Happy Turkey Day, everyone! In honor of our favorite Thanksgiving bird, we’ll show you how to create handsome little turkeys out of Fannie May chocolate-covered cherries … and use them as a place card holders for your guests! They’re easy and fun to make, and your friends will gobble them up within seconds.
One box of Fannie May chocolate-covered cherries
One box of fudge-striped cookies
One bag of chocolate-covered malted milk balls
One bag of candy corn
One bag of chocolate chips
- Lay one chocolate cookie down on a plate, fudge side up. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave and stir. Using the melted chocolate as “glue,” attach one Fannie May chocolate-covered cherry to the top of the cookie.
- With the melted chocolate, attach about five pieces of candy corn along the top rim of another cookie, with the pointy part of the candy corn facing in toward the center of the cookie. Cool the cookie off in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened. The fan-shaped candy corn will act as the tail feathers of the turkey.
- Create the head of the turkey by using the melted chocolate to “glue” a piece of candy corn to the face of the malted milk ball. Cool the malted milk ball off in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.
- Stand up the ring-shaped cookie, with the feathers at the top, so that it creates a 90-degree angle with the cookie beneath the chocolate-covered cherry. With melted chocolate, attach the cookie to the back of the chocolate-covered cherry. Let it cool in the refrigerator.
- Once the body of the turkey has cooled, use the melted chocolate to attach the head of the turkey to the top of the chocolate-covered cherry.
- Cut two pieces of candy corn in half, horizontally. With melted chocolate, attach two halves of the candy corn at the bottom of the chocolate-covered cherry to create the turkey’s feet. Let the whole turkey cool in the refrigerator before serving.
- Place the finished turkey at the center of a guest’s dinner plate. Print out a name card, or draw one yourself, and stand it up next to the turkey.
And there you have it: an adorable little gobbler to welcome your guest to the Thanksgiving dinner table!
What other kinds of Thanksgiving crafts will you make with Fannie May chocolates?
Now that the countdown to the 2012 holidays has officially begun, your calendar is steadily filling up with plans for family gatherings and dinner parties with friends. With so many hosts graciously opening their doors to you this season of giving, there’s no merrier way to show them your appreciation than by giving them the perfect thank-you present. If you’re in need of some wow-worthy hostess gift ideas, we have just the solution for you: Deck the halls with boxes of chocolate! Here are 10 hostess gifts that will make everyone’s holiday a little sweeter.
Start the celebration early! With the Peace Love Joy Advent Calendar, your hostess can start her own countdown—and treat herself to a delicious piece of Fannie May chocolate—each day leading up to her big bash.
Give your bighearted hostess something she can pass out to all of her guests. The Holiday Sharing Create Your Own Gift lets you pick your own combination from more than 40 different classic Fannie May desserts, from Mint Meltaways to chocolate-covered orange peels.
For the hostess who knows how to throw a splendidly extravagant soiree, only a lavish gourmet gift would do. The FM Artisan Gift Tower features an abundance of ultra-premium handcrafted chocolate truffles filled with the finest ganache.
If the lady of the house has eclectic taste and likes to reuse her gifts time and again, the Festive Gathering Gift Basket has a little bit of everything she loves: 10 different chocolate holiday treats to satisfy her every craving, and a beautiful winter-themed tin basket that can be used for anything from serving champagne to storing magazines.
Filled with festive foil-wrapped solid milk chocolate Santas, snowmen and Christmas tree ornaments, the exclusive Chocolate Novelty Assortment makes the perfect gift for any hostess with small children. Her little helpers deserve some holiday sugar too!
Bring your hostess back to her own childhood memories of the holidays by presenting her with the Holiday Berry Bundle. With traditional flavors like sweet caramel, creamy eggnog, spicy gingerbread and minty-fresh candy cane, these irresistible chocolate-covered strawberries will make your hostess nostalgic for the homemade treats she loved as a kid.
Just like your hostess will indulge you with a holiday feast fit for a queen, spoil her with a treat that has a little bit of sweet, a little bit of spice, and a whole lotta nice. These brand-new Sea Salt Caramels are made with Fannie May’s famously delicious caramel, covered in rich dark or milk chocolate, and dusted with flavor-enhancing salt flakes.
