Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Taste Tested

Maybe it's because Thanksgiving is coming up but I have food on my mind. Here are a few things that are absolute treasures that I found in little places in Vermont.  Stores may buy them and mark them up but I'm taking you right to the original source.

Hidden Orchard Farms Apple Butter is the BEST I've ever tried. Sweet but not too, smooth with a little spice, everyone I've had taste it collapsed in a heap with a smile on their face.  At only $5.95 per 19 oz. jar, order a case, put a bow on the jar and give one to each person that you want to remember this holiday--bring 
them for hostess gifts for all those parties you'll go to, give to people at the office, your doorman, postman/woman, delivery guy or gal.  CLICK HERE to order and check out their other products. They also make it (and a selection of items) with no sugar added, preserves, cheeses, pancake mix, etc... I'd also recommend the 8 oz maple butter. On hot baked goods... TOO GOOD!

They are a small business so while they give a number to call, often no one answers, lol. You can mail in an order but if you really want some NOW, you can call the Vermont Country Store who carries it but charges $8.95 a jar. Still worth it. (Not on the Store website so you must call to order 1-802-362-8470).

For those of you who are counting calories this season, Cabot is famous for their Cheddars and in some stores you can find their 50% fat free, but they also make a 75% fat free that just allows you to put out cheese and crackers this holiday and cut off chunk after chunk without guilt! only 60 cals and 2..5 gms of fat per oz.  That's the lowest fat/cal count I've ever found. While nothing tastes like full fat cheese, this won first place at the 2008 American Cheese Society
Competition. CLICK HERE to see their low fat array. $3.49 per 8 oz or buy three and pay only $8.97

Butternut Mountain Farm makes maple flavored hard candies that I liked so much I hunted down the company that makes them and ordered. Thick, long lasting, great for dieters who want to avoid dessert, for sore throats, for the person quitting cigarettes,  maple lovers or no reason at all. They come in 5 oz bags and each is individually wrapped. A treat to bring to meetings to perk people up!  Peruse the site for other maple products like Maple Sugar.... CLICK HERE  to order.Really nice people at the Farm.

If you don't want to buy in bulk you can get this also through the Vermont Country Store for a 12 oz bag at $14.95 CLICK HERE to order or call the number given above.

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