Gifting 101

15F315_16Welcome to Gifting 101, the Mrs. Fields crash course in the best gifts, the best gift ideas, and giving better gifts in 2015. Of course, we specialize in unique gifts and collectibles of the cookie variety, but cookie gifts and food gifts are not our only specialty. We understand the importance of personalized gifts for everyone on your list and the best ways to turn a gifting occasion like birthdays, holidays, anniversaries and parties into fun, memorable occasions. 15F218_32

For example, say you have a Halloween party coming up. You’ve arranged the best Halloween costumes, the best Halloween decorations, and the ultimate guest list, but what about treats for your guests and prizes for the best costume? Our Halloween cookies are not only delicious, but the presentation is perfectly Pinterest worthy.

15F211_18Plus, our Halloween gifts can also serve as collectible Halloween decorations for your serving table! 15F208_09

And what party guest wouldn’t be thrilled to go home with this fantastic party favor or prize?

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When it comes to holiday gifting such as Thanksgiving, it can be easy to let a last-minute time crunch ruin your best intentions. We have created unique autumn offerings featuring colorful, collectible personalized gifts that can be ordered early and delivered exactly when you want. You choose the delivery date! That means that we take care of delivering Thanksgiving cookies to your far away family, or luscious fall cookies to your Thanksgiving host or hostess, gifts that find their way directly to your friends or family without any extra stress for you! When the season gets busy, make life easy by planning ahead. We take care of all the details, right down to hand-tied ribbons and including your personalized note.

And the best part? Everybody loves cookies. They are always the right size, always appreciated, and really show that you care. That’s why Mrs. Fields has been the gifting expert for over 35 years!

One more thing: always be sure to check MrsFields.com for Mrs. Fields promo codes and current offers!

Recipe: Cookie Cream Cheese Fruit Cups

Mrs. Fields Secrets Cookie Fruit Cups
This bite-sized dessert is so much fun for warm weather entertaining. Make this ahead of time and keep refrigerated before serving, no plates, forks or napkins required! It’s got cream, crunch and bursts of fruit flavors that impress all ages. Top with your favorite colors and flavors and be sure to sneak a few aside for yourself because these go fast!

Cookie Cream Cheese Fruit Cups
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening (butter flavored)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 ounces whipped cream cheese
2 cups chopped fresh fruit

Directions
Cream the shortening and butter, then add the sugar gradually. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Add the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt gradually to the creamed mixture. Cover and chill dough overnight for at least four hours. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Press rounded tablespoons of dough evenly into un-greased mini muffin tins, until dough is not quite touching the rim. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until edges are barely browning. Remove and allow to cool completely before carefully twisting them out of the tins.

Once cool, fill each cup with a generous scoop of whipped cream cheese, then top with chopped fruit and chill before serving. Makes approximately 36 cups.

Bring Mrs. Fields to the Family Reunion

It’s time to organize the last details of the family reunion, those little things that make a big impression. We’ve got some special ways to commemorate the occasion as well as thoughtful ways to thank those who helped put it together, so don’t waste any time inviting Mrs. Fields to the family reunion too!

Logo Perfect Cookie

One of our favorite ways to wow the family at the big reunion is with our Logo Perfect Cookies featuring a customized image printed in edible frosting on our luscious, buttery cookies. Available in cases of 96 cookies, contact sales@mrsfields.com to get started on your custom images.

Our bulk gifts make it easy to treat big crowds with individually wrapped original cookies, brownies and frosted cookies. Not only do you get great bulk savings (as much as 50% for some products), but our treats are easy to transport, easy to serve, and easy to share.

Nibblers by the Case

For example, Nibblers Gifts by the Case are a popular choice for family reunions because the bite-sized cookies are fun to share with kids of any age. Order them in your favorite flavor, or in a variety mix.

Brownies by the Case

For brownie lovers, our Brownies by the Case can’t be beat. Hand them out as guests arrive, or serve them with ice cream for the easiest brownie sundaes ever.

Frosted Cookies by the Case

If you haven’t fallen in love with our frosted cookies, it might be wise to do so now. As a whole family. Our bulk offering comes with 96 to a case, in your choice of circles, hearts, snowflakes or daisies.

Give Thanks Tin

You’ll need a great way to thank your planning committee, so plan on our Give Thanks Tin delivered right to the doorstep of everybody who helped pull it off, along with your enclosed personalized thanks.

