Dec 11, 2017
Picking the perfect gift can be tricky, so we’ve collected some of our favorite unique food gifts from around the world to give you some great gift ideas for the food lovers on your list.
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FOOD GIFT IDEAS FOR THE TRAVEL LOVING FOODIE
When we don’t know what gift to give, food gifts are always our go to.
Who doesn’t like a fun treat?
If you have a foodie on your gift list who loves to travel, these unique food gifts from around the world are the perfect answer!
(And you might just want to pick up a treat or two for yourself while you’re at it!)
CHINA – PU’ER TEA
We love our tea just as much as we love our coffee, and like our coffee, we love finding unique, local teas that really give you a flavor for a region or unique preparation method. So, we were incredibly excited to learn about TEASPEC a company dedicated to high quality Pu’er teas, a type of fermented tea from the Yunan province of China. The way they process their tea leaves give them an incredible smoothness and many layers of subtle flavors. The tea lover on your list will wonder how you found such a unique tea!
To Buy: TEASPEC.com ($24)
ECUADOR – RAW ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE
As serious dark chocolate lovers, when we tasted the organic dark chocolate from Pacari, we were instantly hooked. Pacari is a family owned company that has been dedicated to making high quality Ecuadorian chocolate since 2002. They’re not exaggerating when they say that their small batch chocolates are “an unforgettable chocolate experience”. Buy yourself a bar when your order your gifts. I mean, you have to know what you’re giving. Right?
To Buy: PacariChocolateUS.com ($5.50-8)
SPAIN – CHORIZO
When we think about Spain, we think about relaxing with friends with a glass of sangria and a wonderful spread of tapas. No one knows small bites like the Spanish, and slices of smoked sausage often make an appearance in the tapas spread. If you know someone who loves a picnic or a good appetizer party, this chorizo sampler from La Tienda is the perfect gift to kick their next spread up a notch.
To Buy: LaTienda.com ($30)
ETHOPIA – SINGLE ORIGIN COFFEE BEANS
When we were in Cape Town, South Africa, we had the opportunity to try a number of single origin coffees from around the African continent. We particularly loved the smooth flavor with notes of citrus from the Ethiopian beans and the robust and creamy flavor of beans from Tanzania. Level Ground Trading Company has Fair Trade, Single Origin beans from both countries. As a bonus, when you purchase a bag of coffee from Level Ground Trading Company, you are supporting small, rural, family farmers and their communities.
To Buy: Level Ground Trading via Amazon.com ($22)
CANADA – MAPLE SYRUP SAMPLER
When we think of Canada, we think of poutine and high quality maple syrup. If you have breakfast lover on your list, they are sure to be thrilled at the prospect of a maple syrup taste test with this Canadian maple syrup sampler set from Escuminac. The combo includes “extra rare”, “intensely dark”, and “late harvest”. Maybe your friend will have you over for brunch to taste the differences!
To Buy: Escuminac via Amazon.com ($24-$63)
INDIA – CHAI TEA CONCENTRATE
The warm spiced flavor of chai tea is one of our favorite things to cozy up with on a chilly winter day. This chai tea concentrate gives super easy access to authentic chai flavors. This is the perfect gift for those coffee shop lovers on your list!
To Buy: Food56.com ($24)
POLAND – PIERNIKI (GINGERBREAD)
Gingerbread is a Christmas classic, and the city of Torun, Poland, has an 800 year tradition of making the country’s best gingerbread. Polish gingerbread is a bit different than the American variety. It is softer and spicier, and simply melts in your mouth. We didn’t know about Polish gingerbread until we visited Krakow, there we tasted our first bites from a store that specialized in nothing but gingerbread! It is simply spectacular!
To Buy: Kopernik via Amazon.com ($6)
GERMANY – PRETZEL KIT
Sure, you could bake your friend a batch of our German Pretzel Rolls, but this kit includes everything they need to make authentic German pretzels, all pre-measured for you. All you have to do is add the liquids. It even includes the food-grade lye mix, which, while it can be substituted for baking soda, really is essential to creating that authentic pretzel flavor and texture. If there’s a baker or a German food lover on your list, this one is for them!
To Buy: KATHI via Amazon.com ($12)
SOUTH AFRICA – BILTONG (BEEF JERKY)
When we traveled to South Africa, we fell in love with Biltong, South Africa’s version of beef jerky. Instead of being dehydrated, it is air-dried, making biltong more juicy and more tender than any jerky you’ve ever had. If you have a meat-lover on your list, this is the gift for them!
To Buy: Braiitime via Amazon.com ($29)
JAPAN – GREEN TEA MOCHI
Mochi is a sticky Japanese rice cake that has a fun texture and can be eaten sweet or savory. We’re quite partial to those lightly flavored with green tea. They make quite a fun stocking suffer treat!
To Buy: World Market.com ($6)
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