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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.

Chocolate, mint and triple chocolate dobosh tortes on plates, each with one slice showing the layers. Dobosh Torte: Layers of Luxury

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

Sliced glazed Easter ham on a white platter, ceramic bunnies, and a side plate of asparagus and sliced  ham. 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…

Variety of petits fours displayed on a white cake stand, cut to show the different layers. History of Petits Fours: Luscious Little Layer Cakes

The history of petits fours (often Americanized to pettifor) goes back hundreds of years. But, what are petits fours? Learn the origin of petits fours…

Assorted Petits Fours on a white plate with a cup of tea. 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…

Yellow spring flower towers with boxes displaying a beef log, cheese, chocolates, mixed nuts, candies and more. Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for unique gift ideas your mom will really appreciate? Mother’s Day food gifts are always great, but the best gifts are the ones that…

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!

Family gathering around the dinner table with a turkey at holiday time 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…

Unshelled and Shelled Pistachios in red Swiss Colony tins. Are Pistachio Nuts Good for You? (& Other Pistachio Facts)

For National Pistachio Day, learn the health benefits of pistachios and other pistachio facts. Also, where do pistachios come from? How do you pronounce pistachios?…

Cardinal Tower Christmas gift boxes filled with popcorn, chocolates, Petits Fours, nuts, sausage, and mustard. Food Gifts

Food Gifts

Dec 12 2017

Nestled in the heart of Wisconsin’s dairy country, The Swiss Colony began by bringing fine regional cheeses to a wider audience. And nothing goes better with cheese than our very own summer sausage recipes. Add handcrafted pastries and candies from our bakery, and you’ve got endless combinations of holiday treats. Each assortment provides a delicious sampler of our best-selling products to liven up any party or delight a treasured friend or family member.

Christmas Fruitcake on a white platter, sliced to show the density of nuts and candied fruits inside. Fruitcake

Fruitcake

Dec 11 2017

We’ve all heard the jokes about how fruitcakes are passed down through the generations. But while fruitcakes really will last for months with proper storage—even more with an occasional application of brandy, rum or whiskey—it’s the tradition of the fruitcake that has the most longevity. This rich treat has been around in one form or another since Roman times.

Layered chocolate dobosh torte with an alpine scene on the side, and a plate with a slice of the torte. Dobosh Torte

Dobosh Torte

Dec 10 2017

The Swiss Colony’s reputation was built on selling Wisconsin cheese…but founder Ray Kubly wanted to utilize the state’s other dairy products—like butter—so in 1959 he built a bakery staffed with meister konditors (master pastry chefs) recruited from Austria. The bakery’s very first product was a multi-layered cake fashioned after one from the bakers’ homeland: Dobosh Torte.

Christmas Gift Guide, Stocking Stuffers, Under $20.00, Customer Favorites, Holiday Entertaining. Christmas Food Gift Guide

Food Gifts for Christmas Shop our Christmas Gift Guide and discover “buy now, pay later” Christmas gift ideas that are easy on your holiday budget!…

Assortment of yellow, red, green, blue and orange emoji jelly beans in a jelly belly box. Gifts for Candy Lovers: National Candy Month

No matter the time of year, gifts for candy lovers are always in season. Celebrate National Candy Month with a gift of gourmet candy for…

Patriotic popcorn tin filled with butter, cheese and caramel popcorn, and a clear bowl filled with mixed popcorn. National Popcorn Day (Actually, There Are Three of Them)

When is Popcorn Day? Take your pick—there are three of them! Learn popcorn facts, and even how to make caramel popcorn. It’s not just for…

Three females at Cheese Days 2016 walking with a Swiss Colony Cheese Days parade banner. Cheese Days in Monroe, Wisconsin

The Swiss Colony has been selling cheese since 1926, but there’s even an older tradition in its hometown. It’s Green County Cheese Days in Monroe,…

Two glasses of iced coffee with straws on a wooden table. How to Make Iced Coffee and Cold-Brew Coffee

Cold-brew coffee is the newest coffee trend…and iced coffee is pretty awesome, too. There’s a difference between the two, and they’re both easy to make.…

Neapolitan petits fours in a spring green box with a small pedestal plate displaying cut samples to show the layers. Mini Desserts: a Big Trend in Sweetness

Mini cakes and other bite-size desserts are making a big splash in the food world. See why mini desserts like petits fours are perfect for…

A red mixing pitcher packed with pancake mix, syrup, breakfast links, coffee, apple bread, crème and a red spatula. Breakfast Gift Basket Ideas: Bacon and Beyond

Celebrate National Hot Breakfast Month by learning how to cook bacon in the oven and breakfast casserole with bacon, and help others celebrate with breakfast…

Cookie Exchange Ideas: Things to Do with Cookies

What are the best Christmas cookies for gifting ? What to do with leftover cookies? Get some cookie exchange ideas and invite friends to join…

Holiday food gift box of snack size cheese, sausage, desserts, nuts, mustards and candies with a small plate of samples. The Best Corporate Food Gifts…In Good Taste

With more at stake than the rest of your gift giving, corporate gifting is something you want to do right. Let us help you find…