Tuesday, November 21, 2023

#HolidayGiftGuide - Fun New Snacks, Sauces, Spices and More From Melissa's Produce!

 *DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Melissa's Produce for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 

Melissa's Produce, one of our favorite produce delivery partners, has some really great new items that would make fantastic gifts for foodies this holiday season!  Check out some of our favorites:

Freeze Dried Miracle Berry Cubes

Get ready to flip everything you know about flavor upside down.  Native to West Africa, Miracle berries are oval-shaped berries with a unique protein called miraculin that makes sour foods taste sweet. When a miracle berry touches your tongue, miraculin binds to your sweet receptors; instead of sending sour signals to your brain when you eat tart fruit, you get sweet—it’s like Opposite Day for your tastebuds!
Quince Paste

Melissa's Quince Paste is a sweet delight made from quince fruit purée, sweetened with cane sugar, and thickened with pectin. Known as "dulce de membrillo" in Spain, it pairs perfectly with crusty bread and Manchego cheese. When cooked, raw quince transforms into a pink-red, sweet-tart treat with notes of honeysuckle, rose, and vanilla. It's a fantastic addition to cheese platters and grazing boards — simply slice and serve.

Hearts of Palm Rice and Pasta

When you crave pasta, but would prefer not to eat traditional pasta, Melissa's new Hearts of Palm Pasta is there for you—your taste buds will agree!  Made from the tender inner core of the palm tree, and cut into a noodle shape, Melissa's Hearts of Palm Pasta is a tasty pasta alternative with just 20 calories per serving and 4 grams of carbs. It has a slightly nutty flavor, reminiscent of artichokes, but is overall quite mild and absorbs the flavor of whatever you choose to make.

Looking for a healthy rice alternative that still tastes great? Look no further than Hearts of Palm Rice! Hearts of Palm Rice is made from the tender inner core of the palm tree. It has a mild, slightly nutty flavor, sometimes compared to artichokes, and a tender texture that's similar to cooked rice. Consider it a blank canvas for all the rice dishes you crave. From fried rice to rice-stuffed peppers to poke bowls, Hearts of Palm Rice hits the spot. And preparation couldn't be easier. Simply open the package, heat, and eat!

Hatch Hot Sauce, Red or Green

Experience the fiery flavors of the Southwest with Melissa’s NEW Hatch Hot Sauces in both red and green. These hot sauces bottle up the obsession with Hatch peppers with vibrant yet earthy flavors and a smoky, slow-building heat that leaves you wanting more.  Add a bit of heat and flavor to your favorite dishes like eggs, tacos, burritos and everything in between.

Melissa’s Spice Grinders are fresh, whole spices that you grind as you need.
The freshest flavor comes from whole spices, but who has the time to grind their own whenever they need a little seasoning? Adding flavor is as easy as a quick flick of the wrist with Melissa’s Spice Grinders, available in Tuscan, Spicy Sesame, Everything Spice, Rainbow Peppercorns, and Himalayan Salt.

Spicy Sesame (2.9 ounces): Mediterranean Sea Salt, Black Sesame Seeds, White Sesame Seeds, and Red Pepper Flakes.

Tuscan Style Seasoning (2.8 ounces): Mediterranean Sea Salt, Dried Onion, Black Peppercorn, Pink Peppercorn, Dried Garlic, Thyme, Parsley and Bay Leaf.

Everything Spice (2 ounces): Sesame Seeds, Dried Onion, Dried Garlic, Poppy Seeds, Salt and Red Pepper Flakes.

Rainbow Peppercorns (1.8 ounces): Black Peppercorns, White Peppercorns, Pink Peppercorns, Green Peppercorns

Himalayan Pink Salt (4.5 ounces): Salt

Crispy Chickpea Snax

Crispy Chickpea Snax™ are not only a good source of fiber, they’re crunchy, munchy and oh so craveable. And, they come in two zesty savory flavors — Garlic and Spicy Chile!  The resealable container makes them the perfect snack to bring to picnics, parties, and outdoor adventures. Or, enjoy this salty gluten-free treat with a refreshing beverage. For the home cooks, elevate your meals by sprinkling on salads and grain bowls.  

Fiery Popcorn

Brace yourself—Melissa’s Ghost Pepper Popcorn will ignite your taste buds and take your love for popcorn to a whole new level of intensity! Known for its fiery heat, the Ghost Pepper adds an exhilarating kick to each perfectly popped kernel that keeps you coming back for more. Whether you’re hosting a movie night with friends, seeking a unique snack to spice up your gatherings, or simply looking for an adventure in snacking, our Ghost Pepper Popcorn is the ultimate choice.

Sweet Habanero Kettle Corn is a thrilling fusion of sweet and spicy flavors that will leave you craving more. Each kernel is coated in a delicate layer of sugary sweetness, then tossed in a spice blend featuring the famously fiery Habanero pepper. The combination for sweet and spicy elements creates a harmonious explosion that adds a little excitement to your munching routine.

We’ve carefully crafted this popcorn to capture the perfect balance between the bright, citrusy notes of lime and the invigorating kick of jalapeño peppers. The result is a flavor explosion that will awaken your taste buds and leave you craving more!

To make this popcorn we start with premium, non-GMO corn kernels that are popped to perfection. We then generously coat the popcorn in a tantalizing spice blend, ensuring that every piece is infused with a burst of flavor.

We love each and everyone one of these products.  They would make lovely gifts, tasty stocking stuffers and the perfect addition to your holiday food tables!  Check out Melissa's Produce for some really great gift ideas this holiday gifting season!

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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