Must have Australian macadamia nut goodies for your next gift hamper

Macadamia nuts are the hard-shelled seeds of the macadamia tree which is native to Australia. They are known for their rich, buttery flavour and high healthy oil content. They are a special nut and are considered a sought-after gourmet food. 

As a gifting item, macadamia nuts are a great option for a variety of occasions. They are a popular choice for thank-you, corporate and holiday gifts. 

They are a luxury item that many people would not buy for themselves but would be delighted to receive as a gift. It’s also a way to show off your great style and taste! 

Macadamias can be presented in a variety of ways, such as in decorative tins or gift baskets, and can also be paired with other gourmet items like chocolate or wine for a completely indulgent experience.  

Macadamia nuts are available in different forms including raw, roasted & salted, coated in dark chocolate or seasoned with various flavours that further enhance their delicious taste. 

Macadamia nuts are also a healthy food option as they are a good source of monounsaturated fats, which are known to be beneficial for heart health. They contain a variety of other nutrients, vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious and delicious gift. 

Here are five ideas for incorporating macadamia nuts into a gift hamper: 

Macadamia nut brittle: This sweet and crunchy treat is made by boiling sugar, corn syrup, and water until it reaches the hard crack stage, then stirring in roasted macadamia nuts and spreading the mixture onto a baking sheet to cool. Once it hardens, the brittle can be broken into pieces and packaged in a decorative tin or cellophane bag. 

This sweet crunchy treat can be packed in a decorative tin or cellophane bag

Macadamia nut cookies: Cookies are a classic gift and macadamias add a gourmet twist to traditional recipes. Try making chocolate chip cookies with chopped macadamia nuts or go a more exotic route with a white chocolate and macadamia nut biscotti. 

Exotic white chocolate macadamia nut cookies make a classic festive gift

Macadamia nut butter: For a healthy option, consider making homemade macadamia nut butter. Simply blend roasted macadamias in a food processor until smooth, adding a touch of oil to help the mixture come together. This creamy spread can be used in a variety of recipes or enjoyed on its own as a spread or dip. Add some cocoa powder and maple syrup before blitzing for a healthy chocolatey spread. 

Roasted macadamia nuts: Roasting nuts is a no-brainer which intensifies both flavour and crunch. Just pop raw macadamias on a baking sheet and place in the oven at a temp of 150° for 9 mins. Once roasted, place in a bowl, add the seasoning of your choice and stir to coat.  

You can get creative with seasonings. Zesty, herbaceous or spicy – all work well with macadamias. The spice coating will contrast wonderfully with the buttery flavour of macadamias. 

Macadamia nut chocolates: For a decadent treat, combine melted chocolate with chopped macadamia nuts to create your own chocolates. There are many ways to do this – you can fill silicone chocolate moulds with the mixture, spoon it onto wax paper to harden, or even roll the mixture into balls and dip them in more chocolate for a truffle-like treat. 

No matter how you choose to incorporate macadamia nuts into your gift hamper, they are sure to be a hit with any gourmet food lover.  

Whether you opt for sweet or savoury, these creamy nuts add a touch of luxury to any gift.