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.
Coco Polo offers healthy, natural, stevia-sweetened chocolates for consumers with a sweet-tooth. The high cocoa content in each bar (70 percent in Dark Chocolate and 39 percent in Milk Chocolate) adds to the rich cocoa taste that consumers savor. With new colorful packaging to pop off shelves, Coco Polo perpetuates chocolate’s popularity with a win-win of taste and health. Coco Polo’s 13 varieties of Dark and Milk chocolate are:
Gabi and Lisette is a chocolate company specializing in delicate Belgian chocolate. Gabi and Lisette has already introduced milk chocolate, milk chocolate mint, milk chocolate espresso, and milk chocolate toffee. This new, sophisticated line of dark chocolate embodies the motto of these two entrepreneurs: take your decadence seriously. In addition to traditional Dark Chocolate, Gabi and Lisette has added Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Orange.
Dark Chocolate: Dark Chocolate is complex. Like Gabi and Lisette’s friendship, their dark chocolate mixes several contrasting elements—sophistication and boldness, luxury and earthiness. Sweet and bitter, dark chocolate touches our flavor-receptors in a deeper way than milk chocolate can. Unlike its creamy sister, dark chocolate piques our curiosity with its full-bodied flavor. With its understated sweetness, dark chocolate lends itself to a more adventurous, complex palate. Gabi and Lisette Dark Chocolate captures the taste buds and takes us on a journey to parts of the world we’ve been, and places we’ve yet to go.
Dark Chocolate Raspberry: The bold, powerful flavor of cocoa meets sweet and tart raspberry goodness in Gabi and Lisette’s new Dark Chocolate Raspberry chocolates. Like Gabi and Lisette, these two flavors couldn’t be on more opposite sides of the spectrum. Raspberries are nostalgic; they remind us of our youth, of summertime, of simplicity. The natural sweetness cut with a hint of tart is somehow playful and innocent. Rich dark chocolate evokes different emotions—passion, boldness, indulgence. When combined, these two flavors become something that is greater the sum of their parts. Luscious Dark Chocolate Raspberry personifies the unexpected greatness that can occur when you fuse two seemingly contrary things.
Dark Chocolate Orange: This classic flavor combination is another example of the magnificence that transpires when two unique commodities collide. In Gabi and Lisette’s Dark Chocolate Orange chocolate, the tangy, bright, punchy citrus and smooth, rich cocoa pair up to tickle every taste bud. This is orange and dark chocolate like you’ve never tasted before. Elevated and high quality, Gabi and Listette embodies decadence and escape. The melt-in-your-mouth chocolate couples luxurious subtleties and adventurous flavors to create a daringly delicious combination. A delicate balance unites two unlikely forces into a harmonious whole.
For further information, visit www.GabiandLisette.com.
Crammed full of the snack lovers’ favorite holiday ingredients, barkTHINS is offering Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed for fall and will be releasing Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel in limited edition for the winter holiday season. They’re crafted for the sophisticated snacker—thin, snapable and unbelievably delicious!
barkTHINS are nonGMO Project verified, fair trade ingredient certified™, and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Packaged in 4.7-ounce re-sealable gusseted bags, barkTHINS® are also available in four seriously tasty everyday flavors: Dark Chocolate Almond, Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Pretzel and Milk Chocolate Peanut.
“Pumpkin is fall’s favorite flavor so barkTHINS Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed with a touch of sea salt is a natural combination,”says Deborah Holt, Chief Marketing Officer of Ripple Brand Collective and a member of the board of directors for the Specialty Food Association.”Additionally, specialty food consumers love peppermint bark. By combining two classic barkTHINS flavors—Peppermint and Pretzel—we’ve given consumers an indulgent snack they won’t be able to put down this holiday.”
barkTHINS are also available in 10-ounce holiday tins, 2-ounce grab-and-go bags, as well as club size. For additional information on barkTHINS® products, visit barkthins.com and check them out on Facebook.
