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That most merry time of year is upon us. Unfortunately for many it is generally accompanied by a lot of stress that revolves around gift giving. Here are some time saving tips that I've learned while managing a household, raising three kids and running a business.

Make your lists early

Santa is not the only one who should be making lists at this time of year. Make your lists early and categorize by family, friends, teachers/caregivers and co-workers.

Set a total budget and a budget for gifts in each category

While this seems obvious, too many people often overlook this part.

I'm really proud that Délice Glacé has an entire selection of gourmet gifts, from our Festive Pop for $6.00 to our large gift boxes for $39.95 and all manner of meringue gifts in between.

Find a few local small businesses that you trust

The best thing about choosing a small business is the level of customer service you will enjoy. I will often just send my list to a person who is a dedicated gift concierge or even to the business owner directly. I describe the types of products I would like and my budget and they do the rest! How easy is that.

Here are some of the small, local businesses* that I use for my gift giving.

-For California grown, made and inspired foodie gifts I choose Sigona's Farmers Market

-For gourmet foodie gifts with a selection from around the globe I choose Draegers Market.

Both can create gift baskets for you using products in store.

-For the best San Francisco seafood or high quality meats as gifts I contact Bryan's Market. If you are local, they also carry the most gorgeous flowers that I often pick up for myself or my hosts.

-For toys I like to head to Cheeky Monkey and for books I go to Keplers Books both in Menlo Park.

At Délice Glacé you can contact us and send us your list with your budget and we can help you customize a gift selection for each recipient.

Buy gifts that can be shipped or delivered to your recipient.

Santa might like to ride around town delivering gifts but do you? A lot of small businesses will either ship nationwide or deliver locally. Most of the above businesses offer both. Bryan's Market will ship their aged steaks and other foods overnight.

Délice Glacé also offers local delivery and nationwide shipping. We have also introduced rush shipping this year.

ONLY buy gifts that come ready for gift giving.

I have made this mistake before. Drowning in a sea of wrapping paper, ribbons and bows at midnight is enough make anyone feel decidedly grinch-like; you must avoid this scenario at all costs. Turning to a small business will prevent this because almost all small businesses will personalize and wrap your gifts.

The night that I spent wrapping gifts after the kids were in bed has always been the inspiration behind the design process for the packaging for our meringues. To me it is imperative that our meringues are always gift ready. Our entire Holiday Shoppe collection comes complete with bows. We also include hand-written cards to your recipients.

What are some of your favorite stress busting and time saving tips around the holidays?

* These are not paid endorsements; these are literally some of my go-to favorite local businesses. Yes, some may carry Délice Glacé's fine meringues but that is no co-incidence because they are purveyors of the finest foods in North America.

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Updated: Nov 22, 2022

Meringues are the delicate darlings of the cookie world; they are tricky to bake but they are just so pretty and darn delicious that its easy forgive their finicky mannerisms.

Small changes during the making or storage of meringues can make them chewy due to the ambient humidity on the day that we bake. We follow strict protocols that control moisture and temperature during our production process so our meringues are always crisp when they exit our ovens. We taste test each batch for perfect crispness; even a bit of chew and back they go into the oven for another long rest before they can be packaged.

We even package our meringues with those tiny desiccant packs that suck up ambient moisture but because our meringues are made the same way you make yours in your home kitchen I.e. not starch slurry and no stabilizers, over time they may pick up moisture from their surroundings regardless of our best efforts. Other times your meringues will remain so crisp in their packaging you will swear they were baked yesterday. We blind taste tested our pumpkin spice meringues from our 2018 pop up shop against freshly baked ones in the fall of 2020 and we could not detect a perceptible difference in the crispness.

So what to do when you open up a bag or carafe and your meringue is chewy. You have two options; your meringue is now the texture of a light taffy so enjoy your meringue taffy! We have had customers tell us they love the juices that flow out of our meringues when they get chewy. But if like me, you love the crispness of meringues follow these easy instructions:

Preheat your oven to 200 F

Do not use the convection function. If your fan is on, you will have flying meringues!

Place meringues in oven for 10 or a maximum 15 minutes

Cool completely.

Once your meringues have cooled, decant them into an airtight plastic jar.

You will want to do this anyway, as soon as you open a bag or container of our meringues. Meringues should not be stored in glass jars or containers. Meringues should not be refrigerated or frozen despite all the advice out there; that is a cardinal sin and will RUIN your meringues. Please enjoy and in the comments do let us know your thoughts on crispy vs chewy meringues. I'm always on Team Crispy.


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Summer is here! The kiddos are out of school, the grill is all fired up and the pool beckons. Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen at a time like this? And yet summer is all about entertaining so you better make sure that you have some easy desserts under your belt to serve up after the hot dogs and burgers have been demolished. Here are some super easy and refreshing meringue desserts that we turn to every summer.

Our first go to is ALWAYS our Mini Pav shells that we fill with our favorite jams or curds, top off with a dollop of whipped cream or yogurt and some seasonal fruit. We filled this mini pavlova with homemade passion fruit curd ( you can purchase store bought - we won't tell!), a spoonful of creamy yogurt and topped it off with fresh ripe mangoes, a drizzle of fresh passion fruit pulp and topped with a passion fruit meringue.

If you want a dessert you can eat AND drink you can always whip up an iced frap and add a bunch of your favorite meringues. Blend any bottled iced coffee and ice, till you reach a creamy consistency much like a slushy; we add a splash of Baileys Liquor for a boozy kick! What takes this dessert to another level is the addition of your favorite meringues after you pour your frappuccino into glasses. We suggest using either Confetti Crunch, Chocolate or Rainbow Vanilla meringues because these pair best with the natural bitterness of coffee. Don't forget a fun straw and a spoon!

"You know what else everybody likes? Parfait." Donkey said it best in Shrek and we like to believe that he was referring to our meringue parfaits. Just layer whatever you have on hand, yogurt (plain or flavored), whipped cream or coconut cream, add a layer of ANY of our crushed meringues and a layer of your favorite fruit and viola! Instant dessert delivered in minutes. While literally any of our meringues are ideal for parfaits we have a few favorite parfait combos. We recommend using our Bulgarian Rose meringues to make a rose, raspberry and pistachio parfait or pairing Icelandic Skyr with fresh summer berries and Confetti Crunch or Rainbow Vanilla Meringues.

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