My oldest niece, Cassie started college a few weeks ago up in Boston. I saw her dorm last week and had a lot of memories of my first time away from home. You forget it takes time to adjust to a new bed, new food and people, let alone all the distractions. When I passed by her mailroom, I told Cassie I'll have to send her a package. Her eyes lit up as she was so excited... "Send me food!"
During my trip, I learned that Cassie has never had a macaron. She wondered what they tasted like so it was then that I realized her first college gift package should be a colorful mix of macarons from Sweet Sarah. Oddly enough, the last time I blogged about Sarah she was based in West Palm Beach, Florida. She's now in New Milford, Connecticut where both Cass and I grew up. Small world...perfect gift.
Another great gift idea comes from my cousin, Michele based in the lovely Charleston, SC. She owns Sweet Bottom Cookie- chocolate chip cookies that are dipped in chocolate fudge along the bottom. Michele is a workhorse and as hard as it is to get a new food company off the ground, she's done an amazing job. Besides movie theatre chains, her latest coup is getting into huge college football stadiums.
Michele sent me a box of Sweet Bottoms (you can order 3, 6 or 12) and I enjoyed mine with some vanilla ice cream and more chocolate chips. I can't imagine any college kid not loving this. See her site and fun gift sets, here.
If you really want to take chocolate to the extreme, one of my favorites is Dude, Sweet Chocolate in Dallas. Master chocolatier, Katherine Clapner keeps coming up with one tasty concoction after another. I think every single college kid needs a Tub of Love at some point. (hazelnut & chocolate spread)
There is a lot in her shop to choose from- like chocolate granola, salami and toffee. Whatever you decide on- it is pretty much guaranteed to be met with a heartful thank you from a (slightly homesick) college student. Keep your eye out Cass, something fun is comin' in the mail....
Photos: Sweet Sarah, Sweet Peach, Dude Sweet Chocolate Content: Sweet Peach