How to be a Holiday Party Smarty

The entertaining season is upon us, and when you make Cheryl’s part of the party, you’re guaranteed to become known as the host(ess) with the most(est). This year, go beyond gifting and make Cheryl’s part of your own personal holiday get togethers. Whether you’re planning a big soiree or an intimate family gathering, we promise to help make it a stellar celebration.

 

DINNER PARTY PLACE MARKERS

All of our Buttercream-frosted cookies come individually wrapped, so they work beautifully as party favors. We love the idea of setting one at each individual place at the table. You can even make them do double duty as place markers by attaching a small name card to each. (For a more dazzling presentation, place one of the treat-filled tins in our Christmas Tree Tin Set on each plate and get ready for a tableful of “oohs” and “aahs”.

 

FUN FOR KIDS (OF ALL AGES!)

We originally created our Holiday Cut-out Cookie Decorating Kit for kids, but we’re continually tickled to see how often it’s the grown-ups who have the most fun. This year, instead of the expected cookie exchange, why not host a “most creative cookie contest” for young AND old. You can ask everyone to bring their own favorite edible decorations to add to the white and green icing and holiday sprinkles included with the kit, and see what kind of fabulous creations arise.

You can add a little spice to the party by including our little Gingerbread Cookies as well. They’re really fun to decorate using small tubes of decorating icing from the grocery store, and since one tin comes with approximately 25 cookies, you can have as many people as you want join in the fun.

And if you like your parties lively, consider picking up our Snowball Fun Kit as well. You can lob the soft stuffed snowmen at each other while making culinary magic.

 

MAKE UNPLANNED VISITORS FEEL LIKE HONORED GUESTS

It happens every year! Someone you weren’t expecting shows up and you have to greet them empty handed…or do you? Our Cookie Cards are actually cheery gift boxes, each with an individually wrapped buttercream-frosted cut-out cookie tucked inside. No need to wrap. No need to worry about appropriateness (seriously, who doesn’t want a cookie?!). Simply store a few in the closet or cupboard, and when that unplanned individual arrives, you can make them feel as if you’d been expecting them all along. (If this happens to you a lot, you might want to consider a case of 50 cookie cards…if you have any left over, you can always give them as teachers gifts or use them as party favors.)

 

WHAT TO SERVE AT A BIG SHEBANG!

Whenever people look at our great big gift baskets, they immediately think, “Wow! That’s the kind of gift I’d give to someone really special!” Allow us to offer you a second thought—one that goes something like this: “Wow! That basket has 186 cookies, brownies, muffins, and pecan butterballs…and the presentation is gorgeous. That would be a great way to handle dessert at my big holiday buffet/open house/family dinner celebration.” Best of all, since everything’s individually wrapped, you can either send leftovers home with your guests or freeze them for later. (All of our baked goods freeze beautifully!).

How do you give thanks?

There’s no better time than Thanksgiving to count your blessings, show your appreciation, and send wishes to the people who make your world a little bit warmer. Whether they live with you, across the street, or across the country, Cheryl’s is committed to making it easy (and delicious) to say thank you to everyone on your gratitude list.

 

GIVE BIG

If you want to celebrate a big group of people or one special person in a big way (college students love to share!), our 100-piece Fall Frosted Cookies Gift is the best way to do it. Chock full of seasonal flavors like Butterscotch Chai, Salty Caramel, and Mocha Latte, all topped with our classic buttercream, it’s guaranteed to delight every last tastebud.

 

GIVE SMALL

Show EVERYONE you care about how much you appreciate them with a card and a cookie. Costing only a tiny bit more than a paper greeting card, our cookie cards are a lot more fun and guarantee a smile. If you’re sending them to loved ones far away, you might want to personalize your cookie with a family photo and a special note, just to let them know how much they’re missed.

 

GIVE ENDLESSLY

We love the idea of keeping the giving going. Our Giving Plate comes painted with a charming message that encourages the recipient to fill it back up and send it along with new treats. It’s a great idea for large extended families or special groups of friends; each Thanksgiving the past year’s lucky recipient can refill it and send it to someone else in the group. It’s always fun to try to guess who will be next on the list!

