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Tips for Hosting Easter Brunch – Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of our Easter brunch blog series.  If you missed part one’s tips and featured products, you can access it here.  In part 2, we’ll finish our Easter brunch tips and provide you with three brunch recipes from Martha Stewart Living.  As mentioned in part 1, Easter is just a few short days away and we’ve got a few more tips to help you plan your Easter Brunch.  We covered the importance of planning ahead and how ordering Easter brunch and dinner items from Figi’s can help save you time and stress.  You can shop our entire Easter brunch assortment here.  And with that, here are a few helpful tips to help your Easter brunch run smoothly.

Get By With a Little Help from Your Friends:  dividing up Easter brunch and dinner responsibilities between you and your friends and family attending is another great idea.  As the host, perhaps you handle a main dish, preparing the table settings and perhaps the coffee.  Other guests can be invited to bring side dishes and desserts.  Maybe someone brings everyone’s favorite hot or cold drinks from the corner coffee shop.  There are lots of ways to spread the fun!  This tip can be a tremendous time saver and stress reducer.  The trick here is to know what guests are bringing in order to avoid duplication and know what will need to be assembled, reheated, baked  or refrigerated at your brunch.  Be sure to accept any offers to help with the clean up as well :).

Setting up in Advance:  brunches take place in the morning.  The morning of your brunch is not the time to frantically prepare your home, table settings, your meal, etc.  An easy way to avoid this is to do the house cleaning, decorating and set your table and other dining areas the night before your Easter brunch.  If you’ve planned ahead properly, you’ll already know how many guests are coming and what they’re bringing; setting your table and decorations in advance is a great way to reduce the stress of hosting Easter brunch.  Also identify and prep as much of your Easter brunch or dinner foods and beverages the night before as possible.  Many dishes, beverages and desserts can be prepared in advanced and kept refrigerated.  If you’ve ordered items from Figi’s, it’s as simple as following the heating and serving instructions for you ham, pastries and side dishes.

Decor and table setting:  for some egg-citing Easter brunch inspiration, check out our Easter Brunch Pinterest Board here.  You’ll find table decoration ideas, beverage and brunch food inspiration and more!

Easter Brunch Recipes:

menning mimosaMenning Mimosa (makes 1 cocktail)
Ingredients
• 6 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
• 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons orange flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
• Prosecco, chilled
• Fresh mint leaf

Directions
Step 1: In a Champagne flute, mix together orange juice, lemon juice, and liqueur. Fill with Prosecco. Garnish with mint leaf and serve immediately.

Frittata with Ham and SpinichFrittata with Ham and Spinach (serves 6)
Ingredients
• 6 large eggs
• 1/4 cup ricotta
• 1/2 cup chopped ham
• 1 teaspoon coarse salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 1 cup baby spinach

Directions
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk eggs, ricotta, and chopped ham; season with coarse salt and ground pepper. In a medium ovenproof nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium. Add baby spinach; cook until wilted. Stir in egg mixture and cook until edge sets, 1 minute. Transfer skillet to oven. Cook frittata until center is set, 15 minutes. Invert frittata onto a plate to serve.

oven brownsOven Browns:
Recipe reprinted with permission from Maria Helm Sinskey, copyright 2012.
prep: 20 mins, total time: 1 hour 40 mins, servings: 8

Ingredients
• Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
• 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces (8 cups)
• 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
• 1 yellow onion, finely diced (1 cup)
• Garnish: 1 to 2 rosemary sprigs
Directions
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook potatoes until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain. Let potatoes dry 10 minutes, then spread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
Step 2: Drizzle potatoes with oil, and dot with butter. Taste a potato for seasoning. Add more salt if necessary, and season with pepper.
Step 3: Roast potatoes until beginning to turn golden, 30 to 35 minutes. Distribute onion evenly over potatoes. Reduce heat to 400 degrees, and roast until potatoes are golden and onions are tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with rosemary.

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Take it Personally: Personalized Easter Gifts Part 2

Personalized Easter Baskets from Figi'sHello and welcome back to our review of best selling and new personalized Easter baskets for kids from Figi’s. If you missed Personalized Easter Gifts Part 1, you can access it hereBefore we get to the gifts, I wanted to highlight another ‘egg-citing’ reason ordering personalized Easter baskets and gifts from Figi’s is a great idea: ordering is fast and easy!  You can call us at 1.866.855.0203, 7 days a week, 7 AM CT – 10 PM CT.  Or you can order any time online at www.figis.comEach personalized gift at figis.com has its personalization requirements listed; and its personalization option is pre-selected for you to make ordering a snap. Should you choose to not have personalization, simply uncheck the box.Ordering with Personalization from Figi's

How about  some personalized gifts that are completely edible – personalization included? Yeah, we can help you with that :)

Personalized Peanut Butter Egg from Figi'sPersonalized Peanut Butter Chocolate Egg:  this completely edible personalized Easter gift is designed for your peanut butter loving family members and friends.  Here’s a Figi’s customer review on this gift; again, we see how special it is to receive a personalized gift from Figi’s: I have purchased this item before and I was extremely pleased with the detail and attention that they put into personalizing it for my daughter. I will never forget how excited she was to see what the “Easter bunny” had left for her to enjoy.”

