Season’s Eatings

Give the Gift of Healthy Snacking this Holiday Season

This holiday season, don’t let one of the best opportunities for your business slip through your fingers.

We’re talking about holiday gifting.

The annual gift giving season isn’t just a prime opportunity to let your most important partners and clients know that you’re thinking of them, but to make a statement about who you are. A great gift that demonstrates your impeccable taste will reinforce their trust in you, and help ensure that your relationship continues to be a fruitful one.

Unfortunately, most people (and companies) fail to take full advantage, and send gifts that arrive not with a bang, but a whimper.

Case in point – the lowly holiday fruitcake.

While December technically is national fruitcake month (seriously, Google it), in the immortal words of Jeremy Piven, don’t be that guy.

Trust us, nothing says “I put absolutely no thought into this” like gifting the same old dense, tasteless fruitcake.

Stand out this year by gifting something different: healthier holiday treats that don’t skimp on flavor (but also won’t put you in a diabetic coma).

In other words, ditch those boring season’s greetings for some crowd-pleasing Season’s Eatings, SnackNation style.

Here’s what you should be gifting this year.   

1. Grey Ghost Bakery

Grey Ghost Bakery

High quality, all natural ingredients. Unconventional flavor profiles. The care and attention that comes with a truly artisanal approach.

These are a few of the elements that come together to make Grey Ghost Bakery’s cookies so irresistible. But we suspect the real magic is in the family recipe that’s been lovingly passed down through the generations.

Grey Ghost founder Katherine Frankstone named the company after a local legend in her hometown of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. In addition to standards like Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip, Grey Ghost cookies come in creative flavors like Almond Toffee, Chocolate Cayenne, and Cinnamon Pecan. Always made from scratch in small batches, these hand formed cookies make for a one-of-a-kind, truly artisanal gift.  

Their Molasses Cookie was a definitely a crowd favorite when it appeared in our October Platinum Box. Head over to GreyGhostBakery.com and use the PromoCode “SNACK16 for 15% your entire order (valid through the end of 2016).

2. Fatty Sundays

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Sisters Ali and Lauren, the beautiful minds behind Brooklyn-based Fatty Sundays, know that balance is the key to making awe-inspiring confections.

That’s why they’ve focused on their signature chocolate covered pretzels, which balance crispy, salty pretzel sticks with delicious gourmet chocolate and clever toppings that are sure to make an impression.

Case in point, their birthday cake flavored variety, made with artisanal white chocolate. They also make a gluten-free variety.  

Head over to FattySundays.com and use the promocode FSSNACK10 for a 10% purchase discount (limit one per customer).

3. Vosges Petite Caramels

Vosges Petite Caramels

These silky, decadent petite caramels come with a gourmet pedigree. Vosges Haut Chocolate is the brainchild of Katrina Markoff, a classically trained chocolatier who studied at Paris’ famed culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. She founded the company in her Chicago kitchen, and has been making inspired culinary creations ever since.

Her intention and attention have paid off, as these caramels offer world-class quality and flavor. They also make a great gift for the ecologically conscious folks on your list –  Vosges is 100% powered by renewable energy, and are made in a certified organic manufacturing facility.

Visit VosgesChocolate.com and get 15% off your next online order with the promo code BDVIP164 (valid through 1/31/17).

4. barkTHINS

barkTHINS

barkTHINS isn’t your run-of-the-mill holiday chocolate.

Their mission is to create an absolutely mouth-watering snack that doesn’t compromise on health or taste. And they deliver with their truly innovative snacking chocolate.

How do they do it? barkTHINS pair snackable slivers of fair-trade dark chocolate with real, simple Non-GMO inclusions – like pretzels and all natural almonds – for an original take on healthy indulgence.

barkTHINS are an absolute favorite with SnackNation members and staff alike. We’ve even paired them with wines at our member tasting events. (They go great with a jammy pinot noir.)

Order yours at BarkThins.com.

5. Suncups Dark Chocolate Cups

Suncups Dark Chocolate Cups

Made with roasted sunflower seed butter, Suncups Dark Chocolate Cups are soy-, gluten-, and nut-free, making them a fantastic choice for anyone with allergen sensitivities.

But to be honest, it’s not what Suncups lack that makes them remarkable, it’s what they bring to the table – namely, mouth watering dark chocolate perfection.

Suncups also feature organic, sustainably sourced ingredients like organic palm fruit oil and Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa mass, making them another great choice for the eco-conscious recipients on your gift list.

Buy this original take on a classic treat here, and save 30% with the promo code Justforyou30%. This offer is good for any item (or items) and the 30% off will be applied to the full purchase.

6. WOW Baking Chocolate Chip Cookie

WOW Baking Chocolate Chip Cookie

If you think “gluten-free” is synonymous with “taste-free,” you obviously don’t know WOW Baking.

WOW Baking make wheat- and gluten-free gourmet cookies and brownies that don’t skimp on anything – least of all taste.  

We recommend their soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies. As with all WOW products, they’re made without hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, wheat, and gluten. And instead of artificial flavors and preservatives, they use simple ingredients – like real butter, real vanilla and natural cane juice.

If that weren’t enough, these are some of the best tasting cookies you’ll find anywhere. Check them out at WOWbaking.com.

7. Dolcetto Cookies & Cream Wafer

Dolcetto Cookies & Cream Wafer

Dolcetto make rich, pillow-shaped chocolate cookies piped with a cookies and cream filling are great on their own, or with frozen yogurt, tea, or a piping hot cup of holiday cocoa.

These decadent bites are all natural, and contain zero trans fat, no artificial flavors or coloring, and absolutely no high fructose corn syrup. Order yours today.

8. HomeFree Vanilla Mini Cookies

HomeFree Vanilla Mini Cookies

Deceptively delicious, these tiny cookies are big on flavor, but made to be healthier in every way: low-glycemic, low sodium, zero trans fat or cholesterol, vegan, non-GMO, and organic.

And like all HomeFree products, they’re made with care in a dedicated bakery free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat and gluten.

No wonder Shape Magazine bestowed them with their “Best Snack Award.” Buy them at HomeFreeTreats.com.

Want more outside the box gift ideas? Check out these 10 Unique Corporate Gift Ideas Your Clients and Customers Will Love!