Valentine's Day gifts for Foodies


Little Kernel


Most bagged popcorn will do in a pinch, but isn’t very tasty. The Little Kernel is an exception to the rule.  These tiny flavorful nuggets of goodness will be gone with moments of opening them.  These hulless, tiny kernels are popped in 100% pure olive oil, are gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy-free, kosher and is certified whole grain. The Little Kernel is available in six delicious flavors with Truffle Sea Salt and Sweet & Salty being the perfect snack for a romantic movie or to share with friends and colleagues to let them know you care.  The Little Kernel can be found at Sprouts, Giant, ShopRite or to find a retailer near you.

Bagel of the Month Valentine’s Basket

You don’t have to be a New Yorker to appreciate a delicious bagel. Bagel of the Month has a festive Valentine’s Day gift basket that also comes with amazing red and white cookies.  Those cookies are so good.  I was sad when the container was empty and was hostile toward the person who took the last one.   Bagels make a perfect breakfast or snack on the go.  These bagels are fresh, delicious, and may be some of the best bagels out in the market.  Order your gift here.

Mrs. Renfro's Salsa

Mango Habanero Salsa

Valentine’s Day is a time to bring on the heat, hopefully everywhere, but at least in the kitchen.  Mrs. Renfro’s salsas pack a serious punch, but come in a variety of many different flavors to suit different palates including but not limited to: Chipotle Corn Salsa, Mango Habanero Salsa and Pomegranate Salsa. All of these salsas are Gluten-free and fat-free. Mrs. Renfro’s also has some Nacho Cheese Sauces that also go from mild to burn your face off hot with the Ghost Pepper Nacho Cheese Sauce.  These items are delicious with chips, veggies or to use in recipes.  They can be found in most large markets as well as here.

The Welch’s® Fruit Snacks Valentine’s Day themed box

Sending your kids to school off with some yummy pouches of fruity goodness in their bags is a nice way to show your love.  You can also slip some in your own bag and treat yourself.  Welch’s Fruit Snacks has a Valentine’s Day themed box with heart shaped fruit gummies and cute emojis.  These snacks are even good to hand out as Valentine’s treats as they have a place to write to/from on the box.  These items may be found at most grocery stores.

Bare Snacks

Yummy baked coconut is not only tasty, but it is good for you.  Bare Snacks have many versions of crunchy baked up apples, bananas and coconuts in a variety of flavors but the Toasted Organic Coconut Chips and the Sweet Ginger Organic Coconut Chips are especially good.  Find where to get your Bare Chips here.


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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.