Personalized Chocolate Greeting from Figi'sPersonalized Chocolate Greeting:  up next is is another completely edible personalized Easter gift from Figi’s.  Framed in delicious Easter jelly beans, this sweet Easter greeting really makes a bold and tasty declaration!  The centerpiece of this fun gift is a special chocolate message from you!  We write your greeting in edible yellow icing on a yummy ‘Happy Easter’ chocolate plaque. 

Personalized Easter Bunny's Special Delivery from Figi'sPersonalized Easter Bunny’s Special Delivery:  back to to personalized Easter baskets for kids that are a mixture of hard goods and candy, this gift has stood the test of time. We also have a Christmas version which is very popular.  A personalized mailbox tin is loaded with candy favorites such as Easter chocolates, sour jelly bunnies and Easter jelly beans.  But that’s not all…your child or grand child also we receive a special letter from the Easter Bunny and a fun bunny bouncing ball!  

Personalized Easter Egg Goodies from Figi'sPersonalized Easter Egg Goodies:  last, but not least, we have another personalized Easter basket for kids with special pricing when you buy two.  This ‘eggs-tra’ special gift has a personalized, reusable fun box containing cottontail kisses taffy; speckled jelly beans; Sixlets®; gumballs; a strawberry marshmallow egg and more.

Personalized Easter gifts from Figi’s – perfect for kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors…anyone on you Easter gift-giving list!  If you have any questions about these or other Figi’s gifts, please contact us; we’re happy to help you find the perfect gift.  To see our full assortment of personalized Easter gift baskets, please click here.

There is still time to order to ensure Easter delivery, but Easter will be here before you know it, so don’t wait.  We’re already seeing some Easter gift sell out.  For information regarding Easter basket delivery deadlines and mail order Easter gifts, click  here.

Thanks for reading Gourmet Market. We’ll be back soon with more fun spring holiday gift giving topics, product updates and trivia.

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March Madness Watch Party Essentials Round 2

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March Madness 2014 is at its midpoint and the action has been fantastic!  As the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight and Final Four draw near, it is time to game plan on what to serve or bring to your next party.  Whether you are hosting or visiting a March Madness watch party, you know having great tasting snack foods is essential.  Here is where Figi’s come in; let our 70 years of experience helping people celebrate special events and holidays make you an MVP.  Even if you are not into March Madness yourself, chances are, you have a friend or relative that is; surprise them with one our snack gifts delivered.  

In our first March Madness Watch Party Essentials post, we scouted some great snack ideas from Figi’s.  Today’s post will add additional snack ideas and a recipe for you to try.  Also feel free to vote in our championship poll below; who do you think will win it all this year…Arizona, Michigan State, Louisville…or another team?

Savory Sixteen Meat Cheese Sampler from FigisSavory Sixteen Meat and Cheese Assortment: Get the crackers ready!  Snack-sized cuts of assorted favorite Wisconsin cheese and sausages combine for a delicious lineup for your party. We have included Summer, Mettwurst, Steakhouse, Pizza, and Garlic flavored sausages with Wisconsin Cheeses including Cheddar, Colby, Brick, Onion, Bacon, and Salami flavored.  Please check out our other Cheese and Meat assortments here.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels from FigisChocolate Covered Pretzels: We haven’t had many sweets in our snack recommendations thus far, so here’s tried and true veteran you can count on to satisfy a sweet tooth.  We take salted golden pretzel twists and sweeten the deal by coating them in milk chocolate and white creme coatings. Half of these yummy treats are then coated with colorful candy sprinkles.  Figi’s has two chocolate covered gift sizes available to help with any sized gathering. Check out more wonderful Chocolate Covered Gifts from Figi’s here.

Bagel Chips and Cheese Spreads from FigisBagel Chips & Creamy Country® Cheese Spreads: We have teamed up our famous best-selling Figi’s Creamy Country® Cheese Spreads with toasted bagel chips for the ultimate snack!  You and your watch party guests will savor light and crispy New York Style® Traditional Bagel Chips topped with our Creamy Country® Cheese Spread trio of  Cheddar, Cheddar with Bacon, and Nacho Jalapeno flavors. Our cheese spreads are also great for dipping veggies, spreading on sandwiches and crackers and so much more!

Tempting Twosomes from FigisTempting Twosomes Meat and Cheese Assortment:  Figi’s has put together another great combination for your March Madness watch party! We’ve included two of our savory Smokehouse Beef Sausages with two of our finest Wisconsin Cheese: Cheddar and Colby.  But that’s not all – we added two of our delicious Kave Kure® Cheese Logs.  Our Swiss log is coated with with almonds and our Cheddar log is coated with pecans and almonds.

