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Hammond’s Brings Fresh Flavors to Gourmet Chocolates

Hammond’s Candies is expanding its line of award-winning gourmet chocolate bars with six new flavors that range from rich and classic to fun and quirky. Double Chocolate Truffle, Red Velvet Cake, Chocolate Crisp, The Cookie Jar, Caramel Mocha and the uniquely sweet and salty Pigs N’ Taters will join such flavors as Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Milk Chocolate Bar—named Most Innovative New Product of the Year in 2012 by the National Confectioner’s Association.

We’re seeing extraordinary growth in the popularity of this line of chocolate bars,” said Andrew Schuman, Hammond’s President and CEO. “The flavors hit a nostalgic note, but address a modern appetite. And they’re packaged beautifully so the candy experience encompasses taste, smell and sight. They’re designed to be a genuine sensory treat for any chocolate lover.”

Hammond’s built its reputation on the creation of stunning, hand-pulled candy canes and lollipops. Its diverse line of delicious milk and dark chocolate bars was launched in 2012 and carries on the Hammond’s tradition of respect for candy’s very special appeal.

The new chocolate bar flavors are made to the company’s exacting standards, featuring all-natural ingredients, pure cane sugar, real milk, cream and naturally sourced flavors. Double Chocolate Truffle and Red Velvet Cake include rich ganache, capturing their signature flavors. Chocolate Crisp is made with crispy rice for a satisfying crunch, while The Cookie Jar takes a twist on a classic with cookie bits of all kinds in white chocolate. Caramel Mocha softens sweetness and adds depth with a hint of coffee, and Pigs N’ Taters provides a sinful mix of chocolate, potato chips and crispy kosher bacon bits. All are beautifully presented in Hammond’s award-winning packaging, making them perfect for gifts and special treats.

More information is available at or by calling 800.CANDY.99 (800.226.3999). Follow Hammond’s Candies on Facebook at and now on Pinterest at

Bakto Flavors Keeping Vanilla Growing with Vanilla 2013 Symposium

While you may know Bakto Flavor for its delicious flavors and other baking essentials, you may not know that the company is a science-based organization that is passionate about spreading knowledge to make the world a more flavorful place.

Join Bakto Flavors November 5-6 for Vanilla 2013, the company’s seventh international symposium focused on the miracle orchid, vanilla. This meeting will address the economic situation of vanilla in different growing areas and the latest developments in vanilla research. The conference will be a meeting place for people involved in all aspects of the vanilla world, including academia, the food and flavor industry, brokers, vanilla producers and others.

Vanilla production is vulnerable to many threats, including diseases, low prices to the producers and low demand by buyers. Vanilla 2013 will focus on what is currently being done and what researchers and the vanilla industry need to initiate now to sustain production of the world’s most popular flavor.

The price of vanilla has recently gone up 10-20 percent, rattling vanilla experts and growers. However, the price has been historically low, and sustainability has been hard to maintain. Farmers need to be paid more in order to sustain their farms and maintain their businesses.

The Vanilla 2013 conference will also focus on understanding how the vanilla pod can accumulate such high levels of flavor compounds, which has so far eluded researchers. Richard Dixon’s group has recently generated very large gene sequence data sets from developing vanilla pods, and their investigation throws light on many aspects of vanilla metabolism. Furthermore, at Rutgers University, Dr. Belanger’s lab is examining the sequences from different developmental stages of the pod for genes involved in vanillin biosynthesis. Through this process, the “hunt” for the vanillin pathway genes is making huge strides.
For more information on Vanilla 2013, or to register to attend, visit


The History of Busha Browne

In 1836, Howe Peter Browne, second Marquess of Sligo, returned to Westport, Ireland, taking with him memories of the spicy and exotic dishes he had been served during his governorship of Jamaica. Known as “The Emancipator of Slaves,” the noble Marquess had earned himself a renowned place in Jamaican history for his two-year term of office. His had been the unenviable task of supervising the first stage of Emancipation, which was unpopular with the reactionary planters. In desperation, many of these planters subsequently sold their vast estates to the local managers who were known as “Bushas.”

The Marquess himself was among the first to free his slaves on his Jamaican estate, Kelly’s and Cocoa Walks Estates, which he had inherited from his ancestors, the Kellys and Brownes of Ireland, Jamaican settlers from the late 1600s. The Brownes became wealthy and were among the respected members of the plantocracy. They were famous for their entertaining and the variety of food they served.

A descendant of the family Sligo, Charles Adolphus Thorburn Browne, familiarly known as Charlie Browne, has spent most of his 75 years “cooking up a storm.” He whiled away many hours of his boyhood days in the kitchen of his family home, Tryall Estate in Hanover, Western Jamaica. Later, cooking became a hobby, and he retrieved from his family archives recipes for authentic Jamaican sauces, jams, pickles and condiments, made from the great variety of exotic Jamaican fruits and vegetables, all unique, spicy and delicious. Specially selected recipes from his treasure trove are now being prepared and bottled for Busha Browne’s Company in Jamaica, to be enjoyed today as much as they were more than 200 years ago.

