Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year From the California Bakery that Does "Custom" Best!

Happy New Year From the California Bakery that Does "Custom" Best!In a generation of ordering things the way you want it, Ontario Bakery knows how to make your celebration even better! 2014 has been a wonderful year for us, as our family owned business has had the honor of highlighting your best side for all kinds of holidays and milestones! 

We wanted to take this moment to send you off into a fabulous 2015 with a head start reminder of the top custom baked goods we are happy to create for you and your celebration! 

Cakes
From birthday cakes to wedding cakes, our cakes have their own reputation in Southern California for being both colorful and delicious; not to mention, unique to your liking! Our cakes come in a variety of flavors, shapes and colors, leaving you the most delightful options you can imagine!

Happy New Year From the California Bakery that Does "Custom" Best!Cake Pops
Cake pops make a dashing compliment to any party for any age and occasion. These sweet bite size sweets are sure to bring a smile to all who enjoy them, from children's parties and bridal showers to Valentine's Day and the Fourth of July! They're delicious bites of cake on a stick? What's not to love?

Cookies
Happy New Year From the California Bakery that Does "Custom" Best!Cookies are a nostalgic addition to any celebration and in our opinion, a great addition to a simple afternoon getting cozy with mom, dad or grandparents. From chocolate chip to oatmeal, we have your taste buds covered!

Ontario Bakery knows how to celebrate with you and even better, we take the stress out of the planning. So as we enter into this next year, take us with you for the ride! We'll make the new year sweeter for you!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Check Out These Delicious Reasons to Eat More Cinnamon!

Check Out These Delicious Reasons to Eat More Cinnamon!Cinnamon is a feel-good foods. The scent is reminiscent of fall, a favorite time of year, and brings back memories of making apple pies with mom or grandma, and celebrating the holidays.  As the year closes, we want to highlight the beauty and delicious benefits of cinnamon and why we love to bake with it!
  • Numerous studies show that cinnamon regulates blood sugar, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike.  That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods.
  • It reduces LDL cholesterol levels.  LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol.  Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • It has natural anti-infectious compounds.  In studies, cinnamon has been effective against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens.
  • It contains fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese —albeit small amounts to the typical dose of ground cinnamon.
  • It’s been proven effective for menstrual pain and infertility Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones.

To take advantage of cinnamon’s potential benefits, incorporate it into more meals. One of the things I love about this spice is how versatile it is. I use it in both sweet and savory dishes, and I feel like I’m always finding new ways to add it to meals, snacks, and beverages. Here are 10 easy ideas:
  • Sprinkle cinnamon into your coffee, or add it to your coffee grounds before brewing.
  • Add a dash or two of cinnamon to hot oatmeal, overnight oats, or cold whole grain cereal.
  • Fold cinnamon into yogurt, along with cooked, chilled quinoa, fresh cut fruit, and nuts or seeds.
  • Freeze cinnamon in ice cubes to add zest and aroma to water or cocktails.
  • Season roasted or grilled fruit with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  • Stir cinnamon into almond butter, or any nut or seed butter, and use as a dip for fresh apple or pear wedges or a filling for celery.
  • Add a pinch of cinnamon to lentil or black bean soup, or vegetarian chili.
  • Season roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, spaghetti, and butternut squash with a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Sprinkle a little cinnamon onto popped popcorn.
  • Stir a little cinnamon into melted dark chocolate and drizzle over whole nuts to make spicy ‘bark’ or use as a dip or coating for fresh fruit.
Really, your options are endless. Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years to heal the body and enhance tastes.  At Ontario Bakery, we love being apart of lasting memories in your families and would love to be a part of more.  Please let us know what we can do to make the last of your 2014 have a sweet end!  Call us today for your custom baked cakes and more!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Enjoy Some Family Holiday Fun With the Gingerbread Man!

Enjoy Some Family Holiday Fun With the Gingerbread Man!Nothing says Christmas like a cute gingerbread man, especially if you make it yourself. Spending time with the young children in our homes not only creates quality time spent together, but also boosts fine motor skills. These ideas are simple and fun. So, gather the family and your art supply stash and go to work making a craft that you'll enjoy for many holidays to come. The end result with be warm, sweet and fun!

Start With the Story

Most young kids love a story that mom or dad makes up as they go. Turn it around by having your toddler or preschooler write a story of his own about a gingerbread man. Write the words as he dictates them to you, and then illustrate the story as a family. Once finished, staple the pages together and read it under the Christmas tree. Alternatively, read your little one a story about a gingerbread man, and then gather the family to act it out as a skit. 

