Coco Polo is now offered for sale in Your Dekalb Farmers Market in Decatur, Georgia. Your Dekalb Farmers Market is a pioneer in fresh food distribution; receiving direct shipments of unique products from around the globe, without costly warehousing and distribution delays. The result is a collection of the highest quality, lowest cost, and largest variety of fresh and organic food products currently available.
“If you have not heard of them, they have quite a story of their growth….this family business was literally built by the hands of the community. Up to 100,000 customers per week have supported the store for over 40 years. It’s an honor to be included in their family of products,” says Diane Yamate, Co-Founder of Coco Polo. “They do all the things that we would like to see done in the natural community: simplicity, responsibility, and a commitment to health.”
Coco Polo offers a unique and healthy addition to the chocolate shelf. Unlike standard chocolates in dark colored packages, Coco Polo features bright, exciting packaging contrasted with gold that catches the eye while scanning the store aisle. These rich chocolate bars come in both Milk and Dark flavors with 13 rich varieties. Coco Polo’s seven dark chocolate bars are all vegan and include: 70% Dark, Elderberry, Cherry, Cocoa Nibs, Almond, Ginger, and Toasted Coconut Chia. Coco Polo also offers milk chocolate in the following varieties: 39% Milk, Almond, Cherry, Elderberry, Hazelnut, and Mango.
Already in Whole Foods Market, Mom’s Organic Market, Sprouts Farmer’s Market, and The Fresh Markets, Coco Polo aims to offer the most delicious, sugar-free, real chocolate available in traditional and brand new flavors.
Infuse your holidays with the delicious nostalgia of the season by sharing Ethel M® Chocolates. These affordable gourmet confections — with seasonal flavors meticulously crafted of the finest, preservative-free ingredients -– will evoke warm family traditions of the holidays, handed down through generations.
“Confections that infuse seasonal flavors and aromas like pumpkin spice, egg nog, butter rum and peppermint have the power to evoke warm memories, which is why they’re especially popular around the holidays,” said Bernard Pacyniak, editor-in-chief of Candy Industry magazine. “The holidays are truly a time to come together, to celebrate and to create lasting memories with friends and families.”
Based on family recipes, Ethel M Chocolates are handcrafted in small batches and made with fresh, quality ingredients. For example, the buttery filling inside the Satin Cremes® is stirred by hand in special cream beaters and flavored with real chocolate, vanilla, raspberry and lemon. Quality is paramount in every step.
“Today, we use some of Ethel Mars’ 100-year-old recipes to deliver an affordable luxury experience that’s authentic and delicious for chocolate lovers, especially those who appreciate family tradition, uncompromising quality and unparalleled taste,” said Oren Young, General Manager of Ethel M Chocolates. “We’re passionate about continuing Ethel Mars’ legacy of fresh crafted chocolates. It’s a passion you can taste in every bite of Ethel M Chocolates.”
This season, the chocolate artisans at Ethel M Chocolates have prepared special assortments, sure to make your holidays merry and bright. To sweeten the deal, enter the code BFRIDAY14 to receive a 20 percent discount on orders of $50 or more from November 25 to December 3.
A thoughtful gift of Ethel M® Chocolates will transport friends and family back to the fragrant kitchen of Ethel Mars, as she lovingly made kettles of rich holiday chocolates in the early 1900s. Inspired by his mother’s sumptuous creations, Forrest Mars Sr. joined his father, Frank C. Mars, in founding world-renowned Mars, Incorporated, manufacturer of iconic brands like M&M’S® Brand Candies, SNICKERS® Bar and DOVE® Chocolate. In 1981, Forrest established Ethel M Chocolates as a tribute to his mother’s fine art of chocolate making.
Today, Ethel M Chocolates spread holiday cheer by delivering a true gift for the culinary senses. Give the gift of good taste with these seasonal suggestions:
Peppermint Bark ($22) is a beloved holiday tradition. This handmade delicacy features crushed peppermint candies drenched in creamy white chocolate and covered with a layer of premium dark chocolate.
The Holiday Deluxe Collection ($34) offers variety with the mouthwatering flavors of the season all wrapped up. Each 24-piece box includes limited edition pieces of Peppermint Silk, Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie and Egg Nog, plus Satin Crèmes®, Almond Butter Krisps®, chewy and creamy caramels and Almond Crunch.
NEW Seasonal Chocolate Bars ($20-$70) are the perfect gift for the connoisseur who appreciates blending rich, premium chocolate with indulgent seasonal flavors: Milk Chocolate Buttered Rum, Dark Chocolate Pumpkin and White Chocolate Peppermint.
