Spread some season’s greetings by giving the gift of season’s eatings to all of the foodies on your holiday list. From artisan chocolates and delectable pastries to tasty tamales and Scandinavian specialties, these DFW places are the best for finding edible holiday gifts that are a cut above the rest.
908 Market St.
Allen, TX 75013
Price: $2.50 each/$7.50 purse/$15-$45 gift boxes
Everyone loves gifts that come in pretty little packages. Troy Easton’s chocolates not only come in pretty packages, they also happen to be works of art that taste absolutely divine. The diverse selection of handmade chocolates includes flavors such as honey caramel with Hawaiian sea salt, white chocolate curry coconut, dark chocolate lavender, pecan pie, Turkish coffee and Vermont maple cream. Even the plain milk chocolate is made with such high-quality chocolate that these smooth and creamy morsels will put anyone in a state of chocolate bliss. Easton also makes customized chocolate bars using a variety of ingredients including crystallized flowers, sea salt, nuts and dried fruits. Wrapped up in elegant, gold gift boxes or pretty little purses, these chocolates make a perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list.
1617 Ave. K
Plano, TX 75074
Price: $30 gift baskets/$45 glogg basket
Treat someone to a Nordic holiday with a unique gift from the Wooden Spoon. The shop offers a wide range of Scandinavian items, including edible goodies such as lingonberry preserves, crisp breads, tins of gingersnaps, Swedish meatballs and a variety of Scandinavian cheeses. Have a gift basket made up with items you choose, or select a glogg basket complete with everything you need to make the traditional holiday hot drink, including a bottle of black currant saft, glogg spice mix, a package of almonds, raisins and orange peel, cups and pepperkaker cookies. Stop by the shop and enjoy the holiday festivities, or browse online and have your gifts shipped.
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5219 W. Lovers Lane
Dallas, TX 75209
Price: $2.50 shortbread cookies/$21 dozen macaroons/$30 buche de Noel
This adorable little shop offers an array of delectable sweets ranging from French pastries, cookies and candies to cake balls, cupcakes and customized cakes. For those on your list who like it sweet, the bakery’s holiday menu will be a real treat — from buche de Noels filled with chocolate fudge and glazed shortbread cookie tree towers, to melt-in-your-mouth French macaroons in flavors including chocolate peppermint and cranberry. Make up stunning gifts with the shop’s selection of beautiful boxes, and fill them with an assortment of macaroons, miniature pastries and decorated shortbread cookies.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate
408 W. 8th St.
Dallas, TX 75208
Price: $12 artisan chocolate box/$23-$85 lunchbox;
If you want to give a gift that leaves a lasting impression, check out Dude Sweet Chocolate, where chocolate is more than just taste, it’s an experience. Katherine Clapner’s genius creations come in the form of confections, nuts, elixirs, vinegar, olive oils, teas, spreads, drinks and potions. Many of these are available for tasting before you decide what to buy. The potions come in several interesting flavors, including the break-up potion made with Brekenridge Distillery bourbon, agave and chocolate, perfect for making chocolate martinis or as a topping for ice cream. Other tasty offerings include porcini mushroom powder and pumpkin-seed toffee, dehydrated blue cheese and sea salt fudge, maple waffle cone marshmallows and eucalyptus honey truffles. Clapner also makes a variety of painted chocolate masterpieces in flavors including violet, lemongrass, honey and goat cheese. The products come nicely packaged, or choose from a variety of gift baskets, including the new retro lunch boxes filled with mini potions, bars and chocolate chubby nuts. Fort Worth chocoholics will be happy to know the shop also has a space inside Avoca Coffee.
713 W. Magnolia Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
Price: $9 half dozen; $29-$79 gift boxes
Treat someone to a taste of Mexico with a gift box filled with some Hot Damn Tamales. These large, handmade tamales come in an assortment of flavors, ranging from traditional ones such as ancho pork tenderloin and three queso to gourmet ones stuffed with wild mushroom and goat cheese, or poblano chicken cilantro lime. Nobody needs fruitcake when they could have sweet tamales with unique fillings including Ghirardelli chocolate or tropical fruit and cranberry jalapeño pecan. Gift boxes may be customized, which comes in handy because there are at least 15 varieties to choose from, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. Hot Damn Tamales also ships tamales using ground or two-day air for nationwide delivery.Related: 2012 DFW Holiday Theater Preview