Each holiday season that goes by, I say things like, "If next year is busier than this year, I don't know what I'm gonna do." And each year, I'm amazed at the volume of orders and the incredible help I receive from my staff, friends, and family. I'd be nothing without them.
This year, I made 39 batches of Truly Custom Crunch. It might not sound like much to you, but when each batch has 2lbs of brown sugar, 1lb of butter, 2 cups of popcorn, and 3 cups of nuts and 3lbs of chocolate, you KNOW that things were crazy around here!
I was amazed that I went through about 125lbs of dark chocolate! My husband liked to joke with me and tell me I needed to join a support group. ha ha I'd agree if I'd have eaten it all!
Anyway, here are some photos of what left my kitchen this holiday season. I have to admit, I was REALLY glad when it ended. BUT despite being busier than I'd ever been, things never went more smoothly!
|5oz package of Truly Custom Crunch.|
|Icing 800+ cookies in my mini cookie marathon.|
|This is a custom order of corporate gifts for a local pharmaceutical company.|
|66 custom packages ready for delivery. My truck never looked so pretty!|
|This little Snowbabies 1st Birthday Cake won 2nd place in Cake Central's Hoilday Cake Contest.|
|I think this little Santa is my favorite sculpted figure from the Holiday's. I don't even particularly like Santa stuff but I just LOVE how he turned out.|
|Baby Shower Cake in a "Nesting" theme.|
|There were 50 individually wrapped cupcakes for this order. Each cake got its own little box to be used as favors for the shower guests.|
|Candle Cakes always re-appear during the holiday's. I love this one with the "Snowballs for Sale" theme.|
|And a more "mature" candle cake for the adult crowd.|
|My Delorean Cake. I LOVE how well this car turned out. I have to admit I was a little nervous about the doors "shutting" on their own. But they held up to delivery amazingly well|
And aside from the cakes and the crunch, I did a few other projects. Call me crazy....
|More Christmas Cookies|
|Every year for Christmas I give out special "treats". This year I made plain pound cakes and blueberry pound cakes in little ceramic loaf pans. Each gift bag included both flavors of pound cake and the Truly Custom Crunch.|
|Of course I HAD to make melted snowman cookies. I mean... it's tradition at this point! This year I made them on dark chocolate chip cookies.|
|Homemade Marshmallows! My first time making them and they turned out pretty good! I made 3 flavors. Plain, Rum, and Kahlua. The Kahlua are particularly yummy in hot chocolate!|
|Cranberry Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes. These were sooooo yummy. I made them for our Christmas Eve Brunch. So glad the holiday's only come around once a year!|