7 Purveyors Of Charming And Tasty Edible Gift Items

A package of sweet or savory culinary creations can be an ideal gift for the adventurous foodie in the family. Meanwhile, one may elevate the office party with a delicious gourmet centerpiece. In no particular order, here are a few businesses specializing in mouth-watering food gifts.

Starting off the list at #1, Chocolate Pizza Company produces a line-up of over a hundred unique, gourmet specialties, including the company's signature and trademarked Chocolate Pizza and Peanut Butter Wings. Blending Swiss-style squares with English toffee, the family-owned and operated confectioner has produced these decadent sweets for decades.

One may select from many standard pizzas, wings, or a combination of both. The company's creations may be customized with messages for birthdays, corporate events, or other occasions. Toppings include sour candies, pretzels, cashews, peanut butter candies, cranberries, caramels, and marshmallows. Visitors can also pick up one of the shop's specialty treats, like dark chocolate lemon cookies and chocolate-dipped pretzel rods.

At #2 is Edible Arrangements. Using fresh fruit, the company makes bouquets and gifts for holidays and special occasions, like graduations and anniversaries. Every arrangement is made to order and can either be delivered by refrigerated carrier or picked up at one of the company's several locations. Customers can also take advantage of the produce delivery service.

In addition to its signature creations, Edible Arrangements also offers specialty fruit boxes, platters, baked goods, dipped strawberries, and Edible Donuts, which are Granny Smith apple slices glazed in semi-sweet chocolate. Assortments are available in a variety of sizes, from personal boxes to three-foot-long party trays.

Next at #3 is Di Bruno Bros., a Philadelphia-based company offering gourmet cheeses, cured meats, and other specialty foods since 1939. Specializing in domestic and imported cheeses, like Bries, Parmesans, Goudas, chevres, and Stiltons, the shop's professional mongers can advise customers on relevant culinary topics, including proper storage and building sampling platters.

Di Bruno Bros. has a selection of gift boxes for loved ones or business clients. From charcuterie collections and salami bouquets, to Italian selections and whole wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano, each gift is tailored to appeal to the food lover. The company also offers a variety of cheese tools, including slicers, cutting boards, and graters.

Entering the list at #4, Love Cheese is a small shop located in York, United Kingdom. Its collection includes mild, strong, soft, and hard varieties of cheeses made from goat, ewe, or cow milk. Fine wine, beer, and spirits are also available, as well as culinary staples like chutney, marmalade, and crackers.

The company offers a selection of curated cheese gifts for both common tastes and seasoned connoisseurs. In addition to themed collections, such as the All About Blue and Highlights from the Continent baskets, the shop's range of cheese making kits gives customers a hands-on experience crafting halloumi, ricotta, feta, and others.

In at #5 is Charbonnel et Walker. The London chocolatier was founded in 1875 through a partnership between Mrs. Minnie Walker and Madame Virginie Charbonnel, under the encouragement of then Prince of Wales, Edward VII. The company holds a Royal Warrant as Chocolate Manufacturers to the British Crown. Confections are crafted using the traditional 19th-century recipes. All are presented in handmade boxes, complete with satin ribbons.

Charbonnel et Walker's collection of gift boxes comprises chocolates, truffles, bars, and thins, as well as Moet & Chandon champagne truffle pairings. Several unique flavors are available, such as rose & violet creams and sea salt banana caramel. The company is particularly known for its dark chocolate, made from quality couverture, a rich variety with a high cocoa butter content.

Joining the list at #6, Lewis & Cooper has been an independent gourmet food retailer in North Yorkshire, England since 1899, specializing in culinary treats, fine wines, gift baskets, and food hampers. The purveyor's collection of baskets covers many themes and occasions. One may select from Beer & Snacks boxes, Christmas Treats, the locally crafted Yorkshire Scene, or the extensive Royal Gourmet Hamper.

Patrons may also create custom hampers from a variety of ingredients. Lewis & Cooper's selection of edible goods includes traditional plum pudding, teas, pork crackling, shortbread biscuits, brandy butter, rosehip syrup, and black pudding pate. In addition, the company offers several meats, cheeses, and wines.

Lastly, at #7, Hickory Farms' line of curated food gifts features meat and cheese baskets, chocolates, beer, wine, snacks, and fruit. One can find a gift set for several holidays and occasions, from game day to birthday boxes and care packages. Hickory Farms' signature beef summer sausage is available in both full-sized logs and convenient snack packs.

The business also boasts a line of meals, like burgers, steaks, spiral sliced ham, ribs, seafood, and side dishes. Friends, family, or associates can receive a three-course meal kit that comes with Hickory Farms' Maryland-style crab cakes, aged filet mignon, and the company's Italian ice cream truffles.