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The Swiss Colony's "Food for Thought" Blog

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.

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,…

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…

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.…

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?…

Premade Easter Baskets…Convenience Meets Tradition

The history of Easter baskets is filled with tradition. Premade Easter baskets leave more time for finding Easter eggs and a chocolate bunny. Easter is…

Yule Log History: Jelly Rolls and Other Rolled Cakes

Cakes come in many shapes, sizes and flavors. Yule log cakes are some of the most popular rolled cakes decorated for Christmas. Why do we love cake? Cakes…

Easter Traditions: How to Bake a Ham

Want to put together a fabulous Easter ham dinner menu? We’ll teach you how to bake a ham, carve it, and build a traditional menu…

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…

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.…

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…

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