Scharffen Berger, one of America’s three nationally-distributed bean-to-bar chocolate companies (the term for firms that buy raw cacao beans, roast them and make their own couverture—the other two are Guittard and organic chocolatier Theo), have introduced two new bars, the Milk Almond bar and the Antilles Limited Series bar. Limited Series bars are manufactured in small batches and cannot be replicated, as the tastes produced by the crop of beans vary from year to year, similar to a wine vintage. The 75% cacao Antilles bar is produced from cacao beans sourced from the Antilles region of the Caribbean. Milk Almond blends the crunch of deep roasted almonds with a hint of sea salt in Scharffen Berger’s 41% cacao milk chocolate. Those who like an almond chocolate bar will welcome the high quality. Those who want the combined flavors of salt and chocolate will find that the “sea salt” is a bit of a red herring: it is just a hint, barely discernable, the result of very lightly-salted almonds. You can find more about the bars at Scharffenberger.com and read our review of Scharffen Berger chocolate.
Soon it will be possible to eat an entire Martha Stewart dinner. The lifestyle guru, who has most recently launched a line of food products with Costco, is now creating wines with E & J Gallo. The “Martha Stewart Vintage” will debut with 15,000 cases next year: a 2006 Sonoma County Chardonnay, a 2005 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2006 Sonoma County Merlot. Initially, the wines will be sold for $15 per bottle in six cities where the Martha Stewart brand is particularly strong: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Phoenix and Portland, Oregon.
The Cooperstown Cookie Company is marking the beginning of Fall with the its Baseball Cookie Playoffs. Vote online at CooperstownCookie.com for your favorite flavor of Baseball Shortbread, and you might win a box. The baseball-shaped cookies come in four flavors: Classic Shortbread, Mudville Mudball Chocolate Chip Shortbread, Boys of Summer Lemon Shortbread and All-Star Almond Shortbread.Each week leading up to the World Series, the Cooperstown Cookie Company will pick a voter
at random to win a free Ballpark Bunt Box, the company’s newest product. The winning flavor will be announced at the National Baseball Hall of Fame World Series Gala on October 27. Read our review of the baseball shortbread wonders.