NEW Creamy Caramels in a Keepsake Box ($12-$95) are ready to give in a decorative box topped with a red acrylic bow. These indulgent treats are filled with creamy caramel and wrapped in milk and dark chocolate. Plus — along with several Ethel M Chocolate varieties — they’re kosher and make a thoughtful Hanukkah gift.
The Nut & Caramel Collection ($28-$34), encased in an attractive Snowflake Box, features toffee crisps, pecans, almonds and caramels, each drenched in dark or milk chocolate.
The Classic Collection ($28-$42) is a welcome addition to any festive gathering, offering a selection of sweet caramels, nuts, milk and dark Satin Crèmes® and Almond Butter Krisps®.
The Holiday Cocktail Collection ($28), with retro designs that evoke the 1960s, gives chocolate lovers a new way to toast the holidays. Each of the 16 pieces is filled with real spirits combined in a creme center: Champagne Cocktail and Mucha Margarita in milk chocolate or Lemon Drop and Chocopolitan in dark chocolate. (Some state laws prohibit shipment of alcoholic products directly to consumers. See website for details.)
Hammond’s Candies has reinvented its classic, handcrafted caramel corns with new flavors and packaging. The company is introducing new Mango Habanero and Honey Peanut All-Natural Popcorn in new display-ready cartons that hold a dozen packages make it easy to grab a gourmet snack. Plus, new lower suggested retail prices of just $3.99-$4.99 makes them especially tempting.
“At Hammond’s, we’re always looking for ways to make it easy to enjoy candy,” said Andrew Schuman, Hammond’s CEO. “We create fun, imaginative and delicious flavors, package it beautifully and deliver it all at a great value.”
Mango Habanero – which combines sweet fruity flavor with a spicy punch — and Honey Peanut – a rich take on a classic — join Hammond’s line-up of All Natural Popcorn in flavors that include Chicago Style, Chocolate Caramel, Sweet Cinnamon Toast, Chocolate Caramel and Hammond’s own take on anything-but-standard Caramel Corn. Like all Hammond’s candies, they’re made with the best ingredients to exacting standards – perfectly popped kernels every time.
A Denver staple since 1920, Hammond’s is renowned for its beautiful, high quality and inventive candies that pay homage to tradition, but wake up taste buds with fun flavors and formulas. Hammond’s diverse selection of candies includes the classic Mitchell Sweet (caramel-wrapped marshmallows), award-winners such as the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Chocolate Bar and the company’s signature stunning, hand-pulled lollipops and candy canes. All are available in Hammond’s award-winning packaging that showcases the “specialness” of candy.
More information is available at www.hammondscandies.com, or by calling 1.800-CANDY.99 (1.800.226.3999).
Bissinger’s and The Caramel Room unveiled a new facility in a special chocolate ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening party on October 15, 2014. Over 300 guests looked on as Bissinger’s President and CEO Tim Fogerty and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay cut a specially-created chocolate ribbon to inaugurate Bissinger’s new corporate headquarters and showcase its 14,000 square-foot event space, The Caramel Room.
“We are so honored to be here carrying on Bissinger’s legacy. Originating in 17th century Paris, the company opened its St. Louis doors in 1925,” said Fogerty. “The increased capacity will allow us to keep up with demand and bring new jobs to St. Louis. The addition of private chocolate tours and special event space for parties, corporate meetings and receptions will make this a destination and major attraction for both local and out-of-town visitors.”
The ceremony was the culmination of a year of intense effort, and the renovation process took more than 250 people to complete. The project consolidated two facilities, bringing jobs from Bissinger’s Iowa City plant to St. Louis. Bissinger’s now employs approximately 100 people.
Constructed circa 1910, the historic property was once home to the Missouri Kansas Texas Railroad Depot. A $15 million renovation was undertaken to upgrade to industry standards while preserving much of its original architectural detail. The four-story building contains 220,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space and will now accommodate private chocolate tours. The top floor has a new 14,000 square-foot event space which can seat up to 350 people for dinner and features a 4,200 square-foot deck offering expansive views
Fogerty presented the Mayor with a special limited-release chocolate bar commemorating the 250th anniversary of St. Louis. The hand-painted art features famous pioneers and landmarks that have been instrumental in the fabric of St. Louis’ iconic past, present and future. Available in both 60% Dark Chocolate and White Mint, the 8-ounce bars can be purchased for a limited time online and in stores.
