Halloween Sweets Table

Are you planning a Spooktacular Halloween celebration for friends or family this year? Christy’s Gourmet is here to help you plan the spookiest, tastiest Halloween yet – with some delicious, high-quality Belgian chocolate fun!

First things first, one of the best ways to have some Halloween fun and impress your guests is with a Halloween Sweets Table!

The Christy’s culinary team has put together some amazing treats for the spooky season, including:

Decorated Sugar Cookies
Christy's Gourmet Burlington Ontario Halloween Party Ideas Photo 6 Christy's Gourmet Burlington Ontario Halloween Party Ideas Photo 7 Christy's Gourmet Burlington Ontario Halloween Party Ideas Photo 4
Witches Finger Pretzels
Christy's Gourmet Burlington Ontario Halloween Party Ideas Photo 2Halloween Bark
Christy's Gourmet Burlington Ontario Halloween Party Ideas
Meringues
Christy's Gourmet Burlington Ontario Halloween Party Ideas Photo 5 Christy's Gourmet Burlington Ontario Halloween Party Ideas Photo 3For more from Christy’s Gourmet, follow us on social media:
Website
Instagram
Facebook

We’re hosting a Halloween themed giveaway over on Instagram, be sure to enter!

SaveSave

SaveSave

Just Peachy!

Peach season has finally arrived! When you live in the Green Belt like we do, that’s a pretty big deal. Is there anything better than taking that first sweet and juicy bite out of a locally grown stone fruit? We think not!

Peach Recipes | Christy's Gourmet Gifts

But there is more than just one way to enjoy this fuzzy favourite; from festival ice cream parfaits, to party drinks, or sweet treats, peaches are a versatile ingredient that makes any event extra special.

One of our favourite ways to enjoy peaches is with a kicked-up Peach Sangria. Citrus, white wine, and the delicious peachy flavour with a touch of bubbly is sure to put a smile on any peach-lover’s face.

Peach Sangria Recipe | Christy's Gourmet Gifts Burlington Ontario

Here’s how to make it:

White Wine Peach Sangria Recipe
1 Bottle White Wine
1 cup Peach Nectar or Peach Juice
1 Liter Ginger Ale or 7UP
Local Peaches, Sliced
Ice

  1. Place sliced Peaches into the bottom of a serving jug.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Add White Wine.
  4. Top with Peach Nectar or Peach juice.
  5. Top with more ice and more peaches. Stir.
  6. In glasses, put Gingerale.
  7. Pour the sangria mix over the gingerale and stir with a spoon.
  8. Garnish with extra peaches and enjoy!

Peach Sangria Recipe | Christy's Gourmet Gifts Burlington Ontario photo 2

We love the peach craze so much, we had to create our own homage to the tree-fruit, with peach-shaped cookies! A soft sugar cookie, decorated with sweet royal icing is sure to bring your party, event, or even just your Instagram account, to the next level.

Peach Cookies, Burlington Ontario | Christy's Gourmet Gifts Decorated Cookies

And we aren’t the only ones that love peaches! In nearby Winona, Ontario, they host the annual Winona Peach Festival – celebrating the fruit that they grow right in the region. Highlights of the festival include the famous Peach Parfaits topped with Ice Cream, the “Peach of a Car” show, and the amazing local retail vendors.

Find the festival in Winona this Friday August 24th, Saturday August 25thand Sunday August 26th. The details about the festival can be found at THIS LINK.

Do you have a favourite way to enjoy peaches? Share the details with us in the comment below!

For more from us, follow @christysgourmet on instagram

Fall Product Launch

Happy First Day of Autumn!

Leaves are falling, the kids are back to school and the smell of Pumpkin Spice lingers in the air. We don’t know about you, but our favourite thing about Autumn arriving is that it means another season of new product launches!

In addition to our ever popular Christy’s Crunch, we have added a plethora of new seasonal products like:

Pumpkin Spice Belgian Hot Chocolate

Just stir one of our Belgian Milk Chocolate spoons into a cup of steamed milk and you’re ready to enjoy the flavours of Fall!

Pumpkin Spice Belgian Hot Chocolate - Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Burlington, Ontario

Pumpkin Spice Brittle with Pepitas

This thin brittle with a salty sweet taste has pepitas throughout and is already a favourite among customers!

Pumpkin Spice Brittle - Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Burlington, Ontario

Apple and Caramel Dip

Warm the caramel dip, or keep it at room temperature – no matter how you serve this delicious dip, it makes an awesome snack with a fresh seasonal apple!

Caramel Apple Dip - Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Burlington, Ontario

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Dip with an Apple

Caramel Dip with a Pumpkin Spice twist! This delicious seasonal snack is ready to enjoy, no difficult prep work required.

