This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of McCormick. All opinions are 100% mine.
Last year hubs and I decided that our parents had enough ‘stuff’ and it was getting harder and harder to purchase gifts for them. His mother, a retired nurse, his father a newly retired respiratory therapist and his step-mom a nurse have everything they could possibly need and the money to buy what they don’t. My mother is not in the medical field, however let’s just say she has a job with the written world and even though she can’t just up and buy whatever she wants, she has what she needs. So, we do buy her gifts, but his parents we decided to make foodie baskets for with a little something special. They were a hit!
Yah me! *happy dance*
So when McCormick asked me to try out some products and gave me a list of recipes to either use or give my own twist on I was all over that list like butter on sliced bread, knowing I would find something useful for my gift baskets.
McCormick has been a staple in my house since I was a little girl. My mom was a huge fan so I am grateful for this opportunity. YUM is growing at a rapid pace for such a new blog and I feel extremely blessed because I know my hard work has been paying off. I think 2014 is going to be a great year and I am looking forward to it.
I picked the Spiced Nuts Recipe. I had these cute Christmas containers leftover from last years gift baskets and knew that some mixed nuts would fit perfectly in them.
The instructions say to bake them for an hour.
I hate my oven.
Me and kiddo at them anyway. She loved them. The husband was not so thrilled.
I made another batch. These were great and I made those into the gifts. We’ll be snacking on the other ones for sure!
These spiced nuts take only a few minutes to whip up. I did replace the sugar with Monk Fruit in the Raw because we try to remain as sugar-free as possible and they turned out delicious. Plus, my in-laws are all trying to watch their weight so it worked out perfectly. I am so happy.
Lesson learned here – we can bake low temperature for long periods with monk fruit sweetener and it mixes very well with McCormick. WIN!
What are some food gifts you will be giving this year? Do you have a favorite food gift you like to receive? And, lastly, what is your favorite McCormick product?
Gifting nuts is certainly a good plan; they serve the twin purpose of ensuring taste and heath 🙂
My parents love the idea of getting such personalized gifts.
It worked out really well of us this past year. I am finding homemade gifts are working so much better for the parents/grandparents who have everything!
what a great gift and so yummy. i would love to receive a gift like this.
I always have to shorten baking times because my stuff gets burned most often when I go by the recipe time. We do love McCormick and have a cupboard full of their spices!
I have a constant war with my oven. She’s old and cranky most times.
I love eating nuts because I am hypoglycemic. These sound absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to try them.
Amanda Love says
I’m allergic to nuts unfortunately or I would be all over this recipe. Hubby loves to eat them but usually won’t bring them to the house because of my allergies. Poor hubby 🙁
I love McCormick spices. I have so many (and a few that need to be purchased this weekend.) And I so want to make spiced nuts now.
Virginia @thatbaldchick says
The spiced nuts look so yummy! My best friend makes candied nuts, but I’d love the savory ones!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
We are not a nut eating family here, but my dad on the other hand LOVES them. I always get him an assortment for Christmas.
Liz Mays says
All I buy are McCormick spices so don’t make me choose a favorite. I’m really liking their gourmet line though. These nuts look fantastic!
Catherine S says
This is such a great gift idea. I will have to make some spiced nuts.
I have never given food gifts, but I know they are becoming very popular. Maybe my son and I will try making these and cookies for gifts next year!
Stacey- Travel Blogger says
These look delicious! McCormick always has the best products to help along with your recipes!
Debbie L. says
Pinned your post. We love nuts and these sound so tasty! Also, perfect to take to work for a holiday treat!
This is such a great idea for those that are hard to buy for. Who wouldn’t enjoy this?!?
I’ve never thought of making my own spiced nuts before. This might be my new favorite holiday gift to give. It’s super cute and super easy.
This is a different and great idea! I’m always buying my hubby nuts at Christmas! I could do this instead!
I definitely need to make these for my husband. He loves basically any kind of peanut!
Debbie Denny says
Those look really great. Wonderful snack.
I love getting food gifts for the holidays and these nuts sound perfect. I also like to use Monk Fruit in the Raw, so I may have to make a batch myself!
I love spiced nuts. My mother in law always makes spiced pecans as presents.
Those spiced nuts do look good. We got a gift basket last year from good friends of ours, and it was so nice/thoughtful!
Ann Bacciaglia says
I like to make all kinds of different cookies to give as gifts. It is always nice to receive some baking.
These look very yummy. I like to make baskets for Christmas!
Wow these look delicious! I love the smell in the house as they cook too
I love this idea! I really like giving out yummy treats as gifts for the holidays!
I am glad that you attempted a second batch and that the second batch turned out well. I love a good healthy snack and this looks yummy.
First off, congrats on being sponsored by McCormick that rocks! I have never tried spiced nuts so thanks for introducing me to these yum!!
you are welcome! They have a ton of recipes on their website. Great stuff there. I use them as a source of inspiration often.
Everyone in my family loves these! I’ve never been able to eat them due to an allergy.