One good organic bar

Made from dates, raisins, cashews, sunflower seeds and more, the PHIVE bars come in Original, Peanut and Blueberry. They don’t have artificial ingredients or added sugars and are gluten-free. Each 2.1-ounce bar contains about 240 calories. A box of 12 is $35.88. Available at

Good ‘friendship’ chocolate

What’s a better way to make — or keep — a friend than to give the gift of chocolate? Available in several varieties including, coffee and cream, hazelnut-almond, dark creme and praline-creme, merci European chocolates are individually wrapped. Available in 7-ounce and 14.1-ounce boxes, they cost $5-$7 for the smaller size. Available at major retailers, including Target, Kroger and Meijer.

A good quick snack

School is starting up soon and the Gaea company has come out with handy, resealable olive snack packs. They’re pitted and packed without liquid so there’s less chance of making a mess. Varieties include green olives marinated with chili and black pepper, green olives marinated with lemon and oregano and sun-ripened Kalamata olives. Available at Whole Foods. A 2.3-ounce pouch is $2.49.

Compiled by Steve Pardo

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