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Jan 14, 2013 08:40 AM

Classy Mishloach Manot Ideas

Looking for some classy original relatively inexpensive mishloach manot ideas. I've thought of chocolate pretzels, and biscotti, but looking for something different. Don't want to do nuts or an Oh Nuts type platter. Preferably something that doesn't have to be refrigerated.

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  1. Create your own designed platters of dried fruits?

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    1. re: Diane in Bexley

      thanks, but that reminds me of the nut type platter that is so overdone in my community. Also I don't see the age range I'm giving to being in to that.

    2. The classist is an assortment of homemade baked goods. But that's a lot of work.

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      1. re: LittleWave

        I'm open to baking. I'm just looking for different ideas. I feel like baking is kind of overdone, we always get tons of baked goods. I feel like real food is more appreciated, although not so possible due to limited fridge space and expense. Although if anyone has any ideas, please share. I have a funny feeling, I'm going to end up going the baked goods route.

        1. re: Starr1

          What about "going the baked goods route" with something that is not sweet? Homemade pitot are easy & cheap to make, & you could put all kinds of different toppings on them, eg zattar, sauteed onions, tomato sauce & thin sliced veggies for a pareve pizza effect, etc.
          Maybe you could include a small cup of something like humus for dipping.
          Personally, though I'm not fond of sending (or receiving) stuff that need to be refrigerated right away. In the Purim confusion, I've often overlooked a perishable mishloach manos package until the next day :(
          By the same token, like you I hesitate to send anything but pareve. It's all too easy with the craziness of Purim for someone to make a mistake & eat a milchig sweet after a fleischig seudah.

          1. re: almond tree

            It is fairly easy to make pita, but the downside is that they don't stay fresh for very long and, as you say, it's very easy to overlook any one particular package. I'd go with something that keeps a little better, but don't have any bright ideas at the moment.

              1. re: koshergourmetmart

                I wouldn't eat that stuff myself, so I wouldn't feel right giving it to someone else. If I do hummus, I can fit little containers in to my fridge.

              2. re: almond tree

                I like the pareve pizza idea, foccacia.

          2. maybe a combination of all these.. pretzels, biscotti, dried apricots, shortbread cookies all dipped in white, dark and milk chocolate... Chocolate dipped stuff is always well loved and pretty easy to do

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            1. re: chompie

              It's an idea. I wouldn't do milk chocolate, because I prefer to send pareve stuff.

            2. Apples. Mini apple pie or a turnover, with a real apple am apple cider. Maybe dries apple chips.
              Possibilities are endless, I think we need more direction from you.

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              1. re: LittleWave

                I like this idea too. Although I think the apple pies would need refrigeration. I would make them into apple rosettes. Do they make little bottles of apple cider?
                This is something I can make, and it's not total junk. It's something I would appreciate receiving. I would love to hear more possibilities. In what way, can I give more direction?

                1. re: Starr1

                  One year I made raspberry crumb bars. Packaged it with a bottle of wine.

                  This year I'm considering granola. It's pretty in a mason jar tied with a ribbon.

              2. I appreciate that you won't give something you wouldn't want to get. I wish more people went that route, pretty much 80% of stuff goes straight to trash, it's preserved colored, chemically junk. I like to give boxes of celestial seasoning tea, fresh fruit, and some baked good- simple.

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                1. re: peacepug

                  I hear ya! We have limited kosher options here and it seems that most of the community shops at Costco so we find ourselves knee-deep in Laffy Taffys every Purim. There's just so many of those awful things you can deal with at once.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    You can donate the Laffy Taffys or freeze them.