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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Sweet Local Treats

Posted on: December 17th, 2014 by Taryn Jeffries 1 Comment

The holiday season provides the opportunity to share meals and memories with family as well as many an opportunity to indulge a sweet tooth. So if you have a sugar lover on your list (or if that describes you) here are some locally found luscious treats to put on your shopping list.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Sweet Local Treats

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Elizabeth’s Moments of Joy Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pie

Whether you are looking to add some sweet treats to a dinner party or to cater to your own sugar cravings, Elizabeth’s Moments of Joy has just what you need. They offer an array of dessert packages that include a combination of Twisted Scones, Whoopie Pies, a variety of cookie flavors and peanut brittle. The Whoopie Pie’s alone are enough to cause a sweet craving with flavors like Snickerdoodle, Red Velvet and S’More. I am hoping that someone makes sure a box of these are underneath my tree!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Fluff It Gourmet Marshmallow in Caramel Apple

As a child, if someone would have told me that one day I would find an entire shop dedicated to all things ‘mallow I would have squealed a little girl noise and counted the days until I could drive to Gilbert to eat all the things! Thankfully, I now live just a short distance from Fluff It Gourmet Marshmallows and can get my fix just about anytime it strikes. You want smores? They have a Gourmet S’Mores bar that offers up more than 20 different s’more combinations. Looking for handmade flavored puffs? Like them covered in chocolate? Made into a cookie of sorts? On a stick? Pretty much any way you can imagine it, they can and have done it deliciously.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Rachel’s Bake Shop Cupcakes

Need a beautifully decorated cake or cupcakes for your holiday event? Maybe some cake or pie pops are more your crowd’s speed. Rachel’s Bake Shop can whip up anything you can think of and make it beautiful and delicious. Rachel’s has a list of standard cake flavors but if you have a specialty flavor, they are more than willing and able to accommodate. Icing and filling options are seemingly endless. Custom cookies and edible images for cakes and cupcakes ensure that you’ll never run out of ideas for your dessert table!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

One More Bite Bakery Party Pack

No holiday is complete without that plate of pie to close out the celebration. Why not save yourself the elbow grease and order your pie ahead of time from One More Bite Bakery? Traditional flavors? They’ve got them. The more intriguing flavors, like the Elvis (chocolate, peanut butter and banana), Hall & Oates (chocolate bottom oat pie) and Peach Bourbon Bacon pies are sure to get your guests asking who made that amazing pie. The best part is that the pies come in various sizes, from pie pops to 9 inches and if you can’t quite decide on just one flavor you can opt in for a party pack with several different flavors.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Pistol Whipped Pastry Marmalade Filled Sables

The East Valley is full of sweet destinations and Pistol Whipped Pastry is one of the best. They like to take those special items from childhood that represent such great memories and reinvent them with a few delicious twists here and there. Their holiday pies offer up a little bit of familiar with an interesting spin. Cranberry Chess Pie, Bourbon Pumpkin Pie and Apple caramel Crumb, just to name a few, can be featured at your table this year. Their Marmalade Filled Sables would make the perfect addition to breakfast with out of town visitors and maybe even start a new family tradition.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Indulgent Confections Cinnamon Toffee Almond

What would make a better stocking stuffer than locally crafted confectionery treats? Indulgent Confections packs a robust amount of delightful flavor into such a small treat. Their eight different creations provide enough variety to please any palate. The Almond Clusters meld dark chocolate and fresh California almonds that impart a rich chocolate flavor with the crispness and texture of the small bits of almonds that pair perfectly with the silky dressing of chocolate. The Cinnamon Toffee Almond offering creates an addictive treat. You get the pure flavor of the almonds that are delicately kissed with sugar and cinnamon. It will be hard not to keep these to yourself!

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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