NATIONAL OREO COOKIE DAY

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Observe by having your glass of milk handy along with the most delicious chocolate covered Oreos! USE COUPON CODE: YOLO because you obviously love Oreos to received $15 towards your $30 Oreo purchase. National Oreo Cookie Day is recognized across the nation each year on March 6th.

  • The Oreo sandwich cookie is made up of two chocolate disks containing a sweet cream filling and is loved by millions. Since it’s introduction, the Oreo cookie has become the best selling cookie in the United States.
  • The National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) first developed and produced the “Oreo Biscuit” in 1912 at it’s Chelsea factory in New York City. Today, the block on which the factory was located is known as “Oreo Way”. The name “Oreo” was first trademarked on March 14, 1912.
  • The first Oreo cookies in the United States sold for 25 cents a pound in clear glass topped novelty cans. In 1912, the Oreo Biscuit was renamed to “Oreo Sandwich”. In 1948, the Oreo Sandwich was renamed to “Oreo Creme Sandwich”. William A. Turnier developed the modern-day Oreo design in 1952 to include the Nabisco logo. Nabisco’s principal food scientist, Sam Procello, developed the modern Oreo cookie filling.
  • HOW TO OBSERVE Grab a glass of milk and a handful of Oreos to enjoy and use #NationalOreoCookieDay to post on social media. Post by NationalDayCalender.com

 

In honor of National Oreo Cookie Day, if it’s too late to order your favorite chocolate covered treats from thecustomcookiecompany.com – fear not! Check out this free recipe for all the Oreo lovers out there.

 

Chocolate Covered Cookie Balls with OREO® Recipe

This easy-to-make, no-bake recipe is perfect year-round, and is sure to make any chocoholic squeal in delight! For Easter, shape dough into “eggs” instead of balls!

1) Crush OREO® Cookies into fine crumbs (you can use a food processor or blender, or place the cookies in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin).

2) Use electric mixer to mix the crumbs with softened cream cheese.

3) Shape mixture into balls approximately 1″ diameter each (or into egg shapes for Easter) and place on a heavy weight dipping sheet lined cookie sheet.

4) Freeze for 2 hours so that the balls will chill. (Optional: Put individual balls on a sucker stick before you freeze them to make them Oreo Cookie Ball Pops!)

5) After the balls are chilled, melt chocolate using instructions that came with your compound chocolate.

7) Using a fork or other metal utensil, add one frozen Oreo cookie ball at a time to the melted chocolate and turn to coat. Tap on edge of pan to get excess chocolate off and prevent excessive pooling of chocolate. (Optional: Immediately roll chocolate dipped ball in decorative topping.)

Place on glossy side of heavy weight dipping sheet lined tray and refrigerate on a level shelf for approximately 10-15 minutes until set-up (hardened).

Because of the cream cheese, keep chilled in an airtight container until ready to serve.

Free Stuff – Yaaaaay!

Recently, we began promoting our business by giving away free samples of some our most popular items. The response we received was great! Then again, why wouldn’t it be? In the current marketplace, there are many companies who work so hard at “liberating” the money out of our wallets, so that when an opportunity arises to try a product or service at no cost and without commitment to buy, most of us jump all over it.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, go to our Facebook page and sign up for one of our contests. We’re giving away free tasty goodies on a weekly basis, and the next recipient might be YOU!

Last week, we gave away 5 Valentine’s Day-themed prizes pictured below: 4 gift boxes of 4 chocolate covered Oreos®, and one grand prize of a gift box of 9 chocolate covered Oreos®.

This week, we’re giving away ANOTHER gift box of 9 chocolate covered Oreos® on our Facebook page here.  Hurry — this offer is available for a limited time only!

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7 Unconventional New Year’s Resolution Ideas

As the New Year approaches, many of us are looking for ways to improve our lives with this opportunity at a fresh start. All too often, however, we are committing to unrealistic goals. Goals that are difficult to maintain the path towards, let alone accomplish.

Sure, losing weight by exercising more and eating healthier, or ending that destructive habit you’ve had for years are all great ideals to strive towards, but all too often we pressure ourselves into committing to goals we simply aren’t mentally prepared for. That’s why this year, you should try committing to something unconventional. Something different. Something positive that adding it into your daily routine isn’t likely to throw your entire lifestyle a curveball, and ends up making you dread it.

