Tay Tea - Persian RoseNo, that’s not potpourri—it’s the beautiful artisan tea from Tay Tea. Persian Rose, above, is a Ceylon bergamot-scented tea blended with rose petals, organic rose buds, green cardamom and borage. Photo by Claire Freierman | THE NIBBLE.




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December 2008

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Sugar Free Gourmet Gift Favorites

Gourmet Sweets, Savories And Gadgets


People on diets can enjoy the best: We’ve found something for every palate, from sweet sugar-free Belgian chocolate to savory artisan pickled vegetables. We’ve also included some favorite household items that make dieting a breeze. If you don’t see what you like, check out our entire Diet Nibbles Section as well as diet gift recommendations from prior years.

Kosher-certified products are so indicated.

Prices and product availability are verified at publication but are subject to change. These items are offered by a third party and THE NIBBLE has no relationship with them.


Aladdin Products:
Essential Infuser For Loose Tea

The Essential Infuser will allow a dieter to drink all the quality loose leaf tea she wants—with minimal muss and fuss. It’s the best tea infuser and travel mug we’ve found. A mesh infusing basket is tucked under the lid. Fill it with tea, then push the button to lower it into the hot water. Raise the basket when the tea is steeped; enjoy your tea with no loose leaf bits. Microwaveable, so you don’t need a tea kettle. Car cup friendly, dishwasher safe. Combine this gift with some fine tea (see Tay Tea, below).

  • Essential Infuser For Tea
    12-Ounce Capacity

Buy online at Aladdin-pmi.com.

Aladdin Essential Infuser
Push the button/lever on the right of the lid, and a mesh tea-infusing basket filled with your fine loose tea lowers into the water. When the tea is infused to your desired strength, tuck the basket up into the lid so the tea doesn’t become strong and bitter. You can use a tea bag, too.

Charleston Cookie Company:
Sugar Free Cookies

Soft, plump and made of the finest ingredients, the cookies from Charleston Cookie Company are a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week (read the review), and the sugar-free version is no exception. Sugar is substituted with maltitol, and the cookies are just as delectable as the original. Our tasters couldn’t tell that they were made with a sugar substitute! Available in four flavors: Almond Peach, Chocolate Chip (no nuts), Oatmeal Golden Raisin and Pecan Chocolate Chip. (Note: Not a low-calorie food, but for those who restrict their sugar intake.)

  • Charleston Comfort Special
    12 Cookies In A Gold Tin, $21.95
  • Gift Bag
    6 Cookies, $9.95

Buy online at CharlestonCookie.com

Charleston Cookie Company Sugar Free Cookies

Sugar-free, but still tasty and baked-to-order.


Choclatique Chocolate:
Sweet Deceit Sugar Free Bonbons

Choclatique uses top-quality chocolate and classic French artisan techniques to make its fine chocolates. In addition to the regular line of glamorous bonbons, they make “Sweet Deceit” chocolates with maltitol for people who must restrict their sugar intake (see our Artificial Sweeteners Glossary for the different types of sugar substitutes). The chocolates are all-American: the cacao beans are grown in Hawaii, roasted and made into chocolate in Burlingame, California, and the packaging is made in Dallas.

  • 8-Piece Box, With or Without Nuts
  • 15-Piece Box
  • 30-Piece Box

Buy online at Choclatique.com

Choclatique Chocolate: Sweet Deceit Sugar Free Bonbons
Sugar-free, artistically fun, all-American chocolate.

The Chocolate Traveler:
Sugar Free Belgian Chocolate

The Chocolate Traveler makes “chocolate to go”: fine Belgian chocolate in 16 portion-controlled wedges, packaged in a pocket-sized, decorative tin. Several flavors are made with maltitol for those on sugar-free diets: Bittersweet (70%) Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Coffee and Dark Chocolate Mint. A perfect small gift or stocking stuffers; no one can tell it isn’t the “regular” chocolate (which also makes a great stocking stuffer).

  • Purchase Box
    6 Tins
  • Certified kosher by OU(D)

Buy online at TheChocolateTraveler.com

The Chocolate Traveler: Sugar Free Belgian Chocolate

Sixteen portion-perfect wedges of sugar-
free Belgian chocolate.


