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GOURMET NEWS www.gourmetnews.com n JUNE 2016 n GOURMET NEWS 1 0 CocoaPlanet Opens Craft Manufacturing and Gluten-Free Tasting CocoaPlanet will open a craft manufacturing facility and chocolate tasting room this sum- mer in the heart of California's wine country. Situated on Broadway just blocks from the historic Sonoma Plaza, visitors to a region famed for artisanal food and wine will now have the opportunity to see CocoaPlanet chocolates being made and sample the com- pany's award-winning chocolates at their freshest. Since CocoaPlanet chocolates are manu- factured in a gluten-free facility, the entire tasting room menu will also be gluten-free. This is good news for the growing number of consumers wanting to reduce or eliminate wheat and gluten in their diet. Even better news is that, thanks to the region's legendary culinary talent, there's no need to sacrifice taste for this dietary preference. The elegant, mid-century modern tasting room features a glass-walled observation area where visitors can see the all-new craft manufacturing line while enjoying French bistro style small plates, hot or cold drinks and a variety of desserts based on Cocoa- Planet chocolate. CocoaPlanet will also host wine and chocolate pairing events each month with local wineries from the region. Pearls of Flavor Give You More Taste, Less Sugar CocoaPlanet distributes drops or "pearls" of flavored fillings throughout premium dark chocolate (64 percent cacao), giving More Taste, Less Sugar™ than traditional filled chocolates. The chocolate's structure is de- signed to readily deliver flavor throughout your palate using much less filling. The re- sult is that each single serving of chocolate has less than 100 calories, 8 grams of sugar or less and net carbs of 9 grams or less! Flavors include Salted Caramel, Deep Dark Truffle, Vanilla Espresso, Mandarin Or- ange and CocoaMint™. CocoaPlanet chocolates are made with all-natural and mostly organic ingredients, including Fair Trade Cocoa certified by Fair Trade USA. They are Non-GMO Project Verified and Gluten-Free Tested. Three of the flavors (Vanilla Espresso, Mandarin Orange and Co- coaMint) are vegan. How did they come up with this idea? Founder Anne McKibben was inspired to provide a new taste experience along with fewer calories and sugar. No one in the in- dustry could think of how to realize her vi- sion for a new way of combining flavored fillings with chocolate. After much research and prototyping, she invented the new technology used to create CocoaPlanet chocolates. Her patent-pending invention suspends pearls of flavor within premium dark chocolate. The result has only 15 percent filling versus the 60 to 80 percent of sugar-based filling found in most flavor-filled choco- lates. The perfect balance of flavors means more taste, less sugar – a better, more healthy experience that evolves the concept of flavor- filled chocolates. A superb eating chocolate, CocoaPlanet can also be prepared as a hot chocolate! Sim- ply steam or microwave 4 to 6 ounces of milk or milk-substitute, drop in the chocolate and stir. Voila – the chocolate melts along with the flavored filling to create a splendid hot chocolate. About CocoaPlanet Based in Sonoma, California, CocoaPlanet, Inc. uses ethically sourced chocolate pro- duced using sustainable practices, enabling cocoa farmers a better quality of life. For more information, visit www .cocoaplanet.com, call 707.721.1275, email info@cocoaplanet.com or stop by booth #4013. Holiday Hammond's Style Hammond's Candies is excited to share new products available for this holiday season! Don't miss two new flavors in classic, handmade candy canes. New this year Hammond's is offering Egg Nog and Milk & Cookies, which has a cookie cream filling. Also brand new from Ham- mond's this year, Dunking Spoons! These delicious, hand poured chocolate spoons come in a variety of flavors and are the perfect treat to spice up your warm milk or coffee. In its bestselling line of caramels and m a r s h m a l l o w s , Hammond's now has Peppermint Mitchell Sweets and Peppermint chocolate caramels to sweeten up the holiday season. Lastly, Hammond's now has a line of Fudge cups, perfect for hosting gifts and stocking stuffers. Hammond's gift to you this season are all these great new prod- ucts and flavors, and traditional Ham- mond's quality! For more information, stop by booth #3924 or visit www.hammondscandies.com. Suzie's Continues to Improve Quality & Increase Value Good Groceries Company, under its popular Suzie's Brand, continues to launch cate- gory-changing healthy products while im- proving its healthy natural staples. Good Groceries continues to provide healthy, GMO-free, nutrient rich unique and deli- cious products. Suzie's Ground Breaking Quinoa Non Dairy Shelf Stable Beverage has been im- proved in every way possible, starting with the twist-off cap, which allows for a tighter seal after initial opening. The sleek new graphics feature bolder colors with eye catching callouts identifying calories per serving and other characteristics. More than the look, it has improved the taste. The company found a new source for its water, resulting in a creamier taste that highlights the natural goodness of the quinoa. A pris- tine and protected mountain lake provides pure water. As if that weren't enough, it has increased the size of the package while low- ering the cost. Larger Size + Lower Cost = Better Value! Finally, it has changed the pack size from 12 to six, opening up oppor- tunities for all retailers. Suzie's Quinoa Non Dairy is a shelf sta- ble, gluten-free, vegan, dairy/lactose-free milk beverage alternative that is perfect by itself or with cereal. It is made with pure quinoa – not blended with other grains – so you get the pure, sweet, nutty taste of quinoa and all its amazing health benefits. Quinoa milk beverages are available in three flavors: Unsweetened Original, Unsweetened Vanilla and Vanilla Sweet- ened with agave instead of sugar. New for 2016, introducing "Horchata" or Tiger Nut Milk, a shelf stable vegetable based non- dairy beverage. Paleo man received 80 per- cent of his protein from tiger nuts and Good Groceries has captured that for you in a creamy delicious beverage. Suzie's Thin Cakes continue to be the leader of the pack, now with a bold new look highlighting its non-GMO status, Whole Grain Council stamp and low calo- ries per serving. These puffed grain cakes are thin enough to be used as a bread sub- stitute, perfect with your favorite topping or simply delicious by themselves as a favorite snack. They are now available in seven mouthwatering flavor profiles, as Buck- wheat has joined the family. Suzie's Puffed Cakes are now made with Organic Spelt and Kamut, providing a de- licious alternative to traditional rice cakes. They are available in six delectable flavor profiles to satisfy the most discerning cus- tomer's taste buds. Suzie's Quinoa Non Dairy Beverage, Quinoa Ready to Eat Meals, Thin Cakes, Organic Crackers, Organic Puffed Cakes, Ancient Grain Flat Breads and other qual- ity, healthy natural foods are available at fine grocery stores throughout North America. For more information about Suzie's products, visit booth #4620, go to www.good-groceries.com, email info@ good-groceries.com or call 718.768.0821. Blue Crab Bay Co. Sails in with Captain's Choice Gift Set Blue Crab Bay Co.'s new Captain's Choice gift set features some of the veteran com- pany's most popular specialty food products decoratively packaged in a keepsake paper- board boat. The assortment includes three Virginia peanut snacks, Blue Crab's top-selling tradi- tional Sea Salt Nuts ® and two varieties sea- soned with the company's signature Chesapeake Bay Seasoning: Crab House Nuts ® and Barnacles ® , a spicy pub mix that also contains rye chips, sesame sticks, pret- zels, cheddar crackers and pepitas. In addition, the boat, designed to look like a weathered skiff, holds a packet of Crab Dip Blend and a hand-painted stoneware bowl in which to serve the dip once it is prepared. The bowl features a blue crab-and-grapevine motif. The gift set is finished out with a real seashell, blue crinkle paper, shrink wrap and a raffia bow. This item joins Blue Crab's stable of coastal-themed gifts, which also includes the Beach Party Pack, a fishnet- wrapped combo consisting of a Clam Dip Kit, Sea Salt Nuts and a Seasoning Shaker Set; the Snack Pack, a nautically decorated box containing three tins of nut snacks; and Cream of Crab Soup in a Chowder Bowl. Blue Crab Bay Co. has been a specialty food and gift purveyor for more than 30 years. The certified small woman-owned business employs about 20 people on Vir- ginia's rural Eastern Shore. Taking inspira- tion from its location nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, the company is home to Sting Ray ® Spicy Bloody Mary Mixer with Ocean Clam Juice, a gold sofi ® winner, as well as numerous other products including seafood seasonings, condiments, soups and stoneware. Captain's Choice is available individually and wholesales for $25. To order, call 800.221.2722, ext. 3 or email sales@baybeyond.net. To view the company's full product line, stop by booth #4914 in the Virginia Pavilion or visit www.baybeyond.net.

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