 

GIVE GRATITUDE

We know a family that uses their cookie jar to hold “Gratitude Slips”—little pieces of paper on which they write the things they’re grateful for throughout the year. Then, after Thanksgiving dinner, when everyone is happy and full, they bring the jar to the table and everyone takes turns reading the past year’s gratitude slips out loud. We loved their idea so much, we wanted to suggest it to you. This year, why not buy your family one of our Fall Cookie Jars, enjoy the cookies inside for a Thanksgiving party or dessert, and start your own gratitude slip tradition?

Go BOO or go home!

It’s official: Halloween has grown to become America’s second-favorite holiday! Whether you’re staying at home passing out treats, planning a full-out party, or just wanting to send a tempting treat to friends and family far away, we’ve got ways to make the holiday spookier in the sweetest way possible.

 

CAT GOT YOUR TREAT?

If you have a tiny trick-or-treater in your life, you can’t miss with our felt black cat treat tote. Sized just right for little hands and smaller hauls. And since it comes already filled with an assortment of our cookies, any candy it collects is just a bonus. (Not a cat person? Check out our Bat, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Pumpkin totes.)

 

 

IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL FLY IF I WANT TO.

Are you a good witch or a bad witch? You’ll definitely be the former if you don one of our festive Halloween aprons and whip up a batch of delicious brew in your cauldron. We love a blend of cranberry juice, ginger ale and apple cider kept cold by an icy hand. To make, fill a rubber or latex glove with water, make a knot in the end, and freeze. When solid, cut away the glove and place in a punch bowl with 2-1/2 cups of cranberry juice, 2 liters of ginger ale, and 2 liters of non-alcoholic apple cider (we like sparkling cider best).

 

 

FOCUS ON THE COSTUME, NOT THE COOKING.

Of course, if you love to cook, go right ahead. But if you’d rather spend the day of your party perfecting your makeup, altering your costume or finding the best way to apply fangs and fake blood, we’ll happily step in and supply the goodies you need to make your guests feel well treated.

 

 

THE DAY OF THE DEAD

We love a celebration that keeps on giving, and Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead lets us (and you!) do just that. Originating in Mexico and taking place on November 1 & 2, the Day of the Dead is believed to occur when the gates of heaven open at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of the deceased are allowed to reunite with their families and be honored by them for two days. At the heart of the Dia de los Muertos festivities are the brightly decorated folk-art sugar skulls made in special molds. We’ve created our own take on sugar skulls, decorating our buttercream-frosted cutouts in the same happy style. This year, why not extend your Halloween for a couple of days and enjoy celebrating loved ones who are perhaps gone, but never forgotten.

6 Ways to Upgrade School Lunch

It’s a daily challenge for moms and dads everywhere: coming up with quick and easy lunchbox ideas that you kids will actually eat.


And while you’d love to wow your tots with a Pinterest-worthy spread, you don’t always have the time to make that cute bento box meal. To the rescue: these fast and fun ideas for your kids’ lunches that will be the talk of the cafeteria.

Cut it out, literally.

Ho-hum, another PB&J. Kid and parents alike love sandwiches—they’re tasty and fast to make and the ingredients are usually on hand in the pantry or fridge. But instead of presenting a square turkey and cheese, why not cut it into an adorable shape? Yup, dust off those Christmas cookie cutters and give them a new job. Stamp out stars, hearts and trees—and then watch your kids gobble up lunch. And as a special treat, you could add a Happy Day cookie card from Cheryl’s.

Photo Credit: Jaclyn Ferrara

Put it in a jar.

Those old spaghetti sauce and Mason jars in the drawer can be put to good use at lunchtime. And because the packaging is clear, your kid can see the colorful (and delicious) layers you’ve designed. Gather your child’s favorites and then create a masterpiece. For example, you might start with a black beans on the bottom, then add shredded lettuce, grated cheese, a few sliced tomatoes, chunks of avocado and crumbled tortilla chips. The result? A taco jar lunch!

