I think we can all agree that there is something inexplicably wonderful about receiving mail. And I’m not talking about boring mail like bills and schools forms and coupon books. I’m talking about the exciting stuff: packages. Cardboard boxes, bubble-wrap, packing peanuts. The whole shebang.
Whenever I find out that I have a package, or parcel as they are referred to here at Colgate, waiting for me in the mailroom I am immediately overcome with excitement. As trivial as it may seem, receiving a package always brightens up my entire day.
And so, I thought that I should share some delicious ways for you to brighten someone’s day in the coming months of Hanukah and Christmas and general gift-giving spirits.
If your childhood was anything like mine, it was chock-full of Rice Krispie Treats. And just because we aren’t children anymore, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still be able to enjoy them. Treat House, a New York based franchise with three different locations, sells twelve different speciality varieties of your favorite sticky cereal concoction. With flavors like Caramel Sea Salt, French Toast, and Dark Chocolate Chili, these certainly are not your mother’s Rice Krispie Treats. A dozen treats costs $26, with the option to choose exactly which flavors you want in your order. Shipping is offered nationwide and delivery is offered within New York City.
BONUS: Gluten free and dairy free options available.
Despite the somewhat intimidating name, a Killer Brownie is actually one of the sweetest and most delicious things you can put in your mouth. This company, based in Ohio, has been making three-(or more)-tiered brownies and blondies for almost thirty years.
Each individual dessert bar weighs in at about a third of a pound, so they’re definitely big enough for sharing, or just indulging. The Original Killer Brownie is made with layers of brownie, pecans, and caramel, and some of the delicious variations include German Chocolate and PB&J. Killer Brownie does not have a storefront, but these brownies are sold in speciality food markets in Dayton, Ohio and are available to be shipped nationwide. Treats cost $5 a pop.
If you’re into parfaits/trifles/cupcakes/delicious things in general, then you need to check out Wicked Good Cupcakes. Oh, and this too. This company, actually featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, came up with the brilliant idea of taking an already outstanding dessert (the cupcake), deconstructing it, and reconstructing it in a trendy mason jar. These eight ounce cupcake jars come in amazing flavors like Gimme S’more, Mocha Madness, and Mr. Wonderful’s Cookie Butter, along with more traditional cupcake flavors, like chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. Wicked Good Cupcakes can be shipped anywhere in the country in packs of two, four, six or more, with prices starting at $19.95.
BONUS: Gluten free options available.
If the Cookie Monster owned a business, it would probably be Stuffed Cookies. This company will make any cookie lovers’ dreams come true with their unreal flavor and ingredient combinations.
Try a Cereal N’ Milk dozen with Fruity Pebbles, white chocolate ganache, and marshmallow filling, a Chubby Hippo dozen with pretzels, peanuts chocolate chips, and caramel filling, and, if you’re in the mood for something boozy, a Bourbon Candied Bacon Chip dozen with bourbon candied bacon, chocolate chips, Nutella, and sea salt. Or just customize your own! Stuffed Cookies is online-only and offers nationwide shipping, with each dozen costing between $25 and $30.
BONUS: Gluten free options available.
About six months ago I began seeing pictures of these amazing looking desserts all over Instagram and I thought they looked too good to be true. But after further research, I discovered MDoughW, the cookie cup kingdom. When you order from MDoughW, you choose from an overwhelmingly delicious selection of cupcake-shaped cookies, with flavors like Nutella Banana Bread, Funfetti Fudge Brownie, and Peanut Butter Oreo.
Then, you pick the frostings and toppings that you would like to accompany your cookie cups. Some of your options include Cookie Butter Buttercream and Chocolate Oreo Fudge Icing. You receive your cookie cups, your jars of frosting, and your toppings all together in a dessert kit, with the freedom to devour your treats however you see most fit. Each kit costs between $24.99 and $26.99, and nationwide shipping is available.
Everybody knows that the best part of baking cookies is getting to eat the dough. Unfortunately, when you do that, you put yourself at risk for some not-so-pleasant salmonella poisoning, as I’m sure your parents have reminded you time and time again.
Edoughble eliminates this problem by making ready-to-eat cookie dough, free of those pesky raw eggs. They of course sell the classic Chocolate Chip dough, along with their own more creative blends like Birthday Bash, Nuts For Chocolate, and Lady In Red Velvet Chip. An 8 oz cup of dough costs either $8 or $9 and can be shipped anywhere in the US.
BONUS: Vegan and gluten free options available.
The combination of salty and sweet is a timeless classic. And Fatty Sundays takes this combo to a whole new level. Their chocolate-and-candy-covered pretzel sticks are out of this world, with flavors ranging from Birthday Cake to Red Velvet to Salty Toffee. And there are almost always delicious seasonal flavors as well, like Dark Chocolate Peppermint.
There are options to customize your own pretzels, too, if you’re ordering 20 boxes or more. Fatty Sundays pretzels can be found in stores in 34 different states and can be shipped anywhere in the country. Each box costs $7.
Bonus: Gluten free options available.
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If I could eat pizza for every single meal, I probably would. I mean, hey, this girl did. But, unfortunately, I don’t think that’s a very viable option for me. But, if you wanna eat pizza for dinner AND dessert, look no further than Cookie Scoop. This Toronto-based company creates made-to-order cookie pizzas with frosting and cookie toppings. Every pizza is completely customizable.
First you pick either chocolate or vanilla crust. Then you pick a sauce for your pizza, and options include Nutella, Dulce De Leche, and Melted Marshmallows. Finally, the topping possibilities are basically endless, with pretty much every sort of candy, nut, and chocolate you can dream of. One pizza costs $45. There is only one downside, which is that Cookie Scoop does not ship to the United States. But if you love someone in Canada, send away!