Yummy gift ideas for the holidays

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Yummy gift ideas for the holidays from top left: Santa gift boxes / dark chocolate bar gift box / gingerbread cookies / luxurious chocolate box / holiday candy gift box / chocolate covered strawberries /

Don’t we all love food? Sometimes the best gift to give is one that goes right to the tummy! Food is also an easy gift idea for that someone on your list who has everything; or is just plain hard to shop for! I love giving the gift of something delicious such as hot cocoa, chocolate, and candy.

I found a few fabulous and yummy gift ideas for the holidays around the web. These food gift ideas have everything from presentation to being downright yummy. After all, the food gift has to look amazing and taste fabulous. Love!

Without further ado, here are my favorite food gift ideas from around the web for the 2020 holiday season. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Food gift ideas online:

What is your favorite yummy gift to give and receive? Mine would be chocolate!

Happy Holidays!


Crisp Apple Donuts recipe

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Have you ever wondered how to make Crisp Apple Donuts? I have! So when Sparkling Ice shared this delicious recipe with me, I was thrilled to be able to share it with you too!

If you love donuts as much as I do, Crisp Apple donuts are a great way to not only enjoy yummy, homemade donuts, they are the perfect dessert for celebrating National Apple Month! Love that!

Below is a fabulous Crisp Apple Donut recipe which is perfect for the fall season, the holiday season, and anytime you feel like having a yummy, homemade donut! This delicious Crisp Apple Donut recipe uses Crisp Apple Sparkling Ice, which gives the donuts a yummy, apple flavor and essence. Love that!

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Scroll down for all the details about this Crisp Apple Donuts recipe which is perfect for the Christmas season!
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Crisp AppleDonuts

Yield – 12 donuts plus holes

Cook Time:  10 minutes

Inactive Time: 3 hours or overnight


For The Donuts:

  • 1 cup Crisp Apple Sparkling Ice
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup Splenda Sugar Blend
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

For The Cinnamon Sugar:

  • 1½ cups Splenda Sugar Blend
  • ½ cup ground cinnamon


Part 1:  Making the donut dough

  1. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together, on medium high speed for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add eggs one at a time until combined.  Slowly pour in the milk and half of the Sparkling Ice to the mixing bowl.
  3. With the mixer on slow speed add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until just combined. The dough should look shaggy.
  4. Slowly pour in the remaining amount of Sparkling Ice on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Part 2:  Dough storage

  1. Tear 2 pieces of parchment paper the size of a baking sheet.
  2. Line the first piece of parchment on a clean baking sheet and heavily dust with flour.
  3. Turn out the dough onto the floured parchment and press evenly till its about 3/4 inch thick.  (If the dough seems too sticky flour your hands before pressing.)
  4. Lightly flour the top of the dough and place the second piece of parchment over the dough.  Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

Part 3:  Frying donuts

  1. In a deep frying pan, heat enough oil to come up 2 inches from the bottom to 375 degrees using a candy thermometer.
  2. Gently peel the top piece of parchment off the dough.
  3. Using a floured donut cutter, punch out dough and place in hot oil.
  4. Fry on each side for 2-3 minutes or until light brown.  Adjust the heat if needed.  Scoop on paper towel lined baking tray.

Part 4:  Finishing donuts

  1. Combine cinnamon and Splenda in a large bowl.
  2. While the donuts are still warm, toss with cinnamon and Splenda mixture until evenly coated.
  3. Serve warm.

There you have it! A yummy Crisp Apple Donut recipe using Sparkling Ice which is perfect for entertaining this holiday season. I hope you love these donuts as much as I do!

Tools you may need for making donuts:

*Crisp Apple Donuts recipe created by Sparkling Ice. Reprinted with permission.

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Apple Crisp recipe for the holidays

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One of my favorite desserts during the holiday season is this Apple Crisp recipe! It is so yummy when the soft apples meet the crispy brown sugar. Another thing that makes it the best holiday dessert, is that is it warm and toasty! Love that!

Since the holiday season is coming up, I thought it would be fun to share this delicious Apple Crisp recipe with you. This is an easy Apple Crisp recipe which can be made at home in your kitchen with a few simple ingredients. Of course, there is one key ingredient which makes this Apple Crisp recipe special for the holiday season; the Sparkling Ice! Sparkling Ice is a yummy sparkling water infused with flavors. The Crisp Apple flavor is perfect for this easy Apple Crisp recipe.

If you are planning a huge party, and need to do some prep ahead of time, you can assemble the crumble the night before and just let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. The apples can be cut and cored the night before too.

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Apple Crisp

Yield – 6 servings

Cook Time – 25-35 minutes


For The Crumble:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

For The Apples:

  • ¾ cup Crisp Apple Sparkling Ice
  • 8 red apples (Gala or Fuji preferred)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch

For Serving:


For the crumble

  1. Combine brown sugar and flour in a mixing bowl, and cut in the butter with your hands.  Mixture should look coarse with some chunks the size of peas.
  2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to harden up.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the crumble on.
  5. Bake for 12-18 minutes or until light brown.
  6. Place baking tray on a wire rack to cool.

For the apples

  1. Core and cube the apples and place in a large bowl of cold water to avoid browning.
  2. Whisk together the cornstarch with Sparkling Ice in a small mixing bowl, set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  4. Add the apples, salt, and cinnamon.  Sautee over a medium flame for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour the Sparkling Ice and cornstarch mixture into the pot, stirring continuously.
  6. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter.


  1. Break the cooled crumble up with your hands to desired size.
  2. Scoop the warm apples into 6 small ramekins or an 8 inch square serving dish.
  3. Top with crumble.
  4. Serve immediately.

If you are in need of Ramekins, here are a few fabulous ones I found online which are perfect for the holiday season, and beyond! I need to buy several new ones, so I am deciding between this one and this one. Which one is your favorite?

There you have it! I hope you love this Apple Crisp recipe as much as I do during the holiday season. This is a fabulous dessert to serve during holiday parties, dinner parties, and anytime you want to celebrate life! Yummy! Enjoy!

*This recipe was created by Sparkling Ice and reprinted with permission. Enjoy!

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