With the holiday season in full swing, you’ll likely be attending a party or three. And, like a good guest, you’ll probably tote along a gift for the soiree’s hostess. If you’re going the foodie route, these delicious treats will not only delight their recipients, but also pull double duty on the charity front. ‘Tis the season!
Divine Chocolate Limited Edition Bars. When you buy a Divine bar, you’re supporting the only Fairtrade chocolate company that’s owned by 45 percent of its farmers: The farmers who grow the cocoa actually receive a profit for their product. And with flavors like Milk Chocolate with Spiced Cookies, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Truffle, Dark Chocolate with Hazelnuts and Cranberries, and Milk Chocolate with Whole Almonds, it’s a win-win. ($4.29 for a 3.5-oz. bar)
R.W. Knudsen Celebratory Beverages. For the hostess who doesn't drink, these natural, non-alcoholic beverages come in a variety of flavors, including sparkling blueberry, cherry and pear. And they're good for the earth, too: For the past 11 years, R.W. Knudsen has been recognized by California’s Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) because only 1.5 percent of what comes into its production facility is disposed to landfill. (Prices vary, grocery stores nationwide)
Gnosis Chocolate Elixirs. Gnosis is the healthiest hot chocolate you’ll ever knock back; it's certified organic, raw and vegan. Not only that: in addition, 10 percent of all Gnosis purchases go to The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to alleviating world hunger and global warming. Available in Aphrodisia, Immunity and Mayan Heat, $14.
Baking For Good’s Penguin Gift Box. You’ll certainly feel good bringing by this delicious assortment of whoopee pies, chocolate chip cookie brownies, pecan pralines and hand-iced sugar cookies, since 15 percent of all Baking For Good purchases go to the charity of your choice, $60.
2008 Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Your hostess may want to save this wine for herself, and with good reason: In addition to churning out top quality varietals, Hall was the first winery in California to earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a rating system for green buildings) gold certification. $48.
Organic Valley Eggnog. In terms of taste, OV’s eggnog is the best on the market. But purchasing OV products also helps local farmers earn a fair wage for their dairy. And now, along with Stonyfield, OV is helping to ensure access to organic food for all through their Celebrate With Organic campaign. You can also enter to win a year’s worth of Organic Valley and Stonyfield products. For every entry, 20 cents will be donated to Wholesome Wave, which improves accessibility of locally grown fruits and veggies. (Around $5 per quart, grocery stores nationwide)
More holiday tips from Bites:
- Gourmet gifts for your gluten-free friends and family
- 8 creative, easy (and yummy) DIY food gifts
- TODAY talent's favorite holiday hostess gifts
- How to set up the bar for your holiday party
- Crack these eggs for a surprise dessert
Michelle Hainer is a freelance writer and food blogger whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including InStyle, Country Living and Real Simple. Get more of her tips and recipes for seasonal eats at Made By Michelle.