The most wonderful time of the year is rife with ill-fitting gifts everyone pretends to like. Skip that this season with edible gifts even the pickiest loved ones will appreciate. Stop by the best places for edible gifts in Orange County this year and never worry about gift receipts ever again.
Fairy Cakes Bakery
If one of the things you love about the holiday season is peppermint bark, then Fairy Cakes has your solution. After all, there’s no better way to eat peppermint bark than on top of a gourmet cupcake. Fairy Cakes offers a chocolate peppermint cupcake topped with pink frosting and peppermint bark. Snag a dozen of these sinful treats for $30. Your guests are guaranteed to remember these more than frosted sugar cookies.
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Schmid’s Fine Chocolates
99 Avenida Del Mar
San Clemente CA 92672
Chocolate is one easy overindulgence during the holidays. When you can get chocolate as good as Schmid’s, though, it’s totally worth the guilt-ridden New Year’s resolutions. This chocolate shop in San Clemente provides not only gift boxes, but also such delicious treats as strawberries and bananas dipped in delicious chocolate perfect for gifting, eating and serving at your next holiday event.
26941 Cabot Road 106
Laguna Hills CA 92653
No doubt you have someone on your Christmas gift list that loves chocolate. You could go to the mall and get a box of chocolates for that person, but you can better quality if you go to a chocolate shop. Luisa Chocolatiere offers high-quality chocolates made right in the store. Grab a gift box with as few as two chocolate truffles or as many as 48. If you want to give one of these gift boxes, make sure you order with sufficient lead time; making chocolates by hand is a task that takes time.
27261 La Paz Road Suite G
Laguna Niguel CA 92677
Nothing says holidays more than gingerbread cookies. Cinderella Cakes has you covered there with frosted gingerbread cookies that make a great gift. If your company is having a holiday potluck and you sign up to bring a dessert, this bakery also offers classic pies such as apple and pecan, as well as some less traditional (but still holiday-oriented) cranberry-apple and maple-walnut pies. If you do bring this to a work potluck, you probably won’t take any home. If you really want to make an impression, order a custom holiday cake for someone on your gift list.
Layer Cake Bakery
4250 Barranca Parkway, Unit I
Irvine, CA 92604
When you look at the menu for Layer Cake Bakery, you see a pretty good variety. For the holidays the variety gets even better. In addition to all the standard baked fare, this bakery adds peppermint-flavored cakes, cupcakes and French macaroons for the holidays. If you are not into peppermint, enjoy pecan pie and a seasonal bread pudding for the holidays instead.
Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.