Another way for the mistress of the household to nosh on her chocolatey gift? Sipping on it, of course! Mix things up with the Drinking Chocolate Trio, the perfect drinkable confection for filling up those holiday mugs.
On the flipside, rather than drinking one of her favorite holiday beverages, your hostess can enjoy it as a bite-sized truffle that will melt in her mouth. These sinfully smooth Eggnog Creams are coated with snowy-white pastel and sprinkled with nutmeg. It’s like giving her 28 steaming cups of eggnog in a box!
Who says the gift-giving has to end on the night of the party? For the hostess who’s always there for you, opt for the 12 Months of Giving Club and show her how special she is the whole year through. Each month, she’ll be surprised with a delectable Fannie May treat, like the 12-piece champagne truffles or the mini pretzel trio.
Which gifts would you like to shower your hostess with this holiday season?
Here at Fannie May, we know chocolate is a gift of pure love. Dip a few mouthwatering strawberries in our decadent chocolate, and you have a divine treat that will make any day a luxurious and unforgettable occasion for you and your loved ones. If you’d like to bring a touch of delicious elegance to any celebration—or if you’re looking for the perfect way to say “I love you,” just because—Fannie May Berries are the ultimate indulgence.
We only use the largest, freshest strawberries and hand-dip them in 100 percent real dark, milk or white Fannie May chocolate. Plus, to make sure your strawberries are at their ripest when you receive them, we deliver them to your doorstep overnight. We have a wide array of delectable chocolate-covered strawberries, so you can pick your favorite!
Our simple, classic chocolate-covered strawberries make a great present for those with traditional tastes. Choose from white chocolate-covered strawberries drizzled with dark or milk chocolate; milk chocolate-covered strawberries drizzled with white or dark chocolate; and dark chocolate-covered strawberries drizzled with white or milk chocolate. The combinations are endless!
Celebrating a black-tie affair? Our tuxedo strawberries are dressed for the occasion with both dark and white chocolate. You can even customize the color of the drizzle to make your gift even more personal. Color varieties include red (the ideal gift for your Valentine), blue and pink (a sweet welcoming present for a new baby boy or girl).
If you want to jazz things up a little, our line of extravagantly decorated strawberries is guaranteed to be the life of your party. Chocolate lovers will melt over our dark chocolate strawberries topped with dark chocolate chips. Want a different topping? No problem! We can add a little flair to your hand-dipped strawberry by capping it off with toasted coconut, almonds and more.
You can also show your loved ones how unique they are by giving them a box of our specialty strawberries. Make a toast to your anniversary or the New Year with the Champagne Celebration collection. (The white chocolate is infused with real bubbly!) Our one-of-a-kind sea salt caramel chocolate strawberries satisfy any sweet-and-savory craving; break them out on your next movie night, or share them with guests at your next party.
Finally, our true-blue fans will love the Fannie May Favorites collection. These sugary concoctions are inspired by our most famous chocolates, which you all know and love: Pixies, Trinidads, and Mint Meltaways. Pixie Berries are hand-dipped in real caramel-infused milk chocolate and covered with deliciously crunchy pecans. Our Trinidad Berries are dipped in real milk chocolate and topped with scrumptious toasted coconut, and the Mint Meltaway Berries are doubly dipped in real mint-infused white and milk chocolate.
No matter which kind you choose or what the occasion is, anyone who opens a timeless red box of Fannie May chocolate-covered strawberries is sure to be wowed. Once you’re done spreading the love, don’t forget to treat yourself to your favorite flavor too. You deserve it!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Of course you could get her a box of her favorite candies or chocolates, but if you really want to WOW her this Mother’s Day, gift her with a box of our new Summer FM Artisan Chocolates. And don’t forget to pick up a box for yourself!
If you’re already a fan of our original FM Artisan by Norman Love chocolate line, we welcome you to try a whole new variety of fresh summertime flavors. If you’ve yet to experience our more decadent indulgence in chocolate, you’re going to love the amazingly rich gourmet sweets we’ve created!
