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Dec 8, 2007 06:31 PM

Kosher gift baskets - any good ones?

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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    can't go wrong with Chukar Cherries.

        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

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