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How to Decorate and Give Your Home a Festive Touch This Christmas December 03 2014, 0 Comments

If you love Christmas time and the winter season as much as most people, you probably also enjoy decorating the inside of your house and having many Christmas parties. If you are out of ideas or you just want a few new ones to decorate your house this Christmas, be sure to keep reading below for some of the best and most festive holiday decorations of the year.

Centerpieces
Centerpieces are known for being the focal point of the table. But, if you want to do something a little different this year and you are tired of the same old stuff, why not try a candy centerpiece? It’s not as gaudy as one would think and can actually be quite tasteful and classy. One idea is to take a clear, tall, wide glass and fill it with different layers of mints. One example would be white table mints, then a layer of red and white mints, then white, red and white and so on and so forth. You can also add sweets to white ceramic candy trays, green and red goblets and clear glasses. Some ideas are rock candy sticks, ribbon candy of all colors, colorful chocolate and mint dinner mints and of course, calissons

Above Table Chandelier
If you thought the only thing you would be decorating this year was your tree, think again. Chandeliers are a great option to decorate, because besides the centerpiece, they are an idea focal point for any table. Dumb down the colors and use light icy blues, silver and white ribbons alongside shimmery decorations like stars, snowflakes or homemade Christmas tree balls for an amazingly simple yet classy look that everyone will compliment. If you have a chandelier that is pretty high from the table you can even string a few ornaments and items down from the chandelier so they hang down.

Windowsills
A lot of people have beautiful windows in their homes but they always get frustrated over what to put on the windowsills. Sure, you can do the traditional candles in each window, but if you want to start new traditions or try something different than usual, why not use what you already have to decorate the windowsill? One idea is to use tall clear jars of different heights and fill them up with different left over Christmas tree balls. The different heights and colors makes for an interesting and high impact display. If you really want to make an impact, be sure to use different sized Christmas balls too - from regular sized to mini.

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.


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.


10 Mouthwatering Candies That You Can Make At Home September 29 2014, 0 Comments

Candy is something that you can buy pretty much anywhere these days, but making your own can still be a lot of fun. You can also make unique candies with interesting ingredients that you just can’t buy – at least not without spending tons of cash at a gourmet market or candy shop.

Use this list of 10 mouthwatering candies you can make at home to help you pick the perfect recipe:


1. Brigaderios. Basically balls of fudge that are so decadent you’ll want to eat more than one, Brigaderios are a Brazilian candy perfect for ending a gourmet meal in style.

2. Peppermint caramels. Made with a basic recipe and then topped with peppermint flakes, this unique candy is ideal for holiday gifts.

3. White chocolate and mint truffles. Decadently rich and extremely satisfying, white chocolate and mint truffles are easier to make than you think, even if they look pretty fancy.

4. Candied pecans. Something so simple shouldn't be so good but you’ll have a hard time keeping these around the house for long.

5. Caramel corn. Add chocolate chips for a twist on this classic treat.

6. Black licorice. With just a few ingredients you can make your own black licorice that will rival store brands.

7. Glazed nuts. Sour cream and mixed nuts baked together – what could be simpler?

8. Chocolate covered cherry cordials. A classic sweet treat, you can get everything you need to make your own from a local candy supply or over the web.

9. Dark chocolate matzo brittle. Made with simple ingredients like matzo crackers, dark chocolate and almonds, this unique treat is fast and simple, yet perfect for holiday parties.

10. Plain chocolate truffles. Made with just chocolate and eggs, these are so simple yet so satisfying they’ll become a staple.

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.


Wedding Day Party Favors Your Guests Will Cherish Forever April 03 2014, 0 Comments

This is it, your big day is fast approaching and you're adding all of the last minute touches to make it memorable. Your wedding is a time of celebration, love, and lots of planning, but you can make it even more personal with the right kind of party favors for your guests. Making this day as memorable for you as it is for your guests is usually at the top of your list.....

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