Gingerbread Man Cookies!

Eating a cookie might just be your toddler or preschooler's favorite project. After all, very few children will turn down a warm, delicious treat - especially one they help create. Prepare your favorite batch of gingerbread, roll it out, cut the men with a cookie cutter and bake according to the recipe's directions. Once cooled, use frosting, holiday colored candies and sprinkles to make the gingerbread men look like your family.

Paper Gingerbread Man

For those of you who just don't have the time to bake, you can still have the fun! Make your gingerbread men out of paper! It's an easy option for smaller hands that won't take hours or too much patience from your little one. Simply cut out a gingerbread man from plain paper and let your child decorate it with crayons, markers and any other fun crafting supplies you might have. 
We know you are busy and still want to enjoy the holidays! We love to be there for you as well! So make your paper gingerbread men and call us in to do the rest! We specialize in custom baked goods for those in the Southern California area. Please call us at Ontario Bakery today, to place your holiday order! 
Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tips for Baking with Fresh Ginger This Christmas Season!

Tips for Baking with Fresh Ginger This Christmas Season!
The Christmas season is a time for delicious indulgence. One of the key ingredients that makes it so, is ginger! But not everyone knows how to use it or recipes to use it in.  At Ontario Bakery, we sure love ginger! Whether you want to order custom made goods or dive in to ginger on your own, below are some helpful tips to help you get a little more acquainted with our spicy rooted friend.
Fresh ginger is not as friendly looking as powdered ginger, which comes in a neat little canister along with all of the other dried spices. It goes into baked goods along with dry ingredients and requires no prep time. Fresh ginger, on the other hand, looks a little alien by comparison. The bulbous root is firm and it’s not obvious how to use it – especially in baking – if you’ve never used it before. Fresh ginger has a bright, slightly spicy flavor to it that can really make some baked goods a lot more interesting, so it is worth giving it a shot at least a few times.
Tips for Baking with Fresh Ginger This Christmas Season!To use fresh ginger, you must first peel off the dark outer layer of the piece you want to use. You can slice it off with a paring knife, but a vegetable/potato peeler is the easiest tool to use. Only peel a piece about the size you’re going to need, as the ginger stays fresher with its skin on. Ginger is fibrous, but the fresher your ginger is the less fibrous, more tender and more flavorful, so try to use less fibrous pieces when possible.  Once your chunk of ginger has been peeled, either slice it up with a sharp knife or use a microplane to grate it very finely before adding it to recipes. Fresh ginger should generally be mixed in with wet ingredients, while ground ginger is usually added with the dry ingredients, so keep that in mind  if you start to experiment adding ginger to your favorite banana bread or spice cake recipe.
Some things to make with ginger:
Ginger Snap Cookies
Ginger Rum Bunt Cake
White Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies
Gingerbread Molasses Cake
Ontario Bakery Loves to bake for you and we love seeing the smiles on your face as our warm desserts hit your palette! Put in your custom order today! Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Baking? Tasty Tips For Making Your Cakes More Healthy!

Christmas Baking? Tasty Tips For Making Your Cakes More Healthy!The Christmas baking season is upon us and its time to get out the recipes!  At Ontario Bakery, you can bet that we are rolling up our sleeves and getting started with custom orders and loving it!  

Baking is a fun activity to do with the kids and is sometimes a family tradition. If you decide to get things cooking at home, you may want to reach for some healthier ingredients or methods.

Often when you use healthier alternatives in recipes, the flavor or texture may differ. Keep an open mind, your taste buds soon get used to the change and it is worth it when you reap the benefits! Just by making a few simple tweaks, you can make better-for-you bakes. Here are four tips to get you on your way:

Christmas Baking? Tasty Tips For Making Your Cakes More Healthy!
  • Start by using an unsaturated spread instead of butter. Not only does this lower the amount of saturated fat in your cake, but it gives a lighter texture. As long as you make sure the spread you choose is suitable for baking, you can simply swap butter for spread in most recipes.
     
  • Opt for wholegrain flour instead of white. While this may give a denser texture, the health benefits will be far greater. Wholemeal flour will increase the fibre content and make your cake feel more filling.​It also provides a lovely, slightly nutty, flavor.
     
