This is far from the last time you'll hear it, but the holidays are going to be different this year. In the wake of a coronavirus third wave, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended against large indoor gatherings, especially shared holiday meals. But just because you can't be with your family and friends this Thanksgiving doesn't mean you can't convey how much you appreciate them through the power of sharing food.
Thankfully, because this is 2020, we are well aware that food delivery services exist. Food has gone increasingly mobile this year, whether it's takeout from your favorite restaurant, bulk grocery buys online, or a special treat ordered from an independent bakery. The true spirit of Thanksgiving lies in sharing food with people you love, and how it gets there doesn't alter its significance.
It's important to note that the USPS, FedEx, UPS, Amazon, and other shipping services are still overwhelmed by the exponential increase in demand that arose back in March. If making sure your loved ones receive their edible gift before Thanksgiving is of the utmost importance, we recommend placing your order as soon as possible. Many of these products arrive frozen or can be stored in the freezer until Thanksgiving.
We rounded up some of the best mail order Thanksgiving-friendly pies, cakes, and pastries to ship to your loved ones this year. If you can't eat together, you can at least both eat something delicious.
O&H Danish Bakery Pumpkin Caramel Kringle
If your family is fond of those Pumpkin Kringles from Trader Joe's, they'll be glad to know that O&H Danish Bakery makes plenty of other flavors that can be delivered to your door. An especially popular option is the Pumpkin Caramel Kringle, which combines some of fall's best flavors. You can order one on Amazon, or grab a two-pack on Goldbelly. There's also a Goldbelly option that allows you to purchase two different flavored kringles (Raspberry and Almond are also some solid picks).
To buy: Pumpkin Caramel Kringle by O&H Danish Bakery, amazon.com, $23; goldbelly.com, $55/2-pack
Nikki J’s Cakes Sweet Potato Thang
Team Sweet Potato Pie, don't worry, we're here for you. Goldbelly reviewers list the Sweet Potato Thang among the best sweet potato desserts they've ever eaten. "I've re-ordered this, for the Thanksgiving meal, I believe this is the 3rd time,” one reviewer noted. “Always a hit, never any left over.” Now that is how you show somebody you care.
To buy: Nikki J's Cakes Sweet Potato Thang, goldbelly.com, $64
Arianna’s Bakery Homemade Pumpkin Roll Dessert
Cake rolls just feel fancy, and this Amish Pumpkin Roll by Arianna's Bakery will definitely add some elegance to any Thanksgiving spread. The perfectly spiced cake, complemented by a sweet cream cheese filling, is a classic Lancaster County dessert. Order one (or two!) from Amish Tastes via Amazon.
To buy: Arianna's Bakery Homemade Pumpkin Roll Dessert, amazon.com, $27
Three Brothers Bakery Texas Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is a holiday classic and a great way to say "I care" to anyone who doesn't have tree nut allergies. Houston-based Three Brothers Bakery coats their Southern pecans with pie filling before they ever go into the crust. The result is a gooey, rich pie that customers can't get enough of, so it's no wonder that the Texas Pecan Pie is among Three Brothers' top items.
To buy: Three Brothers Bakery Texas Pecan Pie, goldbelly.com, $49
Pumpkin Pie Fudge
It's like pumpkin pie, but easier to split and eat in two bites. Sewickley, Pennsylvania-based WhimsicalSweetery gives their Pumpkin Pie Fudge a graham cracker crust, so it really does taste and feel like you're eating miniature pumpkin pies. "I bought this fudge as a treat for Thanksgiving," one reviewer said. "It turned out that my mother couldn't make it to my house, and I was unable to visit hers, so I sent the fudge with my sister. It must have been a big hit because almost none of it returned home."
To buy: Pumpkin Pie Fudge, etsy.com, $11
Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding
For those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving with a tub of 'nanner puddin', Magnolia Bakery's party-sized bowl is the holy grail. This banana-flavored behemoth supposedly serves eight people. Magnolia Bakery does not recommend freezing this, and it'll keep in the fridge for 48 hours after delivery. But let's be honest, it'll be all gone by then.
To buy: World Famous Banana Pudding Bowl, goldbelly.com, $56
Can't have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? We hear you, and we're here to recommend this pumpkin pie from Charleston, South Carolina-based baker Chrissy Davis, aka TheSweetsWhisperer. "I have ordered several desserts from Chrissy and EVERYTHING is a hit in my household," one reviewer said. Davis also offers a Bourbon Pecan Pie if you're looking for something with a little more spirit.
To buy: Pumpkin Pie, etsy.com, $23
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This story originally appeared on allrecipes.com
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