Chocolate Nut Teasers from FigisChocolate Nut Teasers Snack Mix:  Here is another sweet and savory best-selling snack mix from Figi’s.  This gift includes everyone’s favorite nuts – made even better by being enrobed in rich chocolate!  Check out this starting roster: Milk Chocolate Peanuts, Mocha Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Dark Chocolate Almonds, plus Milk and Dark Chocolate ‘All Nut’ Mix.  Just open this tin and let the snacking begin!

And there you have it: more great snack ideas for watching the rest of March Madness 2014 or sending to your favorite fans.  For other great snack ideas, be sure to view our entire assortment of snack gifts here.

As promised, here is a quick and easy recipe I found from Marzetti. Give it a try and let us know how you liked it in the comments field below.  Do you have a game time recipe you would like to share with our readers? Please do so in the comments field below.

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Recipe: Grilled Potatoes with Tomatoes and Scallions

Grilled Potato Skins with Tomatoes and Scallions
Grilled Potato Skins with Tomatoes and Scallions

Ingredients:
Marzetti Classic Ranch Dressing
Large raw potatoes
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Chopped tomatoes
Chopped scallions
Chopped parsley
Preparation:
Bake several large potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a knife. Allow them to cool. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out most of the cooked potato (save this for another use). Cut each potato half into 4 pieces. Arrange the potato wedges on a tray. Fill each piece with shredded cheddar cheese. Prepare a grill pan or a grill to medium heat. Brush the pan or the grill grates with oil. Transfer the wedges to the pan and grill until the cheese melts and the bottom of the potatoes are marked. Remove from grill and top with chopped tomatoes, scallions and parsley. Drizzle a generous amount of Marzetti Classic Ranch Dressing over the potato wedges and serve.

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Take it Personally: Personalized Easter Gifts Part 1

Personalized Easter Baskets from Figi'sEaster is a wonderful time to give or send someone special a personalized Easter basket or gift from Figi’s and we have many wonderful gifts to chose from! But before we explore specific gifts, let’s review why choosing a personalized gift from Figi’s is a great idea. For starters, kids and grand kids love to see their own name on a special gift given by you.  Personalization gives your gift a little something ‘extra special’ because it makes your Easter gift unique and memorable; when your little one sees the gift you sent with her name on it, she’ll remember YOU sent it. Personalized gifts show you took extra time and effort to do something very special.  In addition, personalized gifts from Figi’s are fun and affordable; in fact several best-sellers have discounts for buying in pairs. Finally, personalized gifts are identifiable; it’s harder (though not impossible) for kids to argue ownership over something that clearly has the owner’s name on it :)

Figi’s has many adorable personalized gifts you can treat your kids and grand kids with this Easter; trust us when we say putting a child’s name on a special gift from you will mean so much to them!  Let’s take a closer look at a few of our most popular and new personalized Easter gifts:

Personalized Cuddle Bunny Floor Pillow from Figi'sPersonalized Cuddle Bunny Floor Pillows:  Imagine your little one’s excitement when he or she sees their name on these cute and cuddly Easter bunny themed body pillows!  These pillows are perfect for napping, snuggling, TV time, trips to grandma’s house…you name it!  Last year, a Figi’s customer said of this gift: Excellent! So cute!! Love my son’s name on this item. Looks better in person than the picture…so adorable.

Personalized Floppy-Eared Bunnies from Figi'sPersonalized Floppy-Eared Bunnies: Looking for something cute and cuddly, but smaller than the pillow shown above? No problem: check out these Easter best-sellers!  Figi’s has helped thousands of parents and grandparents deliver Easter smiles with these adorable personalized bunnies.  Our girl version wears a pretty party dress; the boy version dons overalls – both versions are embroidered with the special name you specify. Plus, if you buy a pair of bunnies, you receive a special discount.

Personalized Easter Treat Pails from Figi'sPersonalized Easter Treat Pails:  Okay, those are both great ideas, but does Figi’s have something personalized and edible?  Yes we do!  In fact this next gift combines “cute and cuddly” with yummy Easter candy to make an ideal fun surprise for your little ones. Other Easter gifts “pail” in comparison (sorry…I couldn’t help myself).  These best selling personalized Easter baskets for kids have cool star sunglasses; a play shovel and pail; plush ducks (complete with their own cute sunglasses!); jelly sugar rabbits and chicks; a dark chocolate marshmallow egg and more! This Easter gift also has special pricing when you buy a  pair of pails.

Personalized Bunny Tins from Figi'sPersonalized Bunny Tins:  Another wonderful combination in a personalized Easter basket for kids, this gift has a reusable Easter tin with your child’s name on the lid; a cute mini plush bunny; and a self-inking stamper.  Assorted candy includes: a Pez® candy dispenser; Easter jelly beans; yummy marshmallow eggs; and other assorted chocolates!  This is another great Figi’s Easter gift with special discount pricing when you buy a pair of tins.

