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Your West Coast Bake Sale Best Sellers, please

A local group of stores is holding a BBQ Auction and Bake Sale to bebefit an employee with health care issues.

This is a semi-rural conservative community, old world ranching family values, etc. (ie there will probably be lots of Portuguese Sweet Bread)

What are sure-fire best sellers APART from the usual brownies and choc chip cookies?

Points for easy-make, room temp stable goodies. I thought of biscotti or English Toffee, easy to make in large qty, but want to go with sure things.

thanks, tj

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  1. Cupcakes --I always buy cupcakes

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    1. re: ROCKLES

      hard to package without totally smooshing the icing...but maybe not important?

      1. re: toodie jane

        Put each cupcake in a clear plastic cup, wrap with plastic wrap and tie at the top with a bow.

        Or use the same clear plastic cups, but get domed plastic lids (like for slushies) and put a sticker over the hole on the top. Perfect for bake sales.

        1. re: modthyrth

          have not seen these tops for sale anywhere...but could do the wrap. thx

          1. re: toodie jane

            I've put cupcakes in plastic cups with a flat lid, but upside down - the cupcake goes on the lid, the cup goes on top.

            I don't know if you have a Cash & Carry store where you live, but I've seen the domed lids there.

            1. re: toodie jane

              I get mine at Smart and Final. Kind of a restaurant supply store that's open to the public.

          2. re: toodie jane

            Shoe box, side by side--piece of cake (pun intended)

            1. re: ROCKLES

              stick in a toothpick to hold the plastic wrap off the frosting.

        2. I can't speak for west coast but two that go quickly are rice krispie treats (I don't get this one) and whoopie pies. Whoopie pies are like individually packaged, easy to eat cupcakes. The other big one right now is cake pops.

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          1. re: chowser

            I've done cake pops for lots of events with kids, and the parents always love them, too. They're simple if you just decorate with sprinkles. I typically bag them individually, then tie once (not in a knot) with a ribbon or use a wire twist to close.

            You can also do "s'mores" pops. Same as cake pops, but use a marshmallow and dip in chocolate, then sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. The melty candies/chocolate takes longer (for me) to dry on marshmallows for some reason.

            1. re: chowser

              Whether the audience is kids or adults, rice krispies treats always seem to be ridiculously popular. Easy to make, keep, and package, and you can do variations like m&m's or a chocolate drizzle.

              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                I've been amazed at how quickly they disappear because they're so easy to make at home. But, there are also really fun ways to doctor them up, as you say--on a stick would be fun. Or even rice krispie cupcakes to get the most out of another trend.

            2. Anything labeled "gluten-free" should be good. Just make sure you don't cross-contaminate for the people who follow the diet due to medical necessity.

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              1. re: SAHCook

                I could not attempt this as I have no way of eliminating contamination on my kitchen. There is a local gluten free bakery where I may order some just to give people a choice.

              2. Bags of kettle corn, or other flavored popcorn?

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                1. re: SAHCook

                  am making some chocolate "trash" patties--choc melted with nuts, pretzels, marshmallow and cheerios.

                2. Magic bars or lemon bars are always a hit!