We’re Hiring! Seasonal Baker/Candy-Maker

Chocolate Tempering | Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Burlington, Ontario | Hiring

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Seasonal Baker/Candy-Maker Required

Christys Gourmet Gifts is currently seeking a full-time seasonal baker/candy maker from now until Christmas with potential to continue into the new year.
We are a team of positive, hardworking individuals who like to have fun. We require someone with a great work ethic to come and grow with us.

Job Requirements:

  • Previous employment in a bakery or equivalent.
  • Baking experience which includes: measuring, mixing, handling batters and doughs, operating mixer/oven. Passion for baking and a willingness to share and learn together are key.
  • A positive, hardworking attitude
  • Experience or Interest in learning about candy making and the art of chocolate.  Successful candidate will work alongside Bernhard our chocolatier.
  • Lifting weight up to 50lbs
  • Having the ability to be physical in the job, and stay on your feet through the shift.
  • Be a team player
  • Cleaning and packing duties
  • Knowledge and experience with food safety

Hours for this job are flexible.
Please send a cover letter along with your resume.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Burlington, Ontario | Chocolate and Sweets

Christy & Bernhard

Contact info:

www.christysgourmetgifts.com

3530 Mainway, Burlington, On.

email: sales@christysgourmetgifts.com

phone: 905-336-9080

 

Pairing Beer & Chocolate

The first annual Burlington Beer Festival is coming up quickly (July 18th – 20th) and we’ve got Craft Beer on the mind!

Burlington Beer Festival | Christy's Gourmet Gifts Though Bernie loves experimenting with pairing our Brittle to local Craft Beers, he is always drawn back to chocolate – after all, he is a Master Chocolatier!

This week at the shop, we did some taste-testing and pairing with Craft Beer and Belgian Chocolate (is this really a job?!) and decided we should share our findings with all our fellow beer and chocolate enthusiasts!

Bernie - Master Chocolatier | Christy's Gourmet Gifts

We hope Bernie’s tips inspire you to do some pairings and tastings at home!

The rules of pairing are simple:

  1. Find and match flavours that taste great together
  2. Pair high-end with high-end and inexpensive with inexpensive
  3. There are no rules on what is right or wrong, it’s all about taste!
  4. Have fun!

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White Chocolate: White Chocolate is generally made with cocoa butter and includes no cocoa mass.  White chocolate may have the following flavour notes: cream, milk, honey, vanilla, caramel and/or fruit.

Belgian White Chocolate Callets | Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Pairing Chocolate and Beer

For pairing, we suggest lighter craft beers with subtle citrus undertones.  Brews with fruit, honey or vanilla flavours will pair nicely and won’t overpower the sweetness of the white chocolate.

Pairing Suggestions:  North American Light Lager, North American Lager, German Style Wheat Beer, Belgian Style Wheat Beer, Cream Ales, Fruit Beer, Ciders, Pilsner

Examples:  Nickel Brook – Green Apple Pilsner

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Milk Chocolate:  Milk Chocolate is generally made with cocoa butter, milk and 35%-45% cocoa mass.  Milk chocolate may have the following flavour notes: brown sugar, milk, cream, vanilla, honey, caramel, nuttiness, coffee and or malt.

Belgian Milk Chocolate Callets | Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Pairing Chocolate and Beer

For pairing, we suggest a medium strength craft beer which will work in harmony with the sweetness of the milk chocolate. Brews with brown sugar, caramel, coffee and nutty undertones are the best bet.

Pairing Suggestions:  Amber Lager, European Style Lager, Honey/Maple, Cream Ales, British Pale Ales, North American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Porter

Examples: Nickel Brook – Maple Porter, Nickel Brook – Cuvee Ale 

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Dark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is generally made with cocoa butter and greater than 55 % of cocoa mass.  It has a strong flavour with a good balance of sugar but is not too sweet. Dark chocolate may have the following flavour notes: nutty, spicy, smoke, coffee and/or earthy notes with hints of cherry and caramel.