As always, our FM Artisan chocolates are made with the finest and freshest materials from all over the globe. Whether it’s Madagascar vanilla, Swiss white, dark or milk chocolate, or farm fresh organic fruits from right here, we wanted to make sure that we had an assortment of the best materials the world has to offer. You can tell the love and dedication we put into these gourmet chocolate creations with just one bite.
For this summer season, we wanted to create crisp and refreshing flavors that would complement the warmer weather as well as a spectrum of bright colors to match. Try the burst of citrus flavor awaiting you in the playfully bright yellow and green Key Lime, or the elegant flavors of soft pink Apricot that combine fresh pureed apricots, vanilla and buttery ganache, all enrobed in Swiss white chocolate. If you’re using this as a Mother’s Day present, we’re positive that mom will love the very artsy Peanut Butter and Honey or exquisitely exotic Roasted Pineapple. This thoughtful gift is sure to become a fast favorite to all who try them.
We’re having a hard time keeping our hands off of these divine gourmet chocolates and we believe they might be our favorite chocolates as of yet! Don’t just take our word for it, try a box for yourself. And with our new flat rate shipping, this great gourmet gift is bound to be a steal.
Learn more about our new FM Artisan Chocolates here.
Happy Early Mother’s Day!
Welcome Back Chocolate Fans!
We love chocolate (obviously!). The way it tastes, the different combinations of treats and desserts we can create with it, and even chocolate’s history is special to us. We love any chance to talk about chocolate, especially when the information is so deliciously good! Today’s topic is one of the most interesting facts about chocolate to learn: What is white chocolate?
Technically, white chocolate is not an official chocolate! At least, not by FDA established rules for labeling chocolate. White chocolate, like its dark and milk chocolate counterparts, originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but is still not technically chocolate. White chocolate doesn’t contain any chocolate liquor, which gives dark and milk chocolate their intense chocolate flavor and dark coloring. FDA rules state that any “chocolate” must contain chocolate liquor.
White chocolate stands out obviously because of its coloring, but there is a completely different taste to it than with dark or milk chocolate, and its ingredients explain a lot about why. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, flavorings and more. By FDA standards, for a product to be considered white chocolate rather than confection, it must contain at least 20% cocoa butter, 14% milk, 3.5% milk fat, and not more than 55% sugar (or other lecithin and flavorings usually including vanilla).
Cocoa butter is the main ingredient when making all three chocolates: dark, milk and white. It gives chocolate the ability to remain solid at room temperature and melt in hotter temperatures. Cocoa butter has very little actual chocolate flavor, because it is the fat from cocoa beans that is extracted during the chocolate making process. It’s what separates these real chocolates from imitations like confection.
We’re very proud to say that we use all forms of real chocolate! It’s what makes our chocolates stand out and contributes to our premium recipes. Our ingredients and recipes have never altered a day since we first opened in 1920, and they never will. Even with our new chocolate creations, we take every care to pick out the best materials that will satisfy chocolate lovers everywhere.
Still interested in white chocolate? Watch one of our famed chocolatiers, Elliott Callahan, talk about the world of white chocolate!
Today is National Pecan Day! Why are we excited about a random nut? Well, pecans play a pivotal role in one of our absolute favorite candy creations: they’re 1/3 of our signature Pixies!
Maybe you think it’s a little strange that pecans would get their own national holiday (then again, there is a national pigs in a blanket day so we’ve all seen weirder days). But did you know that the pecan is the only major tree nut to grow naturally in North America? Since the 1500s, indigenous groups cultivated pecan trees. By the 19th century, pecans were a major industry with large business in Louisiana and Texas.
For us though, pecans break out moment was in 1946, immediately after World War II, when we introduced our famous Pixies. During the war, when supplies for our great confections were low, Fannie May refused to alter our recipes for the sake of more chocolates. Instead, we made lower quantity batches of fine chocolates and closed our stores for the day whenever we had run out of chocolate. So imagine our delight when we could go back into major candy production and create something new for all of our loyal customers. The Pixie was born; they became an instant classic and impossible to resist. We start with crunchy, roasted pecan pieces and add decadently golden, buttery caramel and then cover it all in our rich Fannie May chocolate. They are then hand-packed and gift-wrapped, ready for enjoyment!
