5 Creative Food Gifts in a Mason Jar (that AREN’T Cake or Cookie Mixes!)

DIY layered cake and cookie mixes make for spectacular food gifts in a mason jar, but chances are that by now, you’ve already done them in previous years. If you want to keep the tradition of food gifts alive but are looking for something new to fill your jars, read on.

Here are ideas for 5 creative food gifts in a mason jar to get your holiday gift giving underway.

  1. Spiced nuts. Whether savory and spicy or sweet and glazy, everyone on your shopping list will love getting a jar of holiday nuts. Try these Rosemary-Maple Glazed Nuts from Food in Jars.
  2. Hot chocolate mix. Nothing says holiday cheer and comfort like a cup of homemade hot cocoa. Try this Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix from The Yummy Life.
  3. Holiday honey butter. One of my most favorite ways to fancy-up any holiday menu is by adding flavored butters—also known as compound butters—to the spread. All you need to do is to blend partially melted butter with spices, seasonings, or sweetener of choice, then pour into a mold of choice and let cool back to firm butter. Try any number of these Flavored Compound Butters from Created by Diane.
  4. Festive corncakes. Thanksgiving is not the end of the season for cornbread; it’s just the beginning. Your loved ones will appreciate baking up a skillet of sweet-meets-savory cornbread with this great recipe for Blue Cornbread with Pineapple from Food Network.
  5. Whole grain pancakes. On those lazy winter mornings when a solid breakfast is crucial but too much of a chore to make happen, your loved ones will be thankful for a mason jar of hearty pancake mix ready to go. Try these Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Pancakes from Oh My Veggies.

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