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I am a big fan of edible gifts! I enjoy getting gift baskets for the holidays because, frankly, I enjoy eating! I also do NOT enjoy dusting knick knacks or finding room in my closet for clothes that may not be exactly what I really wanted but feel obligated to wear. Gift baskets full of edible goodies will get used and not take up space on the shelf for years to come. Bella Viva Orchards offers a wonderful selection of gift baskets so that you can find that perfect gift for that hard to shop for person on your holiday list! If you are not familiar with Bella Viva Orchards, here is some information about them from their website:
Farming the rich soil of the Central Valley is a Martino family tradition Bella Viva carries out with pride. We produce and sell exceptional fresh and dried fruit, nuts and chocolate to loyal customers at our stands in northern California’s celebrated farmer’s markets, in select restaurants and to our online customers across the country.
Not only does Bella Viva Orchards offer a great selection of fruits, nuts, and chocolates, they offer them in a number of different size packages. Whether you are looking for a small 2.5 pound sampler box like the one above or a larger 6 pound basket, you will find several options to choose from. They also have a wide variety of organic options to choose from as well.
For my review, I received the 2.5 pound sampler box shown above, right. It contains 1 pound of Mixed Fruits, 1 pound of lightly roasted/salted Mixed Nuts, and 8 ounces of Chocolate Covered Fruits & Nuts.
My opinion: I really loved this collection of products. It is the perfect balance between sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy! The fruits consist of apples, prunes, nectarines, peaches, pears, and apricots. They are tender and lightly sweet. I discovered quickly that the prunes do have pits so take care when chomping on those!
The nuts contain almonds, cashews, pecans, and Brazil nuts. They are nice and salty without being TOO salty.
The chocolates are sweet and flavorful….if I could make one recommendation to the manufacturer I would go with a natural color for the chocolate only because I tend to avoid the artificial colors whenever possible. It does make them look quite festive, however and certainly doesn’t detract from how yummy they taste!
Overall, a great selection of snack items! If you are looking for a food gift basket for someone on your holiday list, check out Bella Viva Orchards. They even have a great sale going on now for their fresh Persimmons Basket!
My thanks to Bella Viva Orchards for allowing me to review their products!
Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received product samples in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.