Homemade Edible Birthday Gifts

I love getting birthday gifts (who doesn’t!?) but somehow, it’s the homemade ones that I end up loving the best. There’s something so special about a gift that was made from scratch because it’s a “labor of love”. Science has proved it’s better to give than receive, so if you are looking for a unique gift idea why not make something yourself? And nothing says love quite like food so here are some edible gift ideas that will make them feel extra special:
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Healthy Snacks for Salt Cravings

I crave salty foods all the time but the problem is, many salty snacks aren’t the healthiest choices. However, there are plenty that are. Here are some of my favorite snacks that satisfy my cravings for salty foods while still being fairly healthy. For an extra health bonus, try to find salty foods that have been seasoned with sea salt, which is a little healthier for you than traditional table salt.
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Giving Food Gifts to Someone On an Specialty Diet

I have a gluten-allergy and ten years ago it was practically impossible to find any products on store-shelves that were gluten-free! However, now that gluten-free has become a bit of a fad diet and a more common food allergy there are hundreds more products available for purchase. I even found gluten-free toaster pastries the other day! My friends love to surprise me with new gluten-free products as gifts, and I think it's a great idea for anyone with a food allergy or who is on a special diet. Sometimes those products are more expensive than their "normal" counterparts, and it's very touching when someone remembers your dietary needs when giving you a food gift.
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Make Your Own Box of Chocolates

Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine's Day candy box in the late 1800s in Victorian England and now more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day each year! Every brand, from all-American Hershey to gourmet European chocolatiers, creates deluxe boxes, in all shapes, of different flavored chocolate candies. Whether it be caramel, dark chocolate cream, raspberry, mint or classic vanilla, everyone has their favorite (and least favorite!) chocolate bonbon flavor in that box. Instead of grabbing any old box off the shelf this Valentine's Day why not make your own for your sweetheart! It's actually a lot easier than you think, and nothing is sweeter than a gift from the heart.
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