DORVAL Trading Co. Ltd. has received the Non-GMO Project Verification seal for its DORVAL Premium Collection Cocoa. “We recognize today’s retailers and consumers have high standards and are becoming more aware of the use of GMOs in some products,” said Roberta Cappel, President at DORVAL. “At DORVAL, we strive to add superior quality to the market with our chocolate and cocoa products using natural ingredients. We are confident that this verification will increase distribution of our DORVAL Premium Collection Cocoa brand into more outlets that are committed to non-GMO products.”
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization and is North America’s only third party verification and labeling source for non-GMO food and products. Once products are Verified, they are authorized to bear the Non-GMO Verification seal indicating that the item has gone through Non-GMO Project’s strenuous Verification process.
DORVAL Cocoa is available in 12-count cases as well as a 32-count shipper. The product’s packaging has an upscale, premium look that stands out among the rest.
For over 45 years, DORVAL Trading Co. Ltd. has been an importer of an extensive range of high-quality confectionery products from major manufacturers around the world. Dorval has grown into a significant presence in the confectionery and specialty distribution arena.
Kane Candy offers a line of chocolate dessert and shooter cups, giving party hosts an opportunity to make a splash with a gourmet treat for their guests that does not require a lot of time and effort to put together.
The Kane Candy brand launched in 2012. According to Joe Kane, President of Kane Food Group, the product line drew attention immediately, because it offered the high-end quality that had been missing from competitive products. “The whole concept of the brand is the at-home entertaining,” said Kane. “It’s for the consumer who wants to prepare pastries and desserts just like a world-class pastry chef would make.”
Kane Candy products are all made with real chocolate with a high cocoa content. They are also gluten-free, certified kosher (dairy) and made in the USA. None of the company’s products include high fructose corn syrup. “We’re a firm believer in all-natural,” Kane said.
The chocolate dessert cups are easy to turn into gourmet treats. One simply fills them with a flavored mousse, sorbet or mascarpone cheese and tops them with a few chocolate curls, a couple of raspberries, a puff of whipped cream or even edible flowers. “The whole concept is for people to have fun with these and to be able to create,” Kane said. “We get emails all the time from people who say that these were the most popular dessert at their party.”
Kane also offers Cordial & Toasting Cups in white and dark chocolate, ideal for an after-dinner sweet of a more alcoholic kind. Fill them with port or a dessert wine or maybe a sip of amaretto or Bailey’s Irish Cream for elegance without effort. Home entertaining columnist, blogger and occasional talk show guest Cheryl Najafi filled the Kane Cordial & Toasting Cups with marshmallow fluff for an elevated version of s’mores. And TammyJo Eckhart, who styles herself a “Chocolate Priestess” in her blog The Chocolate Cult, noted that the Kane Chocolate Dessert Cups ranked among the best chocolate she tasted in all of 2013.
When Kane Candy first burst onto the scene, retailers embraced the company’s products during the holiday season. However, since then, they have become a year-round item, sought out for weddings and graduation parties as well as dinner parties at home. “We don’t try to seasonalize the product,” said Kane. “We have one holiday variety only.” The Kane Candy brand sales volume has grown as the products have found new fans, and sales for 2014 have more than doubled 2013 sales. “We’re very, very happy,” Kane said.
The company is expanding the product line this fall with chocolate baking bricks and chocolate disks for melting into candy, both made of premium-quality chocolate. “There’s lots of premium chocolate on the market, but that upgrade has not happened in the baking aisle,” Kane said. “Our goal is to upgrade that aisle with a premium product line.”
This story was originally published in the October 2014 issue of Gourmet News, a publication of Oser Communications Group.
Draft Beer flavor Jelly Belly® beans have taken the country by storm. Now available in bulk, bags and gift items, there are multiple ways to cool down with Draft Beer jelly beans. Created with beer-loving adults in mind, the Draft Beer jelly beans are alcohol-free and fit in perfectly with the craft beer trend. The gift packages are ideal for beer enthusiasts and easily double as keepsakes once the Draft Beer jelly beans have all been eaten.
In time for the gift-giving season, Draft Beer Jelly Belly beans are available in a collectible Draft Beer Can Tin, each containing pyramid bags filled with the new jelly bean. The gift-ready Draft Beer Glass Mini Mug is filled with Draft Beer and Jewel Cream Soda jelly beans to mimic the “foamy head” of a freshly poured glass of beer. The glass mug is the ideal size for beer tastings or for use as a shot glass for other drinks and festivities. The Draft Beer flavor of Jelly Belly beans is also available in the popular Jelly Belly Grab & Go® bag size. The 3.5-ounce bag is perfect for sharing with friends, gift bag additions and other social events.