Photo Credit: Christina Stiehl

Make your own “lunchables”

Why pay $4 for a tiny box of ham and cheese when you can craft your own for much less? Plus, you can up the health factor over the premade grocery version by including fruits, veggies and meats with less salt. To make your own, roll up slices of ham or roast beef along with Swiss cheese and nestle them in a plastic container. Add in a few cucumber rounds, a small bunch of grapes and a buttercream frosted cookie for dessert. Bon appetit!

Photo Credit: Becky Hardin

This is a stick-up!

You can’t exactly send marshmallows on a stick to school, but you can definitely deconstruct your kid’s sandwich (or leftovers) and then skewer it for his lunch box. Bamboo sticks used for grilling or regular toothpicks will work well. To make lunch on a stick, thread pieces of cooked chicken, a cube or two of Feta, chunks of watermelon or a couple of strawberries.

Photo Credit: Christina Stiehl

Flatten it out.

It’s time for a Flat Sammy! No, not Stanley—we mean sammy, as in sandwich. Switch up your kid’s usual bread choice by replacing it with a flour or corn tortilla. You can layer quesadilla fixings quickly, brown in it a small skillet and then wrap it in foil for lunch. Filling ideas are endless, including leftover pork with Jack cheese and salsa or mashed kidney beans with cheddar and sour cream.

Photo Credit: Krissy Winnick

Accessorize it.

Don’t forget to include a side dish or snack in your kids’ lunch—it’s a long day! Alongside the ideas above, toss in a bag of edamame with sea salt, some trail mix, or celery sticks spread with cream cheese and topped with nuts or raisins.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month With These Sweet Recipes

In 1984, ice cream finally got its due respect: July was declared “National Ice Cream Month!” While we certainly don’t limit our ice cream intake to one month, what better excuse to have a few extra scoops?

While there’s certainly no shame in grabbing your favorite flavor or ice cream creation at the store, why not get creative to honor the occasion? Here are four delicious ice cream recipes to liven up July’s best moments.

1. Classic Ice Cream Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love creamy, cool ice cream sandwiches on a hot summer day? They’re made all the better when you take your favorite vanilla ice cream, let it slightly melt, then add in some raspberries, sliced, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Wash and dry the berries (you can use all the berries or just one red berry and one blue berry), and mix in with the semi-melted ice cream. Refreeze the delicious concoction, and scoop onto Cheryl’s Happy Face Cut Out Cookies—which are sure to match your smile when you dig right in!

2. Picnic Ice Cream Cups
Nothing says summertime like a cooler filled with cheery frozen treats like these DIY toppings cups! Stock up on plastic mason jars—broken glass will put a damper on the occasion—and fill each with a scoop of ice cream. Dress each one up with some favorite toppings, like sprinkles, shredded coconut, crushed macadamia nuts, dark chocolate chips, or small pieces of tropical fruit (such as mango or pineapple). Stash in the freezer until you’re ready to go, and then surround with ice packs to preserve at the picnic.

3. Al Fresco Brownie Bowls
If you’re taking it up a notch and serving a nice, outdoor dinner, give your dessert a special treatment too with a brownie a la mode. Skip the oven for this show-stopping dish, and order up an assortment of caramel fudge, frosted chocolate, blondie, and more in Cheryl’s Create Your Own Brownie Box. Top with a scoop of decadent dark chocolate ice cream to take the dessert to the next level. If you’re feeling adventurous (for adults only), add a drizzle of liqueur or a grappa-macerated cherry.

