The Leading Resource for Entertaining Tips and Handcrafted Food Gift Ideas

With a history of selling fine Wisconsin cheeses, hams and sausages since 1926 and the largest hand-decorating bakery in the country, The Swiss Colony is America's premier resource for gourmet food gifts...from traditional fruitcakes to delicate petits fours and gift boxes and baskets brimming with sweet and savory treats.

We have established this learning center to present more in-depth knowledge of our products than is available in our catalog—the very first and longest-running specialty food catalog in the United States. In addition to providing food history and entertaining tips, of course, we hope it inspires you to think of The Swiss Colony when you need gift ideas for the holidays or any occasion.

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Easter Gift Baskets for Kids…and Other Traditions

Learn about the rich traditions of this holiday, from how to make Easter gift baskets for kids to finding Easter eggs and a chocolate bunny. ...read more

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Best Types of Easter Ham: Which Do I Buy?

You want the best Easter ham (or Christmas ham, depending on the season)…but do you want a smoked ham? The best spiral ham? We’ll help you choose. ...read more

Jelly Beans: History and Tradition

Jelly Beans: History and Tradition

Jelly beans have been around for many years, and Jelly Belly® jelly beans are by far the most popular. Here’s all you need to know about jelly beans. ...read more

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The Easter Ham Tradition: Types of Ham

The origin of Easter ham is centuries old. We’ll teach you the different types of ham and give you easy recipes and tips for Easter dinner. …read more

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Popcorn Day Is So Great, There Are Three of Them

America loves popcorn…so much that Popcorn Day happens three times! Learn popcorn facts, and even how to make caramel popcorn. It’s not just for movies. …read more