The Binder Ladies was sent a California Delicious Gift Basket to help facilitate this review. All opinions are genuine.
Gift baskets are a great way to show someone you care, send your well-wishes and sympathies, and celebrate happy times. California Delicious has you covered for any occasion with their beautifully packaged and cleverly assorted gift baskets! Whether you’re a chocolate lover, in need of some pampering, are looking for the perfect gift, or just appreciate the finer things in life, there’s a gift basket for everyone! From fresh California ripe fruits, to specialty wine from the the Central Coast (my neck of the woods!), to world famous chocolates from Ghirardelli Square and flavorful cheeses from Sonoma Square, each basket is packed with special dedication and care.
California Delicious sent me (Jeni) the California Delicious California Gold Gourmet Gift Basket. Being a California Native, I was super excited to get some sweet and savory treats from my home state! The beautiful red basket was filled with straw, giving it a really beautiful, rustic look. I love the care they put into the packaging and design – you can definitely re-use the basket when all of your treats are gone! That basket now sits in my bathroom, holding hand towels for guests. After taking off the bow and plastic from the basket, I started exploring and tasting all of the great goodies inside:
First, I tried these Angelina’s Sweet Butter Cookies. WOW. These were soft, buttery, golden and melted in my mouth. I loved these with coffee in the morning, or afternoon tea.
Next up, I grabbed the Sonoma Cheese Original Monterey Jack Cheese Spread and the cheese knife. The cheese was delightfully creamy and rich with Jack Cheese flavor. The cheese knife is great quality, with a wooden handle, that I’ll be using again and again, for sure. I decided to try the cheese on the San Fransisco-Style Sourdough Cheese Crisps – which was probably my favorite combination in the entire basket. The crunchy Crisps offered a great blend of Romano and Parmesan Cheeses with a little kick of garlic. Sourdough is extremely popular in California, and they definitely know their way around this unique bread! Mixed with the silkiness of the Monterey Jack Cheese Spread, these are something I’ll purchase again for parties and appetizers.
Along the cheese line, I also received these Sonoma Cheese Original Aged Cheddar Cheese Straws. Surprisingly, these weren’t crunchy cheese sticks, like I anticipated. They were more like cheese cookies with a little crispness to them. I crumbled these up on a cobb salad, in lieu of croutons, and they definitely did the trick!
I’m familiar with Fontazzi brand foods from Sonoma, California, so when I spotted the Butter Toffee Pretzels in my basket, I got super excited. These didn’t disappoint. They offered a really buttery kick with the unique flavor that only toffee can give you. Fontazzi is the cream of the crop when it comes to their toffee, though. It’s incredible! Mix that with the crunch and salt from the pretzels, and these quickly disappeared after introducing them to my husband. I was sure to grab a handful before passing them off for a “taste test,” though!
Next, I selected to try the Nunes Farms Sweet Chipotle Almonds. I’m not a chipotle fan, but almonds are my favorite nut. These were pretty amazing – the buttery almond tone matched with a sweet chipotle spice was genius! Check out some of the ingredients they use to create this combination: natural maple flavor, chipotle, ginger, onion, cayenne, apple vinegar, espresso and unsweetened tapioca syrup. That may sound like a strange combination, but it definitely created a savory treat!
After all of the incredible savory snacks, I didn’t have to look far for something sweet. The Bellagio Chocolate Truffle Gourmet Hot Cocoa Mix seemed like the perfect pairing with the Viva Sonoma Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti. The cocoa was definitely not like anything else I’ve had from a packet – it really tasted like liquid fudge! The Biscotti was the perfect pairing: crunchy, light and flavorful. This all natural Biscotti has a great kick of orange that lingers into the aftertaste. These are dipped in Dark Bittersweet Guittard Chocolate which offers a really great match with the touch of orange in the cookie.
The Amaretti Virginia Amaretti Cookie was something completely different than I’ve ever tasted. This little Italian treat is super crunchy and gives a happy kick of apricot – what a surprise!
If it’s truffles you love, it’s Jacquot Tender Heart Bitter Classic Truffles you need to try! These little delicacies have a melt-in-your-mouth center that screams rich, bitter, dark chocolate. These are dusted with a sweet cocoa powder that balances the bitterness beautifully, too. These are definitely a favorite in this awesome gift basket!
Although having all of the new and unique California products in the basket to try out and enjoy was really fun, I enjoyed seeing an old, familiar favorite. The Ghirardelli Premium Assortment Chocolate Squares put a smile on my face. This bag includes single squares of Dark & Mint, Milk & Caramel and Dark 60% Cacao Chocolates. Each is rich and creamy with a taste of their own.
Another favorite in the basket was these J Morgans Confections Handmade Licorice Petites. If you’re a black licorice fan, like me, this will quickly become your favorite new treat. These are like a black licorice salt water taffy – smooth, creamy and packed with that Glycyrrhiza glabra plant taste that we love. These were absolutely the best black licorice I’ve ever had, so naturally, I was disappointed to only have 3 treats in the box. Time to order some more!
Another amazing sweet treat was these California Coastal Baking Company Classic Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookies. WOW!. If you’ve ever had a salted caramel chocolate brownie, these are about as close the the edges of those brownies as you can get. They are a super rich, dark chocolate, sprinkled generously with sea salt and a buttery caramel. These have an unbelievable taste and a softer center. YUM!
There was no disappointment in this gift basket. Each new product I got to try was better than the last and left a wonderful impression on me. After trying this basket, I know I’ll be ordering more from California Delicious – for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays and Christmas. They have an amazing assortment of gift baskets, and I’m pretty confident you will be hooked once you order!
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