4. Backyard Barbecue Ice Cream Crumble
A summertime barbecue isn’t complete without some pie, right? Shake things up a bit by crumbling a quarter of your favorite berry pie into a quart of slightly melted raspberry, cherry, or vanilla ice cream. Stir the concoction to combine, refreeze, and scoop into ice cream sundae glasses. To give your dessert an even more summery look, top with a pretty Buttercream Frosted Flower Cut-Out Cookie from Cheryl’s.cco_FDY17_163391x

Cheryl’s® To Host Grand Opening Celebration at its New Flagship Store in Westerville

Free gifts, prizes and fun activities will highlight day-long event on August 8th

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, July 17, 2015 – Cheryl’s®, producers of delicious cookies, brownies, cakes and other fresh-baked delights, has announced that it will hold a grand opening on Saturday August 8, 2015 at its new retail store located at 646 McCorkle Boulevard in Westerville. The grand opening will begin at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Westerville Mayor Diane Fosselman and members of the local Chamber of Commerce. Festivities will continue at the store throughout the day until 8 p.m.

Among the highlights scheduled for the grand opening are: a free gift to the first 100 people arriving at the store; free samples of Cheryl’s baked goods; money-saving promotions including one dozen free cookies with purchase of a dozen; sneak peeks at the newest products from Cheryl’s; valuable prizes including the opportunity to win 12 cookies each month for a year; kids’ activities; appearances by cookie and brownie mascots; cookie frosting demonstrations; and savings of 20% when customers book their future event in the store’s spacious new party room.

Cheryl’s is headquartered in Westerville and the opening of the new flagship retail store is the final phase of an extensive expansion project at the company’s facilities on McCorkle Boulevard. The expansion began in February 2014 with groundbreaking for a larger production plant. “Our expansion will add approximately 100 jobs over the next three years,” said Bob Happel, Cheryl’s General Manager. “And as we add equipment it will allow us to double our food production capacity over the next five years.”

The new flagship store occupies approximately 3,000 square feet and brings important enhancements to the customer shopping experience including the ability to display a broader selection of Cheryl’s products for customers to choose from. Additionally, the store’s new party room provides the perfect venue for a wide array of events and gatherings including birthday parties, educational classes and holiday celebrations.

“Cheryl’s is proud to call the community of Westerville our home,” continued Mr. Happel. “The grand opening of our new flagship retail location represents the culmination of very hard work by our highly talented and dedicated team of associates, many of whom live right here in Westerville. We urge the entire community to join us on August 8th and share in the exciting grand opening of our beautiful new store.”

About Cheryl’s®

Founded in 1981 by Cheryl Krueger and her college roommate, Caryl Walker, Cheryl’s® has grown to become a brand that loyal customers trust for the finest fresh-baked gifts and desserts prepared to the highest quality standards, backed by friendly service. Cheryl’s (1-800-443-8124 and http://www.cheryls.com) offers a delicious and diverse selection of individually wrapped cookies, brownies and cakes for all of life’s moments. Among the company’s signatures products are its cut-out cookies topped with buttercream frosting. Cheryl’s products are made from scratch and available in special configurations as well as with elegant satin ribbons that can be customized for specific occasions. Headquartered in the Columbus, Ohio suburb of Westerville and part of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM family of brands, Cheryl’s is a multi-faceted business comprised of retail stores, a high-traffic website, catalogs, and a successful Business Gift Division.

National Chocolate Chip Day: 5 Sweet Ways to Celebrate

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day! In honor of this sweet holiday, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite ways to celebrate. Just don’t forget your glass of milk to wash these delicious treats down!

Treats with Chocolate Chips:

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If you dream in chocolate, you’ll love our double Chocolate Chocolate Crunchy Cookies! Buttery, rich and drowning in irresistible chocolate flavor, this treat is for those who just can’t get enough decadence.

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Or for a fresh twist, whip up these fruity and colorful Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Fruit Pizzas instead!

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Bite into one of our Miss Grace Chocolate Fudge Cakes and you are sure to be delighted! Your mouth is first greeted by an chocolate glazed outer shell, then followed by a rich cake packed with dark chocolate morsels for the ultimate sweet treat.

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If you prefer a more classic flavor, there’s no better way to celebrate than with traditional Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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When life gives you chocolate chips, make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge! This recipe from Celebrations.com is simple, delicious and fun to make with the kids.

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