If you’re checking this post out, I assume you’re likely a bakery owner looking for some bakery swag bag ideas for an upcoming trade show. Or maybe you’re a trade show attendee wondering what will be in the next Go Big Treats swag bags. Either way – welcome! Let’s start by explaining what a swag bag is – a swag bag is typically a fun treat bag that you hand out to trade show attendees. Swag bags are usually limited to the first X amount of people. Depending on the size of the show, that number could be the first 10 people through the door or the first 100. Either way, we have some cute but cost effective ideas for you.
Swag bags aren’t exclusive to bakeries. You’ll find them for almost any market – bakeries, jewelry, artwork, clothing, etc. For this article, we’re sticking to items with a bakery theme but if you work in a different market these suggestions may help you brainstorm your own ideas.
Bakery Swag Bag Items:
A lot of times, it’s nice to give a small sample of your work in a swag bag. The problem with a bakery is that (1) fresh baking doesn’t last very long and trade show organizers usually want to assemble these swag bags a couple of weeks before an event and (2) depending on the type of baking you sell, it can be hard to package it up. For example, it would be a bit messy to drop a mini cupcake in a swag bag! With this in mind, we’ve put together a few ideas that still stick to that bakery theme without the actual baking.
For the next Go Big Treats sale, we’ve put together “Beauty & Brains Treat Bags”. We went with this because we have a Beauty & Brains cookie so this bag sticks to our theme. In case you’re not familiar with it, here’s what our Beauty & Brains Cookie looks like.
The “brains” part of the cookie are the Smarties and Nerds candies plus the little smart cookie with glasses. The “beauty” part of the cookie are the Hot Lips candy and the cute tiara sprinkle. So for our swag bags, we included mini boxes of both Smarties and Nerds for a sweet treat then we covered the “beauty” part with a candy-flavoured lip gloss.
If you’re familiar with our brand, you’ll know we use a lot of funny little sayings in our brand signature bubble letters. We tied this into our theme with cute little fridge magnets.
To finish the bags off, we put a promotional postcard inside that tells the customer a bit more about our company, what we make, and where they can find us (our social media channels and a website link to our pop up calendar).
Bakery Swag Bag Ideas:
Some other fun suggestions for a bakery swag bag include:
- a small sample of your work like a mini sugar cookie
- something to enjoy with your baking like an envelope of gourmet hot chocolate
- small baking tools like a cute colourful whisk, spatula or cookie cutter
- a recipe card with one of your favourite recipes (not a recipe for something you make in your bakery, of course)
- a small kitchen timer for baking
- a handy conversions card (like how many tablespoons in a 1/2 cup) as a fridge magnet
- a tea towel
- dry ingredients mix (like this Halloween candies one) with instructions on what wet ingredients to add to make cookies
- unique jar of sprinkles
- cute paper napkins for a party
Have you been to a trade show where they’ve handed out swag bags? What are some things that you’ve received? We’d love to hear some more suggestions!
Craving a banana split but don’t want all that healthy fruit in there? Well, then we have a solution for you – Banana Split Cupcakes! It’s all the deliciousness of a banana split but without those extra nutrients that fresh fruit provide. If you’re going to have a dessert let’s make it as calorie-loaded as we can, right? Don’t worry about those extra calories – you can even it out by eating broccoli for supper. It’s too late in the season to be worrying about that bikini body anways.
Banana Split Cupcakes:
The banana extract in the icing is optional. If you can’t find it at your local grocery store or craft super store, you can use vanilla extract instead. I prefer the banana extract because it gives it that delicious banana taste.
The cherry pie filling may be a little messy but it’s SO worth it and takes these cupcakes over the top in terms of uniqueness and deliciousness! Don’t have cherry pie filling? No problem! You can mix it up with something like a chocolate ganache or banana pudding filling.
My son isn’t a fan of chocolate or most candies but I have to hide these marshmallow strawberries and bananas from him or he’d eat the entire bag. Little stinker.