Rick’s Picks Pickles:
Pickle Club

These gourmet pickles use the best-quality vegetables, fine spices and herbs—no salt or sugar—to create brilliant brines that imbue dazzling tastes into the vegetables. Rick makes four varieties of pickled cucumbers and six other types of pickled vegetables—all very low calorie. Got a serious pickle lover in your life? With the Pickle Of The Month Club, your loved one will receive four jars of pickles four times a year, plus serving suggestions and recipes with each pack. Read more about Rick’s Picks, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week and winner of The Nibble Outstanding Artisan Award.

  • Rick’s Picks Pickle Club
    16 Jars Of Pickles
  • Individual Jars Available

Buy online at RicksPicksNYC.com

Rick's Picks Gourmet Pickles

Low calorie and sugar free: You’ll be tickled
—or is that pickled?—pink with Rick’s Picks
pickle portfolio.



Toss & Chop Gift Set

Chopped salad is a popular menu item, but difficult to make at home—until now. This gadget makes chopping so much fun, friends and family will be competing to do all the work. They handle like a pair of kitchen shears, but the quadruple blade and scoop bottom chop lettuce, other vegetables, meat, cheese, boiled eggs and more into a perfectly shredded salad masterpiece. The family will enjoy eating more salads—and in our opinion, the salads taste better. Fits both left and right-handed chefs.

  • Chopper & Chopped Salad Recipe
    Book Gift Set


Buy online at SilverMK.com

Silvermark Toss And Chop Gift Set
Delicious chopped salads are easy and fun with the Silvermark Toss & Chop.


Tay Tea:
Artisan Tea Sampler

The Tay Tea collection is the work of a gifted tea blender, who imports premium, loose leaf teas imported from reputable growers, and makes original flavors combined with organic herbs and botanicals. The teas are beautiful to look at, and provide an explosion of tastes for people who want flavor without calories. Each tea blend has a unique name with an enjoyable story behind it, such as “Marry Me Again,” a black tea with violets, lavender and a sprinkling of purple cornflower petals, named for Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eyes and series of marriages.

  • Sample Box: Caffeine Free
    Flavors include Better Than Sex, A Day In Provence, Dream, Kaapstad, Lover’s, Muse, Raj, Saffron Rock Candy and Tuk Tuk Chai
  • Sample Box: With Caffeine
    Flavors include Berber, Duchess’ First Love, Green Tea Blooms, Kyoto, Marry Me Again, Persian Rose (see photo at top of page), Saba, Saffron Rock Candy and Twiggy

Buy online at TayTea.com

Tay Tea Artisan Tea Sampler

Calorie-free Tay Tea blends are beautiful and delicious.


Vital Choice:
Fish Sampler

Omega-3-rich seafood is one of the healthiest meal choices you can make—not to mention one of the tastiest! Vital Choice’s wild Alaskan salmon is sustainably fished; each skinless, boneless portion is individually vacuum-packed and flash-frozen. The Wild Alaskan Salmon Sampler Pack includes two 6-ounce filets each of sockeye salmon, king salmon and silver salmon, plus an organic marinade mix (see our Seafood Glossary to learn more about the different types of salmon). The fish is 100% safe for raw or partially cooked use. Give this sampler to a friend, and perhaps the lucky recipient will reward you with a dinner invitation.

  • Wild Alaskan Salmon Sampler
    Six 6-Ounce Salmon Portions &
    Marinade Mix
  • Certified kosher by EarthK

Buy online at VitalChoice.com

Vital Choice Wild Alaskan Salmon Sampler
Wild salmon is not only delicious, but also rich in omega-3s and “good” fats. It’s sustainably fished, so better for the environment, too.

Vital Choice:
Organic Berries

Vital Choice’s premium berries are grown organically, without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, for optimal purity, flavor, nutrition and eco-protection. They’re flash-frozen upon harvest to lock in freshness. The Berry Bounty Sampler Pack includes blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. These are the NIBBLE Editors’ favorite frozen berries (shown at right prior to freezing) for their great flavor, and a wonderful way to start each day, on yogurt or cereal.

  • Berry Bounty Sampler Pack
    3 lbs, $30.00
    6 lbs, $58.00
    9 lbs, $79.00
  • Certified kosher by KOAOA
  • USDA certified organic

Buy online at VitalChoice.com

Vital Choice Strawberries
Vital Choice Blueberries
Vital Choice Raspberries
Pure, organic berries are frozen and packaged
in attractive brown kraft bags.


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