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Best non-expensive treat to bring to a party? Like- $10 or less?

My new year's resolution is to be a bit more budget-conscious. So- I was trying to think of less-costly-but-still-tasty things to bring to a shindig. I'm thinking $10 or under. Like desserts, or food that lends itself to being an appetizer. Sometimes wine or beer would work, but I have quite a few friends who are sober.

Any ideas?
I was thinking about bringing two orders of New Green Bo's veggie dumplings to a gathering tonight. Any other ideas?
Thanks!

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  1. CUPCAKES !!!

    Also, You can never go wrong with Knorr Spinach Dip and some pumpernickel squares and baby carrots.

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    1. re: jenniebnyc

      Yes, I've been on a cupcake making spree lately. Picked up a copy of Cupcake Doctor, so they're more than yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Always a hit at parties, especially the red velvet with peppermint white chocolate icing.

    2. Homemade pigs-in-blankets. Corny as they are, they fly off the table. (When pigs fly?)Everybody loves them.

      1. St. Andre cheese with Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps. It should be just about $10, if it goes a little over, the comments will so be worth it.

        St. Andre looks very similar to brie but, it's not brie. It's much more smoother and creamier. The Butter Crisps add a nice little crunch and sweetness. Let the cheese get to room temperature and smear it's delectable creaminess on the crisps. Put the cheese on a nice little plate with the broken up crisps and a nice cheese spreader. Looks fancy and tastes fabulous!

        If you feel like splurging, pick up a small jar of apricot spread and just put a tiny dollop on top of the cheese that's on top of the crisp. It's a beautiful combination.

        Have fun!

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        1. re: calla0413

          St. Andre Cheese IS Fantastic! i've dubbed it butter Cheese. it's always devoured when i bring it to parties.

          1. re: jo blam

            Is St. Andre available nationally? (I'm in Louisville, KY.)

            1. re: mamaciita

              My suggestion is to go to a specialty Cheese shop or a Gourmet shop. They should carry it. I rarely see it in the local grocery. Ummm if you do find it, bring it to room temp (drool).

                1. re: jo blam

                  Found it. LOVE it.

                  (and so does everyone else!!)

                  THANKS!!

          2. How about black olive tapenade and some rosemary/onion flatbread from Loblaws?

            That would be less than $10 and delicious!

            1. Good popcorn! make it fresh there at the party if you can, else bring it with you. offer various "dustings" cheese, chili powder, cinnimon..etc. You would be surprised how fun it is!

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              1. re: Quine

                White chocolate popcorn with Craisins. Quick, inexpensive, and addictive.