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12 Days of Christmas from Santa Cruz

Twelve days of Christmas gifts and goodies from Santa Cruz, California. First day … A winter della frutta fruit cake. Second day … two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Third day … three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Fourth day … Four Snowflake cookies, three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Fifth day … Five sparkling ciders, four Snowflake cookies, three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Sixth day … Six Goose’s Toffee, five sparkling ciders, four Snowflake cookies, three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Seventh day … Seven Lula’s Caramels, six Goose’s Toffee, five sparkling ciders, four Snowflake cookies, three organic apples, two jars of Jam, and a winter della frutta fruit cake. Fruit cake: Gianna’s Baking Company of Castroville |  Jam: Buttercup Cakes and Farmhouse Frosting of Santa Cruz |  Apples: Billy Bob Orchards in Watsonville |  Snowflake cookies:  Gayle’s Bakery in Capitola | Sparkling Cider:  Martinelli’s  |  Toffee: Goose’s Goodies  |  Caramels from: …

Ashby Confections

Ashby Confections creates custom chocolates for special occasions. They can tailor colors, designs and flavors to compliment the style of an event, and can even monogram the chocolates or do wine pairing.  They are located in the Santa Cruz area, and work with other local producers such as Driscoll’s Berries and Beauregard Winery.  We think the globes are especially elegant – pictured in this post is a banana ganache globe. Update: Jen Ashby just told me that Ashby chocolates is moving to Scotts Valley and will soon be located at 16C Victor Square, near the Scotts Valley Market, and they are offering a 10% discount to all their Heather’s customers through the end of the year.

Chocolate Visions

Tucked away in Scotts Valley is Chocolate Visions, a Chocolatier with a very unique and incredible product.  They add wine from some of the local wineries, and fruits and herbs from local growers when making the ganache for their chocolates.  Then they dip the chocolates on site to make innovative chocolates with the flavors of Santa Cruz.  The olive oil and lavender is from Valencia Creek Farm in Aptos, the Framboise is from Bonny Doon Vineyard, and the wine is from Equinox and Burrell School vineyards and winery. They even do personalized monogrammed chocolates for special events.    

E V B Design fine jewelry art

I recently had the privilege of touring the work studio of EVB Design and photographing some of Elaine’s work.  Elaine V.B. Means is the artist and owner of EVB Design fine jewelry art.  She creates stunning works of art that are one-of-a-kind designs for wedding rings.  Her designs are meant to be timeless, which is perfect for a wedding ring since it will be worn for a lifetime.  She is a local artist, living and working in the Santa Cruz area.