For more information, visit Busha Brownes: “Fresh ingredients, artisan quality, Jamaican tradition preserved.”

Fire & Flavor Liquid Brines

Based in Athens, Ga., Fire and Flavor is a leading marketer and producer of innovative products and concepts for preparing fresh, flavorful food. Founded by husband-and-wife team Davis and Gena Knox, Fire and Flavor offers unique and easy-to-use products for at-home cooking.

Fire & Flavor is putting a gourmet spin on gluten-free with a new line of liquid brines that make standing over a hot stove a thing of the past. Three new flavors of brine concentrates are available to add flavor and juiciness to meats and seafood in a short period of time. Fire & Flavor’s brines consist of salts, sugars, spices and herbs that create mouthwatering combinations without any harmful preservatives. Each of the chicken, beef and pork brines can be used on multiple proteins for deliciously tender results.

Cooking with these brines is effortless. Simply add water and allow the meat to brine for the listed amount of time. Whether roasting, smoking or grilling, enjoy healthy and convenient meals at home with Fire & Flavor’s all-natural, gluten-free liquid brines. In addition, Fire & Flavor’s liquid brines are a great complement to the John Wayne grilling sets the company introduced earlier this year.

Fire & Flavor products are currently available throughout the United States and beyond. The company’s products are always all-natural. For more information, visit the company online at

MarDona Black Truffle Marinara Sauce

MarDona Specialty Foods has a great addition to the array of Italian foods it offers: the Black Truffle Marinara Sauce. MarDona uses only pure, natural ingredients in the making of gourmet sauce. The company uses the best crushed tomatoes, fresh spices, pure truffle infused olive oil and the finest black truffles. Then that sauce is slow-cooked over a low heat for hours to give the sauce its well-balanced thickness and great taste. MarDona also keeps the sodium and calorie levels as low as possible. And it is, of course, gluten-free.

MarDona prides itself on having the finest gourmet products and providing them at affordable prices. The team at MarDona is certain that your gift basket will be a hit when you add the new MarDona Black Truffle Marinara sauce today.

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Looking, to Spice Things Up? Vanns Has It All

When it comes to fragrant, flavorful and consistently performing spices, spice blends, flavors and extracts, you will find everything you need from Vanns Spices. Professional chefs and home cooks alike rely upon Vanns for an encyclopedic selection of flavorful ingredients that add unmistakable appeal to their recipes, culinary creations and packaged products.

While Vanns enjoys an enduring reputation for consistency, integrity and quality, it is also recognized for its incredible depth and variety of spice and flavor options. While pantry standards such kosher salt, black Tellicherry peppercorns, onion and garlic are available, Vanns offers dozens of salt varieties and peppercorns, as well as numerous configurations of both garlic and onion to choose from.

If that is not enough, you will also find a dizzying assortment of exotic spices and spice blends from Vanns. Some of the more intriguing include Ultimate French Fry Seasoning, Urfa Chili Pepper, Zahtar, African Bird Pepper, Trim Tabb’s Pig Powder and Espresso Rub. Vanns also works with supermarkets and specialty food retailers, helping them develop proprietary spice assortments and house-branded private label offerings. In these situations, brand owners have the opportunity to enhance brand image and offer spices that rival national brands in terms of flavor, performance and overall quality, delivering ultimate value.

“It’s all about value and performance,” says Mick Whitlock, President of Vanns Spices. “With your own spice brand, the equity and trust that has been established with customers in other parts of the store can be reinforced on the spice shelf.”

Packaging also plays an enormous role in the success of Vanns’ private label solutions. From glass and plastic to folding cartons and self-contained grinders, the number and variety of appealing packaging considerations is significant.

For additional information, buyers are invited to visit Vanns Spices at the Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, Booth 646. Alternatively, contact Vanns by email at or by phone at 800.583.1693.

Wind & Willow Cider Mixes

Be ready for the changing seasons with Wind & Willow Cider Mixes. With three flavors to choose from, each mix will make you feel like it is Christmas morning.

Wind & Willow’s Original Mulled Cider Mix will take you back to your childhood. Sugar, cinnamon, cloves and other natural flavors make this the perfect treat to share as you snuggle in front of the fireplace. Caramel Apple Cider Mix combines two fall favorites: caramel apples and cider. Try topping it with whipped cream and caramel to create a new favorite autumn tradition. Finally, English Wassail Cider Mix is a balanced blend of cinnamon and spices with a hint of orange, the perfect component of a Christmas gift basket.

