With the colder weather comes the coziness of the holidays! And, with that, the struggle to figure out what to get all your different loved ones.
If there’s a foodie on your list this year and they’re already baking up cookies and searching for festive recipes, then this gift guide is for you. We’ve curated the perfect selection of gifts for all the Minnesota foodies, Thanksgiving hosts, and snack-lovers in your life.
From locally-made caramels to specialty gift boxes featuring artisanal treats, your hunt for the right gift ends here. Visit our store in Mall of America to pick up some Minnesota-made candy, chocolates, popcorn, and more for your food-loving friends and family.
Not sure when to go shopping? You can actually taste some of the delicious treats below. RSVP now for our free Meet the Maker: Taste of the Holidays event on November 13. You’ll get to meet the makers behind these local brands and sample a few of their confections. It’s the best (and tastiest) way to figure out which gift is right for your foodie.
Delicious, Minnesota-Made Candy
What’s sweeter than getting a box of candy for Christmas? If the Minnesota foodie in your life is obsessed with chocolates or caramels, then they will want to try Annie B’s. This brand has been handcrafting caramels since 1978, when a husband-wife team started it out of their kitchen in Kellogg, Minnesota. In 2015, they merged with Minnesota chocolate brand, B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, bringing together two wonderful Minnesota candy makers.
We recommend picking up a box of Annie B’s original caramels (or trying out a couple of their more unique flavors like butter rum or pumpkin spice).
If your Minnesota foodie is more of a chocolate-lover, then get them a bag of peppermint bark. This delicious confection is a mix of rich dark chocolate, smooth white chocolate, and crushed peppermint pieces. Or simply gift them a B.T. McElrath chocolate bar. These come in a variety of flavors, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, buttered toast, peppermint crunch, toasted almond toffee, and more.
Gourmet Popcorn to Satisfy Any Cravings
Made right in Minnesota and usually found in Minneapolis farmer’s markets, we’re excited to bring you Hip Pop Gourmet Popcorn. If your favorite Minnesota foodies are the sweet-and-salty types, then look no further. Hip Pop’s popcorn tastes incredible and is essential for any party, movie night, or snacking experience.
Plus, they have a large and delicious selection of flavors. Choose from caramel, cheese, garlic truffle, dill pickle, dark chocolate sea salt caramel, spicy cheese, scotcheroo, or Himalayan pink salt and cracked pepper. Or just get them all (we won’t tell if you keep a few for yourself)!
A Minnesota Gift Box
There’s almost nothing better than getting a dozen gifts in one. And a Minnesota gift box from You Betcha! Box is exactly that. Full of Minnesota’s best artisan goods, these gift boxes are basically any Minnesota foodie’s dream. If you want to go big on your gift box, we recommend their Ultimate Foodie ‘Sota Box.
This premiere holiday box is featured in Minnesota Monthly magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide. The curated selection of award-winning foods from artisan makers includes Ames Farm Honey, Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce, Mike & Jen’s Cocoa Mix, Terroir Chocolate, Triple Crown BBQ Sauce, and so much more. It also features exclusive recipes from famous Minnesota chefs and is packed in a Duluth-made canvas tote.
If you want to give a smaller Minnesota gift box that still features delicious treats from around the state, you might want to try the MINNI Treats Box. It’s filled with mini-sized, award-winning Minnesota goodies, including caramel from Annie B’s, Barsy’s Almonds, B.T. McElrath Chocolate Bites, Regina’s Chocolates, and a Terroir Chocolate Mini Bar.
Neither of these striking your fancy? You Betcha! Box also makes boxes themed for breakfasts and nights you want to curl up with hot cocoa. Or get your hot sauce and barbecue game on point with their Minnesota Hotties and Minnesota Meat Raffle gift boxes.
When your Minnesota foodies need a macaron fix, the best macaron connoisseur to satisfy that craving is Dearest Baker. This Twin Cities-based macaron baker makes traditional macaron flavors as well as ones inspired by southeast Asian flavors. You can find their macarons at HONOUR Cafe in our store at Mall of America, featuring flavors like taro, raspberry, salted caramel, and birthday cake.
Not Made in Minnesota, but Still Delicious
While these kits, teas, and recipe books aren’t made in Minnesota, they’re still a great gift for Minnesota foodies and can be picked up at our store in Mall of America.
Love a good cocktail? We recommend Camp Craft Cocktail’s kits. Get cozy this season with their butternut cocktail kit or take on Thanksgiving with a cranberry martini. All you have to do to whip up the perfect drink is add your favorite spirit and let the kit infuse for a few days. W&P also offers tasty cocktail syrups. Warm up with a hot toddy or try something new like an elderflower or grapefruit spritz. If you can’t decide which flavor your Minnesota foodies will like most, get them a mini cocktail syrup set that includes syrup for an old fashioned, Moscow mule, and spicy margarita.
A Minnesota foodie gift isn’t complete without the right book of recipes either. Pair the cocktail kit or syrups with Gather Around Cocktails from W&P for a gift that works for drink-lovers, food-lovers, holiday hosts, best friends, and anyone else in your life that enjoys a good cocktail.
Or pick up a Minnesota Meat Raffle box from You Betcha! Box full of rubs, sauces, and spices, and pair it with a Super Easy Burgers cookbook from Penguin Random House for barbecue and burger lovers.
You can find all of these Minnesota foodie gifts and more at Fourpost in Mall of America during our holiday season!