Winter-tainment Party Guide
33 inspired products — plus 6 smart ideas — for hosting a fun gathering this season
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Taste of the Season
Any gathering can be made all the more memorable with a tray of soft, buttery, homemade, and ready-to-grab caramels, available by the piece to serve on one of your favorite platters, $40/50-piece box (order ahead of time). Kelly’s Karamels, Troy. — Honey Murray
An Apple (Truffle) a Day
When biting into one of Edible Arrangements’ apple fruit truffles, whether it’s from a gift box assortment or a convenient slim-box sleeve, the response is “Wow!” Instead of a typical truffle’s usual creamy, sugary center, Edible Arrangements’ apple truffle is a crispy, tart-sweet sphere of Granny Smith apple coated in fine chocolate. Salted caramel banana fresh-fruit truffles are also available. $9-$45, 19 metro-area Edible Arrangements stores, ediblearrangements.com. — Honey Murray
A Slice of Nice
The busy folks at Original Murdicks Fudge (opened in 1887, and now with five shops in Michigan and more on the East Coast) are keeping their Mackinac Island Main Street store open for much of December to roll out Pure Michigan treats. Several fudge flavors, caramel corn, English toffee, and more will delight your party guests! Prices vary/customize any order for delivery. Order at originalmurdicksfudge.com.
Stick To It
Set out a platter of sliced caramel apples (or present a whole one as a parting gift!) and your party will be the one guests talk about forever. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory turns out a bounty of dipped varieties with seasonal toppings. Auburn Hills, Clinton Township, Troy, and Roseville. — Honey Murray
Achatz Pies is whipping up a unique cannoli pie that features the company’s renowned vanilla pastry cream mixed with cream cheese, slivered almonds, and chocolate chips. $20, Troy, Oxford, Armada, Shelby, Chesterfield, and Beverly Hills.
For 31 years, Gayle Harte and her team have been making delectable chocolate creations in Harte's Royal Oak flagship shop. Her cookie-size Mammoth Caramel Nut Clusters are a historic favorite, $6/ea/, $46.25/eight . Also carried at Plum Market in West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Township.— Honey Murray
A Tart Brings Good Tidings
“I serve Trader Joe's raspberry tart on a large, white Limoges plate,” says Grosse Pointe Farms-based interior designer Pam Evans. "I like to add a few basil leaves and a few sugared blueberries and strawberries for ornamentation.”