2023 Holiday Guide: 12 Sweet Gift Ideas for Every Baker On Your List

Written by Isabella Berkoff

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Posted on November 28 2023

This holiday season, elevate your gifting game with our selection of gourmet ingredients and décor! We've meticulously curated a list of our top holiday picks for gifting season, catering to every professional pastry chef, home baker, or kitchen enthusiast on your list (including yourself)!


Image of Sweet Tart Shells filled with chocolate ganache and crushed candy canes

Pictured Above: Sweet Tart Shells are filled with chocolate ganache and finished with crushed candy canes.

 #1: Ready-to-Fill Tart Shells

This holiday season, let our ready-to-fill Tart Shells be your secret weapon in the kitchen. These crunchy delights are designed to effortlessly hold an array of festive fillings, making your dessert creations a breeze. Whipping up some savory appetizers? Our neutral tart shells are suited for both sweet and savory fillings, perfect for catering, restaurants, and passing around at parties!

Why choose our Tart Shells?

- Convenience: Skip the hassle of baking from scratch; our Tart Shells come ready to go, saving you precious time in the kitchen.

- Versatility: From rich, velvety mousse to decadent ganache, the possibilities are endless. Customize your fillings to suit your holiday cravings!

- Ideal for Any Occasion: Whether you're hosting a festive gathering, catering an event, or simply indulging at home, our Tart Shells add a touch of sophistication for every occasion.

Easy Holiday Recipe Idea: Fill our Sweet Tart Shells with luscious chocolate ganache and generously sprinkle crushed candy canes on top for a festive treat that captures the essence of the holidays in every bite!

Click here to shop ready-to-fill Tart Shells!

 

Image of Paleo Gingerbread Cookies made with ifiGOURMET Provisions' Pure Madagascar Vanilla.

Pictured Above: Perfect for festive holiday cookies, our Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract offers a sweet, creamy, mellow flavor with velvety after-tones.

 #2: Baking Extracts

The perfect gift for any baker, our Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract boasts velvety after-tones that impress time and time again. Kickstart the holiday cheer with this pantry staple, ideal for both sweet and savory recipes. Pair with an apron, some measuring cups and a whisk for the ultimate holiday gift basket!

In search of a gift for that coffee aficionado in your life? Our Trablit Coffee Extract from DGF is the way to go. Crafted from real coffee, it adds an intense java flavor to various desserts and savory items, making it an excellent alcohol-free option for baking.

Why choose our Baking Extracts?

- Versatility for Every Baker: Versatile flavor profiles suitable for a wide range of sweet and savory recipes. Mellow, velvety after-tones enhance everything from cookies to sauces, making it a pantry essential for any baker or chef.

- Unique Gift: For the coffee enthusiast, our Trablit Coffee Extract stands out. Made from real coffee, it imparts an intense flavor for both sweet and savory creations, perfect for those who love the robust taste of coffee in their baked goods.

Easy Holiday Recipe Idea: Use these baking extracts for all of your favorite holiday cookie recipes! The Pure Vanilla Extract shines bright in these Paleo Gingerbread Cookies from Healthy Holme. The Trablit extract is also great for making Tiramisu Parfaits!

Click here to shop baking extracts!


Image of assorted Crystal Sugars from PurColour surrounded by holiday decorations

Pictured Above: Red, Green and Silver Crystal Sugar add a festive flair to holiday desserts.

 #3: Crystal Sugars

Say goodbye to ordinary sprinkles and embrace the extraordinary - our Crystal Sugars from PurColour are not only sparkly and eye-catching, but also boast vivid colors derived from all-natural sources! Bid farewell to artificial dyes and enjoy the brilliance of natural ingredients like spirulina, beet juice, red radish and more for enhancing your festive recipes.

Why choose PurColour's Crystal Sugars?

- Dazzling Appearance: These compressed sugars are a feast for the eyes, adding a glamorous touch to your frosty winter treats and holiday confections.

- Natural Ingredients: Formulated without preservatives or allergens, our Crystal Sugars let you enjoy the beauty of vibrant colors sourced from wholesome ingredients.

- Versatile Decorations: Perfect for pastries, cakes, and other festive treats, these sugars offer a versatile and captivating way to adorn your holiday recipes.