If it seems like less of a chore to accomplish, chances are you’re more likely to do it. Furthermore, the way you work this new habit into your lifestyle may even help you find ways to bring about change when making other, more significant resolutions, whether it’s the beginning of a new year or not.

  1. Start a new hobby.

Whether it’s crocheting, stamp collecting, or growing a beard, find a new hobby you take pleasure in, and make time to do it.

For my wife, it’s baking and decorating cookies. For me, it’s exercising and playing video games – just not at the same time. She and I have discovered that in our free time, having something occupy our thoughts other than the growing list of to-dos makes us much more productive during those times that we are focused on working.

Besides, lying in bed and thinking of all that needs to be accomplished the next day only results in staying awake longer and not falling asleep… And if you’re anything like me, by the time you wake up the next morning, you have likely forgotten everything on your “to-do” list that you were thinking up as you were falling asleep. I have found that I fall asleep much faster when thinking of something trivial I find pleasure in doing, such as using proper form during my workouts, or what next achievement I’m going to unlock in a video game. My wife tells me that she also sleeps much “sweeter” when she’s thinking about decorating custom cookies as she falls asleep. (Heh, see what I did there?)

When looking for a new hobby, the key is to look for something you actually enjoy spending your time doing, even if it cuts into your 60-hour work week. You’re likely to be more productive during your working hours if you play just as hard as you work.

  1. Spend more time with people you care about, who also care about you.

Surrounding ourselves with individuals we care about usually brings out the best in us. This New Year, set aside time to focus on those that bring out the positives. Those that challenge you to better yourself, and whom you challenge to do the same.

The second part of this resolution is just as important as the first. Reason being is because if we are not careful, we can find ourselves in relationships that are one-sided. In those instances, try to take a step back and evaluate how that relationship is bringing about a change in you. If we are truly honest with ourselves, we can objectively examine the situation that we’re in, and make appropriate adjustments. The point is to surround yourself with individuals who make you better, not bitter.

  1. Give more hugs.

Hugs are awesome! Few things come close to the warm fuzzies you get when you wrap your arms around someone, and they wrap theirs around you. Unless they’re strangers. Then it’s just awkward. Or assault. You want to stay away from those kinds of hugs.

No one ever walks away from a hug in a worse mood than they were in before. If they do, they’re doing it wrong. You shouldn’t hug out of a sense of obligation, or do it begrudgingly because you committed to doing it more. And whatever you do, don’t be that person that goes in for a hug when the recipient isn’t expecting it.

Yes, there’s much more to the hugger-huggee dynamic than these nuggets of wisdom, but we’ll cover that another time. If you’re going to pick this as your resolution, commit to doing it right for the sake of all those involved. Practice consensual hugging.

…Bet you didn’t think there was such a thing as hug etiquette, did you?

  1. Get more sleep.

Although I could spend more time trying to convince you of this one, I don’t think I need to. For a lot of us, getting more sleep is easier said than done. With our demanding schedules and hectic routines, getting a reasonable amount of shut-eye each night is a tall order.

Without going into it in detail, the best way to accomplish this is by committing yourself to going to bed at a set time each night. Even if you are just lying in bed thinking about that new hobby, your body will appreciate the time you take to rest it – even if your mind is still turned on.

  1. Be more generous.

Although this resolution requires a little more effort than others, the rewards you’ll reap in return are worth it. When it comes to giving, the two primary things we have at our disposal are time and money. I’ve heard it said many times that “You’ll make time for the things you want to have time for, and you’ll make money for the things you want to have money for.”

So, if you truly want to make a difference in the coming year, making a conscious effort to be more generous is a great way to do it. However, for a lot of us, it doesn’t just come naturally, and we actually have to put forth an effort into being generous.

Here are some suggestions:

  • A simple Google search for “volunteer opportunities” will return a heap of results for opportunities to donate your time locally. One of the primary search results you’ll see is VolunteerMatch.com, which is a great resource that can pair you up with a cause that you are passionate about.
  • If you would rather donate resources other than your time, make sure you do the research about the organization you are donating to. Reason being is that you want to make sure the resources you are providing are making it into the right hands.
  • Finally, if simple gift giving to brighten someone’s day is more your thing, we can help give you some ideas by going to our website here.
  1. Plan a vacation… and then take it!

