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My entire family absolutely loves chocolate. From traditional chocolate and fruit pairings to a regular old slab of breakable chocolate goodness, we relish in the caffeine fueled high that chocolate brings.

My 3-year-old twins (not surprisingly) have no shame in their chocolate obsession; and my husband undoubtedly loves chocolate – especially dark – because he married me of course.

*wink, wink

Even my mother-in-law has expressed her affinity for all things brown and cocoa-y. Yes, you read that correctly, my mother-in-law and I are quite close, and she’s told me often about her love for good dark chocolate recipes.

Unfortunately, my mother-in-law feels like she can’t enjoy chocolate as much anymore as she’s trying to lose a bit of weight. That was one of the many reasons why I decided to make her an absolutely awesome gift basket featuring one of my favorite better for you desserts: Dove® Fruit – Whole Cranberry.


Every time I head over to the in-laws with the family for dinner, my mother-in-law has some sort of tasty confection hidden away for dessert. Her absolute favorite treat is ice cream; so with that in mind, I decided to put together a fun basket full of better for you ice cream toppings that I knew she’d enjoy. Dove® Fruit – Whole Cranberry seemed like a wonderful addition as it’s made of real fruit dipped in antioxidant filled, blood pressure lowering dark chocolate. Not to mention the fact that they are stinkin’ delicious. I seriously #LoveDoveFruit.

Dove® Fruit – Whole Cranberry is available for a limited time at Sam’s Club, so I hurried over and grabbed a bag for my gift basket. While I was out, I grabbed an ice cream scoop, (because my mother-in-law has been notorious for breaking hers) a cute little jar for my Dove® Fruit – Whole Cranberry, some organic bananas, two additional better-for-you ice cream toppings, and of course, a cute little basket (that I almost kept for myself).  


I put my better-for-you toppings in small mason jars that I had around the house. Then I put my Dove® Fruit – Whole Cranberry in the cute little jar that I’d bought; and I put together my basket fashioning the basket and each jar with brown paper and neutral colored twine. I even made custom labels identifying each jar and item.




I took the completed gift basket over to my mother-in-law’s and presented it to her as soon as I walked in the door. Needless to say, she was absolutely tickled.


She went through the basket the entire time we were there going on and on about each item. (She was especially tickled by the ice cream scoop.) We popped open the Dove® Fruit – Whole Cranberry and almost ate the entire jar. It was a fun time had by all, and I was able to do something pretty nice for one of my favorite people.

Dove® Fruit – Whole Cranberry is an awesome better for you dessert comprised of an amazing chocolate and fruit pairing that you won’t be able to get enough of. Dove® Fruit will be releasing a Whole Cherry version of this delicious snack later this year, so be on the lookout!




  1. August 19, 2014 at 8:30 am — Reply

    Your mother in law is so cute. I love her "I Love It" face! This is a fantastic idea for an ice cream lover! I'm an ice cream lover too, you know, just in case you ever want to send something my way. #client

    • August 19, 2014 at 8:59 am — Reply

      Ha! I'll definitely keep the basket in mind for you. The funny thing about that pic of my mother-in-law is that I took about five photos of her and she made that same face every time. LOL. I'll tell her you're a fan. :p

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