Easy Holiday Recipe Idea: Transform your holiday desserts into shimmering masterpieces! Sprinkle your desired Crystal Sugars over a frosted cupcake for an instant shine that's impossible to resist. For a festive twist, use these radiant sugars to dress up simple holiday snacks and cookies, like these easy-to-make Chocolate Pretzel Christmas Trees or Polar Bear Paw Cookies from Healthy Holme!

Shop our selection of Crystal Sugars here.

 

Image of Vanilla Bourbon Maple Cream Puffs

Pictured Above: Delicate, golden Large Cream Puff Shells are filled with luscious vanilla bourbon maple pastry cream and swirls of homemade whipped cream.

#4: Cream Puffs & Eclairs

Making choux from scratch can be time consuming, so skip the hard work with our ready-to-fill Cream Puff and Eclair Shells! Whether you prefer them plain or dressed up for the occasion, our ready-made pastry shells are crafted to perfection. Featuring an authentic French choux recipe, these delicate, buttery pastries offer a natural and unforgettable taste.

Why choose our Cream Puff & Eclair Shells?

- Ready-to-Fill Convenience: Enjoy the ease of creating gourmet recipes without the hassle. Our choux pastry shells come prepared for your favorite fillings, saving you valuable time in the kitchen. Simply make sure to refrigerate 24 hours prior to filling to soften the choux!

- Versatile and Neutral Dough: Made with a neutral dough, our shells are a versatile canvas for both sweet and savory recipes. 

Easy Holiday Recipe Idea: Sloane's No-Bake Vanilla Bourbon Maple Cream Puffs are a must-have for the holidays! Whether it's a cozy family dinner or a festive celebration, your guests will love the delicate, golden cream puffs filled with luscious Vanilla Bourbon maple pastry cream, piled high with swirls of homemade whipped cream.

Shop our selection of Cream Puffs & Eclairs here.

 Image of Peppermint Bark Snowflakes made with White Confectionery Coating

Pictured Above: White Confectionery Coating gives chocolate bark a delicious full cream flavor and melt-away consistency.

 #5: Confectionery Coatings

Dive into the magic of holiday chocolate crafting with our premium white, dark and milk Confectionery Coatings! The wafer format makes melting a quick and easy process, leaving you more time for decoration and pizazz. Try our top-of-the-line Belgian hard-set chocolate compound coating with a clean snap and high gloss, or our world-class White Confectionery Coating with its delicious full cream flavor and melt away characteristics akin to a real white chocolate couverture.

Why choose our Confectionery Coatings?

Premium Quality Ingredients: Our Confectionery Coatings boast top-tier Belgian chocolate compounds, ensuring a rich and luxurious flavor profile. Our coatings deliver a clean snap, and a melt-away experience comparable to authentic chocolate couverture.

Versatile Applications: Whether you're enrobing or dipping, these coatings provide a seamless and effortless process, allowing you more time for creativity.

Easy Handling: Achieve professional-looking results with ease! The mini wafer format ensures convenient melting and handling. 

Easy Holiday Recipe Ideas: Transform your kitchen into a festive workshop! Melt our White Confectionery Coating for dipping holiday cookies, then finish them off with a generous sprinkle of crushed candy canes for a merry touch. For an extra-special holiday treat and gift, try this recipe for Peppermint Bark Snowflakes from One Sweet Mama!

Shop our selection of Confectionery Coatings here.

 Image of Ginger Molasses Cookies with Pumpkin Mousse

Pictured Above: One Sweet Mama's Ginger Molasses Cookies with Pumpkin Mousse, made with our White Chocolate Mousse Mix.

 #6: Dessert Mixes

Embrace the joy of hassle-free desserts with our Dessert Mixes! Designed for convenience, our pre-made mixes can help simplify your holiday baking endeavors into a one-step process. You simply can't go wrong with our Pastry Cream Mix (perfect for filling luscious eclairs), Mousse Mixes (great for fillings of all kinds!), or our Bienetta Florentine Mix (ideal for making crispy cookies or decorations).

Why choose our Dessert Mixes?

Time-Saving Indulgence: Elevate your desserts without any lengthy preparation. Our pre-made mixes streamline your pastry experience, letting you savor the sweetness of the season without compromising on flavor or quality.

Perfect for Any Occasion: Whether you're a baking enthusiast or a seasoned pastry chef, our Dessert Mixes cater to diverse tastes and occasions. From luscious mousses to nutty florentines, our range of convenient mixes ensures your creations are a hit at every holiday gathering.

Foolproof Consistency, Every Batch: Ensure perfection with every dessert! Our thoughtfully crafted mixes provide consistent results. 