One of the best resolutions you can make for yourself this year is committing to taking a vacation. It will give you something to work towards, and something to look forward to. A reward for all the hard work you’ve done up to that point. There are those of you reading this for whom it has been years since you took a real vacation. Don’t let another year pass by without taking an opportunity to make memories that will last you for the rest of your life.

Whenever I think back on the times that I made memories with my family, more often than not, they were the times we all went on vacation.

When I was a child and went on vacation with my parents, some of the fondest memories I have growing up started with my sisters and me in the back seat of our parents’ car, driving to our destination while singing out of tune at the top of our lungs.

Now that I have a family of my own, I cherish every opportunity we get to get away and focus entirely on each other. Whenever I look back fondly on the times we’ve spent together, it wasn’t after I got home after a long day of work. Although my wife and I always look forward to an opportunity to cuddle up on the couch with our little ones piled around us to watch “Cars” or “Frozen” for the umpteenth time, we found that a change of scenery and focusing entirely on one another is much more memorable.

  1. Learn to speak with a different accent. Seriously.

Suggesting that your resolution should be speaking in a different or a foreign accent isn’t meant to be a mockery. It is meant to bring a little comedic relief into your life and the lives of those around you.

I immigrated into this wonderful country at an early age, and have lost my foreign accent a long time ago. However, even with multiple family members who still have thick foreign accents, I don’t find it offensive when my friends joke by speaking with different accents. Quite the contrary – when I hear my friends who have accents of their own attempt speaking in a different one altogether is more entertaining than words can express. Like my Southern friend trying to speak in a Russian accent but not being able to keep the “ya’ll” out of it, or my Hispanic friend speaking like the Swedish chef from The Muppets – it’s hilarious.

Personally, British, Irish, Australian, and Pirate are my favorites. For those that have heard my impressions, it’s hard to tell when one ends and the other begins, but that’s half the fun.

However, if by learning to speak in a different accent, your intent is to poke fun at others and not yourself, then don’t do it. Usually, it’s quite obvious when someone is just having innocent fun by imitating different accents, or if they’re doing it as a mockery.

Finally, I would like to apologize in advance to any pirates I may have offended with this suggestion for a New Year’s resolution. It wasn’t meant as a mockery. Your feelings “arr” just as important as anyone else’s.

Closet of Free Samples Review – By Ashley

Let me guess — you’re thinking to yourself how cute are our Christmas selection of Chocolate Covered Oreos® and Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies, but do they taste as good as they look?  Well, wonder no more.  Read about it right here from one of our bloggers, or just ask anyone else who has tasted our delicious treats!

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“Whether you’re looking for an excuse to indulge or looking for a great gift EdibleGiftsPlus.com is the place to go! They just sent me some of their chocolate and white chocolate covered oreos AND fortune cookies to try and boy are they delicious! The elegant assortment of Christmas Hand-Dipped & Decorated Gourmet Fortune Cookies and oreos look fabulous. They arrived not only quickly from when I ordered it, but in perfect condition. You may remember a previous review I did of Edible Gifts Plus where my items were delivered melted despite their efforts and careful packaging. It was actually the fault of the delivery service. While I was still happy with my order, they weren’t having it and were quick to send me a new shipment because presentation is just as important to them as the quality. I was impressed by the gesture and it showed me they care about their product and their customer.

As far as this package goes thankfully I was able to get to my package and all was perfect without any flaws due to delivery or weather (even though we’re in the 80’s in December here!). As far as how they taste – DELICIOUS! Each item was fresh and you could taste it. You can tell this company makes their products when an order is made to keep it at it’s ultimate freshness which is important in any food delivery business if you ask me. The flavors taste unique to other products I’ve had. You can taste the quality put into the product. These would make for a great gift for yourself, family, friends, or even as a corporate gift! Not to mention reasonably priced and quick shipping, even during the holidays. I have yet to have a bad experience with Edible Gifts Plus and can honestly recommend you give them a try!”

– Ashley with Closet of Free Samples

5 Tips to Keep down Stress during the Holidays

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By Dino Dizdarevic

Holidays are supposed be the time of year when we all shift into lower gear, take a step back, and appreciate all the people and things we are thankful for. I said “supposed to” because unfortunately, as most of us have experienced already, that it is not what actually happens. If your lives, families, and communities are anything like mine, the holidays instead become the most stressful time of year.

