(NAPSA) - For many people, the holidays are synonymous with tasty treats. From cookies and candies to cheeses and nuts, there are plenty of ways to celebrate during the season of indulgence.
"There are many things to look forward to during the holiday season, including good food," said Bob McElroy, vice president Lands' End Home. "Whether it's for gift-giving, entertaining or even for decorating, food seems to become the centerpiece of the occasion."
This holiday, there are goodies galore for the sweet tooth or salty snackers. McElroy offers the following ways to incorporate festive foods into the season:
Hot Cocoa Gift Box - A great gift for the busy family. The creamy hot cocoa mix, homemade marshmallows, chocolate covered grahams and hand-pulled peppermint stick stirrers will be greatly appreciated after a chilly day tobogganing or building a frosty friend.
Fruitcake - This certainly isn't Grandma's fruitcake. Packed with mouth-watering fruit and crunchy nuts, this tasty take on tradition is a terrific idea for a kind neighbor or caring co-worker.
Stollen - For the person on the list who lives to watch the History Channel, a historic gift may do the trick. This traditional German dessert bread-rich with eggs, milk, butter, candied fruit and almonds-offers a sweet taste of the past.
Butter Toffee - Old-fashioned goodness seems to be the ingredient of this creamy butter toffee made in a copper kettle and bearing the State Fair seal of excellence. Delivered in a beautifully round decorative tin.
Wisconsin Cheese - As guests arrive, greet them with a creamy Dairyland treat. Cut in cubes, Colby, aged cheddar, medium cheddar and white cheddar cheeses will please the palates of partygoers.
Glazed Mixed Nuts - A mixture of almonds and pecans roasted in butter.
Truffles - For an evening of elegance, arrange a tray of truffles. These exquisite chocolate creations in traditional holiday shapes are designed to impress.
Assorted Chocolates - Treat overnight guests to special holiday hospitality. While a chocolate or mint on the pillow may be in fashion at posh hotels, overnight guests will be able to take their pick among a variety of chocolates-cleverly left on the guest room nightstand.
Gingerbread House Kit - Add a tasty touch to holiday decor. A whimsical take on tradition, this gingerbread house can become a confectionary conversation piece during the season.
Petit Fours - Almost too beautiful to eat, these hand-decorated morsels are a combination of moist cake and butter cream blanketed in rich chocolate. Displayed on a dining table, they look like miniature presents.
Peppermint Crunch Cookies - Crisp red and white cookies will make a masterpiece out of any holiday decor.
Layered on a festive serving piece, these peppermints command attention.