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Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

Are you ready for the sweetest part of the holiday season? We’re talking holiday gift baskets, the perfect gift for those with a sweet tooth. We’re not talking about boring popcorn tins or fruit baskets with one or two pieces of chocolate, we mean one-of-a-kind, sugar rush goodness. The holiday season is the perfect time to indulge in something sweet and Sugar Plum has everything you need to add more sweetness into the world.

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

From cookie-making advent calendars to chocolate covered cookies, chocolate-dipped logs, and everything in between, Sugar Plum is here to make your holiday sweet, merry, and delicious.

1. Cookie Making Advent Calendar, $65.00

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

One of our favorite things to enjoy during the holidays is Christmas cookies. The moment the whole house smells like fresh baked cookies is a magical one. Whether you’re home with your family or by yourself, a fresh-baked, warm delicious cookie can also erase all sadness. Sugar Plum gives you the opportunity to indulge in that warm feeling with their wonderful Cookie Making Advent Calendar. Give the gift of yummy goodness; this supersized 25-day advent calendar is filled with ingredients and tools to make everyone’s favorite holiday cookies. Each of the 25 individual pockets is filled with one component needed to make six different varieties of holiday cookies; these include recipe cards, ingredients, cookie cutters, and kitchen tools!

Enjoy a variety of recipes including Peppermint Mocha Cookies, Stained Glass Cookies, Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies, Hot Chocolate Cookies, Christmas Tree-shaped Gingerbread Cookies, and Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies. The Advent Calendar is available now for $65.00, exclusively at www.uncommongoods.com.

2. Chocolate Pretzel Passion Gift Tray, $49.00

Sweet Holiday Treats: Sugar Plum Delectable Holiday Gift Baskets

You may have seen the video of the above chocolate goodness on our Instagram and we’re still salivating over its sinful deliciousness. Chocolate covered pretzels have brought joy to many for decades and you can see why. Sugar Plum’s Chocolate Pretzel Passion Gift Tray includes a variety of twenty-three pieces of chocolate-dipped logs covered in chocolate candy pieces, chocolate sandwich cookie logs, double chocolate chip pretzels, and pretzels dipped in our signature milk, dark, and white chocolates with even more chocolate drizzled on top and finished with sprinkles. Once you put this out, don’t expect it to last for very long.

3. The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler, $26.95

Sugar Plum The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler

Cookies are absolutely delicious. Chocolate is ironically delicious. Combine those two and you have absolute heaven. When it comes to chocolate-covered treats, perhaps nothing is more delicious than the idea of chocolate-covered stuff. The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler includes nine (9) total chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, including one (1) each of Sugar Plum’s renowned milk, dark, and white chocolate-covered sandwich cookies. The sampler also includes 6 additional cookies, including Milk Chocolate with Ground Cookie, White Chocolate with Cranberry, Dark Chocolate with Toasted Coconut, Milk Chocolate with Ground Toffee, White Chocolate with Peanut Butter Chips, and Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips.

4. Wine Truffle Box Assortment, $35.00

Sugar Plum Wine Truffle Box Assortment

For those that want to be a little more fun with a truffle assortment; look no further than Sugar Plum’s Wine Box Truffle Assortment! It features a 12-piece assortment of Sugar Plum’s incredible handcrafted chocolate truffles all beautifully laid out in a wine bottle-shaped box that will set the mood for a fantastic day and holiday night. each set comes with truffle varieties that include Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Black Raspberry, Chai Tea, Cappuccino, Crème Brulee, Tiramisu, Pomegranate, Lemon Merengue, Champagne, Rum, Coffee Caramel, Caramel Pecan, Strawberry Cheesecake, Coconut, Kahlua/White Russian, and Irish Crème.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on these decadent Sugar Plum holiday gift baskets. Let us know, which would you give and which would you love to receive.

Classic Valentine’s Day Gifts | Flowers & Candy

No matter what you may get your Valentine, there’s no denying nothing beats the classic gifts of flowers and candy. As women, we love the adulation from friends and co-workers when a gorgeous arrangement of flowers or envious sweet treats is set in front of us on Valentine’s Day. Yes we love that we’ve found someone to love and we really want others to know it too. So gentlemen, take heed, while romantic dinners, lovely gifts given when you’re alone together and engagement rings are definite A+++, a public declaration of love in the form of floral and/or candy delivery will bring you many happy days. If you’re looking for a few hints, let such brands as Teleflora, 1-800 Flowers, Cheryl’s Cookies and 1-800 Baskets help you pour out your heart and soul.