Easy Holiday Recipe Ideas: Who needs pie when you can make One Sweet Mama's Ginger Molasses Cookies with Pumpkin Mousse? Use our easy 1-step White Chocolate Mousse Mix to create a light, fluffy mousse filling that has just the perfect amount of subtle sweetness.

Shop our selection of Dessert Mixes here.

 

Steffen Chocolate Cups filled with ganache and caramel

Pictured Above: Steffen Chocolate Cups add a delicate crunch and elevate the presentation for various fillings.

#7: Chocolate Cups & Vessels 

Make a festive statement with our ready-to-fill Chocolate Cups & Vessels, your secret ingredient for effortlessly enhancing desserts! Here's why they're a must-have for your holiday gatherings:

Why choose Chocolate Cups & Vessels?

- Time-Saving Elegance: Our Chocolate Cups are pre-made, saving you precious time in the kitchen while ensuring a touch of sophistication in every bite.

- Versatility: From sumptuous mousse to refreshing sorbet, these versatile vessels are ready for your imagination! Fill our Chocolate Cups with seasonal delights like flavored mousses, ice cream, yogurt, fresh fruit and more, or create dazzling truffles using our assorted Truffle Shells.

- Effortless Glamour: Whether it's a family gathering, a festive party, or a cozy dinner, these vessels add a touch of luxury without the need for elaborate preparations.

Easy Holiday Recipe Idea: Our easy Mousse Filled Chocolate Cups with Bubble Sugar Décor will impress any guest! Infuse our Mousse Mix with a festive Flavor Paste like Eggnog or Marc de Champagne, pipe it into a chocolate cup, then garnish with festive edible décor that's both stunning and scrumptious. Follow our easy step-by-step guide here for a seamless experience!

Shop Chocolate Cups & Vessels here.

 

Image of Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Pictured Above: 58% Belgian Dark Chocolate adds a perfectly balanced, bittersweet flavor to these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies from Sloane's Table.

#8: Chocolate Couvertures

Perfect your holiday recipes with our exquisite selection of chocolate couvertures, designed to bring the finest cocoa flavors to your desserts. Crafted from high-quality cocoa beans, our couvertures offer a rich and indulgent experience that will delight even the pickiest chocolate connoisseur.

Why choose our Chocolate Couvertures?

- Premium Quality: Premium quality cocoa beans form the foundation of exceptional desserts. 

- Ease of Use: Our chocolate couvertures come in easy-to-melt formats, making them a breeze to work with in various recipes. Whether you're tempering for glossy finishes or incorporating into a ganache, the seamless melting process will saving you time and effort.

- Exquisite Flavor Profiles: Choose from an array of couvertures, including dark, milk, and white chocolate, each offering their own unique flavor profile. Our extensive selection allows you to experiment with various chocolates, adding a layer of creativity to your holiday desserts.

Easy Holiday Recipe Idea: Cold weather calls for Hot Cocoa Bombs! Our balanced and bittersweet Tumaco Dark Chocolate makes for a rich, creamy pick me up on a frosty winter evening.

Shop our selection of Chocolate Couvertures here.

 

Image of Shortbread Cookies and Candied Orange Peel Cubes

Pictured Above: Candied Orange Peel Cubes add a zesty flavor and satisfying chewy texture to Shortbread Cookies.

#9: Candied Fruits 

Our selection of premium candied fruits will infuse your festive treats with a burst of vibrant flavor! Whether you're incorporating them into traditional fruitcakes, adding a zesty inclusion to cookies, or topping festive cakes, our candied fruits are super versatile.

Why choose our Candied Fruits?

- Exceptional Quality: Natural and bake-stable, our candied fruits are ideal for garnishing bakery products, pastries and more.

- Versatile Garnishes and Inclusions: Each piece adds great texture, color, and a burst of citrus flavor, perfect for enhancing a wide range of holiday recipes.

Easy Holiday Recipe Idea: For added texture and flavor, incorporate our Candied Orange Peel Cubes into holiday cookies like these Chocolate Dipped Orange Cranberry Shortbread Cookies.

 Shop our selection of Candied Fruits here.

 

Image of caramel and a jar of Pear Flavor Paste

Pictured Above: Fragrant Pear Flavor Paste adds a sweet, juicy flavor to these Pear Cinnamon Pecan Caramels.

