PRODUCT UPDATES

TOP PHOTO: Almonds with a sriracha kick. Photo courtesy Blue Diamond. BOTTOM PHOTO: Bean & Tortilla Chips from Food Should Taste Good.   Brands we enjoy and have previously reviewed are busy launching new lines. Here’s what we tasted lately. BLUE DIAMOND BOLD SRIRACHA ALMONDS Companies that have jumped on the “hot” bandwagon have figured…
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GIFT: Madécasse Artisan Chocolate Bars

Madécasse chocolate bars can be gifted individually or in boxed sets. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.   If you’re looking for something special for a chocolate lover, check the chocolate section of Whole Foods Markets. In addition to other fine brands, they carry Madécasse chocolate bars, made in Madagascar from locally-grown cacao and…
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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: barkTHINS Chocolate Bark

barkTHINS: thin and rich. Photo courtesy Ripple Brands.   There are several reasons to love barkTHINS: The delicious varieties, crammed with inclusions* (see the list below). The thin pieces that, unlike conventional bark, let you have half as much. The Fair Trade certification (FairTradeUSA.org) that helps poor farmers. The everyday affordability (yet it’s great for…
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GIFT: Gourmet Cocoa And Hot Chocolate

Winter Hot Chocolate is a classic cocoa mix with a touch of vanilla. Photo courtesy Lake Champlain Chocolates.   “Forget Christmas gifts this year,” said our friend Gerard, when he called to invite us to his annual party and gifting frenzy. “At this point in our lives, none of us needs another scarf, another basket…
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GIFT: Divine Fair Trade Chocolate

Most of the world’s farmers live in poverty. They’re forced to accept whatever brokers want to pay them for their crops. Fair Trade ensures that farmers are paid fair value for their crops. This affords a minimum standard of living, money for adult (instead of child) labor and the ability to farm with sound (sustainable)…
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