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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.

                2. There should be a law that everything needs to be kosher for Passover!! There just is not enough time to enjoy even a fraction of the foods sent and it eventually gets thrown out.

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                  1. re: chicago maven

                    > There just is not enough time to enjoy even a fraction of the foods sent and it eventually gets thrown out.

                    All the more reason for making a starter set of Mishloach Manot and have a collection of bags at the ready. If you recycle other people's Mishloach Manot you

                    (1) You have many themes.
                    (2) You save a bundle of money
                    (3) You don't have this big bag of unhealthy junk food to either eat (unhealthy) or throw out (bal tashchis).

                    I do like you suggestion of only Kosher for Pesach items. Helps cut down on the pesach expense (only if everyone follows through).

                    1. re: chicago maven

                      We don't have that problem, and I find that people who give real food or baked goods, people use it for the seuda, or as a snack. The junk often gets taken to school. Not everyone wants things that are KFP either. We do sort KFP chocolates. I can't really think of anything else we've gotten that has been KFP. Also we donate what we don't need or want. Many people also don't get so many to be able to recycle. The people who I'm giving to are not likely to have the problem of getting too many or needing it to be KFP, although I do understand people wanting it. I would prefer that this thread, not turn into what people should do, or give etc. Please feel free to start your own thread on that topic. If you have any ideas, have given or have received a MM that you appreciated, please share.

                      1. re: chicago maven

                        You can donate anything you can't eat. Give it to a non-kosher neighbor.

                        1. re: samsaulavi

                          ?? Give it to a non-kosher neighbor. ??

                          I doubt that anyone will be giving non-kosher items. I don't know how neighborly it is to pawn off unhealthy junk food that you yourself wont eat to your neighbor. I do like the donating idea. There should be collection points, like shuls or schools where people could drop off unneeded items.

                          1. re: MartyB

                            I think the point was to give away things that weren't KFP because you get too much junk to have around before Pesach.

                            Personally, I think the idea of giving Purim Mishloach Manot which is specifically KFP is ridiculous and inappropriate. First of all, it is my opinion that people freak out about Pesach far too early and far too much. More importantly, it denigrates Purim in favor of Pesach.

                      2. One year I did "soup to nuts": a small-size box of Imagine soup, a package of Chuster brand soup mandelach (I hate the tiny little Israeli ones that always taste stale and a bit rancid), a package of nuts (I don't remember what kind), a homentash, and a tea bag with a packet of sugar and one of Splenda.

                        Another year I gave a can of salmon, a bottle of mayo, and a box of crackers, together with a homentash, tea bag, and sugar/Splenda. I always do the tea, almost whatever else I do.

                        Then one year I "just went nuts", and did a nut assortment, together with some nut-flavoured candies, and a little bottle of Frangelico.

                        Last year was beans. A can of Bush's Vegetarian Baked Beans, a bag of Jelly Belly beans, some coffee beans (the candy kind, not the real kind), and some string beans.

                        1. Last year I got a beautiful shalach manos that consisted of breadsticks, a small jar of pesto, and a small bottle of hot-pepper-infused olive oil (the type with the plastic dispenser built in to the top of the bottle.) Very classy and elegant, and delicious!

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                          1. re: DevorahL

                            Ooh ... now there's something I would actually use! Classy indeed.

                            1. re: almond tree

                              Reminds me of something we received a few years ago. Eye bread, a salami, pickles, and a cream soda. "Deli" was the theme

                                1. re: cheesecake17

                                  I too receive one like this from a Lawrence family. It was packaged in a kerchief hanging from a stick. I assume some form of a hobo theme. Loved it and if you think about it, not expensive at all!

                            2. chocolate covered oreos (or bloomeos). homemade fudge. cake pops.

                              1. I'm making liqueurs this year and plan to include them in my shaloch manot. Hope they come out well. At least they won't go stale and don't need refrigeration.

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                                  1. re: Starr1

                                    If you google "liqueur recipes" you'll get dozens and dozens of recipes for about any liqueur you might want to make.

                                1. betayavon magazine had a make it yourself purim section. check out joy of kosher web site