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Sierra Soups Mixes Make Great Meals in Minutes

SierraSoups-MSSierra Soups are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. The mixes are simple to make and come complete with dehydrated vegetables and a flavorful spice packet. They will serve a large family, with each soup yielding eight to 12 1-cup servings. Recipes are on the back of each package along with additional options to enhance the meal.

Sierra Soups’ mixes come in clear cello packaging to showcase the colorful, all-natural ingredients inside. Display trays are available for shelf presentation. The company offers eight different soup mixes and a Middle Eastern Grain & Lentil Salad mix, all of which are inexpensive and easy for the average cook to prepare. The company supplies distributors, brokers, gourmet/specialty food shops, health food stores and upscale grocery stores/chains.

The mission at Sierra Soups is to provide a wholesome product, with exceptional food value and a heap of flavor, yet something that is easy for the average cook to put together. With the spices and vegetables already included in the soup bag, you will not have to make a trip to the grocery store. The hardest thing you may need to do is sauté an onion and sometimes not even that! In addition, once prepared, the soups from Sierra Soups can be frozen for future meals and retain their marvelous flavor and nutrition.

For more information, contact Sierra Soups by mail at 3034 E. Sierra Ave., Fresno, Calif., 93710, by phone at 559.299.3052 or 800.397.6887 or by email at joann@sierranuthouse.com.

With Cocoa Cravings, Preparing Gourmet Drinking Chocolate Is a Breeze

esutras-MSCocoa Cravings is a gourmet collection of seven certified organic hot chocolates and hot cocoas. With eco-friendly, stylish packaging, Cocoa Cravings provides a premium fruit- and spice-enriched drinking cocoa experience.

There is an array of flavors to choose from in the Cocoa Cravings line, including curry spiced hot chocolate, real rich berry-infused dark cocoa, slimming hoodia, delicate vanilla enriched banana and fabulously zesty picante chili. These hot drinking chocolates fulfill the role of an ideal healthy drink or a snack time indulgence. Artisan-made in small batches to retain a unique quality and freshness, these blends are not artificial nor over-engineered. They are just top notch ingredients, prepared exactly the way they should be with care, style and dedication.

Cocoa Cravings is an independent family-owned and operated business started by Chicago natives with a passion for spreading their love for healthy cocoa in a unique and contemporary way. Nothing could be simpler than organic cocoa blended with pure wholesome fruit and botanicals. All your customers have to do is add hot milk or water with a dash of sweetener, relax and enjoy! The product is available to purchase in small case sizes.

For more information, go to www.eswholesale.com, www.cocoacravings.com or call 773.583.4850 to place an order.

Tradition Made Easy: Holiday Flavors from Sticky Fingers Bakeries

Sticky Fingers Bakeries, dba SFB Specialty Foods, was founded by fraternity brothers Tom Owens and Ted Vogelman in 1987. Today they make 18 all natural mixes for English scones, in addition to mixes for muffins, brownies and Irish soda bread. Decadent and outrageously delicious, the line is the largest selection of nationally sold premium bakery mixes.

The latest additions will enliven any holiday retail shelf. “Holiday time constraints make it difficult to even think about baking from scratch. We offer the best of both worlds―homemade taste and incredible convenience,” said co-owner Tom Owens.

The latest holiday scone from Sticky Fingers Bakeries, Vanilla Chai, bursts with fragrant cinnamon, cardamom and ginger. It is perfect with tea. Other favorites include Spiced Eggnog, Peppermint Chocolate Chip (packed with semisweet chips and real peppermint pieces), Spiced Pumpkin, Pumpkin Cranberry and Cinnamon Raisin scones. Handcrafted English Curds, Northwest Jams, Pepper Jellies and Fruit Butters go perfectly with the scones.

Sticky Fingers also debuted its gluten-free scone mixes this year. Certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization and manufactured in a gluten-free facility, the scones are as delicate and crumbly as the originals. Choose from Original, Wild Blueberry, Apple Oat and Meyer Lemon, all naturally delectable and with no saturated or trans-fats, preservatives, artificial flavors or colors. The mixes are certified gluten-free and certifiably delicious.

For more information, visit www.stickyfingersbakeries.com, email sales@stickyfingersbakeries.com, or call 800.458.5826.

Versatile Mixes from Pamela’s Deliver Sweet and Savory Treats

1-PamelasFILL-MSHousehold staples that are versatile, foolproof and delicious are the pillars of Pamela’s new line of gluten-free baking mixes. New Pizza Crust Mix and Biscuit & Scone Mix are already gaining a strong following of loyal consumers, hungry for gluten-free baked goods that suit the entire family.

Enjoy traditional, fragrant, gluten-free pizza crust with an easy mix that can be made without eggs or dairy, using just yeast, water and oil. One package of Pamela’s new Pizza Crust mix yields two 10-inch pizzas.