Belgian Dark Chocolate Callets | Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Pairing Chocolate and Beer

For pairing, we suggest a darker craft beer which will complement the bitterness or strong flavour of the semisweet chocolate. Brews with nutty, spicy or earthy notes are the best bet.

Pairing Suggestions: Dark Lager, Bock, North American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Dark Ale, Porter, Stout, Strong Beer

Examples: Nickel Brook – Bolshevik Bastard Imperial Stout, Nickel Brook – Old Kentucky Bastard Imperial Stout 

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Are you interested in a private beer and chocolate tasting? We would love to hear from you!  Our Master Chocolatier is always interested in working with local craft breweries.

Contact us at: sales@christysgourmetgifts.com

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To read more about Chocolate and Beer Pairings, visit these links:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/07/28/beer-types-decoding-different-beers_n_1711279.html

http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/chocolate/flavors.asp

www.mynslc.com/Content_MarketingPages/Content_Beer/Content_BeerAppreciation/Beer Pairings/BeerandChocolate.aspx

http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/983087/how-to-pair-chocolate-with-beer

Christy’s Causes

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts is happy to accept donation applications for sweets and chocolate in support of local charities.

Christy’s asks for the following eligibility requirements:

  • The organization’s mandate must be related to social, health or educational needs.
  • The organization should be a registered charity that is eligible to issue official tax receipts, or an established non-profit organization.

If your organization meets the eligibility requirements, we are happy to receive a donation application in writing at least 4 weeks before the event.

The application must including the following information:

  • Name, Phone Number and Email Address of the Contact Person
  • Name, Address, Phone Number, and Website of the Non-profit Organization
  • Date, Time and Location of the Event
  • A description of the type of donation you are looking for

Applications should be sent to Christy’s Gourmet Gifts via email at sales@christysgourmetgifts.com Thank you!

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ Causes include:

CampOoch

Carpenter Hospice logo

CH Norton logo

CIBC Celebration of Hope logo

Markham Stouffville Hospital logo

Divas Changing Lives logo

ErinOakKids logo

Global Vets logo

High Rendition Jazz logo

HollyJolly Wine Tour logo

Holly Jolly Wine Tour

LYDs logo

Rotary Waterdown logo

Rotary of Waterdown

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Let Us Make Your Day Extra Sweet!

Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly and Christy’s Gourmet has you covered in the gifts department.  Let us help you make the event extra sweet for your special someone with some of the following gifts:

Valentine’s Themed Belgian Chocolate Puddle:

Solid Belgian milk chocolate and decorated with a marshmallow heart candy, cinnamon heart candies and Belgian dark chocolate drizzle.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Valentines Product Feature Pic 1 | Burlington, OntarioValentine’s Themed Milk Chocolate Christy’s Crunch:

Belgian Milk Chocolate combined with almonds, pure butter toffee and a light cookie crunch. Packaged beautifully and ready to give to your Valentine!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Valentines Product Feature Pic 2 | Burlington, OntarioBelgian Chocolate Hearts:

Heart-shaped Solid Belgian Chocolate and Vanilla Sugar Cookies dipped in Belgian chocolate are available at our shop and decorated in various ways. There’s a product to suit everyone’s taste!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Valentines Product Feature Pic 3 | Burlington, OntarioValentine’s Day Gift Packages:

This beautiful gift comes with 600 grams of our decadent Christy’s Crunch in 3 flavours, including milk chocolate, white chocolate with cranberries and dark chocolate plus a Valentine’s themed Belgian chocolate puddle.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Valentines Product Feature Pic 4 | Burlington, OntarioThese products and more are available online or at our shop at 3530 Mainway in Burlington! Please come visit us and make an impression with your sweetheart.