Personalized Dinosaur Fun Bag from Figi'sPersonalized Princess Fun Bag:  Here’s something unique and extra-special for your ‘little princess.’  This Easter basket for kids has just about everything a princess could need (pumpkin carriage and glass slippers not included).  This princess fun kit includes a pretty tiara; a pearl-like necklace; strawberry cream and key lime taffy; taffy pops; strawberry flavored popcorn; Jelly Belly® Disney® Princess jelly beans; and a giant princess crown cookie!  Also included is a castle stationary case to hold assorted stickers, a small notebook and crayons – all in a pretty pink canvas bag with your princess’s name embroidered in white. She’ll have a “ball” with this gift! (sorry…) This is a new gift for us and already has this nice review from a Figi’s customer: ‘I purchased this product, along with others for my granddaughter’s birthday. Having it personalized for her meant everything to her. She was thrilled with the gifts and gave me much satisfaction in seeing her excitement. I would definitely recommend this to all.

Personalized Dinosaur Fun Bag from Figi'sPersonalized Dinosaur Fun Bag: Chances are, your little guy loves dinosaurs. If so, imagine the excitement this personalized Easter gift will bring him!  This cute new gift from Figi’s has everything a little paleontologist could use on an expedition: a dinosaur sticker book; a dinosaur case of crayons; a dinosaur shaped sugar cookie; some green apple flavored popcorn; Laffy Taffy®; Dinosaur Gummi Kabobs; Tootsie Roll® Pops; Mike & Ike® Original Fruit; and assorted mini dinosaurs!  All of this fun comes in a green fun bag with your little one’s name embroidered in white. It’s a “dino-mite” gift! (better?)

If you have any questions about these or other Figi’s gifts, please contact us; we’re happy to help you find the perfect gift. To see our full assortment of personalized Easter gift baskets and other gifts, please click here. To learn more about Figi’s Easter Basket Delivery, click here.

Thanks for reading Gourmet Market. We’ll be back soon with “Take it Personally: Personalized Easter Gifts Part 2″ and  more fun spring holiday and gift giving topics.

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March Madness Watch Party Essentials Round 1

March Madness 2014 is here! Many people (myself included) look forward to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament each year.  The games are generally exciting and spirited. It’s hard not to get caught up in all the excitement, especially if you’ve engaged in some friendly competition with friends and co-workers through a bracket challenge.

March Madness and snacking go hand in glove.  Are you hosting or attending a March Madness watch party? If so, then you know having an array of snack foods at guests’ fingertips is a must and we’re here to help.  Even if you aren’t into March Madness yourself, chances are, you have a friend or relative that is; surprise them with one of these snack gifts delivered.  With that, here are some game-winning  snack foods from Figi’s that will make you an MVP with friends and family.

Double Wisconsin Variety Meat and Cheese Gift Box From Figi'sDouble Wisconsin Variety: This gift has it all! Snack-sized cuts of Wisconsin cheese, sausages, mixed nuts and jumbo cashews!  Plus, we threw in two delicious chocolate bars to quell your sweet-tooth.  Team up Double Wisconsin Variety with your favorite crackers. We’ve included Cheddar, Colby Jack, Salami flavored and Vegetable flavored cheese varieties.  Our Smokehouse Sausage varieties include  Beef Summer Sausage, Steakhouse Blend Sausage, Garlic Beef Sausage, Beerwurst Sausage, and Pizza Sausage.

Hot and Spicy Cajun Snack Mix from Figi'sHot & Spicy Cajun Mix: Here’s a snack mix that’s definitely as ‘hot’ as the tournament action itself!  Figi’s crunchy Cajun Snack Mix has the perfect amount of zip to make your taste buds tingle.  It’s a zesty mix of Virginia Peanuts, Almonds, shelled Sunflower Seeds, Soynuts, Pepitas, Hot & Spicy Peanuts, and Cajun Corn Sticks.

Country Cheeses SpreadsCreamy Country® Cheese Spreads: You can’t go wrong with Figi’s Creamy Country® Cheese Spreads; it’s no wonder these spreads are our best-selling gifts!  We have all the best flavors out there and they’re perfect for sandwiches, crackers, bagel chips, pitas, wraps, pretzels and more! Choose from our ‘sweet sixteen’ ounce or ‘elite eight’ ounce sizes of Port Wine, Cool Ranch, Cheddar, French Onion, Swiss and Almond and other flavors – the more you buy, the more you save!

Delightful Dozen Meat and Cheese Gift Box from Figi'sDelightful Dozen and Half Dozen Cheese and Meat Gift Box:  Figi’s has put together a great combination for your party – delicious snack sized cuts of sausage, Wisconsin cheese and spreadable cheese logs are all included in this all-star lineup. You’ll get robust Summer, Mettwurst, Garlic and Cheddar Jalapeno Sausages, along with Cheddar, Colby, Brick, and Edam Cheeses.  And don’t forget the nut rolled Kave Kure® Cheddar, Port Wine, Swiss, and Smoky Cheese Logs; perfect for veggies, crackers, wraps and more!