Pumpkin Spice Caramel Dip with Apple - Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Burlington, Ontario

Oak Leaf Sugar Cookie (By special order only)

Our Chocolate-dipped Vanilla Sugar Cookies make great favours for your Fall events!

Oak Leaf Cookie - Christy's Gourmet Gifts - Burlington, Ontario

Stop by the shop at 3530 Mainway or give us a call at 905-336-9080 to try some of our new products!

What Fall-themed products would you like to see at Christy’s Gourmet Gifts? Let us know in the comments below! 

First Day of School Traditions

The first day of school is a time of excitement, stress and tons of new experiences. It’s a time full of high emotions, but also a time for making memories! In our opinion, the best memories usually revolve around family traditions.

We collected 5 of our favourite ‘First Day of School’ traditions from around the web, to give you some ideas for this year!

1. Photo on the first day of a new school year

Perhaps one of the most popular First Day of School Traditions – taking a photo of your child on the first day! We love the idea of putting all the photos into a scrapbook as a keepsake for when they are older. These cute year-by-year printables from DesignsByNicolina are not only adorable, they help you keep each year photo organized and in order.

First Day of School Traditions 1

http://designsbynicolina.blogspot.ca/2013/08/free-first-day-of-school-download.html

Find the year-by-year printables at DesignsByNicolina.

2. Shop for ‘Study Buddies’

We love this idea for the little ones! What makes homework more fun? Having a partner to work with, of course! One fun idea is to bring each child on a shopping trip to buy a new stuffed animal ‘Study Buddy’. Not only is homework more fun with your study buddy, it adds a feeling of comfort to children during times of transition and change.

First Day of School Traditions 22

3. First day of School Interview Page

School is all about growth and change, but sometimes we blink and the change and growth happens far too fast! A great way to document changes is to start with this Free School Interview Page printable. Get your child to fill it out every year, and then put them all together or in a time capsule. Keep those memories forever!

First Day of School Traditions 3

Find the Free School Interview Page printable at Giggles Galore.

4. A Sweet Treat

A long hard day of school deserves a sweet treat after school! Surprise them with some Christy’s Crunch, and a pun-ny tag – “Let the Number CRUNCHing Begin”!

First Day of School Traditions 4

5. Fashion Show

Everyone knows that one of the best parts about Back to School is getting a couple new outfits for the year! On ‘School Year’s Eve’, why not have a kids fashion show? Roll out the red carpet and let them show off their new outfits. What a confidence booster for the first day!

Do you have any First Day of School Traditions? Please share them with us in the comments below!

 

Salted Caramel Chocolate Vanilla Bean Milkshake

For the past few weeks, we noticed everyone posting online about a Canberra, Australia, cafe’s milk shakes. We have seen the photos (we’re sure you have too) and we can understand why everyone is so captivated. These milkshakes look decadent and over-the-top amazing!

Patissez Canberra Milkshake

Patissez / Facebook / Via Facebook: patissez.pty.ltd

We wish we could try them….if only they weren’t so far.

Unfortunately, we can’t make it out to Australia anytime soon – so we settled for the next best thing…making a delicious, sweet & messy milkshake at home!

See below for the recipe:

Salted Caramel Chocolate Milkshake Recipe

Salted Caramel Chocolate Vanilla Bean Milkshake 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Container Christy’s Salted Caramel Sauce
  • 2 cups Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 1 cup 1% Milk
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • 1 Package of Christy’s Salted Caramel Chocolates
  • 1 Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookie – broken into pieces

How To:

  1. In a blender, blend together the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and the Milk until it’s frothy and totally mixed together.
  2. In the meantime, take the top off the Salted Caramel Sauce and microwave it until it’s liquid-y (about 30-40 seconds), stirring half way through.
  3. Take a large mason jar, fill the bottom and the sides with the warm Salted Caramel Sauce.
  4. Pour the ice cream/milk mixture from the blender into the mason jar, covering the salted caramel sauce.
  5. Top the milk shake with a big spiral of whipped cream.
  6. Place pieces of Salted Caramel Chocolate into the whipped cream.
  7. Crumble the Vanilla Bean Sugar cookie pieces overtop of the whipped cream.
  8. Top with any leftover Salted Caramel Sauce or Chocolate Syrup.
  9. Enjoy!

Our Story

As a small, family-run business, Christy’s Gourmet Gifts prides itself on creating delectable sweets that remind you of home. All of their products are lovingly created from old family recipes using the finest Belgian chocolate and pure butter. The company was first started in 2002 by Christy who turned her life-long passion for baking into a business. Not only did she love baking, Christy loved how “giving” a sweet treat to others would bring them joy and happiness.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Chocolate in Burlington, Ontario | Family Picture

This combination of baking and giving is what makes Christy’s Gourmet Gifts unique from other local bake shops.