Manuka Delight is rich creamy 100 percent New Zealand Manuka honey wrapped in 100 percent pure dark chocolate at 99 percent cocoa (unsweetened) with soothing peppermint. It is that simple and that good – just three ingredients for a natural healthy energy pick me up, everyday treat or a perfect after-dinner mint. Manuka Honey is known for helping with digestive conditions and helping with the body’s defense system. Harvested from the clean New Zealand Manuka forests, this honey is unheated to retain all the natural food properties. Pacific Resources first introduced Manuka Honey to the United States over 15 years ago and continues to represent family-owned beekeepers that take pride in producing the highest quality products. See all the great New Zealand products at www.shoppri.com.
Lindt USA, actress and producer Ashley Tisdale, and online video content provider Maker Studios join together to create an exciting, new romantic comedy series: “It Started with HELLO.” This original digital series celebrates the national launch of Lindt HELLO, a sinfully delicious premium chocolate collection inspired by classic American treats. Created by Lindt in partnership with Maker, “It Started with HELLO” is an interactive series that captures couples as they make their first connections and encourages viewers to find out what happens after “hello” by choosing their own ending to each story. Chocolate lovers can get in on the action with a chance to win a variety of fun prizes through the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes.
The digital series, featuring a teaser and four short episodes inspired by the cheeky personalities of Lindt HELLO products, will live on Maker Studios’ fashion + beauty network, The Platform (youtube.com/theplatform). Tisdale brings her behind-the-camera expertise to “It Started with HELLO,” serving as producer for the first episode, reviewing scripts, wardrobe and set design, as well as lending her creativity on set in collaboration with Lindt Chocolate and Maker.
“‘It Started with HELLO’ is different from anything that I’ve ever worked on,” says Tisdale. “As a producer, I’m excited about creating unique content and sharing it with my fans through different platforms. I can’t wait to see the series come to life!”
Say “HELLO” to the Digital Series
Starting today, fans can preview “It Started with HELLO” by visiting youtube.com/theplatform for a first look at the series and to meet the cast. The first episode, produced by Tisdale, will premiere on September 18, 2014. Three additional new episodes will debut weekly through October 9, 2014.
Top digital talent, including Maker partners Chester See, Tessa Violet, Amy Pham and Lindsey Stirling, along with Mike Tompkins andRusty Clanton, star in the interactive program. “It Started with HELLO” episodes will showcase the first connections among different couples:
Consumers are encouraged to say “hello” to their favorite couples and join the conversation using the dedicated #ItStartedWithHELLO hashtag. Fans can also visit LindtHELLO.com to learn more about Lindt HELLO products and enter the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes daily for a chance to win weekly prizes, including spa getaways, shopping excursions, date nights for two and plenty of mouthwatering Lindt HELLO chocolate.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate the national launch of the Lindt HELLO collection in a fun, engaging way by sparking new connections among people,” says Danielle O’Neil, Vice President of Marketing, Lindt USA. “With Ashley Tisdale’s and Maker Studios’ involvement, ‘It Started with HELLO’ brings this playful collection to life in a unique way and involves fans within the conversation.”
Dave’s Gourmet has created a cookie butter that is so delicious, it makes almost anything taste just like grandma’s homemade oatmeal cookies – fresh from the oven. This all-natural spread is crafted from wholesome ingredients, giving it a mouthwatering flavor. Real oats mixed with the sweetness of brown sugar and the spice of cinnamon take everyone back to their childhoods.
Dave’s Gourmet’s Oatmeal Cookie Butter tastes just like oatmeal cookies, so you can give your toast, apple slices, cupcakes and virtually any other foods a comforting taste of home. You can even add this wonderful spread to your milkshakes and cheesecakes for added decadence. The thick creamy consistency makes it easy to spread on just about anything.
