Our Stories

A company that’s been in business more than 90 years is likely to have some stories to tell. Imagine a college student growing up in small-town Wisconsin. As a class project he designs a handbill selling cheese as Christmas gifts, and his venture grows into a company whose name is nationally synonymous with quality food gifts.

That’s quite a story…but it’s only the beginning of the story at The Swiss Colony.

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The Swiss Colony began by shipping 50 packages of cheese as Christmas gifts in 1926, and eventually built the country’s largest hand-decorating bakery.

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Ray Kubly’s humble, homemade handbill grew into America’s premier food gifts catalog. See how our catalog has evolved over the years.

Legend of the Baby Swiss

This sweeter, gentler cousin of Old World alpine cheeses helped make The Swiss Colony the original Wisconsin cheese gifts company.

History of Chris mouse - art by Helen enders.

In 1958, a mouse was born. He would go on to star on Swiss Colony catalog covers, collectible tins, and scrumptious chocolates. Meet the lovable Chris Mouse!