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Seasons Sweetings


Not gonna lie – one of my favourite parts of the holiday season (and I’m so not alone) is the sweet treats that tend to crop up. From boxes of goodies delivered to my office to melt-in-your-mouth candies stuffed into my stocking, I literally drool at the thought of smashing open a chocolate orange or enjoying basically anything candy candy-flavoured (I got a head start this year with candy cane gum). If you’re looking for a sweet treat to share this season, whether for corporate gifting, hostess presents, serving up at whatever fete you’re hosting, or simply for someone with a sweet tooth like mine, you may want to familiarize yourself with Christy’s Gourmet Gifts. Based in Burlington, Ontario, this family-run, artisanal treat company uses fine ingredients like Belgian chocolate and pure butter to create delectable treats – including this round-up of some of my faves from their collection.

Christy's Gourmet Gifts Christy's CrunchChristy’s Crunch – $5 – $25 Each
Let’s get things started by taking a look at Christy’s Gourmet Gifts signature product: the eponymous Christy’s Crunch. Somewhere between a cookie, toffee, and chocolate bar, this lip-smacking treat is what launched the gourmet brand into the stratosphere, with massive orders placed each year for everything from neighbourly well wishes gifts to a perfect way to say thank you to your employees or suppliers. Christy’s Crunch is available in five flavours during the holidays. The brand’s three classic flavours are milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate cranberry, but they also offer white and chocolate peppermint during the holidays (dark peppermint not pictured). It’s available in large chunky bars, but you can also order gift boxes in several different sizes, including the Elite Crunch set, which includes four bags of this lip-smacking treat.

Craft Beer Brittle with AlmondsCraft Beer Brittle – $10 / Box
Made from real craft beer and melt-in-your-mouth delectably sweet, this box o’ brittle is a fantastic gift with a range of applications. First? If you’re doing a Secret Santa with a $10 limit, this is a great gift that everyone will be clamouring for. Second, if you’re hunting down a stocking stuffer he’ll love, you can’t go wrong with anything beer-infused. For a fun twist, Christy’s Gourmet Gifts also offers a Craft Spicy Beer Brittle that’s a mix of brew, nuts, sugar and spice. Finally, it’s also a swell hostess gift that everyone will be eager to try out – stock up on a few boxes and haul one out for all of those last minute cocktail party invites. It’s a fresh new spin on ‘BYOB’ – with the b = beer brittle!

Christy's Crunch ShortbreadShortbread – $12 / Dozen Cookies
For whatever reason, shortbread really seems to shine during the holidays. Maybe there’s some traditional significance I’m not familiar with or maybe it just tastes good dunked in a cup of hot chocolate, whatever the case, few things feel more Christmasy than a buttery, flaky piece of shortbread. Christy’s Gourmet Gifts has two varieties on offer – Milk Chocolate Toffee and White Cranberry Toffee. With a dozen melt-in-your-mouth cookies in every box, it’s a perfect hostess gift that everyone can dip into post-holiday dinner.

Wine Infused Chocolate ToffeeWine Infused Chocolate Toffee Bars – $10 each
I held back on sharing this one through the two wine posts I’ve written over the last couple of months (although it’s another perfect 10 for $10 pick). Find me a woman that doesn’t like wine, chocolate, and toffee, and I’ll make them a believer after biting onto one of Christy’s Gourmet Gifts scrumptious wine-drenched gourmet bars. These tasty treats are available in three varieties – Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir (above), Chardonnay, and Merlot Black Pepper. Not only are the bars made in Canada, so are the ingredients – the wines in each bar come from Southern Ontario’s vineyard region, making this a truly Canadian candy bar.

Sea Foam Sponge ToffeeSea Foam Sponge Toffee – $10
I’ve had good sponge toffee and bad sponge toffee. The good kind fizzes on your tongue and makes you feel like a kid again – and that’s exactly what this retro-inspired treat does. Of course, it’s been given a grown-up makeover, with rich Belgian chocolate dipped corners and a nothing-but-perfect flaky fluffiness. In fact, you’ll notice that toffee is the through-line in all of the amazing treats offered by Christy’s Gourmet Gifts. That’s a good thing. It means these sweet-minded folks know their way around a pot of toffee and how to best deploy it to make your tastebuds sing. And with fabulous prices across the board (seriously, nothing on today’s gift guide is over $15, apart from the bigger gift boxes) they’re great to buy for any age, any relationship that you’ve got.

