The Swiss Colony Holiday Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes Review and Giveaway

About Swiss Colony
Tucked in the hills of beautiful Monroe, Wisconsin, The Swiss Colony began in the entrepreneurial spirit of a young Ray Kubly. As a student at the University of Wisconsin, Ray wrote an advertising campaign that detailed a business that sold cheese by mail and after graduating he took that class project and began to mold it into reality from the basement of his own home. In 1926, he mailed out flyers advertising cheeses, which he cut, wrapped, and shipped. During his first year in business, he sold all packages of cheese that he had prepared. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, as interest in the company increased, so did its size and profits, and in 1954 Ray incorporated The Swiss Colony from the enterprise begun in his basement. In 1961, Ray was finally able to focus full time on his company and since that time The Swiss Colony and its affiliated businesses have grown by leaps and bounds, from cheese and food gifts to general merchandise encompassing several different brands. In June of 2010, the corporate name of The Swiss Colony, Inc. was changed to Colony Brands, Inc. and today the company is one of the largest direct marketers in the U.S. Colony Brands, Inc. provides customers with furniture and home d├ęcor, apparel, entertaining products, gifts and collectibles and much more. The Swiss Colony, LLC subsidiary was formed to continue to sale cheese, pastries, sausage and other food and gift items through the Swiss Colony® catalogs and web site. It continues to be family owned and guided by Ray's son, Pat Kubly, who is Chair of the Board, and Ray's grandson, Ryan Kubly, the director of strategic planning. Both Ray's family and Colony Brands, Inc. as a whole continue to dedicate themselves to their customers, employees and the direct marketing goals set by Ray's fine example.

Gingerbread House Donation Program
This year is a special year for The Swiss Colony as it marks their 85th year in business. It also happens to be the 20th anniversary of their Gingerbread House Donation Program. By the end of 2011, more than 200,000 houses will have been donated to kids spending the holidays in children's hospitals nationwide. All you have to do to help is simply send Petits Fours to someone on your list and The Swiss Colony will send a Gingerbread House to a child in a hospital in your region. They'll let your gift recipient know that a Gingerbread House has been sent to a child in need, in their name, at your request. Plus, a "Thank You" card will be sent to your gift recipient from the hospital to recognize their gifts to these special children at Christmas. This special gift distribution is made possible by the arrangements of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, Inc. NOTE: Note: Gingerbread House Program is only available with purchase of 72 Petits Fours.

How to Connect with The Swiss Colony
To find out more about The Swiss Colony and their products, you can connect with them on Facebook and/or Twitter. You can also sign up for the Swiss Colony newsletter to receive exclusive offers and new product announcements.

My Review
I received one dozen free Holiday Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes from The Swiss Colony in order to do this review. Each mini cupcake weighs 0.75 ounces and they arrived hand-decorated beautifully with holly, ribbons, or the word "joy" over luscious frosting. The box they came in was beautiful and could easily be reused to hold a Christmas gift or other Christmas treats. The cupcakes tasted absolutely wonderful. They were very moist and the cake did not crumble if you couldn't enjoy this cupcake in just one bite. The frosting tasted wonderful as well. It was very thick and sweet but not overly sweet. Everyone who tried a mini cupcake really enjoyed them as well. These cupcakes sell for $16.95 a dozen, which is a little pricey, but I guarantee that anyone receiving these would be absolutely delighted. You can have them shipped to you or to anyone you'd like.


What a beautiful (reusable) box.

My favorite.

The entire box minus the two we first enjoyed.


Disclosure:  I received this item free of charge from The Swiss Colony.  No monetary compensation was received or offered, nor was I under any obligation to write about this product.  All opinions expressed are my honest thoughts.  I am not offering any sales or taking orders for this item.  I will not receive any compensation in connection with any sales of this item.

Giveaway One lucky Precisely Mine reader will win a dozen Holiday Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes from The Swiss Colony, just in time for Christmas!




46 comments:

  1. I would also like to have the 4-year Vintage Cheddar Cheese. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I'd love to try their Fudge Sampler! Thanks!

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  3. i'd love the macadamia nut fudge

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

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  4. Chocolate Brownie Cake
    This is making me hungry looking at all of this great food.

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  5. snowman cake
    ageorgiamomma@gmail.com

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  6. I would LOVE to try the chocolate brownie cake<3!!!
    mslamani@hotmail.com
    THANK YOU:)!!!

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  7. I'd love to try the Triple Berry Cheesecake.

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  8. I would love to try the Dobosh Tortes!

    angiewith3 at live dot com

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  9. Yule log trio looks festive

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  10. The butter toffee crunch!!

    shannybakes@hotmail.con

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  11. like to try the french vanilla cheesecake

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  12. https://twitter.com/vickers2622/status/139736218886877184
    Hit enter too quick

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  13. Bavarian Bonbons look great and have gotten good reviews

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  14. The Holiday Morning Breakfast !! yum

    palmersf1 at gmail.com

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  15. The Christmas Petits Fours looks amazing!! :)

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  16. Id love to have the pumpkin roll!

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  17. I love the Swiss Colony. I order form them every Christmas and have never been disappointed in the products that I have received. Can't wait for this years order to hit the house in a couple weeks to enjoy for the holiday.

    Terri Mulvany

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  18. id also love to try the peppermint chocolate bark.
    Amanda Sakovitz
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  19. I in need of the gingerbread boy! Jmstamler

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  20. Bavarian Bonbons sounds awesome and plus what a cute name!!

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  21. I'd like the Fruit spread sampler.
    jenswps at yahoo . com

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  22. I would love to try the Bon Bon Cake Balls. They look so pretty and yummy.

    Sleepyheadedmom at gmail dot com

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  23. I would love to try the fudge samplers.

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  24. I would try the fudge sampler
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  25. Would love to try the Cheesecake Bites

    Burningmoonproducts @ yahoo [DOT] com

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  26. Love to try seafood incredible spreadables! tracietrump@yahoo.com

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  27. Penguin Truffles look delicious and adorable.

    pk1208 at aol dot com

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  28. Milk Chocolate covered buttered toffee.

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  29. OMG - the Christmas Petits fours & the Bavarian Bon-Bons look AMAzing!!!

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  30. 32 holiday favorites for my dad!

    tristazmail yahoo com

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  31. I would love to have the Old Fashioned Fudge Trio (YUM)

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

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  32. I think the other product I'd like to try is the Milk Chocolate Covered Butter Toffee.

    Thanks!
    mendyd15 at yahoo dot com

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  33. I think the Ultimate Cheesecake would make me cry with happiness. It looks so good!

    mercedesyardley@gmail.com

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  34. I love to try the Snowman Cake!!

    patty432@live.com

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  35. They have a Holidy breakfast combo that I would love to have.

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  36. Would love to have French Vanilla Cheesecake

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  37. I would like their incredible spreads assortment or meat and cheese assortment pack.

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  38. I love the Caramel Pecan Clusters. (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

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  39. I'd love the Royal Chocolate Petits Fours (chocolate addict here) or Holiday Morning Breakfast Basket would be great.

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  40. I'd like to try their Fudge Sampler

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  41. Hi!
    I'd love the Holiday High Notes, Food Gift Box
    thanks for the chance!
    ~Mippy :)

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