Perfect for tender and flaky biscuits, shortbread and scones, Pamela’s Biscuit & Scone Mix makes these once difficult-to-find gluten-free baked goods right at home.

These two new gluten-free mixes from Pamela’s join the company’s already expansive product line, which already included Baking and Pancake Mix, Chunky Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Brownie Mix and Chocolate Cake Mix. Recently celebrating is 25th birthday, Pamela’s continues to break ground in the gluten-free category with innovative new products that align with the brand’s commitment to great tasting, convenient and healthful foods.

For more information head to www.pamelasproducts.com.

Sarabeth’s Pancake, Waffle and Biscuit Mixes

Sarabeth's Bakery Pancakes with Strawberry SyrupSarabeth has been making great pancakes at her restaurants for more than 30 years. The lines of people waiting for breakfast each day are a tribute to the perfection of everything she creates. What makes Sarabeth’s Perfect Pancake & Waffles unique is that they are made from whole grain wheat and are lightly sweetened with pure maple sugar. Nutritious and delicious, these all-natural pancakes and waffles are sure to please.

Sarabeth’s Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits are exactly like the ones she serves at her restaurants and bakery. These tender and flaky all-natural biscuits are quick and easy to make. Great at breakfast, lunch or dinner (and don’t forget dessert), these biscuits are sue to please. Sarabeth’s family loves her pancakes, waffles and biscuits, and so will yours!

To learn more about Sarabeth’s head to www.sarabeth.com

The Invisible Chef Introduces New Baking Mixes

InvisibleChef-MSThe Invisible Chef has scoured the favorite recipes from the nation’s best coffee houses, and it is now bringing the inspiration home with a new line of scone mixes. Just in time for holiday gatherings, customers can choose from five delicious mixes: Classic Crème, Figs & Chocolate, Ginger & Lemon, Praline Pecan and Walnuts & Raisins. Light and tender and not too sweet, the perfect scone is a delightful treat!

Also introduced this month is the new Blondies & Brownies Collection. The Invisible Chef’s brownies are as much fun to bake as they are to eat! Flavors include mocha chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip and walnut chocolate chip. Fudgy, chocolatey and chewy: “Be happy—Eat a Brownie!”

The Invisible Chef mixes are about as close to homemade as you can get, but go from the box, to the oven, to the table in just minutes. Making them even more attractive to retailers and consumers alike, The Invisible Chef mixes are beautifully packaged and make just the right gift for any occasion. Everything in The Invisible Chef’s spectacular line-up of mixes are blended with premium ingredients, so you know you are serving the very best to family and friends.

All of The Invisible Chef’s mixes retail for under $10. For more information about The Invisible Chef products, email contactus@theinvisiblechef.com, or visit www.theinvisiblechef.com. “Happy Baking!”

Java Frost Introduces Its Spring Collection

Fall in love with Java Frost’s delightful Spring Collection: three seasonal gift canisters filled with gourmet drink mixes. Try one or try them all!

First, Chocolate Truffle is a creamy hot chocolate that is fit for royalty. With double the chocolate taste the decadent flavor is right from your childhood memories. Your customers will enjoy this rich and velvety cup. Second, White Chocolate will make you want to snuggle up with this creamy classic. Smooth and velvety, you can enjoy this drink either piping hot or frosty cold. Experience the delight and aroma with this rewarding treat. Finally, Caramel Crème is smooth and comforting and delivers melt-in-your-mouth caramel candy in every sip. A delicious and rich caramel blend, this ultimate indulgence is sure to please.

Each flavor from Java Frost is packaged in a case of eight enchanting 8-ounce gift canisters. These flavors are designed to delight. Java Frost gift canisters are the perfect items to display or tuck into gift baskets. All Java Frost products are carefully crafted with quality and value in mind.

Call Java Frost today for samples at 800.676.3661, or visit the company online at www.javafrost.com.

My Cup of Cake Introduces Some New Arrivals

A Sprinkle and a Dash’s My Cup of Cake™ is the ultimate gift mix. The product makes a warm, all-natural Belgian chocolate soufflé cake in less than three minutes. Say goodbye to bowls, beaters, whisks and mess, because whipping up a luscious dessert is just minutes away. All the ingredients, including the cup, are wrapped up in one adorable package.

My Cup of Cake recently expanded its flavor selection with the addition of Belgian chocolate salted caramel, dark chocolate mint and toasted marshmallow. The company also launched its new Dinner Party decorative canisters, which serve four. In addition, your customers will be unable to resist My Cup of Cake Mini, a single portion in an adorable glass jar that takes only one minute to bake.

This holiday season, do not miss out on My Cup of Cake Holiday Tree Ornament. Mix and bake in a soufflé cup that doubles as a holiday ornament. Wake up Christmas morning to the smell of a warm chocolate soufflé cake.

