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!


*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.