If you’re like us, then you believe there is no greater gift than the gift of food. And what better place to get some of the best food than at one of the awesome grocery stores in New Jersey? Luckily, their shelves are stocked with some great holiday gift ideas for every foodie personality – wine and beer enthusiasts, artisanal types, dinner party hosts, coffee lovers and even cheese snobs.
With local offerings from Brooklyn-based cheese cave Crown Finish, and limited-edition collaboration products from Bronx Brewery and Empire Estate Wine, there are plenty of items to wow all of your friends and family members. Check out their top picks for delicious stocking stuffers and last-minute entertaining gifts.
1. Anarchy in a Jar Salted Caramel Apple Butter $5.99
This limited run, small-batch flavor made from New York grown apples and produced in Brooklyn is sure to satisfy any artisanal sweet tooth and can be found at Whole Foods.
2. Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s $11.30
These simple chocolate wafer cookies from Trader Joe’s are sandwiched together with a cool, creamy, minty filling with pieces of crushed candy canes. For fans of the classic chocolate-peppermint combo, these classic cookies will always please the palate.
3. Organic Pasta Sauce
ShopRite has started using Wholesome Pantry Organic where they protect natural resources and use only approved resources. This pasta sauce has plumb, organic, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh herbs and spices. It’s wholesome and delicious and perfect for the pasta lover in your family or friend group.
4. Greyston Bakery Limited Edition Peppermint Fudge Brownies $1.50
Baked with only the best ingredients and without any preservatives, these brownies sold at Whole Foods are absolutely delicious. And you can feel even better about your purchase knowing the company participates in an Open Hiring model where anyone that comes to the front door of our bakery is given the chance to work, no questions asked. When a job becomes available we hire the next person on their waiting list.
6. Holiday Spice Orange Cranberry Baked Brie
A wheel of brie topped with orange marmalade, cranberries and almonds, then wrapped in flaky puff pastry. Pick up at Stop&Shop and bake at home for a beautiful holiday buffet centerpiece that will delight any cheese lover.
7. Camembert Cheese and Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites $3.99
Who says fancy has to be hard or expensive? These Trader Joe’s treats are made of fillo dough, which is baked to a crispy finish and is then filled with a combination of Camembert and cranberries. The combination of the two is a little bit of sweetness and ties the berry and cheese flavors together. They are perfect for your New Years cocktail party or appetizers leading into a holiday meal.
8. Crown Finish Special Washed Bufarolo $29.99/lb
Special @transmitterbrewing Quadrupel Ale washed Bufarolo just hit all 36 @wholefoods in the Northeast region! Super #limitededition and perfect for your t-giving cheese plate. #quattroportoni #agedinbrooklyn. ———————————— Notes on the Quad Ale: flavors of bananas, dried plums, raisons and figs with layers of spice and maltiness… Grab one to pair.
Imported from Bergamo, Italy where it is hand made at the Gritti Family Farm. Aged to perfection in the Crown Finish caves in Brooklyn, this cheese is unique and exclusive to Whole Foods Market. Tell that to your cheese loving friends!
9. Stumptown Winter Cheer Limited Edition Cold Brew $3.99
Due to the inclement weather, our PDX cafes will be closing early at 5pm today, and we'll be getting a late start at 8am tomorrow. Sorry for any inconvenience! In the meantime, stock up on this jingle juice and hunker down. Pro-tip: add some bourbon (or rum!) for a real wintery mix ❄️Snap by @blabby_24
Delicious cold brew coffee with milk and mulling spices available for a limited time only at Whole Foods.
10. Bronx Brewery’s ‘No Name’ IPA $7.99
Our nameless beer still needs your help! Canned reinforcements are in and they're heading to northeast @wholefoods locations on Monday! We have events lined up at 2 @WFMBrooklyn locations next week where you can try it with us, before hitting the link in our bio and submitting a name. Gowanus (12/7) & Williamsburg (12/9). You can also tweet us with the hashtag #namethisbeerwfm to enter. Prices for the No Name IPA are as follows: Cans: $9.99 per 4-pack 22 oz. Bottles: $5.99 Cheers!
A special collaboration brew only available at Whole Foods Market locations in the Northeast region. The beer is currently nameless and is looking for you to submit your best name ideas at namethisbeerwfm.com. What better gift could you get for a beer lover?
11. Empire Estate Dry Riesling $21
Born out of a collaboration between Thomas Pastuszak of New York’s Eleven Madison Park and Kelby Russell of acclaimed Finger Lakes winery Red Newt Cellars, this dry vintage is a unique gift for any wine-lover in your life and is available at Whole Foods.
12. West Elm Light Stripes Apron $29
This holiday season, Whole Foods Market has teamed up with West Elm to develop tabletop and kitchen textile goods made by The New Denim Project including this adorable apron. All goods are produced ethically in Guatemala and will feature yarn and woven fabrics made with a special blend of 100% cotton and pre-consumer denim waste.