Christy's Gourmet Gift PackageA bit more about the brand. As I mentioned, they’re based in Burlington, but they do attend major craft shows (like the One of a Kind show in Toronto) and they do ship. And if you’re interested in wrapping up something sweet as your corporate gift this season, they’re a fab source to do so – they even do custom packaging that aligns with your brand. Finally, as my gift to you on behalf of Christy’s Gourmet Gifts, I’ve got a fabulous giveaway kicking off today! You could win 1 of 3 tasty $50 prize packages, filled with Christy’s Crunch and beer brittle, and wrapped in a beautiful gift box – so you can treat yourself or be a sweetheart and gift it to someone you love. Want to win this super sweet prize? Here’s how to enter:

1) Visit the Christy’s Gourmet Gifts website by midnight on November 15 and tell me in the comments below: which of their sweet treats are you most keen on trying for yourself?

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around November 16, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: There are three ways to earn extra entries into this giveaway draw. All you have to do is post your activity for each way in a separate comment below. So if you do all three, that means three extra comments + your initial comment on the post. You can Like Christy’s Gourmet Gifts on Facebook and leave a comment about why you’re excited to try them, Follow @christyssweets on Twitter and tag ’em in a Tweet that links back to this post, and / or Pin your favourite item featured in this post on Pinterest. Easy right?

Don’t forget, the holiday season is just getting started here on the Canadian Gift Guide. If you haven’t subscribed to my blog already, be sure to drop your email into the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the right so you can receive daily gift ideas (and amazing giveaways) this holiday season!

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215 Responses to “Seasons Sweetings”
  1. Kimberley says:

    I would love to try the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee.

  2. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    I remember eating sponge toffee as a young girl and I would love a tasty of the bubbly feeling melting on my tongue. Sweet thoughts!

  3. Donnas says:

    I love sponge toffee and having it dipped in chocolate is just so decadent.

  4. janicour says:

    I am a wine lover, so a natuiral choice for me would be :http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=120 Wine infused chocolate.

  5. janicour says:

  6. Donnas says:

    I follow @christyssweets on Twitter:

  7. Donnas says:

    Follow on Pinterest and pinned:

  8. Love beer so this sounds delicious – Craft Spicy Beer Brittle With Almonds

  9. Phyllis Godfrey says:

    The sight of the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee has my taste buds tingling!!

  10. Leah says:

    I’d love to try Christy’s Crunch: White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Biscuit

  11. Susan says:

    I would most like to try Christy’s Milk Chocolate Toffee Shortbread.
    http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=24

  12. Erin W says:

    The Belgian Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows sounds so decadent. I’d love these!

  13. Sherri F says:

    I would love to try the Milk Chocolate Toffee Biscuits!

  14. cookie3 says:

    I would love to try the Chocolate Terrine
    http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=66, It sounds so decadent

  15. Margaret Imecs says:

    I would love to try Craft Beer Brittle with Almonds

  16. I would love to try the sea foam sponge toffee. Fifty-five years ago, in grade school we could purchase something similar to this and it brings back such wonderful memories. Thanks!

  17. John Crawley says:

    Craft Beer Brittle for sure

  18. SueSueper says:

    I love Sea Foam Sponge Toffee – thus, that is what I choose.

  19. Holly Messana says:

    I would love to try the shortbread with white chocolate cranberry toffee

  20. Holly Messana says:

    I follow @christyssweets on twitter

  21. Holly Messana says:

    I like Christys Gourmet gifts on facebook

  22. Juliette fong says:

    Craft Spicy Beer Brittle With Almonds sounds intriguing . . . it’s really tough to choose – I should save myself the agonizing and just try them all.

  23. sponge toffee …. please

  24. Dale Steele Nicolov says:

    The wine infused chocolates sound interesting!

  25. Karen says:

    yum it all sounds and looks yummy but first choice is shortbread mmmm

  26. Cahley Tod-Tims says:

    Sea sponge toffee reminds me of being by the coast in England so I would love to try that!

  27. Audrey Skinner says:

    I would love to try the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee.

  28. Sherry K says:

    I would really like to try the Milk Chocolate Toffee Shortbread.

  29. Sherry K says:

  30. Erin McSweeney says:

    i would love to try the Belgian Chocolate Terrine

  31. Jessica Lord says:

    Sea foam sponge toffee

  32. Katie says:

    The wine infused chocolate sounds so interesting – I would love to try it!

    http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=121

  33. nicoleroannef says:

    I found myself staring at the Belgian chocolate dipped marshmallows. I’m going with those.

