With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to think of what to get your loved one or even your single friends. Food care packages can help celebrate the holiday with festive treats that anyone will enjoy. Here are some of the favorite items to include in a care package:
Chocolate-covered espresso beans
Chocolate-covered espresso beans are a great way to get the energy you need. The caffeine in the coffee beans will help you stay awake while you're traveling or doing errands, and the chocolate coating provides an extra energy kick. They're also easy to take along with you on road trips or even use at work if your office has a break room that allows food items. Since they come in various flavors (including the mint chocolate chip), they can be enjoyed by people who enjoy coffee but don't want too much caffeine.
- Honey sticks are a great way to add flavor to hot drinks. You can just drop them in your tea or coffee and stir.
- Honey sticks are also great for adding a sweet treat to cold drinks, like hot chocolate or sparkling water. Just let the honey melt into your beverage before stirring it up!
- They're also good for adding sweetness to foods like rice krispie treats and granola bars.
Flavored popcorn bags
Popcorn is a great snack. It's easy to prepare and healthy, too, with fiber, antioxidants and minerals all the rage these days. And it tastes good too! Popcorn is also an excellent source of flavonoids—the compounds found in plant-based foods that have been shown to prevent cancer.
Popcorn can be enjoyed plain or with a variety of seasonings added for extra flavor. Flavored popcorn bags are a great way to add something interesting to your care package. They recommend one of their favorite flavors: cheese or caramel corn!
Instant oatmeal packets
Instant oatmeal packets are a great option for the health-conscious care package recipient. While it may seem like a boring choice compared to more extravagant treats, instant oatmeal packets are simple and easy to make, plus they're easy on the wallet!
To make your own instant oatmeal packet, you'll need the following:
- 1 cup of milk or water (for making your oatmeal).
- 1 packet of instant oatmeal (they recommend McCann's Irish Steel Cut Oats).
Cold-brewed coffee is a great way to get your caffeine fix without the acidity that causes heartburn. It's super easy to make on your own, too—you can buy a cold-brew coffee maker or use a French press. So if you are going for DIY style, all you need is some water, coarsely ground coffee beans and cheesecloth.
Cold-brewing will give you more caffeine than hot-brewed coffee because it doesn't have any water added after brewing, so there's no dilution effect from adding ice cubes or milk.
Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to send a care package to someone special. Whatever you choose to include in the box, know that it will be appreciated.