Sensational Sweets recently announced new packaging and varieties for its line of handcrafted chocolate “Pizzas with Pizazz™.” The SUPREMES are built upon the original pizza, which has a popcorn lace crust, popcorn and pretzels, all drizzled with white chocolate. The SUPREME line includes No Melts, Chocolate Chips, Jelly Beans, Tropical Treat (lime and coconut), Sea Salt Caramel + Decorations, Dark Mint + Decorations, Cinnamon Cheesecake, Pumpkin and Raspberry. These Supremes are also available in the mini-sized pizzas. In addition, Sensational Sweets has expanded its gluten-free versions, now offering the option of gluten-free pretzels.
Additionally, new packaging choices include a large white box with a scalloped cello opening to highlight each large pizza and two choices of either white or brick red boxes with a scalloped opening for the Mini Pizzas. All the pizzas are shrink-wrapped and can still be packaged in the fun and distinctive pizza box. These SUPREME pizzas compliment the already great-selling original line.
The entire Sensational Sweets facility is nut-free and kosher certified. Visit the website for the pizza decoration choices, and view the rest of the company’s extensive product line at www.sensationalsweets.com. Call 570.524.4361 for more information.
The new tasting party gift set from Brix includes four varieties of chocolate in 3-ounce boxes: Extra Dark at 70 percent cacao, Medium Dark at 60 percent, Smooth Dark at 54 percent, and Milk Chocolate at 46 percent. The set includes a wooden cutting board and knife to break chocolate into bite size pieces and is packaged in a keepsake box with a special tasting guide.
Each chocolate pairs with different wine varietals or styles. Try Extra Dark with full bodied complex reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Barolo or Malbec; taste the Medium Dark with fruitier medium-bodied wines like Merlot, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chianti, and Rhone; try Smooth Dark with Champagne, Riesling and softer reds as Pinot Noir, or vintage port. Milk chocolate complements rose, Burgundy, port, sherry and dessert wines. Find pairings suggestions on all Brix packaging.
When Brix owners met up with Philip Goodband, Master of Wine, one of 300 of the highest level wine experts in the world, he tasted something very special in the pairings.
“It is the degree of bitterness combined with the other ingredients that is the key,” Goodband said. “Brix has a different set of textures, something in the formula that I’m not privy to but whatever it is, it works.” Goodband helped Brix to write the tasting guide in the gift set. An ideal gift for the wine enthusiast, the tasting set is available at gourmet retailers, wineries or at the Brix Online Store.
Brix is crafted from the finest single origin cacao beans from Ghana known for red fruit tones. Blended with the best confectionery chocolate, it’s the perfect companion to wine. Brix is also available in 8-ounce bars, 3-ounce bars, or single-serve bites packages. Created by Dr. Nick Proia in 2008, Brix is distributed in the US, and 14 other countries.
Just in time for Halloween, Verve, Inc., the producer of Glee Gum and Make Your Own Candy Kits, debuts the first and only 100 percent natural gum pops—hard candy lollipops with bubblegum centers. The limited release, special edition pack of 10 Glee Gum Pops is a sweet alternative to conventional Halloween treats.
Each pack of Halloween Glee Gum Pops contains a mix of three tasty flavors: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange. In contrast to most Halloween candy, which is filled with spooky, synthetic ingredients, Glee Gum Pops are made without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. Gluten-free, allergy-friendly, and certified kosher, the pops come packaged in recyclable plastic.
“We love that there are options on the market today for customers seeking natural lollipops and natural chewing gum, including our Glee Gum line. But, until now, there hasn’t been an option for a natural gum-filled lollipop,” notes Deborah Schimberg, Founder and President of Verve, Inc. “We’re thrilled to offer the first. We hope that our Halloween Glee Gum Pops turn scores of trick-or-treaters into more natural eaters!”
Americans are expected to spend $2.2 billion on Halloween candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. While the vast majority of that candy won’t be natural, treats like Halloween Glee Gum Pops help to pave the way for a healthier, eek-o-friendlier holiday. Halloween Glee Gum Pops are sold in most Whole Foods Markets nationwide and online at GleeGum.com. The suggested retail price is $4.29.
VERVE, INC., maker of Glee Gum, is an independent, certified woman-owned business, dedicated to creating environmentally and socially responsible products. Verve produces Glee Gum, a natural chewing gum sold throughout the U.S. and Canada at stores like Whole Foods and Cost Plus World Market, as well as a line of natural, educational Make Your Own Candy Kits for kids. For more details, visit GleeGum.com.