  34. nicoleroannef says:

    I like Christy’s on FB (as_nicole flax)

  35. nicoleroannef says:

    I follow Christy’s on twitter as @nicoleroannef

  36. nicoleroannef says:

    My tweet

  37. Louise says:

    everything looks so good. I would love to try the Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Chardonnay

  38. Alison K says:

    Visited the Christy’s Gourmet Gifts & of their sweet treats, I am most keen on trying, for myself, their Shortbread – White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee … NOW!! 😉

  39. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry: Followed @christyssweets on Twitter and tag ‘em in a Tweet that links back to this post https://twitter.com/SoulSeeker0/status/529421922933538816

  40. GARRY S says:

    CRAFT BEER BRITTLE

  41. Theresa Jones says:

    Oh, no question, the “sea foam sponge toffee”

  42. Donna L. says:

    I’d love to try the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee

  43. Donna L. says:

    I Liked Christy’s Gourmet Gifts on Facebook and commented there as Donna Lyn.

  44. Joan G. says:

    The Sea Foam Sponge Toffee is my favourite.

  45. Krista Embertson says:

    Sea Foam Sponge Toffee is a favourite of mine, haven’t had it in a long time, my Grandma always had it at Christmas for the kids

  46. Samantha h says:

    Christy’s crunch milk chocolate toffee bar. I make my cousin bring this from Burlington when he comes to visit.

  47. BlessedTA says:

    Elite Chocolate Experience

  48. Marcie says:

    I think they all look great. But if I had to pick one I would say the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee.

  49. Sunshine G says:

    I’d love to try the shortbread – it’s my favourite holiday treat!

  50. Julie G. says:

    My sweet tooth is keen to try the Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir

  51. Leah M says:

    I want to try the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee…yum!

  52. Susan T. says:

    I would love to try the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee. Sponge toffee was my favorite as a kid and I haven’t had it in forever!

  53. aarone mawdsley says:

    The sponge toffee looks delicious!

  54. melanie borhi says:

    Shortbread white chocolate cranberry toffee it sounds amazing

  55. melissa fowers says:

    I want to try the sponge toffee

  56. diane says:

    I would love to try the Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Chardonnay.

  57. sea food toffee would settle nicely in my tummy!

  58. CLC says:

    They all sound fabulous but my first choice is the sponge toffee.

  59. Tracy D says:

    I would love to try tye Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Chardonnay, sounds amazing! http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=120

  60. Lynn M says:

    White and chocolate peppermint? NICE!

  61. Steph says:

    That sea foam sponge toffee has my mouth watering! That would be my pick (if I had to choose just one..!)

  62. Tracy Martin says:

    The Sea Foam Sponge Toffee is my all time favourite.

  63. Jasmine Bourret says:

    Everything looks fantastic, but the Wine-infused Chocolate Toffee – Chardonnay really caught my eye!

  64. Jasmine Bourret says:

    I liked Christy’s Gourmet Gifts on FB!

    • Jasmine Bourret says:

      Oops-forgot to add that I am looking forward to trying them b/c all of the delicious sweets they have speak right to my heart! Perfect gifts for the holidays as well!

  65. Grace says:

    I love sponge toffee so definitely the sea foam sponge toffee!

  66. Anne Derkat says:

    The wine infused chocolate sounds so interesting.

  67. Jasmine Bourret says:

    Pinned a pic from this post! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/37154765651442362/

  68. Tara says:

    The Sea Foam Sponge Toffee looks amazing and would be the first thing I would want to taste, however, they all look delicious… My second choice would be the Gift box Dark Crunch.

  69. gbomberry says:

    Definitely the Shortbread Cookies (my personal weakness), just can’t seem to keep them around, keep melting in my mouth I guess

  70. Shelley N says:

    I would love to try http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=122 Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Merlot Black Pepper since I think it would be an amazing gift for my friend Dianne but I naturally have to sample it first to make that decision. Some really awesome looking products there.

  71. Suzie M says:

    Oh my Belgian Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows, these look amazing

  72. Suzie M says:

  73. Suzie M says:

    Liked on facebook

  74. Suzie M says:


    suzquiz m

  75. Ann says:

    That sea foam sponge toffee looks delectable,,,

  76. Anne says:

    WINE INFUSED CHOCOLATE…MMMMM!

  77. nikki robak says:

    wine infused chocolate toffee chardonnay

  78. Janet says:

    I think I’m in love with everything and to chose one is quite impossible. If I have to I’d say The Sea Foam Sponge Toffee would be my favourite.

  79. sonya says:

    http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=1
    WOWZERS!! I want to try the Christy’s Crunch: Milk Chocolate Toffee Biscuit

  80. sonya says:

    Liked Christy’s Gourmet Gifts on Facebook and I’m so excited to try them,

  81. sonya says:

    Followed @christyssweets on Twitter

  82. sonya says:

    Pinned Christy’s Crunch: Milk Chocolate Toffee Biscuit on Pinterest.

