Every year, thanks to the organization of Food52er Noëlle (a.k.a enbe), our community gets to participate in our yearly Holiday Swap. We've wrapped up the seventh annual event, and once again, it was a record-setting one: 674 people from 12 countries participated! More than half of the participants (379) were first-timers, while 15 have participated in all 7 swaps.
Not only are we in awe of cookies crossing the globe and your serious edible-gifting skills, we’re also thankful for your generosity. Like the two years prior, the sign-up process included a $5 donation (or greater!). Our 2017 charity partner was No Kid Hungry, an organization that aims to end childhood hunger. We're thrilled to report that you all donated a total of $7,858, and Food52 matched your donations to double our impact, for a total donation of $15,716!
For highlights of the hundreds of packages that made their way to happy bellies, take a moment to scroll through the Holiday Swap Instagram page and the Instagram hashtag #f52holidayswap. It’s like an I Spy for holiday cheer; you’ll find everything from shortbread to quick breads, nut mixes to candies, and all sorts of local specialties. We spotted more than one pet photobomb, a selection of cheeses from the Netherlands, world peace (okay, cookies, but it's a start), and so many heartfelt notes of thanks.
We’ve shared a small sampling from grateful recipients below:
#Repost @brisjas ・・・ Such a lovely, fun package of holiday cheer from NYC! It’s obvious how much thought and care went into making these treats. We ate the sourdough rolls right away! We love the chocolate chip cookies and popcorn balls. And we got to try something completely unexpected in the pistachio jaggery brittle. Looking forward to curling up by the fire with my Milk Street magazines to dream of my next culinary makes!Thanks, Kirsten, for these wonderful treats! @food52holidayswap #f52holidayswap
#Repost @izzahashar ・・・ So glad I participated in @food52's @food52holidayswap this year! Because it meant coming back home to this fantastic box of goodies from F52er Kelley Hyatt, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The package contained homemade Pralined Nuts, Sriracha Honey Cashews, Brownie Bites, Chocolate Chip Skor, Cardamom Butter Cookies, Chocolate crinkle cookies in three flavours - Espresso, Mint and Lapsang Souchong (a smoked black tea). And some local specialties of Manitoba which included Smoked Sea Salt with Basil Buds, Smoky Mint Demararo Sugar, Habanero Hot Sauce from Blue Lagoon and Tea Mate's Honey Lavendar Chamomile Tea. . . . . . . . . . . #food52 #f52 #f52gram #f52holidayswap #food52holidayswap #pralinednuts #srirachahoneycashews #sriracha #brownies #browniebites #chocolatechip #chocolatechipskor #buttercookies #chocolatecrinklecookies #espresso #mint #lapsangsouchong #smokedseasalt #basilbuds #demararosugar #habanerohotsauce #hotsauce #honey #lavendar #chamomile #tea #winnipeg #manitoba #canada
#Repost @vrunka ・・・ Woo-hoo! My #food52holidayswap package arrived today! All the way from Washington DC I received: olive tapenade, chocolate almonds, fancy pants French candies, curried cashew brittle (!), the best Spanish tuna around, a packet of adorable mini notebooks, and, the pièce de résistance: a book about women and food inscribed by the author to me! What a haul! Thanks, Susan! @food52holidayswap
#Repost @hanaasbrink ・・・ Participated in my first #f52holidayswap with @nokidhungry! Thank you to Terrie in Missouri for the delicious treats (buckeyes 😍) and hometown souvenirs; the Cardinals ornament is sitting cozy in our tree. I highly recommend the swap next year if you’re a fan of good ol’ fashioned care packages (and if you’d like a big dose of warm fuzzies)!☺️⚾️🍪🎄❤️💚
#Repost @jharn_a ・・・ For the second year in the row I have been absolutely spoilt by my #food52holidayswap sender! I received an amazing package of South East Asian goodies from Singapore (one of my favourite places!), each item with a little note describing what it was and what I might use it for. I received Thousand Layer Cake, Pandan paste, Kaya cookies, Palm Sugar, pineapple cookies, green tea, a face mask, gift labels, beautiful homemade drink coasters, a Christmas tree garland and a Singaporean magazine 😍 all topped off with oodles of confetti and the most amazing homemade card (swipe to see that!). Wow! @food52holidayswap Thank you Mel & YS ❤️#f52holidayswap
#Repost @eloisetut ・・・ when your lifelong dream of having a pen pal comes to fruition (& includes homemade jam/brownies/macaroons, fresh hazelnuts, speciality chocolate/salt from Oregon) AND also raises money for @nokidhungry 🍪🎄🎁 thanks @food52 for spreading holiday cheer to us foodies & to those less fortunate 💌 #f52holidayswap
Did you participate in the Holiday Swap? Tell us about one favorite item you received!
We hope every package made it to its destination by now, but if you signed up and sent a box, but haven't yet received one in return, please let us know. Send an email to Noëlle at [email protected]