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Kosher gift baskets - any good ones?

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We received a gorgeous Hanukkah gift basket with a wide assortment of attractive goodies, all with impeccable hekshers. There were different kinds of packaged "gourmet" chocolates, nuts, candies, etc. With hardly an exception nearly everything in the basket tasted positively awful. The best of the items were tasteless, the worst nearly inedible. Just not worth the calories and for me to say that about junk food, that's something.

We've received baskets prepared by this company before and, with the exception of some truly excellent dates on one occasion, it was the same thing. It looked lovely and tasted horrible.

What gives? Most people who keep kosher really do have functioning taste buds and can tell the difference between excellent, good, and unpalatable food. How does a company get away with this on a regular basis and - for future reference - can anyone recommend a gift basket company that's reliably good?

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  1. http://www.chukar.com/

    can't go wrong with Chukar Cherries.

    1. what items did they put in?

      1. http://www.ohnuts.com/ <--all kosher
        http://www.ediblearrangements.com/
        http://www.nutsonline.com/kosher/

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        1. re: Joe Berger

          I'd rather not say which one exactly because I don't know if the person who sends these gifts reads this board, but the offending company is one of the ones you mentioned, Joe Berger.

          Mind you, I'm not ungrateful. I appreciate the thoughtfulness quite a bit. I just feel that, given the fact that the giver cares enough to send a basket and is clearly spending a lot, he should be getting what he pays for. It sounds funny, but I really hate to see him wasting his money like this.

          1. re: rockycat

            my experience with ohnuts has always been to build my own basket at the store, so I can't defend the quality and selection on their own staff assembled baskets. so if your disappointment was with them, I would not write them off completely until you visited one of their stores. also consider that the comfort of knowing everything in a store is reasonably Kosher, helps to forgive many of their substandard offerings. they also have to sell cheaper lower quality items for the walk-ins who are looking for budget sweets, chocolate, dry fruits, and nuts. Due to their multi outlet buying power, their stores are very competitively priced; I just bought a few dozen plastic draidles in Cederhurst for a party at .25 cent each, while everyone else in that high rent area wanted .50-1.00

            1. re: Joe Berger

              you can look for companies that sell a good array of quality kosher products and ask if they can wrap for you. I like Zelda's too

        2. Zelda's in Skokie does a great job - http://www.zeldas.net/

          1. OhNuts web sight has a coupon code worth 10% off your order till 1/1/8: CHANU07

            1. www.thekosherbasket.com has some really nice baskets and will custom make them as well.

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              1. re: mommysmazal

                looks pretty amateur to me, like something
                run out of their basement... poor photography,
                and that web sight's long overdue for an update.

              2. http://www.delightfullydelivered.com
                delivers beautiful gourmet cakes in Israel as well as gigt packages and mishloach manot

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                1. re: rivkasa

                  they do not deliver here in the US

                  1. re: koshergourmetmart

                    i have been ordering for many years from foodforthoughtbaskets.com , they have new ideas each year, the website is not so great, but their products are fresh and delicious and they are very creative. they also ship all over the country, speak to them and they are very willing to help.

                2. KosherCarePackages.com sends really attractive gift baskets. The food is really great too! They feature a lot of their own baked goods (very tasty.) They ship all over the country, and in Israel. All items are hechshered from reliable places (OU, OK, KOf K Star K). I have used them a few times and my gifts were always very well received. The customer service is great too! They will customize a basket for you. I highly recommend them.

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                  1. re: kosherbaker5639

                    I took a look at their website, which, in my opinion, leaves much to be desired. Were it I ordering, I would like to know exactly what was in each package, sizes of the included foods, what hechsher each item had, and especially, what the fully wrapped gift basket looked like. I would also put hechsher info in a much more obvious place than tucked away in the FAQ, which it itself was hard to find.

                    Their stuff might be very good, but these days, if you don't grab someone with your website, and if the important info can't be found immediately, it can really affect your business.

                  2. Costco has a nice 90-bag Wissotsky tea box for about $25. You can also get a smaller hand-painted box for the same amount from Yad Sarah's gift shop.

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                    1. re: SoCal Mother

                      I'd recommend Gimme Jimmy's Cookies' baskets of baked goods (http://www.gjcookies.com). They package the product well, and they are very customer service oriented.