  83. Edith Rennes says:

    Shortbread Cookies for me

  84. Lisa Morrison says:

    I want to try the Elite Chocolate experience.

  85. linnett says:

    have loved sponge toffey since I was a kid, so the Sea Foam Sponge toffey looks good

  86. Heather Swanson says:

    sponge toffee

  87. Shortbread – White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee. I really want to try this!

  88. Evren Aydoner says:

    The crafty beer brittle look delicious

  89. Melissa Avey says:

    I would love to try the craft beer brittle!!!

  90. Evelyn Szekely says:

    Aydy’s chocolate puddles look amazing. If it’s one thing I can’t resist it’s chocolate and these things are a work of art!

  91. intensev5 says:

    I would love to try the Shortbread – Milk Chocolate Toffee

  92. skim says:

    Excited to try that beer brittle!

  93. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to try the Craft Spicy Beer Brittle With Almonds.

  94. Maryanne says:

    LOVE spongetoffee! Yum!

  95. I’d so love the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee!!

  96. I followed on twitter and tweeted

  97. Amber Flowers says:

    I’d love to try the Shortbread – Milk Chocolate Toffee

  98. KellyPC says:

    The Belgian Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows look divine!!

  99. kristen visser says:

    Oh goodness me I want everything!! Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Chardonnay, Sea Foam Sponge Toffee, Christy’s Crunch: White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Biscuit, Shortbread – Milk Chocolate Toffee

  100. kristen visser says:

    I am a fan on Facebook and commented on Christy’s Gourmet Gift’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChristysGourmetGifts/posts/861586570558476

  101. louise nowak says:

    would LOVE to try the Sponge Toffee! Everything looks soooo yummy!! Fingers crossed

  102. louise nowak says:

    Already a fan of Christy’s Gourmet Gifts Facebook page and commented https://www.facebook.com/ChristysGourmetGifts/posts/861590673891399

  103. Shelley N says:

    left a comment on Christy’s Gourmet Gifts FB page https://www.facebook.com/ChristysGourmetGifts/posts/861592333891233

  104. Kevin B says:

    i would love to try the Milk Chocolate Toffee shortbread

  105. aly3360 says:

    I am a HUGE lover of shortbread so I’d most like to try their milk chocolate toffee shortbread. It sounds so delicious.

  106. aly3360 says:

    I pinned my favourite treat in the list. It’s not my favourite treat for me, but i’m pretty sure i’m going to pick one up for a gift basket i plan to put together. Yumm!!

  107. Marlene says:

    too many sweets to choose from though -Christy’s Crunch: Dark Chocolate Toffee Biscuit &
    Craft Beer Brittle with Almonds sound yummy!

  108. Marlene says:

    Liked & left comment on facebook – Would love to try your yummy sweets..

  109. Stephen MacDonald says:

    Definitely the Sea foam Sponge Toffee, I loved that as a kid!

  110. I want to try the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee..yum! It reminds me of the Crunchie bars,,which i LOVE! 🙂

  111. liked on facebook and commented

  112. follow on twitter & tweeted

  113. gloria konelsky says:

    Craft Beer Brittle sounds intriguing!

  114. Valerie Gibson says:

    I’d love to try to sea foam sponge toffee

  115. B.F. says:

    Would be nice to have a mix of Sea Foam Sponge Toffee, White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Shortbread, Christy’s Crunch: Dark Chocolate Toffee Biscuit they look wonderful and bet they are delicious:)

  116. I am most keen on trying the Christy’s Crunch: White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Biscuit

  117. S.Hirano says:

    Wine and Chocolate, together! Those are my two favourite things. I would love to try the wine infused chocolate.

  118. Annie Demill says:

    http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=24 All my favourite flavours mixed up in one delicious bite!

  119. Annie Demill says:

  120. Susan Wingert says:

    Christy’s makes so many fabulous treats — ibut would have to say that the Milk Chocolate Toffee Biscuit’ would get top rating from me. This mix of buttery tasting toff with milk chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations.

  121. Lauren M says:

    I’d like to try the Dark Chocolate Toffee Biscuit

  122. ikkinlala says:

    I’d love to try the Craft Beer Brittle With Almonds.

  123. nicolthepickle says:

    I’d like to try Christy’s Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir
    It sounds so decadent.

  124. nicolthepickle says:


    I follow and commented on facebook.

