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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.

Holiday Traditions and Stories

The Swiss Colony has been delivering holiday traditions since 1926, and we’ve been part of those traditions for thousands and thousands of families. Here are…

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…

What Are the Healthiest Nuts for Snacking?

There are many types of nuts…but what are the healthiest types of nuts to eat? Learn the facts about healthy nut snacks. On December 22,…

Best Types of Ham: Which Do I Buy for the Holiday?

What is the best ham to buy for Easter or Christmas, or any season? Do you want a smoked ham? A honey ham? We’ll show…

Share Your Spring Holiday Traditions and Stories

The Swiss Colony has been making gift giving easy since 1926. We’d like to know if we’ve touched your family over the generations. Do you…

Spring Food Gift Ideas (Lookbook)

Browse Spring cookies, colorful Petits Fours and other handcrafted favorites to find delicious Easter food gifts…or treats for any occasion!

Share Your Holiday Traditions and Stories

The Swiss Colony has been delivering holiday traditions since 1926. We’d like to know if we’ve touched your family over the generations. Do you have…

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