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The season of giving, or should we say gifting, is almost here.

Is your company getting into the holiday spirit…because you should be? Now is the time to start planning your end-of-year client packages and employee appreciation. To finish 2014 with the right message, your company needs to order holiday goodies within the next month so they will be ready to ship right after Thanksgiving. Or, what if you organized packages to be delivered by Thanksgiving? Show what your company is grateful for with a thoughtful gift to clients and/or employees. This early arrival will stand out from December deliveries with cards overflowing mailboxes and gift baskets pilled on conference tables.

 

Luckily, Wicked Jacks and Aroma Ridge will package all those corporate holiday gifts and tie them up in a bow. And, we have some wickedly good ideas. Shop through our gifts and variety packs to pick an assortment or make a personalized box combined with Aroma Ridge coffee and tea selections, as well as biscotttis and Jamaican rum-soaked bunt cakes, with flavors from around the world.

 

Coffee and Things Gift Package

Available with whole bean or ground coffee – $29.95

Wicked Jack’s Tavern Receives Blue Ribbon for Gluten-Free Rum Cake

Wicked Jack’s Tavern has been awarded a blue ribbon for being the Best of Atlanta in the Lifestyle/Natural Gluten-Free category. This distinction, designed to celebrate gourmet food products, was awarded at the annual Atlanta Gourmet Market, a temporary, three-day showroom open in mid September.

The Atlanta Gourmet Market is hosted by AmericasMart Atlanta, one of the world’s largest permanent wholesale trade centers. Located in downtown Atlanta, the AmericasMart complex contains more than seven million square feet of space, where manufacturers, designers and sales representatives unveil new lines, launch new designs and introduce new categories.

Blue Ribbon

A perfect addition for any break-fast

Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, is one of the most important holidays of the Jewish year. For 10 days, followers of Judaism contemplate their sins, not only against God but also against other people. It is a time of renewal, where believers try to right their wrongs and reconcile—making it ultimately a happy occasion and a celebration of peace.

Yom Kippur includes a 25-hour fast, beginning before sunset on Friday evening and ending after nightfall the next day. There is no eating, drinking or work allowed during the Sabbath—including cooking. Which means, a typical breaking-the-fast feast offers already prepared and ready-to-eat dishes.

The experience places a big role on the food served and enjoyed. So, what is better than something simple, but delicious, delivered right to your door? This year, Yom Kippur falls on Sept. 13, so visit the Wicked Jack’s Tavern to select a bunt cake for your guests, to bring to a break-fast celebration or to give to a friend on this special high holiday. Butter Rum

Rum is good for the heart

For generations, grandma’s recipe to alleviate chest congestion, and probably headaches from grandchildren, was mixing up a hot toddy. Heating up rum, water and spices was a soothing way to stop a nasty cough and get some much-needed rest.

That simple remedy might actual do more to cure the body than originally thought. Rum is fermented from sugar can juice or molasses, and contains no carbohydrates and fat.

According to a Food to Fitness article, rum acts as a blood thinner and can reduce the chance of heart attacks. “Peripheral artery diseases can be combated by its consumption,” the article states, “(And rum) helps in restricting artery blockages.”

Happy National Senior Citizen Day!

On August 21,1988, Ronald Reagan declared this date to be National Senior Citizen Day. Out of love and respect, bring the senior citizen in your life some of their favorite Wicked Jack’s rum cake. Or if you don’t know any senior citizens, bring a rum cake to the elderly at your local nursing home.

Give your child’s teacher the perfect back-to-school gift

Let’s face it: going back to school stinks for everyone. Kids have homework to do once again and parents’ are filled with carpools of afterschool activities. But one group people usually don’t think about is the teachers. They’re extremely stressed throughout the school year, so why not get them a little gift to ease their “back to school blues?”

Wicked Jack’s Samplers make fantastic gifts. These sweet treats are just small enough that a teacher could finish one on his or her own, but they’re also big enough for the teacher to split it amongst his or her coworkers in the teacher’s longue. Be a teacher’s pet; purchase Wicked Jack’s Samplers in the Aroma Ridge web store or at Amazon.com.

 

Raspberries and Cream

Looking for a great end of summer dessert to bring to a backyard cookout or an excuse to whip up something decadent? How about a Lemon-Raspberry Parfait! It is fast, easy and of course delicious!

Lemon-Raspberry Parfait

Only five ingredients are needed for this refreshing, summertime parfait!

1. Wicked Jack’s Tavern Butter Rum Cake (crumbled)

2. Raspberries or raspberry jam

3. Lemon-flavored ice cream

4. Whipped cream

5. Lemon zest

Simply layer crumbled Butter Rum Cake, raspberry jam or raspberries and lemon-flavored ice cream. Top with whipped cream and lemon zest to make this dessert pop!

Lemon Blueberry dessert

The history of rum sailing the high seas

The end of this month will mark 44 years since the British Royal Navy ended the daily rum rations given to sailors. Called “Black Tot Day,” the practice stopped on July 31, 1970. The traditional started when sailors received a half-a-pint of rum each day, which years later was diluted with water and split into two portions to lessen drunkenness on board the navy vessels.

Wicked Jack’s Tavern True Jamaican Rum Cakes, soaked in fine Jamaican rum, are a great reminder of the tradition of rum in the Caribbean. Virtually every island has a distinct rum style and more than 80 percent of the world’s rum comes from the Caribbean.

In fact, slaves on sugar plantations in the Caribbean discovered that sugarcane molasses could be fermented and then distilled to make a sweet, potent drink. From there rum became synonymous with piracy, with English privateers trading it as a valuable commodity.

Butter Rum Raisin

What’s in the center of your bunt cake?

Sometimes the biggest surprise is not what is inside our delicious Wicked Jack’s Tavern Rum Cakes. Our adventurous clients add editable treats or decorations to make our cakes the center of every party.

For baby showers or bridal showers, place real flowers in the opening of the bunt cake, which can hide a small paper cup of water.

Next time you order one of our bunt cakes, try placing fresh fruit or a bowl of jam, mousse or whipped cream in the center. For a quick decoration, drizzle extra icing over the top, or add a dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder.

Stay cool with these rum cake pairings

Wicked Jack’s Tavern Rum Cakes already have the perfect amount of moistness and sweetness from being soaked in the finest of Jamaican rum. But, there is always room to improve upon perfection … if there is room on your plate!

Wicked Jack's Tavern Caramel Rum Cake

Try these summertime combinations that pair our distinct cakes with traditional ice cream flavors.

– Mint chocolate chip ice cream is the perfect addition to our rich Chocolate Rum Cake made with milk chocolate chips.

– Old-fashioned butter pecan ice cream will compliment our delicious Caramel Rum Cake, which is already topped with a sweet and creamy caramel rum sauce.

– Cherries Jubilee ice cream will bring out the flavor of our Red Velvet Rum Cake coated with a delicious Jamaican rum glaze.

– Coffee flavored or vanilla bean ice cream will both pair nicely with our two vanilla rum cakes, Butter Rum Cake and Butter Rum Raisin Cake, which contains raisins soaked in spices and fine Jamaican rum with a hint of eggnog.