Personalized Cookie Tin

And perhaps our favorite way to surprise a matriarch or patriarch of a family is with a Personalized Cookie Tin. Upload a snapshot of the whole family and we’ll print it on our famous tin filled with delicious cookies. This makes a great after-reunion thank you gift too!

And remember, the family who shares cookies together, stays together!

{Image via Huffington Post}

Last Minute 4th of July Party Ideas

4th of July Party Ideas

If you’re looking for some fun and easy ways to entertain your crowd for the holiday weekend, we rounded up a handful of ideas that are fun for kids of all ages. A few simple household items can be transformed into great yard games for hours of fun. Follow the links for full details!

1. Play “rocket toss” with decorated cans.

2. Organize a bean bag toss using various sizes of paper or plastic plates.

3. Make water balloon piñatas for a fun and easy way to cool down.

4. Decorate paper plates and a cardboard box for this “air mail” game.

5. Use hula hoops and flags to create a giant ring toss on the lawn.

And from all of us at Mrs. Fields, have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Recipe: Cookie Crumble Freezer Cake

Mrs. Fields Secrets

Another in our series of no-bake summer-friendly cookie desserts, this freezer cake is easy to create and can incorporate your favorite cookie flavors. Make it ahead of time, keep it in the freezer, and bring it out just in time to wow your crowd. Absolutely no preheating of an oven required.

Cookie Crumble Freezer Cake
24 cookies (chocolate chip works great)
1/2 cup hot fudge sauce + 1/4 cup more for garnish
16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions
Line a bread loaf pan with plastic wrap, leaving a generous overlap on the sides. Break the cookies into large crumbles in a bowl and set aside. Heat the hot fudge 10 seconds at a time in a microwave-safe dish, until spreadable but not hot. Place the whipped topping in a large mixing bowl and fold the hot fudge into it carefully until it is fully combined and light brown in color. Spoon an even layer of the mixture into the loaf pan, then top it with a layer of cookie crumbles, repeating the process until you have three full layers of whipped topping and cookies, leaving a handful of cookie crumbles for garnish. Fold the excess plastic wrap over the pan and press gently with your hands to compress and push out any air bubbles. Place in the freezer for at least six hours or overnight. Before serving, open the plastic wrap and gently use it to lift the cake out of the pan, then invert it onto a serving platter. Drizzle hot fudge and the remaining cookie crumbles on top before serving.

Summer Gifts for Summer Fun

Summer Fun Pail

Summer is in full swing and that means plenty of sun and fun to keep everybody celebrating the whole season long. But don’t let all that celebration keep you from remembering to celebrate the people in your life. We’ve got some fun, fabulous gifts in our Summer Fun Collection to make giving easy and fun!

Have a Ball Box

Our Have a Ball Box is our favorite gift idea for swimming teachers, summer birthday parties, and your generous friend who invited you to her beach house for the week.

Gone Campin’ Box

We love the Gone Campin Box as a gift for camp counselors, Scout masters, and grandpas who still remember how to work the old camp stove.

Shades of Sunset Box

We designed our Shades of Sunset Box to beckon those gorgeous hues of summer sunsets, marking ends of happy summer days and making an easy, ideal gift for going away parties, hostess gifts and even a summer romance.

Delightful Donut Box

Our Delightful Donut Box may require a double-take. Our buttery frosted cookies are dressed up like donuts with colorful sprinkles. We love this gift idea to say thanks to summer babysitters, day camp friends, and office parties.

Turtle Surprise Box

Popping in to see a friend on a road trip? Our Turtle Surprise Box says it all!

Superstar Box

And finally, our Superstar Box is a favorite pick for family reunions, parade volunteers, and other summer superstars in your life.

Shop all of our Summer Fun Collection to find the ideal offerings for everyone on your summer gifting list. We’ve made giving so easy, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation!

Eat Your Sunscreen!

Did you know that you can help fight sunburn from the inside out? Here’s a list of easy, favorite foods that help protect you from sunburn naturally (along with a topical sunscreen with SPF, of course!), so eat up and enjoy the sun.

