Silver Moon Ice CreamSilver Moon wins THE NIBBLE’s Silver Star for best product from the 2009 Winter Fancy Food Show. This new ice cream and sorbet line, infused with spirits and liqueurs, is top drawer and simply irresistible. Who gets the Gold Star? See the next page.





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ANDY WHITMAN is a career food professional, abandoning the Kool-Aid of his youth for the greater rewards of specialty foods.



February 2009

Product Reviews / Main Nibbles

Winter Fancy Food Show 2009

Page 2: Interesting New Products


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Interesting New Products     

Some other tasty victuals appearing at the show for the first time:

Meatless Meat

Many people’s perceptions of vegan food (or other restricted ingredient foods, such as gluten-free) are summarized with just one word: yuck. That need not be the case—they just haven’t discovered the truly great products made by gifted recipe developers using the best ingredients.

Shocking as the idea may be to many, the folks at Original Field Roast Grain Meat Co. make one heck of a line of beautifully seasoned non-meat sausages, cutlets, roasts and more. You can’t believe you aren’t eating meat...but no matter what it is, it’s incredibly delicious. I ate like the condemned, vacuuming up these delicious vegan “meats.” Wow!

Field Roast
Original Field Roast’s Celebration Roast.


Have Your Cake and Ghee It Too

If you’re not familiar with ghee, you should be. Ghee is similar to clarified butter, but it can be stored for extended periods without refrigeration. It is the “very best fat one can eat,” according to ayurvedic doctors, and it has a higher flash point than most conventional oils.

Ancient Organics Ghee is made from the wonderful organic milk of the Holstein cows at the Straus Dairy and Creamery in California’s Marin County. For your health’s sake, if you like to cook (or eat lots of butter), don’t miss out on this one.



Adult Ice Cream & Sorbet

THE NIBBLE has had two Top Picks Of The Week with liquor: Mercer’s Ice Cream and Wine Cellar Sorbets. Now, newcomer Silver Moon offers seven spirits-infused ice cream flavors and seven spirited sorbets, soon to be a Top Pick on its own merits.

I couldn’t stop eating all of the flavors in front of me; and while I won’t list them all here, I will tantalize you with a sampling: Bourbon Vanilla Bean (that’s with real bourbon), Lavender Limoncello, Mango Mimosa, Mojito Ice and Praline Irish Cream.

Silver Moon Sorbet


A S’more Of A Different Color

If you’ve never had a homemade marshmallow, you don’t know what you’re missing—pure homespun sugars and-all natural flavors, for starters. Butter Baked Goods in Vancouver has made the most melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows I’ve had to date—and if you read THE NIBBLE’s article on gourmet marshmallows, you’ll know there have been more than a few around here.

In addition to vanilla, the strawberry and toasted coconut are equally delicious. Sorry, the picture will be as close as you’ll get to these marshmallows if I’m in the room. There is no e-commerce, but the marshmallows will be in the Dean & DeLuca spring catalog.


Vanilla and strawberry marshmallows.


Toffee Teens

Finally, tucked away in the last booth of the last row (at least in the order I walked the show) was a nifty little toffee company, Brandini Toffee. Of course, I needed to taste and taste and taste some more, just to be sure. Their story is as interesting as the toffee was tasty. Leah Post and Brandon “Brandini” Weimer, in their freshman year of high school, needed to pay for half of a school trip. Best friends since pre-school, this pair were too young to get jobs, so they made and sold toffee.


The toffee was so popular that the duo started a company, which is now a self-sustaining, ongoing venture while the teens are still high schoolers. Having paid for their trip and more, they’re now saving for college and planning to turn the business over to their younger siblings to do the same. Buy this toffee to inspire your own kids.

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