Let me start by saying that I’ve always been a big fan of Eleni’s New York. They make cookies that are gorgeous, artistic and quite simply amazing. The colors and uniqueness of their products have always been at the top of my “love” list. When someone can make something this pretty from food, I am amazed. They are perfect to give as gifts or hand out as favors. Who am I kidding… I would frame some of these and hang them on my wall!
So when I found out that these gorgeously lux cookies are also made in a NUT FREE BAKERY, you can imagine how excited I was. When you have a child with a deadly peanut allergy, your choices for food coming from a bakery drops to almost nil. There are so very few trust-worthy bakeries that are DEDICATED NUT FREE that we sometimes just give up and make the goods on our own, which A) is time consuming and B) comes out looking NOTHING like Eleni’s.
And I don’t know about you, but when I give out gifts to my girlfriends, teachers and so on, I want to pick a perfectly swanky and fabulous gift. If it’s food, I try to make a point to give out only peanut/tree nut-free food, regardless if my recipient has a food allergy or not. I send that subtle reminder. I push that food-allergic point. I support these incredible companies that are helping us along the way by staying NUT FREE.
So when Eleni’s sent me some samples last week, I was more than happy to try them out and give my Peanut-Free Pirate opinion. Who wouldn’t be??
THE CRISP COLLECTION
These cookies are exactly as they sound: CRISPY! Oh, and perfect. They are perfectly crispy. You know when you are baking chocolate chip cookies and some of them get those crispy edges that are just so yummy that you nibble around the outside and eat that part first? Well, these cookies are just that… the whole way through. I don’t know how they achieve these (because when I try to do this, they become burnt and nasty), but Eleni’s crisp cookies are amazing. These are a great every day cookie that’s perfect to keep in your pantry for a special treat to share… or not to share.
And I love the beautifully designed “No Nuts About It!” postcard that accompanies each order!
COLOR ME! GIFT SETS
And this, folks, I adore. Eleni’s has created the most beautiful and unique COLOR ME! gift sets that I’ve seen anywhere. It’s very rare that I’ve found a store-bought color-me cookie that is not only peanut and tree nut free, but that also doesn’t taste like a hunk of cardboard when you’re done with it. Each set comes with its own set of edible food coloring markers. I love that Eleni’s is offering these and in such a luxurious way!
And not only are these Eleni’s sets perfect for Valentine parties right now (they have a Valentine Party kit that contains 58 cookies and Party Heart kit that contains 64), but they are perfect for parties with your girlfriends, too! (I am especially drawn to the COLOR ME! Fashionista and Shopping Spree sets – too cute!) And did I mention they make individual favors sold in packs of 12? These are great gifts to hand out to those little ones that attend your NUT FREE birthday or holiday party. I know Captain Jack would LOVE the T-Rex! You can buy as many COLOR ME! markers as you want, as well. Buy a few packs, throw them on the table and let your Peanut-Free Pirates design away!
I know I’m gushing, but I’m a big fan of supporting companies like this who are pushing that NUT FREE aspect of their business. I want to showcase them, support them, make my friends aware of them, shout it to the world that being Peanut and Tree Nut free is NOT lame and unheard of… it’s HIP and TRENDY and FABULOUS! Eleni’s is amazing enough on its own, but when something this cool and unique also helps with our food allergy awareness mission, it makes it ten times better. And from February 1 – 28, 2013, Eleni’s is offering our Peanut-Free Pirate crew members a 10% discount when you use our custom promo code: PNFREEPIRATE13. And don’t hesitate to share this page and our promo code with your friends! Please DO share it! Maybe you’ll even get a fabulous gift set from a friend. I know I would love getting Eleni’s NY cookies as a gift!