Nostalgic Popcorn Gift Tin from Figi'sNostalgic Popcorn Tin: What can be easier to snack on than popcorn from Figi’s?! Not much. Just pop the top and let the snacking begin!  This game-winning snack tin includes plump, firm, and full of flavor popcorn varieties in a fun, retro tin.  Popcorn varieties include Butter Flavored, Wisconsin Double Cheddar, and Copper Kettle Caramel Popcorn in the 3-way tin. Figi’s 6-way  tin has Kettlecorn, Wisconsin White Cheddar and Double Cheddar, Copper Kettle Caramel, Vanilla, and Caramel Corn with pecans and almonds!

Smokehouse Meat Sticks and MoreSmokehouse Beef Sticks:  Your journey to the tourney should include these Figi’s best-sellers.  Our moist and flavorful smoked meat sticks are made in the best smokehouse tradition – seasoned just the way you like ‘em.  They’re a great value with our Buy More and Save pricing – treat the whole team! Choose from Beef, Pepperoni, Hot & Spicy and Honey Ham.

California PistachiosCalifornia Pistachios:  Our final March Madness Party snack idea is California Pistachios from Figi’s. Our best selection of huge natural California Pistachios are rich and nutty; carefully roasted and lightly salted, they have that slightly sweet Pistachio taste snack-lovers will appreciate.

Everyone’s a winner with Wisconsin cheese, sausage and snacks from Figi’s. Check out our complete roster of snack gifts here. Our lineup of cheese and meat gifts can be found here.  Have fun this March Madness; here’s hoping your bracket isn’t busted after day one!

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Fun St. Patrick’s Day Trivia and Gifts – Part 2

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Welcome back to our review of St. Patrick’s Day trivia. In Part 1, we shared interesting trivia about Saint Patrick and assorted fun traditions carried out around the United States.  In Part 1, I also promised to share the translation of “Éirinn Go Brách.” Without further ado; that phrase translates to “Ireland Forever” and is used to express Irish nationalism.  Here are a few more Irish sayings you can try out while celebrating with family and friends; as far as correct pronunciation is concerned…you’re on your own :)

Gráim thú means “I Love You.” Sláinte means “To your Good Health” or “Cheers.”  Beannachtaí na Fáile Pádraig is a St. Patrick’s Day blessing. Dia dhuit means “Hello” and literally means “God be with you.”  Ní fhaca mé le fada thú menas “Long time, no see.”  And finally, Go n-éirí an t-ádh leat translates as “Good luck”  (literally, May luck rise with you).

While you can try to impress your friends with those Irish phrases, it may be less difficult (and embarrassing) to try out this trivia…

  • Many Irish names have an O’ prefix; the O’ prefix means “grandson of.”  Mac and Mc are also common and mean “son.”

LeprechaunSo what is a leprechaun anyway? A leprechaun is a little shoemaker, typically ill-tempered and wealthy.  They like to store away their treasure trove of coins in a pot at the end of a rainbow.  It’s said that if you catch a leprechaun, it must grant you three wishes in exchange for its freedom. (photo courtesy spiderwick.wikia.com)

  • If you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, you open your self up to get pinched. You might want to be careful with that one now days…
  • It’s said that in Ireland, there is one pub for every 350 people; all pubs in Ireland are generally open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Kissing the Blarney StoneI always thought you kissed the Blarney Stone for good luck. Turns out, you kiss the Blarney Stone to make you less shy and more talkative; to become more eloquent. To learn more about this tradition and how hard it is to actually kiss the Blarney Stone, click here. (photo courtesy blarneycastle.ie)

  • The first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the New World took place in Boston circa 1737; the first official parade in New York City took place in 1762; it’s the world’s largest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade. (main parade image courtesy news.nationalgeographic.com)

Connemara marble jewelryIreland is famous for its green-tinted Connemara marble (used in jewelry making, building facades, flooring and more) and beautiful Waterford Crystal. The Waterford factory melts over 750 tons of lead crystal per year.  Waterford produces over 45,000 high-end crystal pieces per year. (photo courtesy etsy.com)

  • For more St. Patrick’s Day fun facts, visit History.com here.

There’s still time to get some fun St. Patrick’s Day Gifts from Figi’s…but not much time! See them, and other great Holiday gifts, here.

Figi's St. Patrick's Day GiftsWe hope you’ve enjoyed our short tour through St. Patrick’s Day trivia and tradition. We’ll be back soon with more Easter facts and trivia, along with other fun topics, coming later this spring. Thanks again for reading Gourmetmarket.com; please let us know what you think about our blog in the comment field below. If you have some topic ideas, be sure to share them with us as well.