It is no surprise that you can also bake with Dave’s Gourmet’s Cookie Butter, using it to make crunchy Oatmeal Cookie Crisps. Dave’s Gourmet Oatmeal Cookie Butter is truly spreadable goodness.
Dave’s Gourmet Oatmeal Cookie Butter was a 2014 sofi™ finalist. For more information, contact Dave’s Gourmet at email@example.com.
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GODIVA Chocolatier has just launched its new Chef Inspirations – Flavors of the World limited edition chocolate collection nationwide. Curated by GODIVA’s international chefs, Flavors of the World is inspired by their culinary journeys across the globe, and the unique local ingredients they have encountered. The chocolates incorporate deliciously surprising flavor profiles to allow chocolate lovers to travel the world in six bites.
Developed by GODIVA’s Chef Chocolatiers stationed across the globe, Flavors of the World debuts six pieces incorporating GODIVA’s rich, Belgian chocolate with ingredients the chefs have come to love through their training and travels, such as Kuromitsu molasses from Japan (Japanese Dark Sugar Ganache) and Speculoos, a traditional Belgian cookie (Sirop de Liege with Speculoos). Other regions represented in the box include China (Black Tea Mousse and Sichuan Pepper), Brazil (Brazilian Coffee Nut Praline), United States (Honey Roasted Caramel) and South Africa (Banana and Caramelized Coconut).
“We are thrilled to showcase the expertise of our chefs with this new collection,” said Michelle Chin, Vice President, North America Marketing, GODIVA Chocolatier. “Our Chef Chocolatiers have made it possible for chocolate lovers everywhere to embark on an international flavor journey, and this limited edition collection is another example of our continued commitment to letting customers enjoy chocolate in entirely new and unexpected ways.”
This new chocolate collection demonstrates GODIVA’s ongoing mission to create and deliver new and exciting products that consumers can enjoy every day.
The Flavors of the World collection is available in eight ($18), 16 ($34) and 25 pieces ($50), and is available nationwide and online at www.GODIVA.com.
Kona Mountain Coffee, retailers of gourmet 100 percent Kona coffee from the company’s own farm in the official Kona Coffee District on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the winner of the Hawaii Coffee Association 2014 Cupping Competition for coffees from Kona, Hawaii. Kona Mountain had the top cupping score of all 42 entries from Kona’s finest coffee farms, once again earning a reputation as the ‘best of the best’ coffee from Kona.
“We have always believed,” said Bill Dwyer, President of Kona Mountain Coffee, LLC in Hawaii, “that it is not enough just to have the best Kona coffee and chocolates in the state of Hawaii. We also need to show the true spirit of aloha each time a visitor steps through our doors. That has always been our highest priority. Winning this cupping competition for gourmet Kona coffees makes our work even more fulfilling because it shows that we are really offering coffee lovers the ‘best of the best.’”
Kona Mountain Coffee retails estate and private reserve 100 percent Kona coffee at a visitor center on the highway from the Kona airport into Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, where the coffee is roasted and many of the company’s Hawaii gourmet chocolates and other treats are handmade. There are also two Kona Mountain stores on Oahu in Waikiki at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Rainbow Bazaar, and the Hilton Grand Waikikian. Call toll free at 1.888.432.3276 for information and directions.
At each location, Kona Mountain Coffee offers its own line of gourmet Hawaii chocolates, real Hawaiian macadamia nuts, an ever-changing rainbow of Hawaiian taste treats, and a unique range of other Hawaiian products that make Kona Mountain Coffee shops a must-see destination for all visitors to Hawaii. Farm tours of the Kona farm are available. Call 808.329.5005 for details.
President Bill Dwyer credits the success of Kona Mountain, both in the cupping competition and in the retail market, to the spectacular talents and amazing Spirit of Aloha of his senior management team: wife Stephanie Dwyer, Farm Manager & Master Roaster Mark Santiago, and Retail Operations Manager Mary Frostad.