5 awesome food gifts — in a jar


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You’ve received food gifts in a jar at the holidays, but this fun way to give can be carried on throughout the year. With the school year ending, maybe you need a gift for your child’s busy teacher. Or perhaps you need a hostess gift for your next barbecue. No matter the time of year, gifting food is appreciated. So we collected five fun food ideas — all in a jar.


1. Homemade Pancake Mix

Katie from Good Life Eats gives us every breakfast-lover’s dream — a homemade pancake mix in a jar. She even includes a printable recipe card with her dry mix for 5 Grain Pancakes with Flax.


2. Homemade Barbecue Rub

If the folks at Southern Living magazine know anything about anything, it’s barbecue. Why not gift a homemade rub that not only looks pretty on the spice rack, but keeps in an airtight container for up to one month? With ingredients like dark brown sugar, paprika and cumin, the rub is great on pork but works on other meats as well. Get the recipe here.


3. Cinnamon Pretzels

We all need a little nosh sometimes, and these Cinnamon Pretzels from Midwest Living are the perfect little snack. The whole recipe takes 30 minutes and just four ingredients — what could be simpler?


4. Curried Lentil Soup

While it may be spring, those occasional cold, rainy days still call for everyone’s favorite antidote: soup. Try this Food Network recipe for Curried Lentil Soup.


5. Sand Art Brownies & Blizzard Bites

Rene from Good Enough Mother gives us two fun ideas — Sand Art Brownies made by layering brownie ingredients with regular and white chocolate chips and pecans or walnuts; and  Blizzard Bites, a snack mix using popular cereals mixed with peanuts, pretzels and dried fruit.