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The Nine Million Dollar Egg

Happy Easter from Figi'sA title like ‘The Nine Million Dollar Egg’ is sure to get some attention! We’ll get to nine million dollar egg in a bit, but by way of introduction, this post is all about Easter. Granted, Easter is still a bit of a ‘hop down the bunny trail,’ but since it is my favorite holiday, I like to start celebrating early. I’ll have other posts about this very special holiday in the coming weeks and I hope you enjoy the first installment centered around some fun and interesting Easter trivia.

Chocolate EggsWhat is the most popular Easter candy? Chocolate Eggs. You just can’t miss with this combination of classic candy and the most popular Easter symbol. Whether malted, solid chocolate, caramel filled, foil-wrapped, or with crisp rice, chocolate eggs are hard to beat!

Child and Chocolate BunnyHow do most people eat their chocolate bunnies? Most people choose ‘ears first’ – 76% of the population agrees the ears are the best part! In reality, does it really matter – chocolate feet first or chocolate ears first: it’s all the same delicious chocolate, right? If you’re interested in chocolate bunnies, Figi’s has a few varieties available – including a five pounder! You can check them all out here.

Jelly BeansHow many jellybeans are purchased at Easter time? Would you believe…16 BILLION?! If all were lined up end to end, they would circle the globe three times. Figi’s also carries a selection of jelly beans, perfect for Easter or any time! Cold Stone Creamery® and Jelly Belly® varieties can be found here.

Hot Cross BunsWhat English baked good is a traditional Good Friday treat, thought to ward off fires, shipwrecks, and keep rats out of the corn? Hot cross buns. I have to admit it; I never heard that one before. People believed that hot cross buns baked on Good Friday would never go moldy, and so they kept them from one Good Friday to the next.

Easter EggsWhy are eggs an Easter symbol? Eggs have been a symbol of life and rebirth since ancient times. Ancient cultures of Egypt, Persia, Gaul, Rome, and Greece all used this symbol. This tradition made its way into Easter; a holiday that celebrates rebirth.

Egg Rolling at the White HouseWhen did the most famous Easter celebration – Easter Egg Rolling on the White House lawn – begin?  President Andrew Johnson’s family originally rolled eggs at the White House. Over time, children in Washington D.C began participating in the activity on the Capitol grounds. However, this practice was very hard on the Capitol’s landscaping. As a result, Congress outlawed the practice in 1878. President Rutherford B. Hayes kindly opened up the White House lawn to any child who wished to roll an egg, and the tradition continues to this day.

Easter LillyWhat prompted growers in the US to start producing Easter lilies? Japan was the main supplier of Easter lilies until 1941 when our supply was cut off because of World War II. Lilly hobbyists in America decided to turn their hobby into a business; and the industry is still booming! The Easter lily is the fourth most popular potted plant. 

The WinterEggAnd last but not least…which decorated eggs are the world’s most valuable?  In the 1880s, Peter Carl Faberge was commissioned by Czar Alexander III to create decorated eggs for the Czarina Maria Feorodovna. Fifty-seven of these treasures were hand crafted, and are now worth millions each. The “Winter Egg” sold for, get this – $9,579,500 in 2002!

Personalized Peanut Butter Egg from Figi'sThe best part about starting your Easter celebration early is that you have longer to indulge in all of those awesome Easter treats! Here are a few of my favorites: Personalized Peanut Butter Eggs (if they’re your favorite too, you might like our Peanut Butter Pie or Easter Bunny Bites!)

Cold Stone Creamery Jelly Beans from Figi'sCold Stone Creamery® Ice Cream Parlor Mix Jelly Belly® Beans are delightful, so much better than traditional jellybeans. Enjoy Chocolate Devotion®, Our Strawberry Blonde®, Birthday Cake Remix™, Apple Pie A La Cold Stone®, and Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Chip®, all in a fun ice cream cone gift tin.

Happy Easter Petits Fours from Figi'sOf course, most of all, I love Happy Easter Petits Fours! These cute, creamy and absolutely irresistible chick petits fours join in the fun of wishing loved ones a “Happy Easter!” We also have a new Petits Fours gift for Easter; you can check out the new Gourmet Easter Petits Fours here.

Easter Basket's From Figi'sWe also have a fine assortment of Easter Baskets to choose from.

Let Figi’s help you find the Easter treats to perk you up and chase away those winter blues. To view our entire Easter Gifts selection, including baskets, chocolate bunnies, egg candies and more, click here

If you love Easter as much as I do, be sure to visit our Easter Gifts and Crafts Pinterest Board. There, you’ll find lots of recipes, egg dying techniques, crafts and much more! 