TELEFLORA Happy Hearts BouquetBlushing Lillies


Don’t be afraid to let these flowers do the talking for you. Teleflora’s exquisite Happy Hearts Bouquet features a delicate cut glass bubble bowl with red heart etchings filled with stunning red roses, alstroemeria, carnations and daisies. This bouquet continues to send your message of love all year – the stunning vase can be used as a candy bowl that can be filled with sweets long after the flowers are gone.

Looking for something a bit more extravagant and an alternative to roses? Send the Blushing Lillies arrangement. A sweet and blushing beauty of perfectly pink lilies and light pink carnations arranged in a charming French Country Pot. It makes the perfect gift to celebrate spring – the season of love! Pink asiatic lilies are arranged into a topiary bouquet surrounded by a base of light pink carnations, variegated pittosporum and white statice.

1-800-FLOWERS Abundant Love™ Premium Long Stem RosesMagnificent Rose® – Red

When it comes to the unwritten rules of Valentine’s gifts, making a statement is always better.  Plus you can’t go wrong with the traditional Valentine’s Day flower. Choose one dozen or 18 premium long-stem roses, hand-arranged in a gorgeous ruby red vase, a cute and cuddly plush bear, a decadent assortment of chocolates and a stunning heart-shaped key necklace to really captivate the heart of that special someone.

Of course if you’re looking to really go grand – bigger is always better and there is no rose bigger than the Magnificent Rose®. Standing over 3 feet tall, this single stem stunner arrives in a posh gift box that’s sure to grab attention. Pair it with a sleek glass vase specially built to hold the tall stem, along with your special gift message and she is sure to indulge in rose envy, making you the king of Valentine’s Day.

Order early from 1-800 Flowers and save 25% with code EARLYVDAY25. Orders must be for delivery between February 10th, 2014 and February 14th, 2014.

CHERYL’S Long Stemmed Cookie Flowers

For those who want to give the traditional gift of flowers in a non-traditional way, surprise your your sweetheart with this addictive Long Stemmed Cookie Flower Bouquet. Delicious and decadent, these 12 buttercream frosted cookie flowers are delivered in a gift box complete with a satin bow! A guaranteed memorable gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.

1-800 BASKETS True Love Teddy Bear Tote

Have someone in your life that’s cute and sweet, why not surprise them with this adorable Valentine’s Day reusable tote bag filled with yummy goodies. The True Love Teddy Bear Tote is stocked with the tastiest Fannie May® Chocolates, White Chocolate Fudge Pretzel Hearts and an adorable teddy bear plush, which will bring a smile to anyone’s day. You can save 20% on Select Valentine’s Gifts! Use Promo Code LUV20.

Food Fete Presents Chocolat | Indulging in Chocolates

Our Editor, Glasgow, gave you guys a glimpse inside one of the largest chocolate shows on the east coast, but I had the pleasure of attending Food Fete: Chocolat which takes an intimate approach to stimulating all your senses with Chocolat. I spoke with chocolatiers’ in depth about their brands. Here is a recap of what I discovered to be more about the people producing the chocolate than the chocolate itself. Take Divine Chocolates for instance, part of the company is owned by the farmers.

Choosing Divine as your chocolate treat is a delicious way of playing your part in a more equitable trading partnership. Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the farmers. While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry. Divine Chocolates are beautifully decorative with Adrinka symbols on the packaging. Vitality and Enlightenment, Family and Solidarity are just a few of the meanings of the Adrinka symbols on the package. Find out more on Divine Chocolate here – http://www.divinechocolateusa.com/about/default.aspx

B.T.McElrath Chocolatier

This chocolate is so satisfying; sometimes you desire chocolate with multi-flavors and B.T. McElrath satisfies your cravings for salty, sweet, and crunch all at once. Indulge with delight as you bite into this delight. B.T chocolate is for a sophisticated pallet and the best part is you only need a little to gain a lot of flavor. B.T. McElrath’s Salty Dog Chocolate Bar is described as“…. rich, dark chocolate charms, only to discover the spiky crunch of toffee and sea salt.”