During this time, all I see when I step outside is folks doing a mad dash for things forgotten for dinner feasts, or last minute shoppers in desperate attempts to cross another name from their Christmas lists. Dads hanging from roofs in tangled Christmas lights, mothers dragging screaming children through grocery stores, or my favorite, wreath-decorated “sleighs” (with what at other times of the year are the kindest, sweetest grandmas behind the steering wheel), barreling down the road while doing their best NASCAR impression and sporting a serious case of road rage. These are only some of the sights I see, all to the sound of every local radio station looping what seems to be the same Christmas carol, over and over for the umpteenth time. Oh what fun.

So before you, too, develop an uncontrollable twitch as a result of these holidays, just remember that no matter how those around you act, you are in control of your own attitude. Now, since that is a lot easier said than done (and all of us could use a little help every now and then), here are several suggestions to decompress and take some of the stress away to get you into the New Year, even if they are only temporary fixes:

  1. MAKE A LIST

Santa’s not only one making a list and checking it twice. When the number of things that need to get done become so overwhelming that I begin to lose track of them, or run out of fingers and toes to count them on, out comes the trusty notepad. Get those to-dos out of your head and onto a notepad, and you’ll feel much better not having one more thing to remember. Besides, nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment you get when you start checking things off!

  1. PACE YOURSELF

Nobody said that the list you made above had to be all done today. Some of you will say “You’re right. It had to be done yesterday!!!” Stop it. You stop that, right now. That kind of talk will only bring on more stress, and that’s not going to help either of us. Truth is, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will whatever else tops your list. Take a breather, and focus on four or five most important things that need to be done that day. Remember, it’s important to think no further than today because if not, you will get overwhelmed. And then the vicious stress cycle begins anew.

  1. EAT A WELL-BALANCED DIET

Nothing beats that feeling you get after stuffing yourself with turkey and all the trimmings, then going for a brisk jog – said nobody, ever. Although it’s expected that during the holidays, you are going to indulge a little more than you usually would the rest of the year, it doesn’t have to be a free-for-all on your plate every day. In between the times you plan on having those big meals, eat smaller portions, and eat them more often. Ideally, if time allows (HA!), eat about six to seven small meals per day. And don’t wait until you’re hungry – by then, it’s too late. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but that’s because it works. You will look and feel a lot better, and you’ll have one less thing to stress over. Plus, your pants will thank you.

  1. EAT MORE CHOCOLATE!

Although it’s close to the bottom of the list, this one should have been at the top of the list – but then you wouldn’t read the others above it!

Now as if you didn’t have a good enough excuse to do it already, an article on webmd.com says that “dark chocolate can decrease stress hormone levels.” “But didn’t you just say that we should eat a well-balanced diet?” Moderation is key, folks. Besides, I never claimed to have all the answers, or that I’m always right. Just ask my wife.

Out of all the other options, this one is my favorite, and by far, the easiest. That is, unless you look on the shelves or in the pantry, and someone’s already beat you to the last of it. Now, unless you’re willing to brave the crowds for your chocolate fix, you’re out of luck.

But you don’t have to be! Go to our website at www.ediblegiftsplus.com and help us, help you. Or don’t. You don’t have to – maybe one of the other tips works better for you. But hey, let’s be realistic here. What works better than chocolate? The answer is “nothing,” folks. Absolutely nothing.

Now, although we don’t do same-day delivery, we can have it there next day. And no, you don’t have to share.

For those poor souls with dairy allergies that are feeling left out right about now, fret not! Due to our youngest son’s dairy allergy, my wife has discovered a dairy, nut, AND soy free alternative! Although you may not be able to find products with these options on our website yet, and because we know there’s little worse than watching others eat tasty treats that you would literally risk life and limb to eat, we had to find an alternative.

With these, you won’t have to sacrifice anything, because the chocolate chips my wife discovered taste EXACTLY like the real thing! They’re made by a company named Enjoy Life, and not only do they carry allergen-free chocolate, but a whole line of tasty, allergy-friendly snacks.

  1. GET AWAY

Before you go getting all excited, this doesn’t mean “go to Hawaii” or “book a vacation to Fiji” – although that would be nice. However, for most of us, that isn’t an option. At least not at this time of year.

Instead, if you’re at home and things get to be a bit much, take 10, 15, or 30 minutes, or even an hour and go to your room, or go “grab something from the store you forgot” and drive aimlessly around your neighborhood, or go park somewhere to be by yourself. Turn the radio up and sing at the top of your lungs. Talk to yourself. Or cry. Or do all three at the same time, but that requires a level of talent I simply do not possess.

