Hot Chocolate Bomb Tutorial

When we dreamed up our Hot Chocolate Bombs during the hot months of summer we didn’t realize how big of a hit they would become this Winter season! With the Hot Chocolate Bombs flying off the shelves as excited customers rush home to make a cozy cup of hot chocolate to enjoy while spending time with family or friends, while watching a movie or reading a book, we decided it was time to share a step by step on how to use our Hot Chocolate Bombs.


We’ve had a few requests for this blog post so we are excited to be sharing with you how to make the most delicious cups of hot chocolate we hope you’ll get to enjoy this winter season!


Step 1 – Heat up milk.

Heat up the milk of your choice in a pot or in your mug in a microwave. If you’re heating it up in your mug,  make sure you leave enough room for the bomb to be added into the mug without it overflowing. We recommend taking the mug you’d like to use and fill it 3/4 of the way with milk to heat. Make sure your milk is nice and hot for a quick and efficient melt of your Hot Chocolate Bomb.


Step 2 – Drop the bomb!

Once your milk is nice and heated up (make sure it’s steaming a bit!), gently drop the bomb into the milk. Use a spoon to gently roll and stir the bomb as it melts to mix the chocolate into the milk.


Step 3 – Stir, stir, stir.

Once the Hot Chocolate Bomb is fully melted be sure to stir with a spoon and scrape the bottom to be sure there aren’t any melted chocolate clumps at the bottom of your mug. Use your spoon to get all around the edges and be sure your bomb is fully mixed in.


Step 4 – Enjoy!

The bomb has melted away and now a rich cup of hot chocolate is ready for you to enjoy! Sip slowly to savour this delicious treat.


Our Hot Chocolate Bombs are no longer available for Holiday Pre-Order but we will have limited amounts available at both shops when we are able! Stop by our locations at The Forks or Academy Road to pick up your bombs today!



Christmas For Kids

Supporting the local community is something we value at Jenna Rae Cakes. We love being able to stand alongside those in our community for the causes that matter most to them. With our Charity of the Month initiative, we’ve been able to partner with local charities to help financially support their needs.



Our Charity of the Month for November is the Children’s Hospital Foundation Christmas for Kids Campaign. $0.50 from the sale of every Utoffeea cupcake sold during the month of November at both of our locations is being donated. Your generous donations will help purchase equipment like a CMAC Video Laryngoscopy. This is a life-saving machine that helps children breathe when they can’t. When there is no other way to get a little one breathing, it is absolutely essential that the nurses have this equipment to use.


We are so proud of all of our amazing customers who come in and partner with us to show our love for our local community. Learn more about the Children’s Hospital Foundation by clicking here and be sure to come by before November 30th to help us support the Children’s Hospital Foundation Christmas for Kids Campaign.


The Forks
Daily | 10 am – 9 pm


Tuesday – Thursday | noon – 6 pm
Friday + Saturday | 10 am – 6 pm

Holiday Pre-Orders Are Here!

It’s a marshmallow world in the winter, and we have the sweet, festive treats to make it a delicious holiday season when your loved ones come to visit, friends pop by to say “Happy Holidays” or when you visit those you wish you could see more often.


The Jenna Rae Cakes Holiday Pre-Order Menu is now live and we have a special surprise. Santa told us that our customers are on his ‘Nice’ list this year so we are accepting online pre-orders for the entire month of December! Holiday Pre-Order pick-up dates start on Thursday, December 5th and run throughout the month of December until December 24th. Simply place your online pre-order for the date you’d like to pick it up. When you visit our shop on Academy Road to pick up your order on the way to your office party, holiday gathering, or another holiday event, you can skip the line-up and pick up your order quickly.


Spend less time in stores shopping and more time with those you love this holiday season by placing your Holiday Pre-Order for pick-up during the month of December and surprise those you care about with sweet treats for all ages!


Check out our Holiday Pre-Order Menu below and visit our Holiday Pre-Order Page to place your order.



Are you hosting a celebration at work, for family or for your friends? Save yourself the time it takes to prepare dessert and pre-order some of our treats ready to enjoy for parties of any size! Click on any item below to learn more.


Assorted Holiday Treat Platter

Mini Cupcake Platter

Holiday Cake

Mini Cream Puffs

Holiday Macaron Tower

Boxes of Custom Printed Cupcakes

Holiday Celebration Cupcakes



Gifts that are beautiful and delicious are always a win! These gift items will check off those on your life from your office Secret Santa to stocking stuffers and for those who seem to have everything already. Click on any item below to learn more.