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Fun St. Patrick’s Day Trivia and Gifts – Part 1

St Patrick's Day Parade, Dublin OhioÉirinn go Brách! Yes, another favorite holiday is fast approaching: St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th!  It’s a holiday commonly associated with the coming of springtime (hurry up, please!); rainbows and pots of gold (yes, I’ve tried to find a rainbows’ end a time or two); leprechauns; shamrocks (and for my son…shamrock shakes); dressing in green; festive parades; drinking green beer; and perhaps getting into a wee bit o’ mischief.  Seems to me like a perfect holiday to blog about and so I will :)

Erin Go Bragh

I chose to open this post with “Éirinn go Brách!” which is often spelled Erin go Bragh.  However, I have a confession: I’ve seen that phrase associated with this holiday countless times…and had no idea what it meant.  I figured, “it must be Irish for something.”  Does it mean “Happy St. Patrick’s Day”…or maybe it means “Kiss me, I’m Irish?”  Well, after a little research, I solved the mystery of  “Éirinn go Brách!” and managed gathered a few more interesting St. Patty’s Day facts to share with you.

But first, if you’re looking for some festive and fun St. Patrick’s Day gifts, we have them! Any of these gifts would be great for an office party, St. Patty’s Day celebrations at home or as a gift for your Irish (and Irish at heart) friends and family.  After all, everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Click here to shop the gifts seen below; at time of publishing this post, many of these gifts were on sale! We’ve got Irish-themed cookies, candy and other snacks, plus party supplies as seen below.

Figi's St. Patrick's Day Gifts

Most people know that according to legend, Saint Patrick was known for banishing dangerous animals from Ireland (particularly snakes).  But did you know he did this by beating a drum?  Did you know Saint Patrick’s true given name was Maewyn Succat and he wasn’t Irish by birth (he was born in England)?  I also learned St. Patrick’s Day marks Maewyn’s passing not his birthday.

Here are some more trivia for you:

  • The color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue; the color green became associated to St. Patrick’s Day in the 19th century.
  • As of 2008, there were more Americans of Irish decent (est. 36 million) than there were Irish living in Ireland (est. 4.4 million).
  • There are four U.S. municipalities named “Shamrock.” You can find them in West Virginia, Texas, Indiana and Oklahoma.
  • There are nine U.S. municipalities named “Dublin.” Dublin, California and Dublin, Ohio are generally the best known.  And speaking of towns named Dublin…

New London, Wisconsin becomes “New Dublin” 

New Dublin, WisconsinA week-long St. Patrick’s festival kicks off when members of the “Shamrock Club” in New London, Wisconsin dress up as leprechauns, then change New London’s highway signs to read “New Dublin.”  The town’s population numbers about 7,000, but “New Dublin” draws around 30,000 people on St. Patrick’s Day. Residents and visitors are treated to bagpipe players, a Finnegan’s Wake complete with a green hearse and Irish Fest complete with Celtic bands, Irish foods (especially corn beef and cabbage) and more.

Dye me a River

Chicago River Dyed GreenA few municipalities are known for this practice, but perhaps Chicago is most famous for it. For more than 40 years, the Chicago River has been dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day.  The river is colored with an eco-friendly powdered vegetable dye.  It usually takes several days for the green coloration to disappear.

The World’s Biggest Shamrock

World's Biggest ShamrockO’Neill, Nebraska is known as Nebraska’s “Irish capital.”  O’neill has a four-leaf clover painted in the middle of the intersection of Route 281 and Highway 20. This symbol is a reminder of the town’s deep Irish roots. St. Patrick’s Day events in O’Neill include include a parade, the Shamrock Fun Run and a dodge ball tournament.

Oh yes…I forgot to explain what “Éirinn go Brách” means, didn’t I?  I’ll revisit that in the next post: “Fun St. Patrick’s Day Trivia Part 2.”  Do you have any fun St. Patrick’s Day traditions? Please tell us about them in the comments field below.

Also, if you love Pinterest, St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish, be sure to check out our St. Patty’s Day Pinterest board here.

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The Symbols of The Olympic Games

Opening CeremonyThe Winter Olympic Games are under way in Sochi. The opening ceremonies were stunning; the competitions have been entertaining. The Sochi games, as with Olympics past, have some very familiar symbols; easy recognizable to most people around the globe. You’re probably already thinking of a few symbols as you read this. I thought I’d explore some of the common symbols of the Olympic Games. Hopefully, you’ll learn something new and interesting along the way; I hope you enjoy this review and “go Team USA!” (opening ceremonies photo: NBC News)

Tourch lightThe Olympic Torch: few Olympic symbols are more recognizable than the Olympic torch. The flame itself is said to represent, among other things, purity and the pursuit of perfection.  In ancient Greece, the flame was ignited and kept burning until the closing of the Olympic Games, as is true in modern Olympics. The flame first appeared in modern Olympics in 1928.

Tourch lightThe journey of the Olympic torch from Greece to the host city is a long-standing tradition dating back to 1936. The Olympic flame is lit at the ancient site of Olympia, Greece by women wearing robes similar to what was common in ancient Greece. The torch is lit using a curved mirror that reflects sunlight. The Olympic torch is then passed from runner to runner, from the ancient site of Olympia, to the Olympic stadium in the hosting city.  The torch is passed along on to various athletes, celebrities, public officials and other citizens of the host country to the location of the latest Olympic Games. When the Olympic torch arrives at its destination, the final torch bearer lights the Olympic flame to signal the start of the Olympic Games.