Making these mixes even more versatile, each box has an alternate recipe printed on the back. Try delicious Orange Spice Cookies, Incredible Apple Cake or a Caramel Apple Smoothie. The simplicity of the recipes and the decadent results produced make Wind & Willow mixes a must for any kitchen pantry.

For more information on these and other products from Wind & Willow, contact 888.427.3235, or visit

Viola Imports: Authentic Foods, Uncompromised Quality

Located in the Puglia region of Italy, and dating back to the year 1600, De Carlo is one oldest and most established producers of premium extra virgin olive oil. The De Carlo family has received many prestigious awards—dating back as far back as 1900. Most recently, the company was awarded “The Best Oil in the World” by Flos Olei 2013. Viola Imports is proud to bring a fantastic selection of some of the finest products from the De Carlo family to the U.S. market.

In addition to their extra virgin olive oil, the De Carlo family produces an exquisite line of preserved vegetables using only fresh raw ingredients and their extra virgin olive oil. The entire line of preserved vegetables is prepared on site, and all within a maximum of 24 hours of harvesting in order to maintain the freshness and flavor of each product.

Among the selection of preserved vegetables are grilled artichokes, a typical variety from Puglia called “Violetto di Brindisi,” a name that is derived from the purple leaves. These artichokes are perfect for tasty pizzas, sandwiches, appetizer plates or as an accompaniment to meat or fish. De Carlo also offers some of the world’s most sought after Sun Kissed Pomodorini tomatoes. These preserved tomatoes have been ranked among the best for use in the world’s top cuisines. De Carlo premium extra virgin olive oil is used to preserve the best semi-dried vine cherry tomatoes. These Sun Kissed Pomodorini tomatoes inspire creativity and can be used in a number of ways—on pizzas, focaccias, salads, appetizers, pasta dishes, risottos or simply served alongside fresh cheese, like mozzarella or burrata.

In addition, De Carlo offers flavorful spreads. A black olive spread made exclusively with olives from the De Carlo olive groves offers a distinctive aroma and strong flavor. De Carlo also offers a spread made with cherry tomatoes, called Red Passion. It is made from an exclusive family recipe, and is extremely tasty, with a unique flavor. Both of these spreads make a great bruschetta!

For more information or to order, please contact Viola Imports by calling 847.690.0790 or visiting

Unique Uncle Bunk’s Condiments Are Sure To Delight

Do you want to entice both new and returning customers with a great product line? Try Uncle Bunk’s award-winning condiments. Crafted in small batches using locally grown produce and old-fashioned Appalachian recipes, these products are handmade in West Virginia by Uncle Bunk himself. Once customers sample Uncle Bunk’s, they will clamor for more “Condiments with a Kick.”

Uncle Bunk’s Mustard Relish, available in medium and hot, is a sweet and spicy mustard, better known in West Virginia as Hot Pepper Butter. This product was a 2011 sofi Silver Finalist for Outstanding Condiment, which tops off an impressive list of wins that include Scovie Awards, Fiery Food Challenge awards and a Bronze at the World Wide Mustard Festival.

Made with six different kinds of hot peppers, Uncle Bunk’s Rustic Pepper Sauce, available in medium and hot, is a unique cross between a salsa and a spicy ketchup. It also has claimed both Scovie and Fiery Food Challenge awards.

Uncle Bunk’s 14 Day Sweet Pickles, the crispiest pickle you will ever eat, are made across 14 days using a 100-year-old family recipe. Country Living Magazine called them the best regional pickle in 2010. If you like things hot, the company’s 14 Day Hot Sweet Pickles, a fiery version of the classic Sweet Pickles will heat you up. They are a 2013 Fiery Food Challenge winner and First Place Scovie Award winner.

For more information, visit, call 304.652.1920, or email

Sensational Sweets Introduces Mini Pizzas

The buzz at the Sensational Sweets booth at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show was all about the company’s new Mini Pizzas and the new flavors for Sensational Sweets’ Chippers the Bark With a Bite®. Not only do the Mini Pizzas fill the consumer request for a more “individual” serving size, they will also will push sales for the Sensational Sweets’ larger dessert Pizzas. Hand-crafted, layer upon layer, these sweet Mini Pizzas are awesomely unique and tasty. Packaged in a smaller, matching pizza box, the Pizzas and Mini Pizzas display very well together.

The new Bark flavors introduced at the show include pomegranate, chai latte and pumpkin. The response to the flavors was great, with attendees proclaiming that they are truly delicious. Sales have been very strong, as the flavors and colors work well for everyone’s fall and holiday displays.

According to the team at Sensational Sweets, this was the strongest Fancy Food Show at which the company has exhibited in years. There was an unprecedented degree of interest in the company’s offerings and a terrific number of orders written.

Contact Sensational Sweets/Creative Cookie etc., at 570.524.4361, or check out the company’s website at Let Sensational Sweets sweeten your day!