  • watermelon
  • tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • apricots
  • guava
  • coffee (not decaf)
  • fish
  • kale
  • spinach
  • chicory and other dark, leafy greens
  • lemon peel
  • orange peel
  • grapefruit peel
  • coconut oil
  • green tea
  • pomegranate
  • strawberries
  • dark chocolate

 

 

Recipe: Double Decker Ice Cream Sandwich Bites

Mrs. Fields Secrets Double Decker Ice Cream Sandwich Bites

Another no-bake, no-fuss, all-fun dessert idea today combining our luscious Nibblers bite-sized cookies and your favorite ice cream flavors to create mini double-decker ice cream sandwiches that your friends and family will eat up. Literally, they will eat them up! So delicious and easy for after dinner or a mid-day snack. Prepare a batch and keep them on hand for a semi-homemade dessert you’ll love.

Double Decker Ice Cream Sandwich Bites

4 dozen Nibblers bite-sized cookies
1 pint of ice cream, any flavor

Directions
Place a rounded tablespoon of ice cream between two Nibblers cookies, followed by another rounded tablespoon on top with another cookie to top it. Freeze for at least an hour before serving. Makes 16 sandwiches.

Fourth of July Fun Starts Here

As you plan your Fourth of July picnics, parties, BBQs and shin-digs, don’t forget to add Mrs. Fields to the mix. Our Red, White & Cookies gifts are ready to put on a dazzling display of yum that can rival any fireworks show in town. Our gifts are perfect as ready-to-serve treats to delight guests of any age. They don’t melt, they don’t spoil, which means you can set them out and enjoy the party. Here are some of our favorite offerings.

Seeing Stars Large Box

With something for everyone, our Seeing Stars Large Box includes cookies, brownies, frosted cookies and candy. It makes for happy handfuls all around.

Starfish and Stripes Tote

One of our favorite gift ideas for kids, the Starfish and Stripes Tote arrives with goodies to share in a reusable tote, good for collecting treasures along the beach.

Firecracker Celebration Box

Our Firecracker Celebration Box is a popular choice when you need a prize for your big 4th of July relay races. Enough to share and so much fun to give, this gift is a lot of bang for your buck!

Americana Tote

Another popular gift that can double as a prize is our Americana Tote, loaded with bite-sized cookies and frosted cookies. We love this tote for a thank you gift for that special helper who set up all the tables and chairs for the family BBQ.

Stars N’ Bites Box

Our Stars N’ Bites Box looks great on the buffet table and makes a wonderful hostess gift too. Loaded with share-able bite-sized cookies and frosted cookies, it can serve a small crowd!

Superstar Box

And when you need a little candy with your cookies, our Superstar Box is the way to go. This gift screams holiday happiness and makes a perfect hostess gift too.

Shop the entire Red, White & Cookies category and find your own favorites!

Top Ten Road Trip Must-Haves

Hitting the open road this summer? You’ll want to take some of our best tips with you for ultimate cruising pleasure.

1. Download our Best Road Trip Games and keep a copy in the glove compartment at all times. The best way to diffuse tension on hour seven is with a game that gets everybody laughing and thinking.

2. Have you started using the Waze app yet? It keeps you apprised of real-time traffic and slow-downs and suggests alternate routes to get you where you need to go as quick as you can.

3. Stock a cooler with a range of great snacks. Gas station nachos are great (are they?), but you don’t want to rely on them to keep you satisfied. A mix of fruits, nuts, cheese, dried meats and some sweets will give you an easy range of options to suit your cravings.

4. Keep lots of water in the car, more than you think you’ll need. Travel is dehydrating, and in the event that you get delayed or sidetracked, you’ll have plenty on hand.

5.  Stop for scenic outlooks. Getting out, stretching your legs, and taking a few selfies is a great way to keep travelers happy. Plus, you’ll see vistas and views that you’d otherwise miss!

6. Keep a map or atlas on hand. In the event that your cell phone dies or the GPS can’t find a signal, having a map with you means peace of mind.

7. Ask locals where to eat. If you’re stopping for a meal, forego the fast food chains and find out what the locals like. Use apps like Yelp or simply ask the person filling up next to you. It could lead you to great spots only the locals know!

8. Travel with cookies. A tin of Mrs. Fields cookies travels well anywhere you go, and the cookies are individually wrapped to keep them fresh mile after mile!

9. Invest in good sunglasses. Polarized lenses will keep your eyes protected and relaxed all day long, keeping glares and headaches far away.

10. Break long trips down into smaller pieces. Avoid “Are we there yet?” by making smaller check points along the way.

Do you have road trip tips? Share them in the comments!

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