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Making Use of Candy Calculator to Plan Wedding Reception Buffets October 23 2014, 0 Comments

Planning a wedding can be one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do. Even if you don’t plan on having a huge one with a lot of fancy items and expensive entertainment, there are still basic concerns that can seem overwhelming, like how much food you need to order.

While you might be able to get a handle on entrees and appetizers, since you’ll have a head count, food items that are harder to quantify or choose a set amount per person, like candy, can be somewhat difficult. That’s where using a candy calculator comes into play.

If you don’t use a candy calculator, that sweet treat you’re planning at the end of the meal or at the end of the night could become a bitter disappointment for people who don’t get any.

How Does a Candy Calculator Work?

The first thing you need to consider when buying candy for a wedding is that you will need to have your container already chosen. Even if you’re using smaller containers that you’ll put on the tables, you need to know how much they will hold before you begin.

Once you have your containers chosen, you can begin to pick your candy. When you use the candy calculator, you’ll be able to determine the right amount of candy to properly fill up any container so you don’t have to keep refilling it all night.

Using a candy calculator can also help you find the right amount of candy to buy for individual servings. For example, if you’ll be offering each guest candy in a ramekin on their plate, you’ll be able to determine the volume of the ramekin and buy that much candy for each person.

That means no shortage of candy for guests and less overall food waste.

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


8 Food Hacks That Will Make You a Kitchen Pro September 04 2014, 0 Comments

When you are juggling home and work, it can be tough to spend hours in the kitchen preparing ingredients and cooking up a healthy and balanced meal for your family.

On the other hand if you know certain tricks,you can make the prepping and cooking a lot faster and easier. So, here are 8 food hacks that will help you immensely and make you feel like a true kitchen pro:

1. Removing Strawberry Stems
Rather than struggling to remove strawberry stems and spending hours trying to do it, make use of a plastic straw. Push the straw into the strawberry at the pointed end and take it out from the stem end. This will help to remove the stem and make the task less tedious and messy.

2. Baking Cookies for Kids
During the weekend, most parents try to spend time with their kids and baking is popular activity that all members of the family can enjoy. But picture the look on your kid’s face after telling them you won’t be able to bake cookies because you have run out of eggs. Those sad faces will kill you! If you have bananas at home, substitute half of banana for each egg and you will be able to make delicious cookies for your kids and other family members.

3. Cutting Soft Solids
Cutting soft solids, such as cakes and cheeses can turn into a mess very quickly if you are not careful. Make sure you always keep a supply of unscented dental floss in your kitchen. Use the floss to cut these soft solids perfectly and also avoid making a mess.

4. Making Chocolate Bowls
Making chocolate bowls for your kids and filling it up with a helping of ice cream and cut fresh fruit is an innovative way to get your kids to eat fruits. However, making these bowls at home can be tough and difficult. Or is it?

Use medium-sized inflated balloons; dip them in the melted chocolate and put them on a greased tray to dry. Once the chocolate dries, you can remove the balloons and voila! You have a chocolate bowl that you can fill with fun goodies and serve your kids. They will love it!

5. Slicing Bread
When you slice bread, you can squish it if you’re not careful. You can avoid doing this by keeping the bottom side up and then using a bread knife to slice it. It cuts through the bread without squishing or making a big mess.

6. Grilling Fish
Sunday barbecues are great way to spend meaningful time with your kids and loved ones. And, most times, you prefer marinating poultry and meats as it is easier to get them to turn into flavorful delights. However, have you tried grilling fish? Most people avoid grilling fish, as it tends to get stuck to the grill and falls apart.

Nonetheless, fish is a healthy choice for kids, as it contains Omega-6 fatty acids that are good for the brain. To grill your fish without having it stick to the grill or falling apart, just place lemon slices on the grill and place the fish on the slices. Not only will you be able to grill fish to perfection, the lemon will give it a lovely flavor that you and your kids will love.

7. Get Perfectly Boiled Eggs
Whether you love your egg salad or you want to munch on boiled eggs with a little salt and pepper, the key is getting perfectly boiled eggs.

Most people don’t know this food hack, which can help them boil eggs to perfection. Use a thumbtack to make a hole on the broad end of the egg. Remove the tack and boil the egg as usual. The end result will be great – the perfectly boiled egg that you can transform into a culinary delight!

8. Making Undiluted Ice Coffee
There is nothing like sipping a glass of refreshing and rejuvenating iced coffee on a hot summer’s day. You can sit in your garden with your favorite book and enjoy your caffeine fix or sunbathe on the patio while enjoying a glass of iced coffee.

The problem with iced coffee is it gets watered down as the ice melts, ruining the taste. To prevent this from happening, pour your coffee into an ice tray and put it in the freezer to set. Use the coffee ice cubes to make your ice coffee. This will prevent the coffee from getting watered down.

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


How to Make Delicious French Calissons August 11 2014, 0 Comments

The French are known for making some of the most famous dishes in the world. If there is one thing that French know, it’s delicious sweets! While French Calissons may be hard to find online there is some good news: these can be made right from home and are quite easy to prepare. These can be used for all sorts of things such as a Custom Party Favor, for a nighttime treat, or even for Birthday Parties. If you want to make French Calissons as a Custom Party Favor, the recipe below will definitely suit your needs.

  • French Calissons are all about flavor, in this case candied melon, orange peel that is soaked in almond liquor and orange flavor flour water overnight. 
  • Once you soak your concoction overnight, you need to drain the liquids using a fine sieve or chinois. You can then line a tray with oval shaped candy molds. If you don't have oval shaped molds, you can of course use another shape. This type of sweet does contain raw eggs. You need to incorporate raw eggs, some white granulated sugar, and ground almonds together in a bowl. This is the base of the candy, so make sure everything is combined well.
  • You will be creating a meringue type of topping for this dessert.Usually for meringue you will use egg whites, but now you will use heavy cream to create an almost "icing" texture. In a bowl mix heavy cream until it forms soft peaks, then start to add in your plumbed fruits and the egg mixture from the previous step.
  • The last step is the easiest! Take your mixture and fill your oval candy molds, then place in the freezer for 4-6 hours or until they are firm. Roll in powder sugar if desired and serve!

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


How to Plan a Baby Shower Candy Buffet to Impress Your Guests April 14 2014, 0 Comments

Welcoming a new addition to the family means also planning out the perfect baby shower, which also means having party favors for your party guests that are both cute and match the theme of the shower. If you're thinking of having a "candy buffet," which is very popular right now, here are some things that will inspire you and can help you properly plan out a memorable......

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


3 Favorite Places to Get a Wedding Cake in Orange County April 09 2014, 0 Comments

Weddings are your special day to celebrate your love with all of your family and friends! You get to dine on elegantly plated dishes, drink wine and dance the night away, but you can’t forget about the most import part…the cake! If you’re in the market for a beautiful cake for your special day and are located in the Orange County area, I have selected 3 of my personal favorite bakeries for cakes, cupcakes and delicious pies.....

About The Author:

Gilles Cailleaux is the Owner & Master Confectioner at By Gilles, an online French candy store based in Orange County, California. They sell traditional French confections called Calissons from Provence. Gilles is always ready to share his 25 years plus experience of candy making and baking with everyone and want to hear about your experience with his calissons. Gilles and his team are sensitive about taste and harmony. They prepare your packages with special care and attention.


by Gilles
23416 Caminito Valle Laguna Hills Orange County, CA 92653 United States 800-334-2081 gilles@bygilles.com
by Gilles
23416 Caminito Valle Laguna Hills Orange County, CA 92653 United States
800-334-2081 gilles@bygilles.com