23 Best Food Gifts for Valentine’s Day 2022


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They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, and whether or not you believe that’s true, you can’t deny that food makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. There’s something for everyone – your best friend, your partner, your spouse, your crush, your child, etc. Whether you’re looking for something indulgent or an inexpensive sweet treat, something that will last for months, or something to enjoy as soon as possible, we’ve rounded up all the best gift foods we could think of for your shopping pleasure. We arrive during the holidays, so you should place your orders within a day or two (although no one is mad about a late V-day giveaway either).

Hershey's Valentine's Red and Silver Milk Chocolate Kisses

Yes, five pounds of chocolate kisses is a lot of chocolate kisses, but this way they’ll remember how much you love them for months and months to come.

Packet of Sweethearts Valentine's Heart sweets

It’s never fun sifting through a bag of Sweethearts and reading all the posts. “Any candy that can make you laugh is at the top of my list, and they only come once a year, so it makes sense to enjoy them while you can,” Michael Fiorelli, Executive Chef and Partner at Love & Salt in Los Angeles, we were once told. At just $3 a pop, you can easily nab one for everyone you know and love.

Fine & Raw Truffle Box

All of Fine & Raw’s truffles are handcrafted in Brooklyn with sustainably sourced cocoa. Not to mention, they come in the cutest gift box. A smaller 4-piece set and a larger 24-piece set are also available.

Bergen marzipan Assortment of marzipan fruits
Askinosie dark chocolate coated malt balls

Jeni Britton Bauer, founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and James Beard Award-winning author, and Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer are both big Askinosie fans. “100% of the chocolate he sells is 1000% traceable back to the farmer who grew the cocoa beans themselves,” Meyer says. “It’s probably not something you find on your average Whopper.”

Dr. Bronner's Hazelnut Butter Crunchy Dark Chocolate

Ok, so this is a niche category, but if the Dr. Bronner user in your life is not aware that their favorite soap company has started making big chocolate bars, they are sure to be thrilled when they find out. More importantly, as strategist contributor Ariel Kanter can attest, they’re really, really good.

Spicewalla Valentine's Day High Chocolate Collection

The fact that Valentine’s Day falls during the coldest time of the year makes it the perfect time to gift this fun and decadent set of hot chocolate boxes. Flavors include Classic Hot Chocolate, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and Spiced Chai Hot Chocolate.

CBD Rose Chef Dominique Crenn Apple and Passionfruit Infused Delights
Levaine Bakery Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

A chocolate chip cookie with double the chocolate chips, which one pastry chef describes as “the weighted blanket of pastries.” Levain Bakery now ships its cookies nationwide, so you don’t have to be in New York to see what it’s all about.

Magnolia Bakery Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pudding Multipack

Magnolia Bakery’s famous banana pudding, but make it strawberry and top it with chocolate. This treat ships nationwide, so you don’t have to be in New York to enjoy it.

Box of assorted biscuits Pastry Whip

We first heard about Pâtisserie Fouet in a small business support article (which is a bonus if your valentine knows about it). But if we’re being honest, it’s the gorgeous cookies that really draw us in. “All of their candies are so refined and decadent,” says Zach Mangan, owner of matcha company Kettl. “Eating a cookie from them is like your first glass of really good wine – once you’ve experienced it, there’s no going back.”

Acid League Strawberry Rose Vinegar

If you’d rather not indulge in an entire ice cream cake, but love the idea of ​​a creamy, cold treat, consider offering this strawberry-pink vinegar alongside their favorite pint. It’s great in numerous applications, but perhaps even better drizzled with ice cream.

Ippodo Sayaka Matcha

Speaking of matcha, a can of green tea would make a super sweet gift for someone who loves the flavor but hasn’t started making it themselves at home. If you want to take it a step further, pair it with some of the accessories we recommend in our guide to the best matcha powders.

Detroit Hives Delicious Dope Wildflower Honey

Give them special honey to mix in their cup – especially appreciated if they’re currently using a grocery store-bought honey bear. This one is recommended by cookbook author Julia Turshen, who loves how the company supports the local Detroit community.

SOS Chefs Chilli Vinegar

“This chilli vinegar tastes like Frank’s RedHot, only way better,” say Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria, owners of beloved New York design boutique, Coming Soon. “The chili they use is a bit sweeter, but the overall taste is more vinegary. It provides more than heat. It can be used on eggs, in Bloody Marys – just about anywhere.

Jumbo peanuts in shell CB's Nuts

Barquet and Faria are also big fans of these peanuts, which would make a thoughtful gift for the person in your life who snacks between meals. Opening them is an activity in itself!

Matiz Gallego Sardines in olive oil

If they love having friends over for dinner, they’ll know how to turn these fancy sardines in olive oil into the perfect (and, yes, always on-trend) party snack — straight from the box with crackers ( and whatever else they like) on the side. Take a few packs of them, wrap them up nicely, and you’ll surely earn yourself an invitation to dinner forever.

Olio Verde Extra Virgin Olive Oil

You can never go wrong giving a good bottle of olive oil. This one, which we called the best for finishing, will be a treat next to their daily staple. Erin Shambura, chef and owner of Fausto in Brooklyn, notes that it’s mild (meaning not overly bitter) but has distinctive nutty notes.

Commercial coffee monthly subscription

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A subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. This one, recommended by barista Erika Vonie, “allows you to customize the type of beans that will arrive” based on the general category of coffee you like, whether light, dark, nutty or fruity. We also have a roundup of great wine subscriptions if that’s more their thing.

Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Cocktail Bitters

“Bitters are the salt and pepper, the seasoning pinch of your cocktail,” says Lynette Marrero, co-founder of high-speed bartending competition Speed ​​Rack, who described this citrusy bitter as a “go – to and a must for any bar.” (It’s also a good addition to mocktails.)

Sonoma Distilling Co. Cherry Wood Rye Whiskey

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If they like whiskey, you can’t go wrong with this one from Sonoma, CA. “The Cherrywood Rye has smooth notes of leather, figs and toasted almonds with a nice hint of spice,” says Jenna Elie of Whiskey a Go Girl. “And cherry smoke brings a warm tone of pure comfort and joy.”

Current Cassis Liqueur Cassis

If they’re more adventurous when it comes to drinking, a bottle of Current Cassis might be the answer. If Regular Visitors co-founder Daniel Sorg still had his shop in Brooklyn, he told us he’d stock the grocery store (and his own home bar) with the black currant liqueur, which is made in the Hudson Valley by Rachael Petach. “The black currants used in Rachael’s bottles are grown a few miles from where the product is made,” he says.

Seedlip Spice 94 Non-Alcoholic Spirits

When we asked bartenders about their favorite non-alcoholic spirit in the ever-growing non-alcoholic spirit market, Seedlip came up time and time again – and this aromatic option has hints of grapefruit and cardamom.

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