Cupcakes: Frosting: Toppings:
And yes, we do take custom orders (for XL cookies, not cupcakes) – contact us for more information!
Now what are you waiting for…it’s time to start baking! If you make these or any other recipes on our site, share your photos on social media using the hashtag #GoBigTreats so we can see your creations. Happy baking!
Has your knight in shining armour turned out to be a loser in aluminum foil? Ya, I’ve been there too. Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your Prince Charming.
I met my ex-husband in a bar (my mom always said, don’t meet a guy at the bar…guess I should’ve listened). I’ve done the online dating thing with eHarmony and Tinder. Sure, some people have great luck online and meet the love of their life. In fact, a good friend of mine met & married the love of his life off Tinder and they just had a baby together a few days ago! My luck online wasn’t so great though. Sure, there are some nice guys online that can turn into friends but my luck had me meeting mostly frogs…with warts, anger management issues, and swamp water breath. My luck turned around though when a friend introduced me to an old high school friend of hers. He’s sweet, tells jokes that are so lame they’re kinda funny, he treats my son like one of his own kids, and he treats me like a princess. So don’t give up! There are a few single Prince Charmings out there left. In the meantime, let’s just enjoy some of these Frog Prince Cupcakes.
Frog Prince Cupcakes:
You can top these with either green sprinkles or pink. The green kinda look like frog warts (delicious, right?) but the pink sprinkles stand out better. I found the Wilton tiara sprinkles at Michaels craft store and the Hot Lips candy can be found at most candy stores. Ready for the recipe? Let’s hop right into it!
Cupcakes: Frosting: Toppings:
We’ve been asked about Regina area fundraisers quite often so I thought it would help if we put together some information for you to review. The fundraiser packages are flexible and can be fine-tuned to fit your group’s needs.
We’ve put together some information below on a couple of our more popular options but first take a look at this PDF file to start brainstorming some ideas that will work for your group.
For school or team fundraisers, we have a few different options. Two of our most popular options are:
1) We can set up a pop up shop for an hour at the school/facility (at an evening event like a school dance, meet the teacher night, etc.) where people could purchase a cookie, cinnamon bun or edible cookie dough.
2) We could do a preorder – kind of like you’d do for a fundraising lunch – where we’d provide you with order forms where kids could choose from 6 different options. The school or group would collect the funds and preorder the items at least one week in advance. We’d then distribute the cookies to your school for you to distribute to the kids.
For both options, our products are the regular price (example, XL cookies or cinnamon buns are $6 each including taxes) and $1.00 from each item sold we send back to the school/group as the donation.
To make the most money, we recommend the preorder. That way we know exactly how many treats to bring and have time to prepare the orders. For a pop up sale, it’s kind of a hard guess on how many items we may be able to sell. With our first school fundraiser, we set up a pop up shop with 46 cookies and sold out in about 20 minutes so we had lots of disappointed kiddos. It’s tough to guess how popular a pop up will be though so we bring a limited quantity so we aren’t left with lots of leftovers.
We understand that all organizations are different and what works for one group may not work for another. Contact us and we can customize a fundraiser plan that fits your needs.
I absolutely LOVE thinking up new cookie creations so we’ve had a lot of new cookies make their big debut since Go Big Treats started last month. Some of the treats make the cut to stay on the menu – others don’t. Some don’t pass the taste test, some don’t turn out looking the way I wanted them to, some just don’t live up to those Go Big Treats standards. One thing is for sure, we’ll have several new cookies added to the menu each month so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, I’ve updated our Menu page so you can see what varieties we have.
We always update our Facebook and Instagram pages weekly with a list of 4 cookies that will make an appearance at each pop up sale (we try to post these by Wednesday each week). If there’s a cookie that you REALLY want to try, send me a message and I’ll get it scheduled for an upcoming sale.
Enjoy browsing our updated Menu page and we’ll see you soon at an upcoming sale! Remember, we have a calendar on our Shop page so you know where and when you can find us. See you soon, cookie monsters!