Assorted Gift Box

Cookie Sandwich Gift Box

Chocolate Covered Oreo Gift Box

Holiday Macaron Sleeves

Hot Chocolate Bomb

Custom Printed Macarons

Individual Custom Printed Cupcake




Nothing says ‘Happy Holiday’s’ like an unexpected treat for those you love. Our shaped macarons, cookie dough cups and ‘For Santa’ macaron are little additions that will get big smiles! Click on any item below to learn more.


Holiday Cookie Dough Cups

Reindeer Macarons

Ornament Macarons

For Santa Macaron


Don’t forget to take a look at our gift items like our Signature Cotton Candy Flavouring and jewellery when you stop by to pick up your Holiday Pre-Order. From the entire team at Jenna Rae Cakes, we wish you and yours a sweet Holiday Season filled with all things merry and bright.

I’m Dreaming Of A Sweet Christmas

Coffee shops have released their holiday edition paper cups, letters to Santa overflowing with sentiments of being good this year are already flooding the post office and mischevious elves are appearing on shelves to be adventurous overnight while watching children by day to report back to Santa. Overall, it feels safe to say that the Holidays are upon us and this year, instead of a white Christmas, we are dreaming of a sweet one.


We’ve assembled a dreamy menu of Jenna Rae Cakes Signature Flavours, Holiday Favourites and some new flavours that will be sure to top your favourites list after you try them! Our Holiday menu is now available at both of our locations with a selection of even more festive treats being launched throughout the month. Take a look below to see which flavours you’ll be able to enjoy to put you in the festive spirit this holiday season. Plus, keep reading to see our extended holiday hours this holiday season!



*The festive flavours listed below will rotate with our signature flavours for the remainder of the holiday season.



Rum + Eggnog
Ferrero Rocher
Sugar Cookie
Christmas Vanilla Sprinkle
Candy Cane
Chocolate Orange
Butter Tart
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
and more!



Vanilla Sprinkle
Chocolate Lovers
Red Velvet
Candy Cane
Imperial Cookie
Ferrero Rocher
Salted Caramel Eggnog
and more!



Chocolate Chip
Imperial Cookie
Mint Chocolate Chip



Christmas Vanilla Sprinkle
Toffee Salted Caramel
Candy Cane Marshmallow
Shortbread Christmas Sprinkle
Grinch Cookies
Lemon Bar
and more!



Peppermint Patty Marshmallow
Cotton Candy Marshmallow



*Our Chocolate Covered Oreos have had a festive makeover in holiday shapes you’ll love to enjoy!
Snowflake Classic Oreo
Peppermint Swirl Mint Oreo
Poinsettia Golden Oreo
Ornament Birthday Cake Oreo
plus our regular chocolate covered Oreos in festive flair!



*Each week we will feature a festive flavour!
Candy Cane White Chocolate Pretzel
Peppermint Patty
and more!



*Each week we will feature 4 delicious flavours including signature and holiday flavours!
Candy Cane Cheesecake
Ferrero Rocher
and more!


Our specialty items like Reindeer Macarons, Ornament Macarons and Hot Chocolate Bombs will be launching as the holiday season progresses to stay tuned to our Instagram feed to see when their delicious items will be available.



*The flavours listed below will remain constant for the remainder of the holiday season.
Festive Flavours
Ferrero Rocher
Rum + Eggnog
Turtles Brownie
Sugar Cookie
Christmas Vanilla Sprinkle
Candy Cane
Ginger Crinkle

Signature Flavours
Salted Caramel
Cookie Dough
Cotton Candy
Birthday Cake



Brownie Ferrero Rocher
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
Butter Tart
Imperial Cookie
Toffee Salted Caramel
and more!



Chocolate Chip
Imperial Cookie
Mint Chocolate Chip




Open daily from 10am – 9pm
Wednesday, December 25: CLOSED
Thursday, December 26: Regular hours resume



Holiday Hours starting Tuesday, December 3rd:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm-6pm
Friday + Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm
Tuesday, December 24: 10am-2pm
Wednesday, December 25: CLOSED
Thursday, December 26: CLOSED
Tuesday, December 31: 10am-4pm
Wednesday, January 1, 2020: CLOSED
Thursday, January 2, 2020: Regular Hours Resume


JRC Holiday Gift Guide

The world is in full Christmas mode with the sounds of the season in every shop you walk into, festive flavours topping every menu and people are buzzing with excitement over holiday gatherings and getting to spend time with the ones they love.

