Herma’s News – Santa’s Coming, Herma’s Gift Ideas, Cheeses and Gourmet Goodies for Special Holiday Entertaining

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. – Norman Vincent Peale

Dear Customers,

Come for a visit and step into the magical world that is Herma’s for the kind of charm and beauty one can only find this time of year. We have all the gourmet foods, gifts, linens, glassware and decorations that will help make your holiday a very special occasion. We implore you to visit this Saturday as we will be hosting two very important people from the North Pole.

Our visit with Mr. and Mrs. Clause was so enjoyable last year, as seen in the picture above, that they agreed to honour us with their presence this year as well. They expressed an interest in seeing how Herma and Harry are doing as well as all of you. They may even purchase a Christmas gift or two as Mrs. Clause has been known to stock up on all sorts of goodies during visits in the past. If you would like to meet and talk with Santa and Mrs. Claus, be sure to show up on Saturday between 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Herma’s Top 6 Gift Ideas

A variety of Chocolates of all kinds may be found in Herma’s room full of Christmas delights. Upon a long table in Herma’s Studio, toward the back of the store, lay the most amazing variety of the finest European chocolate, cookies and candies. They make a lovely offering at a dinner party, the perfect hostess gift and are a wonderful way to spoil loved ones. And if you find yourself alone sitting next to the Christmas tree, they are also considered to be the best way to pamper oneself.

The Everest glass has within it a true three-dimensional glass sculpture of Mount Everest which gently aerates whiskey as it is swirled around in the glass. The Chill Charge System embedded within the whiskey glass allows you to store it in the freezer to charge it up with cool energy. Chill the whiskey evenly in less than 18 seconds without watering down the beverage, creating a pristine, unadulterated drinking experience.

Note: According to Taco we have 16 different types of Whiskey glasses of all shapes, sizes and thickness. A great variety from which to choose!

photo by Beekman 1802

Beekman’s goat milk is sourced from goats who love the sun as much as you do. But we know that not every day can be sunny. Beekman’s Whipped Body Cream is designed to melt into your skin to revitalize your body throughout any weather.

Don’t be intimidated by the gold shimmer within the cream, the real gold mica dissolves right into your skin to give you a healthy radiance. There is no sticky or glittery residue, just silky soft skin with a beautiful, healthy glow!

Gift Sets

Gold Shimmer Body Cream + Lump of Gold Soap

Limited-Edition Gift Set containing 4 Body Creams: Pure Goat’s Milk, Ylang Ylang & Tuberose, Lavender and Vanilla Absolute.

photos by Vidda and Mistral

Vidda’s Spanish design and top-quality materials such as Swarovski crystals, vegetable tanned leather and natural pearls are combined by hand with sterling silver plated and gold-plated pieces to create jewelry that is both elegant and striking.

Mistral for Men soaps, shaving products and Eau de Parfum have been crafted in the South of France for over twenty years. Your man will appreciate how this product makes his skin feel and might even give him a little swagger as he will know how amazing he smells. Really a Win! Win! for both giver and receiver.

photos by Maison Berger

Designed in 1898 to purify the air in hospitals, this small catalytic lamp created by pharmacy dispenser Maurice Berger, quickly became very popular with the public. Redesigned by famous designers and embraced by leading figures from the art community, such as Coco Chanel, Picasso, Colette and Jean Cocteau, it was then fitted with a perfuming function and gradually became a style icon.

Herma’s Cheese Shop – Tis the Season!

photo by Saltspring Kitchen Co.

Tis the season for making merry with cheese and charcuterie platters and all sorts of gourmet foods enjoyed by candlelight along with wine, Champagne, whiskey, music and whatever makes for a fabulous party. It is also the season in which Janis out does herself by obtaining amazing cheeses of all kinds – many only found during the holidays.

So many special mentions…

Saint Angel Triple Cream – Camembert – Cheddar Cheese with Caramelized Onions – White Stilton Cheese with Mango and Ginger – White Stilton with Festive Fruits – Red Lion Cheddar with Mustard and Ale – 18-month Manchego – Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor (soft-ripened goat) – Langres AOP – Lemon Blue – Amaretto BlueBoozy Fruit Shaped Cheddars – Beer and Whiskey Cheeses – Cheddar Cheese with Port & Brandy – Hard Ripened Cheese with Habanero Chilies – VSOC Extra Old Gouda – blues – lots of soft, creamy cheeses – Bries – fresh Parmigiano – and sooo many more! The list goes on and on.

Featured Cheeses

Pont l’Evèque is a subtle and elegant cheese that exudes an exquisite aroma of hazelnuts. This, on a cheese board alongside Camembert, is a match made in heaven. Serve it with slices of Manoucher’s Baguette, or a few dried figs. Ideally, it should be sampled with a glass of chilled cider or your favourite wine.

Selles Sur Cher is a very old and beloved French goat cheese from the Loire Valley region that is shaped like a small round disc with an ash-coat encasing a creamy paste that oozes deliciously. Pair Selles-Sur-Cher goat cheese with fresh juicy fruit like pears, peaches or plums, a fresh salad and a Sauvignon Blanc or light Cabernet.


Along with Prosciutto, Porchetta Ham, Fennel Salami and Pancetta, we also carry the most beautiful French Ham to slice (supply is limited for this new ham so be quick about ordering). Janis and others will be available to slice Thursday to Monday. Pre-packaged charcuterie may be found in the coolers just around the corner from the Cheese Shop.

Other foods of special mention?

Fondue? We have amazing cheeses for this festive mountain experience including a 20-year-old Gruyere. Very special according to Janis.

Homemade pizza? We not only carry Buffalo Mozzarella in our freezers (ask Janis to get it for you), we also carry frozen balls of “00” dough, which is perfect for creating Neapolitan pizza. Also in our freezers is Burrata which is amazing in salads and served warm with all sorts of Italian dishes.

Remember those frozen Beef Wellington appetizers we served at Open House? You may now find them in our freezers along with skewers, duck frites, shrimp, duck breast, duck leg confit, Bilini, Crepes – the list goes on and on!

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire – & other festive nutty options

On our shelves just around the corner from our Cheese Shop…Creme de Calisson – Creme de Nougat Noir – Creme de Nougat Blanc – Supreme de Pistache (pistachios) – Chestnut Cream – Cooked Chestnuts – Whole Peeled & Cooked Chestnuts – Cuevas Marron Glace (chestnuts jarred and frozen) – Pickled Walnuts – Creme de Marrons (chestnuts)

*Calisson is a diamond shaped sweet made of crushed almonds.

For the Gourmet

In our coolers just around the corner from our Cheese Shop…La Maison du Gibier (Game Bird and Mango with Pork) – Forest Mushrooms and Brandy Duck Mousse – Demi-Glace Sauce – Bordelaise Sauce (ideal with red and grilled meats)

NEW Sweet Finds…Meringues – Chocolate Dessert Cups (possibilities are endless) – Heart Shaped Macarons – NEW Panettone arrivals

And don’t forget that Herma’s Signature Products will supply you with the most scrumptious dips, pates and spreads. Made fresh on a weekly basis in our very own kitchen, these products may be enjoyed at elegant soirees as well as enjoyed as a casual midnight snack.

Amazing Truffle Themed Gift Boxes

Margaret out did herself assembling beautiful Signature Gift Boxes with truffle products inside for one happy customer. To have a gift basket or gift box created specific to your needs call 905-885-9250. They require 24-hours’ notice and start at $150.

Have a wonderfully festive weekend. We look forward to seeing you in coming days.


Meredith Ender

Communication Coordinator

Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts