Friday, December 18, 2015

2015 Christmas Sweets and Treats

Christmas is a special time of year. The perfect time for crunchy, chewy, salty and sweet treats! Treats like:

Tastykake's Winter-Inspired Treats-

Kandy Kakes

  • New Tastykake Red Velvet Kandy Kakes feature rich red velvet cakes with a buttercream creme filling covered in a white confectionary coating. The Red Velvet Kandy Kakes are available in 8 oz. boxes and have an estimated retail price of $4.49.
Mini Donuts

  • Inticing Gingerbread flavors also overtake Tastykake's new Gingerbread Mini Donuts. Tastykake's Gingerbread Mini Donuts feature a gingerbread flavor cake with cinnamon sugar coating. The Gingerbread Mini Donuts are available in 10 oz. bags with an estimated retail price of $2.99.
  • Tastykake's Salted Caramel Mini Donuts and Red Velvet Mini Donuts are making a comeback this season. The Salted Caramel Mini Donuts feature a traditional cake donut covered in a caramel and salt flavored crumble. Tastykake's Red Velvet Mini Donuts transform delicious red velvet cake flavors into a classic mini donut size, featuring a red velvet flavored donut with traditional powdered sugar coating. The Salted Caramel Mini Donuts are available in 10 oz. bags and the Red Velvet Mini Donuts are available in 11.5 oz. bags with an estimated retail price of $2.99. Both the Salted Caramel and Red Velvet Mini Donuts are also available in 6 count single serve packages and have an estimated retail price of $1.79.

  • Finally, Tastykake's Holiday Tub Cookies are back to sweeten up the holiday season. Each tub features a holiday sweater design filled with delicious shortbread cookies and have a retail price of $4.99.

DBT Mason Jar Baking Mixes-

 Inspired by Happiness

Inspired by Happiness was created by the Original Cakerie to give desserts back to those suffering from Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity and their families, of which a staggering one in 133 Americans suffer from Celiac disease and another 18 million have gluten sensitivity. The three cakes that Inspired by Happiness features are their Dreamin’ of Chocolate Dark & White Chocolate Layer Cake, Dreamin’ of Strawberries White Chocolate Shortcake and the recently launched Cravin’ for Cookies & Cream Layered CakeInspired by Happiness sets a standard for gluten-free living, giving dessert the decadence it deserves, while being accompanied by irresistible flavors, a homemade taste and amazing, moist textures. Perfect for the holidays and entertaining, Inspired by Happiness allows family and friends to enjoy dessert together, regardless of dietary restrictions.

Bauli New Miniature Seasonal Cakes-

Give a holiday sweet treat with Bauli's oven baked and ready-to-eat Mini Pandoro and Panettone! The traditional Italian brand is best known for their Pandoro and Panettone holiday cakes, which are Christmas and New Year’s Eve staples available during the holiday season. Due to their popularity, Bauli launched MINI versions of the products – perfect for gift baskets, stocking stuffers and enjoying on-the-go! Rooted in Verona, Italy, all Bauli products are baked in a REAL oven to ensure superior taste and quality. The individually wrapped Mini Pandoro and Panettone are made with love and naturally leavened dough, making them THE quintessential holiday hostess gift this season…even better when paired with a bottle of wine or prosecco! (Mini Pandoro $1.99; Mini Panettone $1.99) (Amazon)

Fairytale Brownies-

Fairytale Brownies’ newest holiday packing option this year is the whimsical Warm Wishes design. Patterned to appeal to consumers, fiery orange and frosty blue forest critters – cute fox and owl – are dressed in comfy mittens, scarves and hats to send cheery thoughts and delicious treats to the gift recipient.

In this featured gift, the Warm Wishes Morsel Dozen ($23.95), two each of six enchanting flavors of bite-sized brownies (Magic Morsels) are individually wrapped and tucked inside a silver-lined, purple treasure box. Mr. Owl in his knit cap greets the recipient with Warm Wishes on the gift band. A sweet surprise for teachers, hostesses, and even those you might have missed on your list.

Walkers Shortbread -
Offering not only their traditional shortbread that is perfect for a great hostess gift, cookie decorating and even stocking stuffers; but their gluten free line is perfect for those with dietary restrictions around the holidays.

Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread-
Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread can help you create delicious recipes that everyone will rave about all season long. The gluten free line includes three varieties:

·        Pure Butter Shortbread
·        Chocolate Chip Shortbread
·        Ginger & Lemon Shortbread

Walkers promises the pure butter taste and texture you love, just without the gluten.

Rold Gold Holiday Dipped Pretzels-

The Rold Gold brand, one of the flagship brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, is here to help you steal the scene at all your parties this season with the return of limited-edition Rold Gold Holiday Dipped Pretzels. Whether you’re hosting your annual holiday bash or looking for the perfect way to thank your host or hostess, the fan-favorite snack is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Available in select retail stores nationwide, Rold Gold Holiday Dipped Pretzels can be found in Classic Dipped Tiny Twists, Dark Dipped Bavarian Twists, Peppermint Dipped Snowflakes and White Dipped Honey Braided flavors in 7 and 7.5 oz. bags for a suggested retail price of $3.29.  The Rold Gold brand has even dressed for the occasion with redesigned festive packaging, making it the perfect treat to bring along to all your holiday occasions.