With the holiday season comes picking out the perfect gift for each person on your list. While some people hint all year to the gifts they’d love to receive, others take thoughtful consideration and time mulling through store aisles waiting for the perfect gift to jump out.

To make your holiday shopping easier, we are sharing with you our favourite local shops to pick up gifts for family and friends of all ages, the best places to get party ready for all the events you are attending, and even the best places to deck your halls if you’re hosting gatherings or purchasing a hostess gift! Take a peek below at our JRC Holiday Gift Guide.



For the Whole Family

Brittany Mahood – A photo session is a gift that will give memories for years to come. Brittany Mahood is our go-to photographer at JRC– from photographing the beautiful images you see hanging in our shop on Academy, to photographing both Ashley and Jenna’s weddings, Brittany Mahood is an incredibly talented photographer and wonderful friend.


Aspire Studios – If you’re looking for a place to host your next photo session, Aspire studios is the place! We use their white room every year for our annual Harry Potter Day photo and we love how great the photo spaces are.


Rede Meal Solutions – When Christmas leftovers aren’t quite cutting it anymore, and the business of life kicks back in after the holidays, Rede Meal Solutions is there to provide you ready-made, nutritious meals to your door. A perfect gift for anyone on the go or for a busy family!


The Forks – As soon as we opened up our second location in The Forks we came to love all the fun adventure The Forks has to offer for the whole family. You can eat meals that fit all the preferences of picky eaters, go outside skating at the rink or on the river trail, then come inside to warm up with cocoa or a drink at The Common. The Forks is a destination for tourists and locals alike and a gift card to enjoy in The Market is a perfect gift for anyone in your family.


For The Kids

West Coast Kids – West Coast Kids is the best place to grab all the things you need for babies and kids. If someone on your list is expecting or has a newborn, West Coast Kids has all the necessities and extras that make perfect gifts or stocking stuffers.


Kite and Kaboodle – Toys and games that are both educational and fun are what you’ll find at Kite and Kaboodle. From popular board games to toys that build the imagination, Kite and Kaboodle has fun gifts for all the kids on your list.


Small Jane – Small Jane’s ‘A is for Alphabet’ book is inspired by the beauty of nature and everyday adventures! If your child is learning the alphabet, this book will inspire their imagination and let them experience the wonder of the world.


Deck The Halls + Host/Hostess Gifts

Academy Florist – Academy Florist is sure to have the perfect wreath for your front door, garland for your staircase or mantle, or centrepiece for your table. They have festive bouquets available each day and can make custom creations specific to your needs. We’ve worked with Academy Florist since we opened and we love the work they do!


Coal and Canary Candle Company – Let the smell of fresh apple cider, magnificent evergreens or freshly baked treats waft through your home all season long with candles by Coal and Canary. Their wooden wicks will be the perfect background noise to your festive cheer.


EQ3 – Pick up a few new accent pieces or give your home a makeover in time for holiday guests with EQ3. EQ3 is a Winnipeg-born company specializing in modern design for a clean, simple, classic feel.


The Cheesemongers – The Cheesemongers have everything you need to give a host or hostess gift sure to impress! We love their Fromager Gift Box– a selection of 3 hand-selected kinds of cheese with 3-4 premium accompaniments. You’ll give the most delicious gift the host or hostess is sure to receive.


Grace and Company – A boutique shop down Academy, Grace and Company is filled with all the perfect little items that go into making a truly curated home. With gift big and small, you’ll be able to find the most exceptional pieces that will make the host or hostess gleam with joy.


Sugar Blossom Jewelry – A JRC favourite, a piece from Sugar Blossom Jewelry is sure to make any and every recipient smile. Stop by our shop on Academy for a full selection of Sugar Blossom jewelry or our shop at The Forks to pick up one of our signature pieces.


Cornelia Bean – One of our neighbours down the street of Academy, Cornelia Bean is a dream to visit. Their wide selection of in-house blended teas and fragrant and delicious coffees makes them the perfect place to pop in over the winter! Gift a flight of tea or a seasonal favourite to the person on your list chasing the hygge vibe.


Exceptional Experiences

The Lakehouse – A trend in gift giving the past few years has been gifting experiences and not just gifts. Give a getaway to your parents or to a friend who could benefit from a weekend away with the kids! The Lakehouse is a boutique hotel in the heart of Clear Lake. Their re-done rooms and Insta-worthy aesthetic make this place a dream to stay!