Another favorite is Chuao Chocolatier

This company is so much fun. I was presented with a cute little ball of fury. OMG the FireCracker Truffles are self explanatory, cute and innocent on the outside, insanely hot yet disturbing pleasant on the inside. I didn’t know which to choose between a date or sitting on the couch and eating these little sexy devils. After I made a mental note of my go-to snack for the evening, I was introduced to the Chocolate-covered Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips. You guys aren’t listening, I said…CHOCOLATE COVERED POTATO CHIPS!! Self explanatory….I need not say anymore, and if you were wondering the couch and the chocolate won my heart for the night. Check out Chuao Chocolates here: http://www.chuaochocolatier.com/

The 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show

If friends or family describe you as having a sweet tooth or if you’re a chocolate connoisseur then attending The Chocolate Show is a must. The New York Chocolate Show, presented by Event International, is the largest show completely dedicated to chocolate in the United States. The New York Chocolate Show hosts over 65 fine chocolate companies who showcase a diverse array of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products, exhibit culinary demos, featured kid-friendly activities and book signings with renowned pastry chefs and chocolatiers. Thousands of people crowded into the Metropolitan Pavilion to experience, sample learn about and purchase chocolate and chocolate-inspired products. Companies like Gnosis, American Heritage, E. Guittard, etc showcased a variety of milk, dark and organic chocolates

While other companies such as Quady Winery showcased an assortment of dessert wines including Essensia and Electra Muscats and Elysium and Red Electra Black Muscats

Spices and Tease, who featured just about every spice and tea possibly available on the planet

For those of you have love possibly wearing chocolate, Sweet Factory, featured jewelry and charms in shapes and designs of delicious treats such as gummy bears, chocolate bars, macarons, ice cream cones, etc

Along with all the decadent varieties of chocolate and chocolate-inspired products, the show also featured some amazing costumes inspired by Broadway Shows made from chocolate. The first one, Roxie which is inspired by the musical Chicago features the garment lace overlay and bowler hat made from Valrhona Dark Chocolate

The William Levy Long-designed costume was created by Chocolatier/Pastry Chef, Joelle Mahoney.

Another great chocolate creation was the Chocolate Folly, a costume designed by Tony Award Winning designer, Gregg Barnes was created by Pastry Chef, Steve Evetts.

The costume features chocolate beads, chocolate jewelry, chocolate feathers and a towering chocolate headdress.

General admission tickets for the New York Chocolate Show are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and one ticket allows two children per adult to attend for free. For more information about attending the next New York Chocolate Show, sign up for their newsletter at http://newyork.salon-du-chocolat.com/accueil.aspx.

Holiday Entertaining with M&M’S Chocolate

So you’re hosting a holiday party, be it your first or your annual family and friends gathering. This means planning recipes, decorating ideas, etc. Why not let M&M’s help you with that. To delight and warm up your guests as soon as they walk through your door, greet them with a smile and a chocolate cocktail like the decadent Chocotini featured below

4 pieces DOVE® Dark Chocolate
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
4 ounces vodka
2 ounces coffee liqueur
1 tablespoon instant espresso
Heat DOVE® Dark Chocolate in plastic bag in microwave until melted, about 10–15 seconds. Snip corner of bag and drizzle inside chilled martini glasses. Rim edge of glass in cocoa and chill until ready to serve. Shake vodka, coffee liqueur, instant espresso, and ice cubes. Pour into prepared glasses and serve chilled.

or the absolutely divine Sipping Hot Chocolate

2 cups lowfat milk
⅔ cup chopped MILKY WAY® Bars
2 cinnamon sticks
1 1/2 ounces vanilla vodka
1 ounce almond-flavored liqueur
Whipped cream, optional
Shaved DOVE® Milk Chocolate, optional
Combine milk, MILKY WAY® Bars, and cinnamon in saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring. Once hot and well blended, remove from heat and add vodka and almond-flavored liqueur. Serve in tall mugs with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of shaved DOVE® Milk Chocolate, if you like.

Wow your guests with a colorful M&M’s decorated dinner table like the one created by Jes Gordon, the Design Mentor on Bravo TV’s Rocco’s Dinner Party and author of the party planner’s guide, Party Like A Rock Star

Regarding treats, M&M’s gives you several options to make both the young and older guests very happy. Give traditional treats a M&M’s makeover like the delicious treats in these amazing recipes

You can get all of these great M&M’s recipes at www.brightideas.com but I’m going to share one or two here with you.

