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The Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide: SugarRush [GIVEAWAY]

For Day 3 of the Guide, Shalom Life recommends you indulge in your sweet tooth at SugarRush Baked Treats & Sweets, a delectable local bakery that uses only the finest high-quality ingredients

By: Daniel Koren

Published: November 13th, 2013 in News » World

Bust out the menorahs, dreidels, and a smorgasbord of latkes, sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and macarons.

It's that time again.

As Hanukkah draws nearer, Shalom Life is proud to continue with our Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide: 8 crazy nights of amazing gift ideas, and 8 crazy nights of free giveaways, poised to make this year's holiday a bit easier, a bit less stressful, and a bit lighter on your wallet.

Check out Day 1 and Day 2 of the Guide to catch up on gift ideas.

For Day 3 of the Guide, Shalom Life looks at one of the best possible gift ideas for Hanukkah. As any Hanukkah-celebrating Heeb will tell you, the Holidays, while about togetherness, family and love, are also very much about food. From fried potato latkes to beef brisket, to honey cakes, jelly doughnuts and macarons, Jewish food is ingrained into each and every holiday we celebrate. Basically, there's a reason why the force-feeding Jewish mother stereotype exists.


And while many of the gift ideas on the Guide are for the purposes of making life easier, no gift will be more appreciated, and more thoroughly enjoyed, than already prepared, fresh, delicious Hanukkah pastries and delicatessen.

Particularly, if they're coming from SugarRush Baked Treats & Sweets, which offers only the finest delectable baked goods that are made from scratch and use only organic, high-quality ingredients.

Go ahead, indulge in your sweet tooth. After all, it's Hanukkah.

GIVEAWAY: As part of the Essential Gift Guide, SugarRush Baked Treats & Sweets is pleased to offer a Hanukkah gift-box of a dozen macaroons (a $30 value) to make this year's Hanukkah that much sweeter (literally). To enter, share this story via Facebook and/or Twitter and LIKE both SugarRush and Shalom Life on Facebook. Then send an email to contests@shalomlife.com with the headline SUGARRUSH. Happy Holidays!

Make sure to check back here tomorrow for more gift ideas and free giveaways as we move forward with our 8-day Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide.


(Sufganiyot & Chocolate Gelt Macarons)

Started in December 2012 by owner and baker Shauna Kochen, SugarRush Baked Treats & Sweets is a wonderful online-based bakery that offers its patrons a delectable selection of cupcakes, cookies, macarons, sea-salted honey caramels (made without corn syrup!), brownkies (brownie cookies...drooollllll), and pretty much any other delicious baked treat you could think of.

You can even see how Kochen prepares them over at her website.

Kochen's homemade baked treats and sweets are made from scratch using ethically-sourced, organic and high quality ingredients. SugarRush takes into account every little detail, ensuring each product created is of superb quality and does as little harm as possible to humans, animals and our environment.

In anticipation of the Hanukkah season, SugarRush is featuring two brand new macarons that are inspired by their favourite Hanukkah treats. The first macaron is a take on classic sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts) – vanilla shells filled with vanilla buttercream, loaded with raspberry jam, then topped with icing sugar.

A modern spin on a classic we all know and love.

The second is the Chocolate Gelt macaron - chocolate almond shells filled with dulce de leche and a dark chocolate ganache center. Treat someone you love to a Hanukkah Gift-box of these melt-in-your-mouth macarons! Gift-boxes come with 12 or 24 macarons, at $2.50 a piece.


(Chocolate Gelt Macarons)

Pre-order yours today by emailing sugarrushus@gmail.com or by sending a Facebook message to SugarRush – Baked Treats & Sweets.

Believe me, your entire family will be thanking you if you show up at Hanukkah dinner with a box of these bad boys. The pictures pretty much speak for themselves.

To see SugarRush’s full menu of baked treats & sweets, which includes cupcakes, cookies, tarts, organic candy, and their gluten-free items, visit: getyoursugarrush.blogspot.ca

As Kochen candidly puts it, "When you treat yourself to SugarRush baked treats & sweets, you indulge in only the best."

Keeping in line with her sentiments, for this year's holiday season, I beg you to find a more suitable, more enjoyable gift, than a box of specialized Hanukkah-themed macarons. Treat yourself, but also, treat Mama, Pappa, Sabba and Safta to some of the most irresistible baked treats I have ever had the sincere pleasure of tasting.

As Drizzy Drake would say, you can thank me later.

Hag Sameach, and make sure to tune in to Shalom Life tomorrow as we continue our 8-day Essential Hanukkah Gift Guide.

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