  • Think fruit and veg have no place in a cake? Think again. They can add fibre and sweetness. Plus, fruit is a great way to keep your baking moist. Sweet vegetables such as carrots and beetroot, or fruit like apples and berries can also mean you don’t need to add as much sugar. Try this healthy banana bread recipe next time you’re in the kitchen
     
  • To finish your cake off, use a drizzle of glaze icing rather than butter icing. A light sprinkle of icing sugar can give the final touch – cut out stencils from greaseproof paper for a more professional finish. Knowing that you’ve produced a healthier version of a teatime treat will be the icing on the cake.

We at Ontario Bakery love keeping you happy whether we make a custom cake or other dessert for you or if you choose to take on the baking at home.  www.ontariobakery.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You Can Make Your Own Caramel Apples At Home! Here's How!

You Can Make Your Own Caramel Apples At Home! Here's How!Have you ever wanted to make your own caramel apples at home?  It's actually far more simple than most people realize and they make a wonderful and fun dessert for the kids to enjoy as well. 

Stop wishing you could make them and finally take the plunge into gooey sweetness!

Caramel Apple Tips

  • Use a combination of different colored apples: red, green and yellow.
  • Choose uniform-sized apples—small apples work best.
  • Dip apples in one quick motion; let excess caramel drip off. Holding apple upright, press toppings into caramel to hold them in place.
  • And remember: caramel apples are always best eaten the same day they are made!

To Decorate Sticks

  • To make these festive caramel apple sticks, begin with a basic lollipop stick.
  • Wrap the stick in double-sided tape from end to end. Then wrap the stick with thin, non-wired colorful ribbon. You can apply small spots of clear glue if necessary.

We at Ontario Bakery, love creating customized cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more for all your family's celebrations. We hope you use this recipe and enjoy it to your content!  Then, call us for your next custom cake order!



Monday, November 24, 2014

8 Great Etiquette Tips for a Better Thanksgiving Experience

8 Great Etiquette Tips for a Better Thanksgiving ExperienceAs Thanks giving quickly approaches, we want to leave you with some important etiquette tips for this time of family gathering. Far too often, people think of these times as ones to dread; for fear of the controversy and awkward moments that have in the past, reared their ugly heads.  Don't put yourself in this situation. Thanksgiving and other holidays can be enjoyed in wonderful ways when we use our manners and empathetic conversational skills.  

You're about to spend Thanksgiving with many personality types, so you deserve to be prepared to make the best out of it.  We found Dianne Gottsman's post on Thanksgiving etiquette to be quite helpful and wanted to pass on the pearls of wisdom. 

1. Know the guest list. If you aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year, get an idea of who will be attending this year’s festivities. Is Uncle Sam coming? How about your sister-in-law? Knowing who will be a part of the celebration this year will help you mentally prepare some thoughtful questions and conversation starters. Don’t forget to ask about the kids – that will keep the conversation rolling for far longer than you care to imagine.
2. Allow plenty of travel time. If you’ll be driving, give yourself and your family plenty of time in case you encounter traffic congestion or road closures. Arriving calm is a better option than racing in frazzled and late.
3. Bring a hostess gift. A bottle of wine, a scented holiday candle, or festive package of stationery is always a thoughtful gesture. If you plan to give flowers, send them ahead of time so they will arrive before the holiday meal.
4. Offer to bring a dish. If Aunt Susan is preparing the meal, call ahead and ask if there is anything you can bring, such as a side of vegetables or your famous peppermint chocolate cake. If the answer is no, at least you offered. Don’t be shy about offering your help once you arrive. Filling water glasses or serving dessert may be a small gesture but greatly appreciated by your host.
5. Avoid political or religious discussions. Just because it’s family doesn’t mean this is the right time to go down the road of debating religion or politics. Try to keep the conversation on neutral topics, like the sports, hobbies, and exciting travel plans.
6. Be a good listener. Since we are all so used to being hyper-connected, this can be a bit of a challenge. This also means not interrupting. One of the most polite things we can do is give someone our full attention. Following up with thoughtful questions is another way we can show that we are fully engaged in what that person has to say.
7. Bring an activity. A deck of cards is compact enough that you can easily stow it in your purse or pocket. If you notice things are getting a little slow after the meal, ask the host if she would mind if you started up a game of cards.
8. Follow-up with a heartfelt thank-you. Remember to drop a thank-you note in the mail for the hostess within a few days of returning home. We all know the preparation that goes into hosting a large family gathering and an appreciative note is a nice touch after the holiday event has come to an end.
Ontario Bakery has been celebrating family for a long time. Specializing in custom baked goods, we hope you choose us for your next celebration! From us to you, have a happy and well-mannered Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin that Will Leave You Wanting More!

The Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin that Will Leave You Wanting More!Did you know that pumpkin holds a ton of nutritional value?  It's true!  And while we don't suggest using that as your ticket to binge this thanksgiving, you can rest assured knowing that there actually is some nutritional value involved... and done right, can actually be quite healthy!

Here's some helpful nutritional information about pumpkins and some ways to get the most out of their abundance! 

Pumpkin, for starters, is actually a fruit. It's a widely grown vegetable that's incredibly rich in vital antioxidants and vitamins.  While this humble backyard plant is less in calories, it contains high amounts of vitamin A and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in pure abundance!

Benefits: 

*They leave you feeling fuller. Low in calories but high in fiber keeps you eating less and feeling full!

*High in vitamin A, they boost your vision!

*The phytoestrogens in pumpkin seed oil lower your blood pressure!

*High tryptophan content in the pumpkin seeds improve your sleep!

Of course you know that pumpkin pie and other desserts aren't going to deliver these benefits.  It doesn't mean you can't enjoy them!  We'd love to make your Thanksgiving pumpkin treats! While you indulge, you'll have a greater respect for the incredible fruit and think of new ways to incorporate it into your meals.

For a healthier way to add pumpkin into your diet, adding pumpkin chunks to a roasted vegetable medley, or sprinkling pumpkin seeds on top of your salad. Feeling even more creative? Try pumpkin puree or homemade pumpkin butter in place of nut butters as a spread on toast. 

Whatever your choice, Ontario Bakery is here to add the sweetness.  Call us for all your pumpkin needs!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Think Outside the Pie Box with These 5 Delicious Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas!

If you've had enough pumpkin pie for a few years, you might be ready for something a little more exciting. For sure, we love pumpkin! But let's be adventurous and explore some additional spiced Thanksgiving dessert ideas this year!

Enjoy this gallery of delicious ideas!


Apple Cranberry Tart





 Carrot Cake





Ginger Cheesecake





Cranberry Pear Crisp





Ginger Snap Whoopie Pies 





We hope you're sweet palette has been inspired toward delicious goodness this Thanksgiving!  Remember, at Ontario Bakery we pride ourselves on high quality baked goods with the authentic taste of your grandmother's kitchen in every box! For this Thanksgiving, be sure to give us a call and place your holiday order now!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Need Ideas? Best Holiday Gift For Chocolate Lovers Everywhere!

Need Ideas? Best Holiday Gift For Chocolate Lovers Everywhere!If you're looking for the perfect holiday gift, look no further than delicious chocolate goodness. Aside from the fact that chocolate is a crowd pleaser, when you add a hand made or personalized feature, they only get more special! Gifts that get personal, reflect the sentiments of the season!

There's usually a type of chocolate for everyone! For every budget there's a chocolate gift that's just right! Being able to find the perfect gift of chocolate is as easy as noticing what kind they eat normally during the year. Check out what they love eating - the stuff they don't share might well be their favorite!
Some people like dark rich chocolate that is bitter yet very sensual to eat. Some love the smooth soft taste of the white chocolate, and some love milk chocolate!
One chocolate that most agree on is fudge.  The buttery melt-in-your-mouth delicate nature of fudge will melt most hearts.  They can be beautifully wrapped individually or as a whole platter or box. You will find this sort of gift goes down well with members of your family who you might otherwise struggle for ideas for.
In any case, Ontario Bakery is ready to make the perfect holiday fudge for both your gifting and celebrating!
Please, for those in southern California with a sweet tooth, we hope you call us today to place your delicious holiday order. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!

Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!Healthy doesn't mean you have to just hand out carrots! But to save costs on unnecessary sugar highs and dental bills, let's stay away from the caramel and taffy this year and opt for more healthy options! 
Being healthy doesn’t mean giving up all of the treats, here are some easy tips we wanted to pass on to you, for a more healthy halloween!
  • Balance. Portion candy with other healthy alternatives such as: fruits, vegetables, crackers, pretzels, low-fat milk, granola bars.
  • Eat Dinner. Remember to feed your child a well-balanced dinner prior to trick-or-treating. This will prevent candy from substituting dinner as well as prevent overeating of treats.
Sensible Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
    Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!
  • Granola Bars
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Kudos Fruit & Nut Bar
  • 100% Juice Boxes
  • Sugarless Gum Packs
  • Frito-Lay Munchies Kid Mix
  • Packs of cheese & crackers
  • Chex Mix
  • Chocolate-covered dried fruit
  • Honey Maid Cinnamon Sticks
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Animal Crackers
  • Nutrition bars such as NutriPals or Luna
Don’t forget.... If you do decide to hand out candy on Halloween night, be sure to make more sensible choices:
  • Opt for low-fat. Choose candy such as Peppermint Patties, Three Musketeers, and Twizzlers. These all have less fat and calories than their counterparts and still taste great.
  • Size matters. Always offer fun-size or snack-size versions of candy to decrease the calories, fat and sugar content. Kids get a sugar fix without over-doing it.
  • More isn’t always better. When handing out candy, don’t give out multiple pieces or handfuls. Give out one fun-size candy bar or treat and then hand out a healthier option, such as a mini box of raisins or a pack of sugarless gum or candy. (nationwidechildrens.org)

