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.

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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!
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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 parties. ...read more

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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 around it. ...read more

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History of Jelly Beans: What Are They, and What Are They Made of?

How are jelly beans made? What are they made of? Learn the history of jelly beans, including Jelly Belly® jelly beans—by far the most popular. …read more

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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. …read more