With Christmas just weeks away, have you figured out your holiday gift list yet? Why not forego buying something that may just wind up in the back of the closet and consider giving friends and family a gift of the edible variety. Holiday cakes, pies, cupcakes and candies are always a hit and, in some cases, come gift wrapped and delivered right to the recipient’s door. If you are considering giving edible holiday gifts this Christmas, check out these five spots in greater Sacramento that will satiate any loved one’s sweet tooth.
2966 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
If you are in the market for Christmas cakes and pies, Freeport Bakery is your best bet in Sacramento. Celebrating 25 years in the business, Freeport Bakery has won countless awards for its innovative culinary creations. The creativity displayed in wedding cake designs certainly spills over to unique holiday creations. Look for intricate details and whimsical winter scenes on this year’s offerings.
The Sacramento Sweets Company
1035 Front St.
Old Sacramento, CA 95814
The Sacramento Sweets Company was founded back in 1964 and continues to bring local Sacramento residents a number of sweet treats year round. It uses the finest imported and domestic products to create edible specialties like butter brittles, fudge and hand-dipped chocolate. Signature offerings include a variety of fudge flavors like vanilla walnut, peanut butter and layered chocolate. Try the hand-dipped divinity kisses and old-fashioned honeycomb candy.
Galleria at Roseville
1151 Galleria Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
Head up to Roseville or just go online and check out Williams-Sonoma’s extensive selection of holiday edible treats. If you are on the hunt for peppermint bark, most people agree Williams-Sonoma has one of the best available. It’s handmade with “custom-blended Guittard premium chocolate and infused with natural peppermint oil, layered with creamy white chocolate and finished off with crispy handmade peppermint candy bits.” Be sure to peruse the other holiday peppermint treats available like peppermint North Poles, peppermint bark cookies and peppermint hot chocolate.
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Kelli’s Best Cookies
605 Douglas Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
Trying to track down the perfect spot for Christmas cookies? Stop by Kelli’s Best Cookies in Roseville or peruse her extensive offerings online. For the holiday season, look for themed cookie baskets, holiday tins and platters. The best thing is that these all come with holiday wrapping and can be delivered throughout the United States (except for the cookie platters). Kelli’s Best Cookies was founded in 1998 and Kelli has worked to create cookies that not only taste good, but are healthier than many other cookies on the market. She uses only fresh egg whites to reduce the fat and cholesterol found in egg yolks. She uses real butter and no preservatives. And if you are in the market for gluten-free or sugar-free options, she has you covered there. Be sure to try her rather unique new development, the Breakfast Cookie, made with “Kashi cereal, crunchy walnuts, dried cranberries and protein powder” — a meal on the go.
Icing on the Cupcake
1121 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Edible Christmas treats would not be complete without a few cupcakes. Icing on the Cupcake has three other locations in the greater Sacramento region (Rocklin, West Rocklin and Folsom), helping you get your cupcake fix no matter what part of town you are in. It even offers delivery to many parts of Sacramento to reduce your holiday stress. Icing on the Cupcake has a selection of everyday flavors and some very unique rotating flavors like maple bacon, chocolate snowbill, snickerdoodle and chai. Look for a seasonal flavor of the month as well.
Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.