This option is ideal when having family over and that one cousin, aunt, uncle, or in-law just doesn’t know how to take a subtle hint. Or an obvious one. Face it, you’re not going to change them. So run away to your room, run away to your car, or run away anywhere you can be alone, and preserve your sanity. It will all be over soon.

Author’s Note: This article started as “7 tips,” but between family phone calls, crying babies, needy pets, and minutes required to write this article turning into hours, the author made an executive decision to narrow the list down to “5 tips.” He can now be found in his room, eating some chocolate.

Top 5 Thanksgiving Desserts to Say “Thanks”

It’s one of our favorite holidays of the year at www.EdibleGiftsPlus.com – Thanksgiving!  Who doesn’t love a holiday where the main focus is gobbling up some delicious goodies?  We’ve got just the selection of Thanksgiving treats to help make this fun and festive holiday even sweeter.  Grab one of our Thanksgiving gift baskets and bring it to the family dinner or send it to a get-together that you are unable to attend.  These beautiful and bountiful fall gift baskets make a stunning center piece and will surely be the talk of the table!

Our Thanksgiving gift baskets are brimming with fall harvest snacks.  From sweet to savory, our gift baskets have just enough treats and sweets to satisfy every taste buds.

Check out some suggestions below!

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Thanksgiving Dipped and Decorated Oreos®  $19.95     

No matter what the holiday, Chocolate Covered Oreos® are ALWAYS in season! Try this American classic with a Thanksgiving twist on it. These classic cookies are one of our best sellers, and an ideal gift to bring to a dinner party, or just to stay home and enjoy all by yourself. These hand decorated Oreo® cookies are dipped in your choice of delicious fine gourmet chocolate – dark, milk, or white and are adorned with adorable, hand crafted royal-icing Thanksgiving decorations and autumn sprinkles. Presented in a beautiful gold box of 9 cookies and hand tied with an exquisite ribbon.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cake Pops  $35.95 1350668060405-1384343206

Our box of 12 Thanksgiving Cake Pops are created by mixing fresh cake with butter-cream, then dipping each into gourmet Belgian chocolate.  The cake pop has a hard chocolate shell with very moist, fresh cake inside – similar to a rich brownie or cookie dough.  Each cake pop is approximately the size of a golf ball.  Choose from our delicious cake flavors like classic white cake, classic chocolate, chocolate chip, chocolate-chocolate chip, red velvet, lemon, butter pecan, carrot, chocolate mint chip, and sprinkle.

 

Thanksgiving Hand Dipped and Decorated Traditional Fortune Cookies  LF-FCH9-IW-2$15.60

Share good fortune with family and friends this Thanksgiving.  Our Thanksgiving fortune cookies are hand dipped in your choice of Belgian chocolates – dark, milk, or white, or try our rich, golden caramel.  Our confectionery designers decorate each cookie with adorable hand crafted royal icing decorations and autumn-themed sprinkles. Create a new family tradition around the Thanksgiving table by reading your fortune aloud! Choose from our selection of themed fortune messages, depending on the special occasion. From traditional fortune messages to corporate and business messages, you can even customize your own fortune message!

 

Autumn Cookie Bouquet $29.99 – $64.99Autumn Cookie Bouquet

This year, send some warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving with a delicious cookie bouquet arrangement.  Our cookies are buttery and hand made Vanilla Sugar Shortbread Cookies, freshly baked and iced within hours of being out of the oven.  Make your bouquet extra special with our Keepsake Pail option! Our Keepsake Pail contains a pail selected to match your bouquet theme with a decorative label to match filled, with tissue paper for a breath-taking display!  Each cookie bouquet is available in 5 cookies, 7 cookies, 9 cookies, or 12 cookies.

 

Holiday Turkey Basket $72.95Thankgsiving Lollipop Gift Bouquet

Send this adorable lollipop bouquet basket stuffed with 26 seasonal gourmet lollipops for a unique and fun Thanksgiving Centerpiece that is sure to be the talk of the table.  Colorful leaves, turkeys, pumpkins, and Indians are some of the fun shapes that fill our special Thanksgiving lollipop bouquet.  With flavors like butterscotch, chocolate, marshmallow, and lemon, everyone will want to just “gobble” them up!