Sea You Swim – The holidays are fun but so is getting away to escape the cold. A new suit is a perfect gift for yourself to get excited. A gift card is a perfect gift for a friend you’re travelling with. This Winnipeg brand is one of Jenna’s favourites.


Pocca Poca Spa – Pocca Poca Spa is one of Winnipeg’s newest spas and is Winnipeg’s only place for Ganban-yoku. The soothing and profound warmth of Ganban-yoku provides participants with a healthful state of being both mentally and physiologically, through the use of an age-old Japanese practice. Lay on the warm stone beds and allow your body to detox. It’ll feel like you’re laying on a beach in a tropical paradise. A gift certificate for an experience is the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone wishing they could get away this winter.


Snowflake by Prairie Love Festival – Snowflake is a one-day winter wellness festival in the heart of Winnipeg in the heart of the cold winter months. Taking place in January, this one-day event is the perfect gift for any yogi, meditation, self-development or spiritual junkie on your Christmas list.


Inn and The Forks – The Inn at The Forks is the perfect place for a family staycation over the winter. Stay in one of their beautiful rooms, spend time at the spa and walk over to The Forks for an afternoon of family-friendly fun. The Inn at the Forks is luxury reinvented.


Primp for the Party

Commonwealth Manufacturing – Commonwealth Manufacturing makes conscious clothing where each product is designed to be simple, classic and enduring, so you can freely bypass the fads and mass production that is especially apparent this time of the year. Give the gift of sustainable fashion to the ladies or gents in your life who are approaching their clothing more consciously.


Organic Tan – Whether you’re looking to get party ready or are gifting a tan to a friend who is going to take a winter vacation, Organic Tan gives you an all-natural spray tan that works with your skin to look natural and beautiful. Give the gift of a summer sun-kissed glow.


Bare Body Sugaring – Feel your most confident throughout the holiday season or as you get ready for a winter getaway! Bare Body Sugaring is our neighbour on Academy so we know all about how sugaring is safe, sanitary and less painful than wax! Pick up a gift card for a practical gift for a friend and one for yourself, too!


Ten Spa – Always aiming to give their clients an experience that is a perfect 10, Ten Spa offers treatments ranging from facials (which we love at JRC!), manicures and pedicures, to skin treatments and massages.  Each Ten Spa treatment has been developed from years of research at many of the world’s foremost spas, as well as hard-to-find ethnic parlours around the globe.


Margot + Maude – We love our neighbours on Academy! Since Margot + Maude opened, we’ve been big fans of the incredible clothing, accessories and housewares they offer. Margot + Maude offers their customers and well-curated and well-edited collection of goods with a focus on Canadian brands, Canadian designers and local makers.


Brows by G – Everyone is all about the brows. We’ve been supports of Giovanna since she first opened her flagship location and no one knows brows like her and her team of incredible staff. A few Brow Luxe products or a gift card for a shape and tint in a stocking or wrapped up pretty under the tree is a gift sure to make any brow fanatic filled with Christmas cheer.


Fingernails Are Pretty – Courtney has made a name for herself in Winnipeg in the local maker community and amongst those who love nails with creative fun and flair. Her nail designs are fun and inspired and a gift card for a manicure with her will make nail dreams come true!


Bob and Page – Another neighbour on Academy, Bob and Page is the perfect place to treat yourself to a hair experience. Their blow dry bar can get you party ready and you can sip on something bubbly while you get your hair done. Pamper yourself this holiday season or pick up a gift card to spread the love.


Ashley Tiopo Artistry – There’s always a reason to look extra special– Christmas party, New Year’s Eve, special event or unique celebration can all be worthy of a little extra boost to your natural beauty. Ashley Tiopo Artistry will enhance your already beautiful face with a look that matches your event. Pop a gift card for her services under the tree and give the gift of glam.


Maison Corazon – We first heard of Maison Corazon this past summer and featured the beautiful clothing Mercedes makes in a blog we posted over the summer called Brands We Love Right Now. Her colourful, playful style using bold patterns and flattering shapes with impeccable attention to detail make for handmade products we can’t get enough of! One of her iconic ‘Mystique Feminin’ printed tees would be the perfect gift under the tree!


Want to win yourself an epic holiday gift bag of goodies from our favourite vendors all included in this gift guide? Our The More The Merrier contest runs from Sunday, December 9th to Saturday, December 15th! What’s unique about this contest is you’ll win a prize pack for yourself and a duplicate of the exact same prize to gift to a friend! The more the merrier with Jenna Rae Cakes will be happening over Instagram so head over to feed and give us a follow to see how to enter to win!

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