Even at Ontario Bakery, we understand that people want healthy sweets, so call and ask how we can customize your baked goods just for you! Happy Healthy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Halloween is at the end of the week and people are having so much fun carving pumpkins and we just thought it would be fun to celebrate everyone's creativity! From whimsical to works of art, these designs are worth admiring and possibly even doing yourself!  Remember, Ontario Bakery wants to be the go-to bakery for all your Halloween needs!  From custom cakes to cake pops and cookies - let us bring the sweet to your trick-or-treat! 

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?
Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?
Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

From all of us at Ontario Bakery, happy Halloween carving!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick or Treat? Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers~

Trick or Treat? Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers~Halloween is fun celebration for the whole family, but in the mix of all the trick or treat fun,  let's make sure every child is safe in the process with these important tips to remember: 

Costume safety: Help kids choose costumes that can be seen at night. If your child must have a dark costume like a witch or Darth Vader, we recommend adding reflective tape or strips to the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag. Some stores carry glowing aerosol spray paint for fabric that can be washed out. Kids and accompanying adults should also carry flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
Face paint is preferable to a mask that might restrict a child's vision. If children do wear masks -- paging Darth Vader again -- make sure they do not interfere with breathing or hearing and that eye holes are wide enough to not interfere with eyesight.

Trick-or-treating safety: It's definitely the safest for kids to go out in groups and be escorted by adults to each door. For more safety, consider trick-or-treating with the littlest kids at an organized afternoon event rather than on neighborhood streets after dark. 
Remind kids about the Safety Store's tips for pedestrian safety: 
  • Cross streets at corners or on crosswalks, never from between parked vehicles
  • Before crossing, look left, then right, then left again
  • Make eye contact with drivers and make sure a driver sees you before crossing.
If you're staying home to hand out candy,  clearing leaves and other obstacles from your sidewalk, steps and porch; turning on outdoor lights; and using glow sticks instead of candles inside jack-o'-lanterns.

It's also very important to teach children their home phone number and street address in case they are separated from adults, as well as teaching them to resist and shout "No!" or "This is not my mother/father" if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept something other than a treat or leave with them. 

At Ontario Bakery, we want you to have the best and safest Halloween possible. Please review these tips with the whole family. And remember, for halloween, birthdays, weddings and more, Ontario Bakery is your one stop shop for custom baked goods and treats! Place your order today!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!

Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!Coming up with Halloween games for your spooky party can be a little challenging, so we thought we'd take the guess work out of it for you!  Add our delicious halloween cake pops or other customized treat to the party and you'll be sure to have a happy crowd!

Dead Man's Belly

You will need:
  • some green or red jelly
  • plastic spiders and other creepy crawlies
  • halloween sweets such as jelly snakes
  • blindfold
Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!Make up a big bowl of jelly in advance- make it slightly runny by using a little too much water so it's more like green or red 'goo' rather than firmly set jelly. Drop in your creepy crawlies and other bits and bobs. Then gather the kids round and blindfold them in turn so they can dip their hands into the goo and guess what the dead man ate for his last meal! 

Spooky Scavenger Hunt

You will need:
  • suitably scary decor
  • items to hide
Dress the room the treasure hunt will be taking place in with Halloween-style decorations. You could make cardboard stand-up gravestones, paper spider-webs and attach cut-out bats to the ceiling. Then simply hide various goodies around the room for the kids to find.
Dress the Mummy
You will need:
  • a big supply of toilet paper or kitchen towel!
Split the party guests into groups no smaller than two and give them a substantial supply of toilet paper. The object of the game is to try and turn one of the group into a mummy by wrapping them entirely in the loo roll! Prizes go to the quickest or the best attempt.  

