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Unique treats to be mailed-any ideas?

shannoninstlouis Aug 26, 2007 11:02 AM

I'm looking for ideas for a homemade birthday treat that can be mailed. It's for a male friend (adult) that I would so much like to impress. I'm aiming for something out of the ordinary and will fall back on brownies if need be. It will likely still be warm when I mail these if that makes a difference.


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    FlyerFan RE: shannoninstlouis Aug 26, 2007 11:23 AM

    My fallback gift is an assortment of Jeni's ice cream. The flavors are unique and just incredible - I've had so many people say, "You know, I'm not usually a big ice cream fan, but *this stuff* is amazing!" They ship their products with lots of dry ice so it will arrive frozen solid, no matter the temperature. Try the Pear and Riesling sorbet and the Strawberry Buttermilk ice cream - unbelievable.


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      FlyerFan RE: FlyerFan Aug 26, 2007 11:25 AM

      D'oh! So sorry - completely missed that you were looking for a *homemade* treat.

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      itryalot RE: shannoninstlouis Aug 26, 2007 11:53 AM

      I did this a loooonnngggg time ago (over 12 yrs ago). I made a gift "box" of a variety of snacks (salty, sweet, spicy, sour). I bagged each treat in a clear cello bag or in a clear container like you see at deli counters and had a "manly" tag on each one (looks like a dog tag but made of heavy paper). On the tag, I had a quote with a saying about life written on it having to do with the flavour (sugar treat:I've noticed that being with you, I smile more often, I anger a little less quickly, the sun shines a little brighter, and life is so much sweeter. For being with you takes me to a different place: a place called love.”) You can do google searches and make them as romantic or as unromantic as you like. I ended up with a huge chunky cookie in the shape of a birthday cake for the top. The other treats could be enjoyed any time. On the back of the tag I wrote storing/expiry instructions. I remember making spicy nuts, some sugared treats, spanish almonds, etc and those were a big hit and lasted a long time. I put them all in a rubbermaid tool box (great for storing anything) before packing it and shipping it. It was a huge hit.

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        shannoninstlouis RE: itryalot Aug 26, 2007 07:30 PM

        Great googly moogly, these are darling ideas. Can't wait to get it all together. Thanks everyone!

      2. Candy RE: shannoninstlouis Aug 26, 2007 12:26 PM

        Don't mean to toot my own horn, but this will keep well and ship well.


        1. Jennalynn RE: shannoninstlouis Aug 26, 2007 12:27 PM

          I would make 7 small treats and label them with the days of the week. "A Week of Treats".

          You can do a lot of different things:

          Glazed Nuts
          Rice Crispie Treats (people do love them)
          Dried Figs stuffed with almonds

          You can make some and buy some.

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            stlSarah RE: shannoninstlouis Aug 26, 2007 08:12 PM

            I go for a Pound cake made in a bundt pan- packed with birthday plates and napkins and candles. Can add noise makers etc as the age allows- not all adults want to act like it on their b-day. Any idea what his fav childhood b-day cake was?

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              TerriL RE: shannoninstlouis Aug 26, 2007 08:24 PM

              I've made and shipped the salted chocolate caramels from Gourmet mag many times, and they are always a hit.

              The recipe is on the Epicurious website:

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