In 2010, joined by her husband Bernie and Mother Diane, Christy opened Burlington Ontario’s first bakery specializing in gourmet gifts.

Their mission is simple; create gourmet gifts that will bring joy and happiness to all.

There is always something exciting going on at Christy’s Gourmet Gifts. Whether it is trade shows (such as the One of a Kind Show), dance recitals, charity events or just the buzz around the holidays, the bake shop is constantly a flurry of activity. New recipes are always being developed, the aroma of fresh baked Christy’s Crunch fills the air and Bernie is constantly in the kitchen baking sweet treats. Despite all the chaos, there is no place the family would rather be!

What sweet times await you at Christy’s Gourmet Gifts! The retail shop is elegantly decorated by Christy for each season – a feast for the eyes (as well as the nose and mouth). A wide range of chocolate gifts can be found including: Their famous chocolate toffee butter crunch, chocolate-dipped cookies, retro Sponge Toffee candy, beer brittles, wine toffees, marshmallows and more. Samples are always available.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Chocolate in Burlington, Ontario | Chocolate Toffee Butter Crunch

Christy’s Crunch: Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate Cranberry, Dark Chocolate

From the renowned Christy’s Crunch to gourmet cookie bouquets, Christy’s sweets make perfect gifts for any corporate or personal needs.

Christy’s Gourmet Gifts is a real family affair! Each family member plays their part, however small. Christy’s skill set lies in the creation of anything new. She and Bernie work together to invent new products, while she comes up with new and exciting ways to beautify and market the business. Bernie, a trained chocolatier, does all the baking in the shop. (It’s a good thing, too! The copper kettle used to handcraft the toffees and brittles weights about 30 pounds and holds up to 60 pounds of candy. They need Bernie’s muscles!) Christy’s mom, Diane, is the organizer and shares her keen style sense to perfect Christy’s Gourmet Gifts’ packaging; No one can tie a bow better than Diane! Christy’s father, Brian, helps build all of Christy’s trade show booths (What a feat! Christy comes up with some wild design ideas). Christy’s daughters, Jordy and Aydann, are all to happy to be put to work as taste testers. Christy attributes much of her success to her 98 year old Grandmother who she fondly calls Nanny. Nanny was also the creator of the family’s now famous Christy’s Crunch. Today the Crunch is the most popular product at Christy’s.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts | Toffee Pouring | Sweets in Burlington, Ontario

Bernie pouring toffee from the Copper Kettle

A lot of work has gone into making Christy’s Gourmet Gifts what it is today. They are proud of their accomplishments and more importantly of each other.

Check out Christy’s great gift ideas at www.christysgourmetgifts.com

Like on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Follow on Pinterest

Follow on Instagram

Subscribe on Youtube

“A family that bakes together, stays together.”

Recipe: Chocolate Toffee Butterscotch Parfait

Christys Gourmet Gifts | Burlington, Ontario | Chocolate Toffee Butterscotch ParfaitWe’re not sure where Summer went this year…but it’s clear that Fall is here! When Fall arrives, it brings with it: Pumpkin Spice themed everything, harvest festivals and big, cozy sweaters. Our personal favourite is the big, cozy sweaters…because it means we get to eat more dessert! 😉

At Christy’s Gourmet Gifts, we always have oodles of Chocolate Crunch on-hand….so it was super easy to whip these up for a quick dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 package Dark Chocolate Christy’s Crunch (or preferred Christy’s Crunch of choice)
  • 1 package ‘Jello’ Butterscotch (or Pumpkin Spice if you prefer a more Fall flair) Instant Pudding
  • 1 cup Cool Whip

Directions

  1. Get small glass jars (or mason jars for to-go parfaits).
  2. Put 1 cup of Cool Whip into a medium size bowl.
  3. Gradually add package of Butterscotch Instant Pudding and stir well.
  4. Put the Cool Whip mixture in the fridge to cool slightly.
  5. Break up Dark Chocolate Toffee Biscuit (Christy’s Crunch) into small pieces. You can use a food processor if you like.
  6. Take your glass jars. Fill each jar with one layer of Butterscotch/Cool Whip Mixture (as thin or as thick as you’d like).
  7. Top the Cool Whip mix with Christy’s Crunch crumbs.
  8. Top Christy’s Crunch crumbs with Cool Whip and so on until you have filled to the top.
  9. Place finished parfaits in the fridge until it’s time to consume!
  10. Enjoy!

Christys Gourmet Gifts | Burlington, Ontario | Chocolate Toffee Butterscotch Parfait

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!

_____________________________________________________

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

_____________________________________________________

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 

_____________________________________________________

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 

_____________________________________________________

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

_____________________________________________________

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

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.

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