For years, our Pixies have been a customer favorite, and with good reason. We can’t get enough of this sweet, fulfilling crunchy treat. We’ve even added it to extra desserts! Our Pixies cake is one of our favorite creations, moist cake mixed with delicious caramel, pecan pieces and a chocolate coating. Of course we would never forget our delectable Pixies cheesecake, and once you try it neither will you! We partner with Eli’s Cheesecake for this Fannie May specialty. We take rich creamy cheesecake and pack it with pieces of Pixies, topped with layers of rich caramel and luscious milk chocolate. It’s a true Pixies fanatic dessert.
You can always add our mouthwatering Pixies to whatever dessert creation you have in mind. Add them to ice cream as a super sweet topping, or make them a top decoration on your cake of choice. Break them up into pieces and use them in part of your baking!
It makes sense to us why this seemingly normal nut would have it’s own day, so we’ll be celebrating National Pecan Day the only way we know how to: by indulging in our famous (and favorite) pecan, caramel and rich chocolate Pixies!
If you haven’t been keeping up on recent Health News, then you may not have seen our favorite story making the rounds this last week: all about Chocolate’s Health Benefits!
This is great news for any chocolate lover (or the occasional chocolate indulger). We couldn’t be happier to see our favorite sweets making headlining news. And now we won’t feel guilty about a piece of chocolate here or there. Of course all the main benefits are greater in dark chocolate and when eaten in moderation (an expert recommendation of one to two ounces a day), but there’s still no harm is a small bite of whichever chocolate is your favorite!
These helpful health finds below will have you reaching for another (small!) piece of your favorite chocolate treat.
- Chocolate is High in Antioxidants
Studies suggest that the cocoa in chocolate contains flavanols, which are a type of flavonoid only found in this delicious sweet! These flavonoids act as antioxidants to protect and repair cells in your body. Antioxidants can strengthen your immune system, and can also help with skin protection from UV rays.
- Heart Healthy Sweets
Dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure and LDL Cholesterol. Cocoa has blood thinning properties that help with blood flow and circulation. The antioxidants also help keep arteries clean, flushing out plaque build-up. Dark chocolate has been suggested to have inflammation-fighting properties that make it ideal for heart health!
- Dark Chocolate is good for the Brain
Dark chocolate has been suggested to improve memory and protect the brain from strokes!
- Chocolate Makes you Happy
We figured that it makes everyone so happy just to eat it, but chocolate apparently contains a natural anti-depressant called serotonin and also stimulates endorphin production which boosts your mood and makes you happy. Chocolate can really help during stressful situations, just don’t eat too much! Not that you’d have to worry much because…
- Chocolate Fills you Up
Studies suggest that dark chocolate is rich in fiber which helps keep your body full so you won’t eat as much or be hungry. Regular chocolate eaters who let themselves have a treat of chocolate are less likely to fill up on salty snacks or other foods that leave them feeling hungry.
- Chocolate helps you live longer
A study that followed 200 men over 20 years found that the men who consumed large amounts of chocolate lived longer and had lower overall disease rates than the men who ate little or no chocolate. Not to mention, other studies say that chocolate has been found to be one of the best cancer-fighting foods!
Like many, for us Easter is a special day to spend with family, filled with traditions and making new, lasting memories. Memories like waking up early to go on egg hunts and figuring out how many nooks and crannies our house and yard actually had; finding out what treats were nestled in our Easter basket and trying not to eat all of the candy before the morning was through; Memories of all our relatives gathering around the house, telling stories or catching up while waiting for a hearty Easter dinner. And each year becomes more special than the last.
Our Easter collection is packed with so many sweet treats, it’s hard to not want to take them all home (believe us, it’s a losing battle!). But we’ve made it easy to pick and choose the chocolates and candies that are essential to your perfect Easter basket.
No basket is complete without a chocolate bunny and lucky for you our solid Chocolate Easter Bunnies come in milk, dark and white chocolate as well as in 3, 6 and 12 ounce portions! We also offer a 3-pack with all three delicious chocolates.
