Jersey Bites for your Holiday Table & Tree

You don’t have to go far here in New Jersey to find some beautiful, delicious and unique additions to your Holiday. Here are our picks for what to serve and gift this Holiday season.

Hand-Decorated Cookies by Semisweet Desserts in Hawthorne.

Their designs are simply gorgeous. They also offer holiday confections.  Sugared almonds, buttercrunches, marshmallows, peppermint AND spearmint bark, and a jam-packed fruit & nut bark.  Perfect to bring to a holiday party or to give as gifts.  (sold online for local pickup or nationally shipped)

Alexian Pates and Mouses in Neptune.

Alexian takes great pride and care in making patés and mousses of distinction. The result of ALEXIAN’s lavish attention to preparation and fresh ingredients, are patés and mousses of refined taste and texture. We’re sure that you’ll be delighted to serve them to family and friends, and of course to enjoy them yourself.  Groezinger Provisions, Inc., the corporation and USDA facility that produces ALEXIAN and other deli products is a Woman Owned Business that just celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.  Alexian has always made a commitment to preparing patés and mousses in a completely natural manner. All the game, meat and poultry ingredients they use in their patés are certified to be free of growth hormones and free of antibiotics. This includes their dairy ingredients as well. Click here to find a store near you that carries Alexian products.

Artisan Cheeses from Cherry Grove Farms in Laurenceville.

Their luscious, buttery French-style petite brie is made from pasteurized milk and aged for 40 days in their caves. Wonderful spread on a chunk of crusty bread and drizzled with honey or maybe Crave Artisan Jams. Their award winning Toma is a traditional washed rind tomme made with raw milk and aged in their caves for a minimum of 3 months.  Toma’s tangy, mushroomy flavor, creamy texture and superior meltability is a perfect addition to your holiday table. Purchase at the Farm, Order Online or here’s where you can find Cherry Grove Farms cheeses off the farm. 3200 Lawrenceville Road (Rt. 206 N.) Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648

Crave Artisan Jams and Sauces

Crave’s Cran Marnier is perfect for using as a holiday relish. It, as well as the balsamic fig jam and amaretto apricot, pair amazingly well with cheeses. The Meyer Lemon curd and Blackberry bliss are great in prebaked tart shells. The Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed and Blueberry Mojito are stunning and delicious in homemade Linzer cookies. And the morning glory serves beautifully as a filling in layer cake with a cream cheese frosting! Some gift suggestions the ‘InAJam’ Gift Trio – A simple, elegant presentation of their Bestselling Varieties – makes a great hostess gift! Crave Jam of the Month Club (3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions) Crave Custom Gift Baskets – Made to your specifications, at any price point (minimum $20) Local delivery & Nationwide shipping available. Here’s where you can find Crave’s Jams and Sauces in New Jersey.

Want to remind those friends and family members who moved away from NJ that they left the best food in the country behind? Send them a “Jersey Food” care package.

No time to bake? Order traditional, rustic baked goods just like Grandma used to make from The GateHouse Bakery on Etsy, also known as The Sweets Suite Bake Shoppe Cafe in Millville. Scones, muffins and cookies – oh, my!

No time to raise a Turkey? Farm Raised poultry and homemade pies from Griggstown Farm. They grow their own fruits and vegetables and raise free range poultry on site.  They ship all over the country and it is beyond fresh!

No Jersey cook can call him or herself properly dressed without a Pork Roll Apron from The Jersey Tomatoes. Check out their complete line of Jersey Pride wear and the cutest “Pork Roll onesies” for your favorite little pork chop.

Decorative upcycled corkboard Trivets and Coasters made from reclaimed wood by Ben Wurst of reclaimed, LLC in New Gretna. Check out his Etsy store here.

Thanks to Governor Christie’s signing the bill to allow New Jersey Wineries to sell directly to consumers and retailers we can now order and get delivered wines from Cava Winery & Vineyards. They now ship their award-winning New Jersey wines right to your door (or a friend’s door). If you’d rather go pick up a bottle, here’s where you can find them.

Robinsons Fine Candies– Handmade candy, truffles and chocolate covered pretzels that can warm any heart.  They are a real treat for all ages! –  Route 206 & Montgomery Shopping Center, Skillman, NJ 08558

JD Gourmet Balsamic Vinegars, Oils and Sauces. Started by two college age entrepreneurs and their parents, this is a great home grown product and story. Shop online.


Do you have a suggestion for another New Jersey based product that would make a great addition to our readers’ holiday tables or gifts for our favorite foodies? Leave a comment with the details below and Happy Holidays!