TERRA @ Home Farmer’s Market Feature

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Tropical Plants Market 2TERRA is becoming a well-known name in the GTA, and for good reason! With four locations spanning across Burlington, Waterdown, Vaughan and Milton – they have expanded to include not only their greenhouses, but also a TV Show and a Farmer’s Market.

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Christy's BoothWe are so pleased to be a part of the Terra @ Home Market, here’s a walk-through of what you can expect if you choose to visit:

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | SpringTimeRomancing the Spoon: Romancing the Spoon features gorgeous jewellery (bracelets, rings and earrings) made from silver-plated flatware…many of them vintage. What a perfect gift for the upcoming Valentine’s Day!

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Romancing the SpoonTerra Teas: Terra Teas (no relation to TERRA greenhouses) offers high-quality loose leaf teas, all certified organic. They proudly serve teas with no pesticides or chemicals, no GMOs and no artificial ingredients. Not to mention they are all delicious! If you’re a fan of tea, bagged or loose, this is one vendor you will want to check out.

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Terra TeasKettle Corn Boss: Kettle Corn Boss is not only serving their ‘Milton Famous’ Kettle Corn, they have many more exciting products available at the market as well such as: apple pie caramel corn, maple caramel corn and gingerbread caramel corn, handmade asparagus corn chips, asparagus salsa, and sunflower kettle potato chips. Wow!

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Kettle Corn BossCake + Loaf Bakery: Cake + Loaf is a ‘from scratch’ neighborhood bakery with an emphasis on organic, fair trade and local ingredients. Cake & Loaf is a great choice for picking up your bread for the week! (And most likely a much more healthy choice than your local grocery store!)

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Cake and LoafRotating food trucks each week! This weekend you can expect to see: The Dirty South, The Salted Pig Ltd., and Mikes Dog House.

And lots more!

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Tropical PlantsThe Market is also themed in a Tropical decor, so if you need a break from Old Man Winter – it’s a great place to be. Not to mention Christy’s Gourmet will have lots of samples available for the tasting. Yum!

Terra at Home Market | Milton | Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Terra ShowPlease, stop by and say hi!

Visit the TERRA @ Home Market at:

Milton TERRA 

12800 Britannia Road    

Milton, ON

S. W. corner of Britannia at Trafalgar

Easiest Ice Cream Cake

Entertaining is fun but sometimes the party preparation can be exhausting!

No worries – we are here to help with your party dessert preparations. We came up with this quick and super easy ice cream cake which is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s literally the easiest cake you will ever make! Now you can spend more time socializing and less time slaving in the kitchen!Ice Cream Cake – Picture 1 Edit – Christy’s Gourmet Gifts

Check out the how-to below:

What you will need:

  • 1 Ice Cream Brick (I used 2 for a lot of visitors)
  • Christy’s Crunch “Ice Cream Topping” – $5 in-store
  • Chocolate Syrup

Ice Cream Cake - Picture 2 - Christy's Gourmet GiftsHow To:

  • Remove ice cream brick from paper wrapping and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Pour Christy’s Crunch crumbs all over cake covering top and sides. This can get quite messy (the cookie tray will catch your crumbs).
  • Use a spatula and your hands to carefully lift the ice cream block off of the cookie tray and place onto a nice serving tray.
  • Drizzle with chocolate syrup.
  • Serve and enjoy. :)

Ice Cream Cake - Picture 3 - Christy's Gourmet Gifts

A Spooky Halloween Party

BOO!

Are you excited for Halloween? We know we are! We get super excited this time of year because we know immediately following Halloween our “Chocolate Season” begins!!

This year we decided to play around with the idea of planning our own Halloween party.

We chose to do a Halloween party that was family-friendly… something the kids would have fun at, but the parents would appreciate and enjoy.

Here are some of our Spooky Halloween Party ideas:

Decor:

It’s entirely up to you how you would like to theme your decor. If you want to do a brighter, livelier decor for the kids, stick with colours like orange, greens, purples etc. For a more adult-theme, a rustic-spooky and woodsy decor style is what you could aim for.