  125. beewbedard says:

    Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Chardonnay

  126. truckerofbc says:

    Oh sweet lord I would love to try this

    Christy’s Crunch: Dark Chocolate Toffee Biscuit

  127. Ukidmenot says:

    Would love to try the wine infused chocolate toffee!

  128. Julia H says:

    The sponge toffee…it looks like a kind of chocolate bar I used to eat as a kid (can’t recall the name), except much, much better! Thanks for the chance to win.

  129. That sponge toffee looks delish!

  130. Terry says:

    Christy’s Crunch looks awesome!

  131. Burcu says:

    Christy’s Crunch: White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Biscuit

  132. Carol M. says:

    Would love to try Craft Spicy Beer Brittle With Almonds

  133. Pam says:

    I would like to try the Christy’s Crunch: Milk Chocolate Toffee Biscuit

  134. mousecat says:

    I’d be most keen to try the Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Merlot Black Pepper. Sounds so good!

  135. glinda says:

    I like the sound of “Craft Spicy Beer Brittle”. I really MUST try it.

  136. Tina L. says:

    I’d love to try the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee.

  137. Shelley N says:

    one of my favourites -Craft Beer Brittle (Spicy)

  138. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I would love to try Christy’s Crunch: White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Biscuit…I love all things toffee!

  139. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I’ve liked Christy’s Gourmet Gifts on Facebook because their products sound delicious and unique.

  140. Nicole B says:

    Belgian Chocolate Dipped Holiday Marshmallows

  141. Cheryl Almas says:

    I would like the Christy’s Crunch: Milk Chocolate Toffee Biscuit

  142. Carla B says:

    All of it sounds delicious but, if I have to pick one, I’d choose the Christy’s Crunch (White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Biscuit).

  143. debbie f says:

    I would love to try their Sea Foam Sponge Toffee. I love that stuff.

  144. Sylvia says:

    I’d like to try the Shortbread – White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee.

  145. Kelly Heynen says:

    I am most excited to try the Sea Foam Sponge Toffee! Takes me back to my childhood!

  146. Kelly Heynen says:

    I commented on the Facebook page!

  147. pat h says:

    perhaps the christy crunch-milk chocolate toffee biscuit

  148. Janice Lewis says:

    wine and chocolate in one…need I say more http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=120

  149. JordanK says:

    I’d definitely try the Dark Chocolate Peppermint Dipped Marshmallow!

  150. Sarah N. says:

    Oh yes yes yes. Sea Foam Sponge Toffee.

  151. Kiersten says:

    sea foam sponge toffee sounds delish

  152. Vicki H says:

    Sea form sponge toffee absolutely

  153. Nancy says:

    The Belgian Chocolate dipped Holiday Marshmallows.

  154. Maegan Morin says:

    Im a sucker for Sea Foam Sponge Toffee! OMG so tasty.

  155. Victoria Ess says:

    I would love to try the Belgian Chocolate Dipped Holiday Marshmallows!

  156. Susan Stirling says:

    Wine-infused chocolate toffee!!! Oh my, triple heaven 🙂

  157. Trevor Matychuk says:

    Wine infused chocolate toffee for sure!

  158. Lori P says:

    I could go for any of the above, but if I must choose I’ll say the Christy’s Crunch (White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Biscuit).

  159. Janet says:

    I would love to try Christy’s Crunch-White Chocolate Cranberry Toffee Biscuit-looks so good!

  160. Janet says:

    I Liked Christy’s Gourmet Gifts on Facebook!

  161. Cheryl says:

    http://www.christysgourmetgifts.com/store/item/?id=99
    Belgian Chocolate Dipped Holiday Marshmallows ….Yummmmmmmmmm!

  162. Kim heintz says:

    White chocolate cranberry toffee biscuit looks amazing!

  163. kittypride says:

    Their Belgian chocolate dipped marshmallows look scrumptious!

  164. Carol M. says:

  165. Jason Quarrie says:

    Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Merlot Black Pepper…oh WOW that sounds deliciously decadent!!!

  166. Dreena says:

    Here is a sweet treat for me: Wine Infused Chocolate Toffee – Cinnamon Basil Baco Noir.
    Sounds yummy!
    Thanks.

  167. Dreena says:

    Pinned my favourite:

  168. Mike says:

    I like the Milk Chocolate Toffee Biscuit.

  169. burnabymom says:

    I would love to try the wine infused chocolate!

  170. Evren Ay says:

    I like the beer brittle!

  171. Evren Ay says:

    Liked on Facebook!

  172. Evren Ay says:

    Pinned it on Pin Interest!

  173. Evren Ay says:

    Sorry forgot to add the link on my Pin Interest!

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