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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.

Happy Halloween petits fours decorated with chocolate and orange icing, white ghost faces and orange stripes. Halloween Dessert Ideas for the Perfect Party

Halloween party themes can be silly or spooky—and delicious—with unique tablescapes and a clever selection of seasonal desserts for the kid in all of us.…

Cheese bars and beef logs with slices of cheese and sausage on a marble slicer, with crackers and appetizers. Back-to-School Lunches and Snacks

Back-to-school lunches and high-protein snacks for kids are a snap when you keep meat and cheese on hand, along with fresh veggies and fruits. Back to…

Blueberry crunch bite size granola and blueberries pieces served on a purple plate. Healthy Summer Snacks: Ideas for Active Lifestyles

Looking for healthy summer snack ideas? We’ll help you lighten up for the time of year when you wear less and are more active. Ah,…

Elk and venison sausage gift box with sliced sausage, dip and a cutting board on the side. Father’s Day Food Gifts and Other Great Ideas for Dad

What to get Dad for Father’s Day? Put down the necktie! We’ll help you out with great Father’s Day food gifts and other ideas. Mothers…

Decorative pink and white dobosh torte on a white platter, with a slice displaying the many layers, and fruit garnish. The Origin of Mother’s Day…and Gifts That Show You Care

Mothers have been celebrated throughout the centuries and continue to be recognized with presents and homemade gifts every Mother’s Day. It’s the thought that counts.…

Confetti birthday cheesecake filled with confetti and displayed on a white cake stand. Birthday Cake Flavors…Every Day!

Thanks to creative flavor designers, birthday cake flavors are not just for cupcakes, or even cake…or even your birthday. So what is birthday cake flavor?…

Red striped chocolate petits fours that reads be my valentine, coated with white chocolate and red hearts. Valentine’s Day and Chocolate: History and Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day and chocolate have a long history together. Learn all about it, and get some sweet Valentine’s Day gift ideas! Chocolate and roses are…

Hand decorated, layered chocolate petits fours with chocolate curls on top. Dessert Ideas for Parties with Petits Fours

If you’re looking for dessert ideas for parties, bite-sized petits fours in a variety of colors and flavors are perfect for any time of year.…

Three sizes of red tins of butter toffee, with a tipped tin allowing some toffee to flow onto decorative plates. What Is Butter Toffee? Meet Wisconsin’s Famous Treat

What is butter toffee? In Wisconsin, sweet cream butter, almonds and pure milk chocolate are how toffee is made into an award winner. The Swiss…