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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.

Christmas Care Package Ideas

Food care packages don’t have to be just for friends and family in the military. We’ve got Christmas care package ideas for students and other…

The Original Wisconsin Cheese Gifts Company

Wisconsin makes more cheese—and different types of cheese—than any other state. No wonder The Swiss Colony is America’s original source for gourmet cheese gift baskets.…

What Is Fruitcake? An Enduring Holiday Tradition

People love to make fun of this seemingly indestructible Christmas classic, but what is fruitcake? Where did fruitcake come from? All we know is that…

Summer Sausage: A Wisconsin Tradition

What is summer sausage? There are many out there, but there’s only one Swiss Colony BEEF LOG…star of meat and cheese gift baskets for more…

What Are the Healthiest Nuts for Snacking?

There are many types of nuts…but what are the healthiest types of nuts to eat? How do you store them? Learn the facts about healthy…

Thanksgiving Ham Dinner: The Turkey Alternative

Looking for new Thanksgiving dinner ideas? Want to know what to serve with ham? We’ll take you beyond the traditional turkey meal with a much…

History of Jelly Beans: What Are They, and What Are They Made of?

Who invented jelly beans? What are they made of? Learn the history of jelly beans, including Jelly Belly®—by far the most popular brand. What comes…

Dobosh Torte: Layers of Luxury

Dobosh (Dobos) Torte is a classic among cakes. With 15 layers, this version of the chocolate torte takes the layered dessert trend to new heights.…

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