Sleeping Monsters 

A 'dead' (excuse the pun!) easy take on the party game standard and a great one to calm the kids down if they're getting a little over excited! Everyone - the 'monsters' - lies down on the floor.
When somebody moves they're out until only one player remains. 

Brain Digging

You will need:
  • a big bowl of cooked spaghetti
  • some ping-pong balls or similar
  • some small bags of sweets
Get the kids to dig in amongst some bits of 'brain' to find a trick or treat! Cook up a big pan of spaghetti, leave to cool for a moment and then turn into a big bowl. In amongst the pasta hide some ping-pong balls or similar. Three balls have 'treat' written on them, and three have 'trick' written on them. Each child gets a turn to dig inside the 'brains' and pull out a ball. If they choose a trick ball they have to do a forfeit (something silly, like run around the garden twice, or do a silly face), but if they pick a treat they get a small prize, such as a small bag of sweets. {Thanks to NetMums for these great games!}
We hope this year's halloween is full of silly tricks and delicious treats.  Of course, the 'treat' part is our specialty at Ontario Bakery. Be sure to call us and let us know how we can personalize your party needs!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween PartyIt's halloween time and you want to bring some fun treats to your kid's school halloween party! Of course you do.  But sending candy corn and a bowl of candy seems so basic and overdone.  This year, why not branch out and be a little more creative with these simple, fun and very delicious halloween themed treat ideas? The kids will love them and so will you!

First, we'd like to say that Ontario Bakery is always up for some haunted fun, so let us know if you'd like to simply order a spooky dozen or two of your favorite cupcakes or cookies or even some ghost cake pops, we'll have them fresh and ready for you right in time. 



    Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
  • If you'd rather do it yourself, go to your local bakery or grocery store and buy either pre-made iced/sugar cookies or donuts covered in powdered sugar.  The idea is to go for white. You could even go for marshmallows, but that depends on how much sugar you're up for. Next simply get some chocolate chips and insert them into your treats for ghost eyes! Messy but delicious and fun! (You may want to leave some cleaning wipes for the teacher, as a kind gesture)
    Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
  • Next, idea is Jack-O-Lantern cups.  Step one, will be to purchase clear plastic disposable picnic cups.  Grab a black permanent marker and draw some spooky 'carved' faces on the outside.  Next step can go in two directions. For a sugary note, make some jello and distribute evenly in each cup after the faces are drawn. Chill and bring to the class. Or, for a healthier note, simply show up and pour orange juice in each cup. Chilled apple cider will even do. 




  • Lastly, for a very healthy note, simply get a party platter of carrots, cherry tomatoes, orange slices, blueberries etc... and simply arrange them into the face of a happy and very healthy jack-o-lantern.  Who won't find a healthy pumpkin fun? 

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
We hope this halloween is a fun adventure for you and the whole family. Remember to be safe and know that Ontario Bakery is just a phone call away for the people of Southern California. We hope to bake for you soon!



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!

Every fall, the same question seems to come up amongst kids all over, "What are you going to be for Halloween?" Unfortunately, not all costumes are created equally and it can be a challenge coming up with a costume that doesn't require blood, gore or frightening imagery. 

Why don't we go for a more magical note this year?  
Here are the top five family friendly movie inspired halloween costumes of 2014:

Go Frozen 
Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!



Whether your child wants to dress up as Elsa, Anna, Hans, or goofy snowman Olaf, this cast of characters from the blockbuster hit Frozen are bound to be gracing the trick-or-treat scene this Halloween.

The Lego Movie

The basics of this costume are simple enough — an orange construction vest, construction boots, and a yellow hard hat. Your child can create a yellow block head out of cardboard, or an "Emmet" name tag will also do the trick

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtle power! This popular late 1980s/early 1990s television show is back, this time in movie form, and Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael are more popular than ever. You can definitely expect to see a lot of pizza-loving turtles this Halloween.




Captain America
Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!Fans of Marvel comics loved the latest installment of Captain America that came out this summer. It's not surprising this is a top costume choice for many kids — who doesn't love dressing up as a super hero?

Maleficent 

Kids loved this movie about the villainous fairy who cursed Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). For a homemade version, a black turtleneck, black cape, and black horns are the essential ingredients for this sure-to-be popular costume.

Whatever your choice, this year's Halloween celebration is sure to be a blast! Ontario Bakery is just a phone call away for all your sweetly baked goodies too! We can't wait to join the fun with you! Happy Halloween!