#10: Flavor Pastes 

Enhance your holiday desserts with Dreidoppel's variety of Flavor Pastes! Bursting with aromatic all natural flavors, these versatile companions enhance everything from fondant to candy - you can even use them to brighten up vinaigrettes and craft simple syrups for specialty cocktails. Bake-stable and easy to use, these flavoring compounds are a favorite among pastry chefs and recreational bakers alike. Some of our seasonal favorites include CaramelEggnog, Pomegranate, and Marc de Champagne

Why Choose Flavor Pastes?

Bake-Stable Brilliance: Dreidoppel's Flavor Pastes are bake-stable, ensuring your creations retain their vivid flavors even under heat.

Natural Ingredients: Crafted with natural ingredients, these concentrated flavoring compounds offer a burst of authentic flavor without artificial additives.

Versatile and Easy to Use: Whether you're a seasoned pastry chef or a home baker, Dreidoppel's Flavor Pastes are incredibly user-friendly. Enhance a variety of treats, from icing and fondant to mousse and cake mix - even holiday cocktails!

Easy Holiday Recipe Ideas: Whip up some cheerful parfaits using our seasonal Eggnog Flavor Paste! Our Eggnog Paste contains 30% egg brandy and is the perfect flavoring compound for cheesecake, crème brûlée, bread pudding, icing and more - it's the essence of the holidays in jar! Fancy a specialty coffee or cocktail instead? Flavor up your morning java or weekend cocktail using this super easy Simple Syrup recipe!

 Shop our selection of Flavor Pastes here.

 

Image of Citrus Scented Butter Cookies with Crispearls

Pictured Above: Our crunchy little Crispearls add a playful element to holiday cookies

#11: Chocolate Decorations 

Playful designs, vibrant colors, and delicious in taste! Our variety of Chocolate Decorations are sure to fulfill all of your festive decorative needs for the holiday season ahead. From crunchy Crispearls and elegant filigrees to modern and beautiful accent décor, there's something for every sweet treat. 

Why choose our Chocolate Décor?

Visual Appeal: Adds a playful touch to your desserts, adding visual appeal. 

Versatility: Our variety of chocolate decorations caters to a range of tastes and styles. Whether you're aiming for a sophisticated look or a casual playful vibe, there's a chocolate decoration to suit every sweet treat and occasion.

Creative Expression: Use our chocolate decorations to turn cupcakes or holiday cookies into works of art. Experiment with various combinations - the possibilities are endless!

Easy Holiday Recipe Ideas: Turn ordinary cupcakes into a work of art with our Exclusive Chocolate Assortment, Forest Shavings or Zebra Chocolate Sticks! Or, coat some crunchy Crispearls in Brilliant Powder for an extra glam look.

Shop Chocolate Decorations here.

  

Image of Paleo Rainbow Cookies

Pictured: Holiday cookies get a festive makeover with PurColour's All Natural Red and Green Dry Colorants

#12: All-Natural Colorants 

Your holiday desserts deserve a pop of festive color! Simple to use and made with natural ingredients, our All-Natural Dry Colorants are the perfect solution for incorporating vibrant colors into your holiday recipes - without the unwanted additives found in most colorants. 

Why choose All-Natural Colorants?

Vibrant Festive Colors: Whether you're decorating cookies, cakes, or other treats, these colorants provide rich hues, enhancing the visual appeal of your holiday recipes.

Simple and Convenient: Our Colorants are easy to use, allowing you to effortlessly incorporate vibrant colors into your desserts. The dry powder format ensures easy blending and distribution, making our colorants an easy process, even for those with minimal experience.

Natural Ingredients, No Additives: Made from natural ingredients, our colorants provide a clean option for adding a pop of festive color for your desserts without compromising on the quality or integrity of your recipes.

Easy Holiday Recipe Ideas: Looking for a healthier holiday cookie recipe this season? Indulge in Healthy Holme's Paleo Rainbow Cookies! These colorful cookies get their vibrant layered hues from our Red and Green Dry Colorants, sourced from natural ingredients like beet juice and spirulina. 

Wrap it up!

With countless options to explore, we hope this guide helps you find the perfect additions to your holiday baking and gifting endeavors! Whether you're treating a professional pastry chef or a passionate home baker, our curated selection has everything you'll need to create the perfect holiday gift basket. Give our best to the chef!

We want to see your holiday style! Tag us on social @ifiProvisions and use #PastryatHome for a chance to get featured across our channels. Happy baking!

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