Food Gifts Savory or Sweet

NASFT's foodspring Offers Picks for Every Budget

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New York, N.Y. – There is plenty to please food lovers for the holidays this year, with gifts that hit every taste bud from savory to sweet. presents food gifts from members of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc. (NASFT) to delight loved ones, colleagues, customers and hosts. There are also picks for the food lover who has everything, giving new meaning to “rich” desserts.

“Specialty food is all about affordable luxury. As shoppers keep an eye on spending this year, food makers have stepped in with creative options to please every budget and taste,” says NASFT president Ann Daw. 

Chocolate and Chili Pepper Pasta from Doral International, Black Truffle P.I.Y. Kit from 479° Popcorn and Flor del Delta Sea Salt Gift Pack from DeMedici Imports are ideas in “Food Gifts to Savor.” 

For sweeter treats, in “Sweet Sensations” foodspring suggests new twists on truffles including Bissinger’s Fig Truffles and Knipschildt Pumpkin Truffle Box, plus a gift that does double duty: Byrd Cookie Company Holiday Ornaments with cookies inside.

foodspring is a website for specialty food enthusiasts from the NASFT, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans and entrepreneurs. Dozens of gift ideas are highlighted in several new holiday features. Articles include:

  • Stocking Stuffers Loved Ones Will Love: Suggestions include Insanity Cheese Straws from J&M Foods, Winter Sippers New England Mulling Spices from Spice Hunter, and Foodie Fight Rematch, a trivia game from Chronicle Books.
  • Food Gift Splurges for Christmas: Specialty retailers share their best edible holiday indulgences. They include Jeni’s Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows Ice Cream, Rogue Creamery Rogue River Blue, and Mrs. Prindables Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Almond Caramel Apple.
  • Super Luxury Gifts for the Foodie Who Has Everything: Most shoppers are watching their wallets, but some purveyors also have pricier options such as a vintage steamer trunk filled with every product, including truffles, caramels, bon-bons and more made by Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Price: $1,045.

Still looking?

  • Party On. Find more holiday gift and entertaining ideas and recipes here.
  • 2011 sofi™ Awards for Outstanding Food Gifts. A national panel of specialty food experts voted on their favorites. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

About the NASFT

The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,900 members in the U.S. and abroad. The NASFT's website for consumers,, provides an insider's look at specialty foods and the companies, entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For information on the NASFT, go to For information on the NASFT's Fancy Food Shows, go to


Ron Tanner, VP Communications & Education; 646-878-0115,

Louise Kramer, Communications Director; 646-878-0130,