The Madelaine Chocolate Company-

Celebrate the holidays with The Madelaine Chocolate Company.
They have been a part of family’s traditions producing holiday chocolates for over 67 years.
What better way to start a new tradition than with their brand new Holiday Hunt Chocolate game.  After the Advent Countdown is done, sit around our Chocolate Game and find Santa!

Play the game under the tree Christmas morning while opening up presents – maybe even one of our new Holiday Gift Bags!

Happy Holidays from The Madelaine Chocolate Company

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Slay the Holidays with TaxSlayer’s Top 10 Tips to Celebrate without Breaking the Bank

Last year, consumers spent an average of more than $800 on holiday gifts, food, decorations and more.* With the holiday season in full swing, consumers will fill stores and break the internet in hopes of finding that perfect gift or hosting the hottest holiday gathering. While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, they can also be the most expensive. 

To help consumers conquer the holidays, while staying on budget, the savings experts at TaxSlayer, a leading online tax service provider, have compiled a list of Top 10 tips for saving during the holidays. Spending wisely at the end of the year can jump start a profitable new year. 

Top 10 Tips include:

1. Old School Party Style 
Everything old and retro is new and hot. Take a page from your parent's party handbook and host a potluck dinner or progressive dinner party. Hosting a big holiday party alone can be costly, but getting friends and family involved can make it more festive and creative. For a Potluck Party, have each guest bring a dish and recipe card to share. It takes pressure off your bank account and it's a great way to share recipes and start conversations. Want to make it interactive? Join forces with a few friends and have each family host a portion of the progressive dinner. Start with happy hour at one house, move to appetizers at another place, dinner at a third location and dessert at the final house stop. Seriously, who doesn't like talking about food during the holidays and making it an all night affair? 

2. Don't Get on the Finance 'Naughty' List
 .There's a lot of pressure during the holidays to get expensive gifts or the latest gadgets for everyone on your list and many gift givers fall prey to taking out store credit cards and financing gift giving. If you can't pay cash, don't buy it. This will save you tons in interest in the long run. Another idea, check out lay away plans in certain stores, so you can pay in installments and pick up your fully paid-off purchases right before the holidays. 

3. Holiday Gift Games 
Instead of buying everyone you know a gift, suggest a gift exchange game. From Secret Santa to White Elephant, there are so many to choose from, so hop online and find your favorite! This is sure to save you lots of cash, as well as add some fun to your ordinary gift giving routine. 

4.Destination Holiday Forego gifts, parties and huge family dinners and use your holiday budget to go on a trip instead. Take advantage of travel deals and specials, book early and enjoy an experience that won't break the bank and will be around long after the holidays are over. After all, memories last a lifetime and never go out of style. Yes, your extended family may never let you hear the end of it, but your wallet will be thanking you come January. 

5. Skip the Crowds and Buy Online 
With amazing online shopping at your fingertips, you can find name brands at affordable prices – all delivered to your door. Check out websites, such as Rue La La, One Kings Lane and Amazon for amazing deals. Also, look for coupons and promotions to take advantage of free shipping and extra deals. You can take holiday shopping to the next level by taking advantage of gift-wrapping services – so your gifts will arrive ready to go under the tree. 

6.Celebrate the DIY-days 
If you are the creative type, DIY projects can be a great penny pincher. This can go for gifts or holiday decor. Make it a craft party and host a DIY gift making get together with friends – it's the perfect way to kick off the season and knock out your gift list. Cheers! 

7. Make a List and Check it Twice 
Creating a budget seems simple enough, right? Holiday spending can quickly spin out of control; so make a plan for family, friends, co-workers, parties and travel. Once you have everything written down, and have picked yourself up off the floor, check to see where you can cut costs. 

8.Spread Charitable Cheer 
Put a spin on volunteering. Instead of flying solo grab your friends and hit the volunteer scene. There are so many ways to get involved, whether it be helping a neighbor, working at a homeless shelter, starting a toy drive or visiting a nursing home. Also go through old clothes, kitchenware, bedding and electronics. Donating is a great way to help others and not to mention a tax write-off. Giving back will not only make you feel great, but it's what the season is all about. So get out there and spread some free cheer. 

9. Shop out of Season 
Take advantage of after season deals by shopping for holiday decor and even gifts after the holidays. Enjoy the fa lalala savings -- your house will look great next season, while your bank account will be very merry this season. 

10. Replace Holiday Cards with Social Media 
Sending holiday cards can be very expensive. Embrace the digital age and save on purchasing cards and postage by sending electronic cards or posting a holiday greeting on social media.    

For more information and ways to save, visit

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*National Retail Federation