Cutie Cakes

Cake mix
Frosting can
Sprinkles
My M&M’S® Faces
Prepare cupcakes per package instructions.
Cool, and apply frosting and sprinkles. Then place at least one My M&M’S® Faces candy on each cupcake. You can use two photos per order, so I’d suggest putting one of each on each cutie cake. Then place at least one My M&M’S® Faces candy on each cupcake. You can use two photos per order, so I’d suggest putting one of each on each cutie cake.

Chocolate Caramel Apples

6 small apples, washed and patted dry
1 bag (14-oz ) soft caramels
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups M&M’S® Chocolate Candies


Special Equipment:
10 craft sticks
4-cup microwave-safe measuring cup
Wax paper
Press the craft sticks into the tops of the apples and set aside. Melt caramels with water in measuring cup for 1 to 2 minutes in microwave. Stir occasionally until smooth. Dip apples into caramel, rolling to cover. Roll apple bottoms in M&M’S® Chocolate Candies and chill for 20 minutes.

So if you’re thinking of fun ways to entice your family and friends this holiday season,let M&M’s help make it an even more memorable get-together. There are lots of new M&M’s products to enjoy and I will showcase them in another post.

All I Want for Christmas is My Sweet Tooth – Sweet Holiday Treats

You may think Halloween is the only time to indulge your sweet tooth but if you think about it, that day is only for candy. For something a bit more indulgent, the holidays are the perfect time to experience, share and enjoy some decadent desserts.

Godiva Parfait Chocolates

These absolutely delicious bite-sized pieces of heaven combine your favorite multi-layered dessert fillings: ganaches, mousses, and chocolate glazes, in a delicate chocolate cup. The incredible flavors include Strawberry Cream Trifling, Chocolate Spice, Eclair, Mocha Almond, Pear Almond Tarte and Death by Chocolate. These delights are available in an 8-pc Gift Box ($22.00) and an 18-pc Gift Box ($50.00), perfect gifts the chocolate lover in your life.

Godiva Holiday Barks

What’s better than the combination of melt in your mouth chocolate and the cool crunchy peppermint that is the Peppermint Bark or dried cranberries and crunchy almonds with warm cinnamon and a hint of orange that make up the Cranberry Spice Bark. Whether its for Christmas or Thanksgiving, these treats which retail for a mere $25.00 per tin, will be a huge crowd pleaser.


Baked by Melissa Cupcakes

You will fall in love at first bite when these delightful amuse bouche cupcakes meet your lips. These minis are about the size of a quarter but are packed with grand size deliciousness which is why they are a staple on the must-have lists. Flavor favorites include Red Velvet, Tie Dye (my favorite), Smores, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Cookie Dough and Mint Chocolate Mint. You can even get your cupcakes customized into a Christmas tree, but if you’d like to create your own design, Baked by Melissa has introduced a Cupcake Art feature where you can turn your own designs into cupcakes – turn your company logo into edible art that’s perfect for holiday parties. Indulge in 25 cupcakes for only $20.00.

Crumbs Cupcakes

Continuing on the cupcakes road, Crumbs is another go-to for amazing cupcakes. The lines are usually long and one bite tells you why. You’ll feel like a kid again when eating a Crumbs cupcake. For this holiday season, they have introduced some delectable flavors. Some notables include the White Hot Chocolate

An angelic delight of Vanilla Cake filled with white chocolate mousse topped with vanilla cream cheese frosting edged with mini white chocolate chips and topped with marshmallows and white chocolate drizzle…yummm, it will indeed be a white Christmas. Or if you prefect something a bit more sinful, the Chocolate Snowball

Decadent Chocolate cake with chocolate fudge filling topped with chocolate mousse covered with chocolate ganache and edged with chocolate sprinkles. Other holiday must haves are Candy Cane, Egg Nog, Gingerbread, Peppermint Hot Cocoa and S’Mores. Did you know that Crumbs cupcakes come in four sizes? Get your favorite flavor in Taste (bite size), Classic, Signature (double the size of the Classic) or the Colossal (at 6 1/2 inches tall, its perfect as a birthday cake) .

Entice and delight your family and friends with these edible forms of rapture, just make sure you have enough because they will go quickly. Cheers to a happy and delicious holiday.