Seasonal chocolate treats have become our specialty, and our Extra Large Easter Eggs in Caramel Pecan Fudge, Chocolate Nut, Peanut Butter, and Cherry Nut Whip are great gourmet delights. Big enough to share!
For bright décor with something sweet hidden inside, any one of our Spring Gift Boxes, Petite Gifts, or Individually wrapped Delights would be a great addition to a festive Easter basket. Also adding a pop of color (and flavor!) are our chocolate bunny pops, chewy Jelly Bird Easter eggs, and foil wrapped chocolate bunnies and eggs.
Eater Basket Ideas:
- A great Easter basket combination would be one of our Milk Chocolate Bunnies, the Easter Lamb plush with Assorted Chocolates (for some added fluff!), one White Chocolate Covered Pretzel Gift box, Jelly Bird Easter Eggs, and a container of Milk Chocolate Foil Wrapped Eggs!
- Try out the 3-Pack solid Chocolate Easter Bunnies, one Spring Petite Gift, Spring Pretzels, an Extra Large Peanut Butter Easter Egg, and a Chocolate Easter Bunny Pop.
- For a sweet collection, pair a White Chocolate Solid Easter Bunny with an Extra Large Cherry Nut Whip Egg, the Spring Petite Gift, a Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzel Gift Box, Jelly Bird Easter Eggs, and Milk Chocolate Foil Wrapped Bunnies.
Still can’t decide? We have a few pre-made Easter Baskets for your convenience! The Spring Dream Chocolate Gift Basket, Happy Easter Chocolate Gift Basket, and Hippity Hoppity Chocolate Easter Gift Basket are all overflowing with sweet surprises from Fannie May Chocolates.
Let us know what you think in the comments section: Which treats would you include in your Easter basket?
Red Roses, hearts, fine chocolates…all traditional and essential pieces to a wonderful Valentine’s Day celebration. There’s a reason why some things become classics. And where we’re concerned, Fannie May Chocolates have been a longstanding classic to every holiday, especially Valentine’s Day. This Valentine’s Day, show your sweetheart how truly sweet you think they are with a sweet Valentine’s Day treat from Fannie May.
Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without our classic signature chocolates like our most popular treat, Fannie May® Pixies®, which combine delectable real chocolate, smothered over rich caramel and crunchy pecans. Our decadent Trinidads are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, with layers of rich, creamy real dark chocolate covered in a golden toasted coconut shell, good to every last bite. The best after-Valentine’s Day dinner or anytime mint around, our Mint Meltaways pack a cool and soothing touch but powerful flavor. Even more irresistible are our Vanilla Buttercreams. This Valentine’s Day treat boasts smooth, sweet vanilla cream centers smothered in exquisite real chocolate. All classic candies perfect to share with a loved one on Valentine’s Day.
Looking for something a little more romantic for this Valentine’s Day? We can’t think of anything better than our Chocolate Covered Strawberries, made with 100% Real Milk, Dark, and White Chocolate. This Valentine’s Day (and every day!), real love deserves real chocolate, so forget the confections used by other stores. These large, mouthwatering strawberries are absolute bliss. We guarantee that they will complete any Valentine’s Day.
Of course, we can always spot a great classic in the making. Our FM Artisan Chocolates by Norman Love are the finest, most scrumptious confections that we have ever put to test, and will soon become a sweet Valentine’s Day tradition. Made with the freshest and highest quality of ingredients, our flavors are pure as pure can be. With flavors like Lemonade, Candy Apple, Birthday Cake, Mint Cookie, Double Shot Espresso, and many more, it’s clear to see that these are no ordinary chocolates. This Valentine’s Day, let your gift do all the talking; with our FM Artisan Chocolates by Norman Love, you’ll have excellence written all over you. This Valentine’s Day, our FM Artisan Chocolates even come prepared as small heart confections, a perfect way to show your loved one you care about them. These fine pieces of art are sure to become a Valentine’s Day classic.
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! Hurry up and don’t miss out on getting the perfect Valentine’s Day gift that sure to be remembered and appreciated for years to come.
Happy Valentine’s Day!