For more information, call 516.526.7475, or visit www.asprinkleandadash.com.

2014 Scovie Awards Honor the Best of Fiery Foods

The 2014 Scovie Awards judging panel of top culinary experts honored dozens of companies as among the best when it comes to producing spicy and savory foods. Competition for this year’s Scovie Awards was tougher than ever, with a new record of 864 total entries, up from 2013′s 805. The total number of companies entering was also a record at 151, up from 133 the previous year. In all 105 companies walked away with at least one award.

Dave DeWitt, founder of the Scovie Awards and the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show said entries came from 39 U.S. states and seven countries, including Austria, Canada, Ecuador, Australia, St. Lucia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

“Companies from all over the world continue to recognize the Scovie Awards as the most competitive blind taste tested event in the world,” DeWitt said. “I’m thrilled that participation in the awards continues to increase year after year.”

This year, in the tasting division, the Scovie Awards judges handed out their Grand Prize to Lusty Monk Mustards for their Original Sin Fresh Ground Mustard. This was a particularly important feather-in-the-cap for Lusty Monk, as the company won the Grand Prize in last year’s Scovie Awards as well. In the 2013 competition, judges honored Lusty Monk for its Burn In Hell Mustard.

In the advertising and marketing division, the Grand Prize winner was Twang Partners. The company was honored for its Beer Salt 3-Pack.

Among the notable multiple award winners in this year’s competition, Sean’s boo-Yah won 32 awards, Garden Fresh Salsa won 22, Gilly Loco won five and Arizona Rubs won three.
Guests can sample and buy Scovie Award-winning products at the upcoming 2014 National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, to be held February 28-March 2, 2014 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vendors from across the country will be in attendance. For more information, visit www.fieryfoodsshow.com.

The Fresh Market Launches Private Label Coffees

The Fresh Market’s new line of flavored coffees have arrived just in time for cooler temperatures. The specialty grocer recently launched all natural and spiced coffees guaranteed to intrigue true coffee lovers. With unique medleys of spices visible in the blends, each private-label coffee is a complex, decadent treat that makes every day a special occasion.

Roasted medium-dark for bright acidity and a smooth, full bodied taste, the naturally flavored, gluten-free coffee blends use 100 percent Arabica beans from Central and South America and Africa. Each blend can be enjoyed alone or decadently served with milk, whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate.

Read more about The Fresh Market on page 13 of the November issue of Gourmet News here.

With culinary inspirations, The Fresh Market has created four distinctive blends available year round.. The Epic Day Blend promises a great start to the day with its cinnamon, clove and berry notes. For the more sensitive coffee connoisseurs, the Low Acid Vanilla Almond blend features a darker, nutty roast. The Salted Caramel is perfect for those who wake up with a sweet tooth, while the Chocolate Coconut Macaroon offers decadence with just a touch of chocolate.

New seasonal blends will be introduced every eight to ten weeks. During the fall, The Fresh Market will debut Cocoa Chili Spice, Panettone and Pumpkin Pie.

The Fresh Market suggests choosing your favorite blend to create your very own delicious delicacy:

 

The Fresh Market Coffee Latte

Serves Two (16-ounce latte)

Ingredients:

4 tbsp TFM Naturally Flavored & Spiced ground coffee

1 cup boiling water

2 cups TFM milk, TFM almondmilk or soymilk

2-4 tsp sugar

Preparation:

Add 4 tbsp of your favorite TFM Naturally Flavored & Spiced ground coffee to 1 cup of boiling water in your French press or in a glass measuring cup, stir.  Let coffee steep for at least 6 minutes.  Heat 2 cups of TFM milk, TFM almondmilk or soymilk in a pan, whisking occasionally to keep milk from scalding and to froth milk.

Press coffee in French Press or pour coffee from measuring cup slowly into coffee filter lined metal strainer letting coffee flow through into a cup.

Divide coffee in half into two 16 oz coffee cups.  Measure 1 cup of milk.  Slowly add 1 cup of heated milk into one 16 oz coffee cup.  Add the remaining one cup of milk into the second 16 oz coffee cup.

Add sugar to taste – 2 tsp to 16 oz cup for a hint of sweet up to 4 tsp for a sweeter latte.

Pro Tips:

Whisk milk to froth and prevent scalding.

Heat dairy milk to 140 degrees; almondmilk or soymilk to 120 degrees.

If using sweetened almondmilk cut sugar to 2 tsp or do not add sugar.

Special Additions to Lattes:

Top with TFM Aerosol Whipping Cream and add a drizzle of TFM Caramel Sauce or TFM Dark Chocolate Sauce or sprinkle with TFM nutmeg or cinnamon.

About The Fresh Market, Inc.

Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc.  is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 145 stores in 26 states, primarily located in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and West Coast, with plans for continued expansion throughout the country. The Fresh Market is an equal opportunity employer.  For more information, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com.