- Balloons with Jack o Lantern Faces

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 1 Jack o Lanterns

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- Spooky Lush Halloween Decor

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 2 Spooky Lush Decor

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- For a Backyard Halloween Party try Paper Lanterns in your colour theme.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 3 Paper Lanterns

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Food:

For the kids: have fun with the food! That’s what Halloween is all about. Make regular food a bit creepy or funny, such as the apple mouths below. For the adults, stick with something that embodies the harvest season, such as our *Limited Time* Pumpkin Spice Craft Beer Brittle

- Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ Pumpkin Spice Craft Beer Brittle

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 4 Pumpkin Spice Beer Brittle- Scary Apple Mouths (Apples, Marshmallows and Peanut Butter)

Cover one side of an apple slice with a light coating of peanut butter, line up mini marshmallows on top of the peanut butter, top with another apple slice covered in peanut butter (face down).

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 12 Apple Marshmallow Mouths

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Favours

Christy’s has you covered on the party favours! Why not try our Chocolated-dipped Oreos or Fudgeos? We also offer a “Mummy Marshmallow” which is spooky (and tasty!) in the best sort of way.

- Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ Chocolate Dipped Oreos and Fudgeos

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 7 Oreo Cookie Dipped- Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ Mummy Marshmallows

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 8 Marshmallow MummyExtras

What makes a party a great one? A great party is created when you plan all of those little details before-hand. That’s the stuff that people remember! Try these “extras” to make your party a hit with your guests.

- Ghostly frozen hand in the punch

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 9 Frozen Hand

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- Skeletal inspired milk bottle with sign “Good for the Bones”:

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 10 Good For the Bones

Retrieved from http://www.loraleelewis.com/blog/?p=17443

- Pumpkin bowl for an ice bucket

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Halloween Party Theme Blog | Pic 11 Pumpkin Bowl Ice Bucket

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And that’s it! The Halloween party planning is complete and the guests are in for a great time.

Happy Halloween!  Do you have plans for Halloween? What will you dress up as?

Apple Hand-Pies Recipe made with Greaves Apple Jelly

Fall has finally arrived! For many people, getting geared up for Fall means going Apple Picking and that is exactly how we spent our first day of Fall! We grabbed our rubber boots and headed out to Carluke Orchards. The weather was cool with a slight wind, but it was sunny and once we were bundled up it was a perfect Autumn Apple-Picking day.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic BWe managed to pick one full basket of Apples of a few different types – and let us just tell you that it was NOT slim-pickings at Carluke. WOW! We could’ve got a full basket just on one tree.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic AWith all those apples, of course we had to do some delicious Autumn baking. Given that we are heading up to the Apple Harvest Craft show next weekend in Meaford, we thought the fresh smell of apple pie would get us in the “harvest spirit”. We decided to get extra creative and baked some Apple Hand-Pies (we did ours on a stick) made with Greaves Jams & Marmalades* Pure Apple Jelly. We loved the outcome and thought we would share this yummy recipe:

Here’s the delicious recipe:

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 8

Apple Hand-Pies made with Greaves Pure Apple Jelly

(Makes enough for about 4 Hand-pies)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Chilled Butter
  • 1 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ cup Ice water
  • 4 Large Apples (We used Cortland)
  • 1 ½ cup Water
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 jar Greaves Pure Apple Jelly
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Milk
  • Sprinkling of Sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 1Dice butter into cubes. Place in a bowl and then place in the fridge or freezer.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 2Place flour in a large mixing bowl with salt.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 3Cut in Butter until mixture becomes coarse crumbs. Slowly add ice water, one tbsp at a time, mixing until the dough becomes a ball. Roll the ball up with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Let chill for 3 hours or more.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 4Prep your apples. Peel and core apples, and chop into small cubes.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 5Add the 1 ½ cup water to a pot. Bring to a boil and add the sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir continuously until mixture comes to a boil.

