Li-Lac Chocolates: Top Tips for Wedding Guest Welcome Baskets

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It’s a MUST DO to provide a treat-filled welcome basket for out-of-town guests who are staying at hotels. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way from colored paper bag presentations of yesteryear!  Today, more and more couples are filling colorful, patterned, re-useable tote bags or other classy baskets and containers with fantastic offerings.  Here are some of the most popular items to place in Guest’s Welcome packages:

  1. Several Different Collections of Li-Lac Chocolates in pretty vellum bags or boxes are popular choices. Some ideas include Chocolate-Covered Pretzels, Caramels, Fudge Squares, French Creme Rolls, Solid Hearts, and Chocolate-Covered Ginger or Orange Peels.
  2. Several Bottles of Spring Water, with personalized labels
  3. Several Bottles of Iced Tea, Coffee or Soda, with personalized labels
  4. A Collection of Spa and Pampering Items, such as, bottles of scented lotions for both men and women
  5. A Gift Card for the Hotel, that can be used for Room Service…

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cups

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cups
Caramel and chocolate. Need I say more?

These would make a welcome holiday gift, packaged up pretty. They’re easy and delicious.
First of all, though, you have to make this Salted Caramel Sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quality dark chocolate (I use Bernard Callebaut)
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • about 1/2 cup salted caramel sauce, warmed
  • (dark chocolate bar, broken into small squares, optional)

Directions

  • Melt chocolate over, not in, simmering water.
  • Stir in the butter until melted.
  • melt quality chocolate

  • Put about 1 1/2 tsp. in the bottom of a mini cake case.
  • fill cups with 1.5 tsp chocolate

  • Top with about 1 1/2 tsp. caramel sauce.
  • salted caramel sauce

  • Top with a tiny dollop of melted chocolate, or, if you’ve forgotten this step and already licked the container clean, stand a small square of chocolate in each cup.
  • finished--chill until set

  • Refrigerate until set.

Enjoy!

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Li-Lac Chocolates Snowman at a Family Reunion Christmas Party

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The Christmas and Hanukkah holidays are a time for families to gather together, perhaps for the only time that year — to enjoy fabulous company, catching-up, great food and wine, and spectacular desserts. It’s a time when family traditions are honored and embraced, adding to the richness of the family bond…and bringing memories alive again.

Our Li-Lac Chocolates’ snowman was given a place of honor at the dessert buffet for one spectacularly close family’s recent Christmas Party. The desserts on the table were lovingly made by all the relatives, and set on platters and tiers for display, and for the second year in a row, a Li-Lac Chocolates oversized chocolate piece was chosen as their spotlight display. This year, it was our smiling snowman standing guard over those pecan snowballs and gingerbread thumbprint cookies, until it was his time to be enjoyed himself.

And two of our oversized chocolate gift boxes…

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chocolate peanut butter layer cake

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This cake is a chocolate peanut butter lover’s must try!

 

2 layers of moist chocolate (85% cocoa) butter cake and a middle layer of dense (still to be improved) peanut butter cake, sandwiched with copious amounts of divine italian meringue peanut butter cream and topped with a chocolate (85% cocoa) ganache…

 

I spotted the chocolate butter cake recipe from Honey Bee Sweets 88. She had made a beautiful princess cake for her daughter and the chocolate cake was adapted from Mrs Ng SK’s vanilla butter cake. That butter cake is the best butter cake I’ve made so far, since it is light, moist and does not crack.

 

I baked the chocolate and peanut butter cake separately in a 9 inch square tin. The chocolate cake took around 55 minutes to bake.

 

For the peanut butter cake, I tried to adapt from the vanilla butter cake. I’m not that satisfied…

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