I’ve got a confession to make. This was my first-ever time at the Winter Fancy Food Show—I know, total noob. I went in not knowing what to expect, but I left invigorated and inspired—it’s easy to see why this is such a highly anticipated event. Almost everyone and most products were new to me, but there were a few specialty foods that really knocked my socks off.
Glory Bee - Brown Butter Honey Ghee
I didn’t know it yet, but I was in for a real treat when I walked up to the Glory Bee booth. Brown Butter Honey Ghee satisfies with the sweet taste of honey melded with the nutty richness of the brown butter, culminating in a sweet, salty, caramel-like flavor. In addition to being a great tasting product, Glory Bee is also committed to sustainability practices, and its “Save the Bee” campaign addresses shrinking bee populations, enticing environment-conscious consumers. This unique spread offers shoppers a distinct alternative to plain butter, with a positive company mission.
Ozery Bakery Snacking Rounds
These Snacking Rounds had me scratching my head a bit, at first. I’d never seen anything like them, but as I tasted them, I fell in love. I sampled the Cranberry Orange Snacking Rounds, and they were not too sweet, except for the sweetness coming from the cranberries, which had a definite orange flavor and was very satisfying—I couldn’t put them down! These Rounds are made with real fruit and contain no artificial additives, plus, they’re only 70 calories per round. The Rounds are sure to answer consumers’ (and my) call for fresh, low calorie, and tasty snack options.
Saxon Creamery Big Ed’s Cold Pack Cheese Spread
I’m a nut for gouda. There, I said it! Up till now my gouda-eating experience has hinged on slices of the semi-hard cheese. But now, my world has been rocked by Saxon Creamery’s Big Ed’s Cold Pack Cheese Spread. This Cheese Spread has all the buttery, smooth flavor of solid gouda, but is creamy and spreadable, allowing for limitless applications. I’m talking well beyond crackers here; consumers can try it in sandwiches or on veggies, perhaps. As much as I love the gouda flavor, the Cheese Spread also comes in Aged Cheddar and Asiago Fresca, giving shoppers plenty of options for an alternative to traditional, solid cheeses.
The Matzo Project Matzo Crackers
I have to admit, I’ve never been that crazy about matzo. Mostly I remember eating stale matzo, which I slathered in butter and honey to make edible. But holy cow did The Matzo Project’s Matzo Crackers change that perception! These Matzo Crackers come in flavors of salted, everything (think everything bagels), and cinnamon sugar and are certified kosher. It’s hard not to fall in love with these crackers and the sassy (overbearing, maybe?) Jewish grandmother on the packaging. “Would it kill you to try something new,” she says, almost as a challenge to consumers to step out of their comfort zone and into flavortown.
North Mallow Caramel Swirl Marshmallows
Among the sweets I got to sample, these were my favorites, and not just because the purveyor was a total ray of sunshine. I tried their Caramel Swirl Marshmallows, and I was hooked! They have all the soft, pillowy-ness of homemade marshmallows (because they are), with a swirl of caramel running through the ‘mallow. My favorite thing about these marshmallows is that they never catch on fire because they contain no artificial ingredients or chemical preservatives. Shoppers will be psyched to get a taste of these all-natural and gluten-free treats.
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