Place the apples in the pot. Bring down the heat, cover and simmer on low for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir and let cool. Drain.

Cover a cutting board or smooth, clean surface with a dusting of flour. Take the dough out of the fridge. Roll the dough ball out until it is quite thin.

Using a cookie cutter, cut a few shapes out of the dough. Bring leftover dough together, roll out, and continue the cookie cutter process. Continue doing this until you can no longer get any more cookie cutters to fit on the dough.

Place half the cookie cutter shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

*Optional* Add a bake-safe stick to the bottom half of the pie. Press it in about ½ way up.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 6Place a dollop (1 tsp) of Greaves Apple Jelly to each shape of dough.

Cover the Apple Jelly with the cooled, cooked apples. (Don’t overfill as you will have trouble getting the sides to close!)

Place the leftover dough shapes on-top of the others. Press around the edge with your finger to begin with, then use a fork to seal the edges shut.

Cut a small X shape in the top of the hand-pies to let any steam escape in the baking process.

Mix together egg and milk. Brush onto the tops of the Hand-Pies to give a nice glaze. Sprinkle with sugar (Mmm sugar…).

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 7Bake until golden and cooked through (around 25-35 minutes).

Enjoy! Happy Fall!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Apple Hand-Pie Recipe made with Greaves Jam | Pic 8 *Greaves Jams and Marmalades, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is one of our newest Christy’s Sweets retailers.

Christy’s Gourmet Launches New Boozy Brittles Flavours

You may be familiar with our Boozy Brittles product line – which includes favourites such as: Craft Beer Brittle, Spicy Beer Brittle and Pretzel Beer Brittle, along with a Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee. We are extremely excited to announce to our customers and fans of Boozy Brittles: we will be introducing two new flavours of Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee!

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Craft Beer Brittle LineThe two new flavours include: Merlot Black Pepper and Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir. They are both to die for –  if we do say so ourselves – and those who have tried either flavour are already hooked!

The Merlot Black Pepper begins with a red wine infused pure butter toffee, which is then mixed with freshly crushed black peppercorns. The toffee is drizzled in a Belgian dark chocolate and topped with peppercorns.

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts | Merlot Black Pepper Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee | New ProductThe Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir begins with a red wine infused pure butter toffee, which is mixed with freshly ground cinnamon and dried basil leaves. The toffee bar is then drizzled with a Belgian milk chocolate. (May we also add – this one smells amazing when it’s being baked. Yum!)

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee | New ProductStop by Christy’s shop in Burlington to try one of our new flavours for yourself – or contact us at sales@christysgourmetgifts.com to find a retailer near you.

Breakfasts in September – Quick & Easy Recipe

With the return of September, many Moms and Dads are beginning to think about quick and easy breakfasts to make for the kids. One of our favourite speedy and simple breakfasts is definitely oatmeal. As a special back-to-school treat, we decided to “spice up” our oatmeal with a special topper of Christy’s Crunch! We crumbled White Chocolate Cranberry Crunch overtop our maple and brown sugar oatmeal and boy was it ever good. The toffee and white chocolate melted slightly, which meant that even after we had eaten the Crunch up– the delicious flavour lingered on.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Quick and Easy Recipes for September - Back to School - Oatmeal TopperNow, we know this may not be a breakfast you’d want to serve your kids everyday… but it’s perfect for a special treat to beat the back-to-school blues. Try serving it with some yummy berries on the side for a more wholesome meal.

Some of our other favourite oatmeal toppings (perhaps more Mom-approved options) include:

  • Jams or Jellies
  • Yogurt
  • Sliced fresh fruit -  apples, bananas or berries
  • Dried fruit – apricots, mango, pineapple etc.

What are your favourite toppings for oatmeal OR your favourite easy breakfast recipes for the kids? How are you planning to beat the back-to-school blues?