Tourch RunIt has been reported about 14,000 torchbearers were involved with the Sochi torch replay in Russia, and and estimated 130 million Russians were able to see the torch. A map of the Sochi 2014 torch relay, with car journeys marked with white, plane journeys with blue and train journeys with red,  is shown above (Picture: The Siberian Times). That’s a whole lot of relay!

RingsThe Olympic Rings: perhaps the most recognizable symbols of the Olympic Games is the five interlocking colored rings, most commonly seen on the white Olympic flag. Each of the five rings has a unique color: blue, black, red, yellow and green. Every nation’s flag has at least one of these colors present. Pierre de Coubertin created this symbol in 1912; it represents our world’s five major contents from which Olympic athletes compete. The rings interlock as a sign of the friendships created between the competitors. The official Olympic flag, featuring this symbol on a white background, first flew in 1920.

MedalsThe Olympic Medals: we’re all aware athletes compete for medals; there are gold, silver, and bronze medals for athletes (or teams) who finish their event in first, second, and third place position.  The reverse side of an Olympic medal typically bears a design commemorative  to the city hosting the Olympic Games.  The Sochi medals are pictured above. Here’s an interesting fact: the last gold medals, made entirely of gold, were awarded in 1912. Visit the Today Show’s website, today.com, here for more fun Sochi Olympic medal facts.

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And the Award Goes to…Part 2

Welcome back to our fun-filled play on the Oscars! If you missed Part 1, you can read it here. It’s time to reveal the nominees for more exciting Best Valentine Gift categories!  

Here are the three nominees for Best Valentine Gift for Kids”: 

Mane Squeeze from Figi'sYou’re My Mane Squeeze: Our adorable plush lion won his nomination, hands down. I guess we could have included him in an awards blog based on the Grammys – maybe next year! He sings “Love You More Than I Can Say” and his performance will easily find its way into the heart of a special little one. Your Valentine will love this plush lion and the rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffle heart candies he brings.  Check out his video on our YouTube Channel here.

Personalized Valentine Bears from Figi'sPersonalized Valentine Bears: Kids feel like VIPs when they receive this cute, cuddly bear personalized with their own name! These Valentine pals are a Figi’s Exclusive – you won’t find them anywhere else! They’re also on of our best selling Valentine Gifts; it’s easy to see why: so adorable…and so huggable in those cute Valentine outfits!

Personalized Valentine Mailbox from Figi'sPersonalized Valentine Mailbox: Special Delivery! This personalized mailbox tin filled with Valentine candy always gets good reviews from the little ones who receive it.This dazzling delivery includes foiled chocolate crisp hearts, Tootsie Rolls,® chocolate conversation hearts, marshmallow bears, and more. The reusable mailbox can be personalized with your Valentine’s name!  

All very deserving gifts – and now, it’s your chance to pick the winner! Please use the poll below to cast your vote.

Next up are our three nominees for “Best Romantic Gift”: 

Personalized Everlasting Bouquet from Figi'sPersonalized Everlasting Bouquet: This gift is a classic. We nominated the Everlasting Bouquet of roses because the sentiment and beauty last forever. Tell your Valentine that your love for him or her is ‘forever’ with the splendor of rosebuds, accented by glossy greenery and lacy white baby’s breath. Your personalized greeting card nestles among red roses in an acrylic vase. But that’s not all – this gift Includes delicious Peanut Caramel Clusters for your sweetheart! 

Chocolate Covered Cherries from Figi'sChocolate Covered Cherries: Combining creamy milk chocolate and lush cherry centers, chocolate covered cherries steal the show for candy lovers!  Your sweetie with absolutely love the luscious sweetness of cherries and the creaminess of milk chocolate. These delicious treats arrive individually red foil wrapped, all nestled inside a heart shaped tin – perfect for the holiday!      

Heart Cookie Bouquet from Figi'sHeart Cookie Bouquet: This bouquet evokes all the romance and joy of a bouquet of flowers and then becomes a delicious treat…what a perfect ending! This gift is new this year: it’s a combination of heart-shaped sugar cookies; some are half dipped with a layer of white or chocolate icing. Then, drizzled with icing or candy-sprinkled. This 12 count bouquet comes wrapped in tissue, all tied up with a red satin bow.

All very deserving gifts – and now, it’s your chance to pick the winner. Please use the poll below to cast your vote today!

And be sure to check back soon for “And the Award Goes to – Part 3” for our final two Best Valentine Gifts categories and help us select the winners!

There are many more great gifts to enjoy for Valentine’s Day. Check out our entire Valentine Collection today and see the many deserving gifts you can ‘award’ to your Valentine!

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