is bought however but still edible. Whenever I want to celebrate something with someone or my roommates and I celebrate a holiday together I usually order something from Papabubble. They’re a awesome homemade artisan candy store that originated in Australia and now they have stores all over the world opened by people who apprenticed at the candy store itself. You can shop their online store here. Here are a few of their incredibly cute and handmade candies for the holidays.

papabubble lollipop 4 papabubble lollipop 3 papabubble lollipop 2 papabubble lollipop

Other edible gifts that you may want to consider making:

Peppermint Candy Marshmallows: found here



Salted Honey & Peanut Caramel Corn: found here



Raspberry Brownies: found here



Packaging: When it comes to packaging the options are limitless. I used brown paper bags (which you can find at any supermarket) because we’re relatively young and I’m basically the den mother of our apartment so it was a nice “have a good winter break while I’m gone kids, mommy will miss you” type thing. Other options are:

Manson Jars: you can find these anywhere nowadays and in all different sizes. All the treats can be put in there and you can decorate the jars with ribbons and stickers.



Another option is Christmas cans. These can be found anywhere, even at dollar stores. They’re great to individualize the gifts and great for on the go as well. They already come decorated so that part is done for you.


If you want mini-packaging like I did for the cookies and truffles I found mine at Walmart in the food decorating aisle. They’re Wilton’s, but I’m sure you can find others that may not be as pricey. These have ribbons which is why I didn’t mind paying a little extra.

Happy Edible Gift giving and I hope your holidays are filled with joy and family. Enjoy!


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