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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.

Fuzzy chick Easter basket filled with an assortment of foiled chocolate candies and jelly beans. 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…

Sliced glazed Easter ham on a white platter, ceramic bunnies, and a side plate of asparagus and sliced  ham. How to Cook & Serve a Traditional Easter 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…

A close-up view of salted caramel petits fours, one cut to show the soft caramel filling. Petits Fours

Petits Fours

Dec 14 2022

Petits Fours have been holiday traditions for decades, but they’re not just for Christmas. In addition to our tried-and-true classic assortments, you’ll find Petits Fours in the fresh flavors and pastel colors of spring and the earth tones and warming spice notes of fall.

Three sizes of red tins of butter toffee, with a tipped tin allowing some toffee to flow onto decorative plates. Butter Toffee

Butter Toffee

Dec 13 2022

Every single piece of Swiss Colony Butter Toffee is hand-poured, hand-fashioned and hand-packed for homemade care in every bite, and a melt-in-your-mouth flavor bursting with buttery goodness—the best you’ve ever tasted! In fact, our Butter Toffee is so mouth-wateringly delicious, it won the Wisconsin State Fair Seal of Excellence…but the most important awards it wins are in the hearts and minds of our customers.

Green woven holiday basket of cheese, spreads, chocolates, cookies, preserves and mustards, with samples. Holiday Gift Basket Ideas to Create Memories

Take a look at holiday gift basket ideas that will be big hits this holiday season.

Cheese bars and beef logs gift assortments including tortes and cheese logs with slices on a plate. Food Gift Basket Ideas for Everyone

Gourmet gift baskets are a great holiday tradition and make a great gift for almost everyone on your Christmas list. And, they don’t even have…

Marzipan candy in the shapes of strawberries, lemons, oranges, peaches and green apples nestled in a gold box. Traditional Christmas Candy: Old Fashioned, Hard & Soft

Remember the Good Old Days? Marzipan candy, maple walnut fudge, and good old-fashioned hard Christmas candy add traditional flavor to holiday celebrations. Christmas celebrations are…

Colorful Fruit Gel Slices arranged in an opened red Swiss Colony tin. Military Care Package Ideas for Soldiers

The best gift baskets for military men and women are those that provide a taste of home. We’ve got great care package ideas for soldiers.…

Three Rolled Cake Logs, in White Chocolate, Lemon and Original Chocolate, each decorated with a Christmas design. Yule Log History: Swiss Rolls, Jelly Rolls & 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. But, how do they compare to…

Chocolate caramel pecan clusters served on a red platter with holiday greenery and shiny garland. The Best Christmas Gifts for Chocolate Lovers

Chocolate lovers aren’t that hard to shop for…but you don’t want Christmas to get predictable and boring. We’ve got ideas for the best chocolate gifts.…

A variety of summer sausage logs and cheese bars in a green and white gift box. Christmas Care Package Ideas

Holiday f ood care packages are one of the best ways to send Christmas cheer across the miles – whether back home, to college, or…

Holiday Traditions and Stories

The Swiss Colony has been delivering holiday traditions since 1926, and we’ve been part of those traditions for thousands and thousands of families. Here are…

Healthy Snack Gift Baskets Ideas

Gluten-free (or sugar-free) desserts are only the beginning for health-conscious gifting. With nuts, dried fruits, and other foods, a  healthy snack food gift box  is…

World vintage cheddar cheese, big red cheddar cheese and big baby swiss cheese, served with crackers. The Original Wisconsin Cheese Gifts Company

Wisconsin makes more cheese—and more different types of cheese—than any other state. No wonder The Swiss Colony is America’s original source for gourmet cheese gift…

Christmas Fruitcake on a white platter, sliced to show the density of nuts and candied fruits inside. What Is Fruitcake? An Enduring Holiday Tradition

People love to make fun of this seemingly indestructible Christmas classic, but what is fruitcake? Where did fruitcake come from? All we know is that…

Sliced beef log summer sausage with slices of sausage and garlic bread on a cutting board. Summer Sausage: A Wisconsin Tradition

What is summer sausage? There are many out there, but there’s only one Swiss Colony BEEF LOG…star of meat and cheese gift baskets for more…

Jumbo mixed nuts in a red tin. What Are the Healthiest Nuts for Snacking?

There are many types of nuts…but what are the healthiest types of nuts to eat? Learn the facts about healthy nut snacks. On December 22,…

Honey glazed spiral ham and red cranberries displayed on a chopping block. Thanksgiving Ham Dinner: How to Serve

Looking for new Thanksgiving dinner ideas? Want to know what to serve with ham? We’ll take you beyond the traditional turkey meal with a much…

Red, orange, yellow, green and purple fruity jelly belly jelly beans in a lavender and white striped tin. History of Jelly Beans: What Are They, and What Are They Made of?

What are jelly beans made of? When were jelly beans invented? Learn the history of jelly beans, including Jelly Belly® — by far the world’s…