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1. Drink to Your Health
Steaz Green Tea Sodas
A soda made from Ceylon green tea and organic sugar: originally riding the green tea health trend, the line stands on its own for its refreshing natural flavors blending tea and fruit. Three diet flavors, made with stevia and organic cane juice, have recently been introduced). The sodas are certified organic and certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union. Suggested retail price per bottle, $1.59. Click here for our review.
2. Apples & Honey
Savannah Bee Company Honeys
Celebrate the new year with the oustanding artisan honeys from these acclaimed beekeeepers—a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. The rare raw honeys—Black Sage, Orange Blossom, Raspberry, Sourwood, Tupelo and others—raise honey to a new, unforgettable. Gift samplers are available. Certified Kosher by KSA. Read our full review.
3. Latkes & Accents
Ruthie & Gussie’s Latkes
Ruthie and Gussie’s is the solution for latke-lovers who are short on time: potatoes and onions are already grated, waiting for you to fry or bake. Serve it “oldstyle” with sour cream or applesauce, of “nouvelle” with smoked salmon and caviar. Ruthie and Gussie even suggest topping with a mango chutney for a Caribbean-style potato pancake. Now that’s fusion. Certified kosher (pareve) under the supervision of the OU. Two 28-ounce tubs (each makes about 20 potato pancakes) is $28.00 plus $20 shipping. (EDITORS NOTE: Alas, we were informed in December 2009 that this wonderful product is no longer available.)
Wild Thymes Chutneys
Sweeten those latkes, or your poultry, meat or fish, with delicious chutneys: Mango Papaya, Plum Currant Ginger, Caribbean Peach Lime or Apricot Cranberry Walnut. Just 14 to 23 calories a tablespoon. Or, go savory with Grilled Corn Roasted Peppers (9 calories) or Roasted Eggplant Peppers and Pine Nuts (7 calories). $6.99 per 10-ounce jar, $6.29 each for 3 bottles or more. Salt, gluten and cholesterol-free. Certified kosher (pareve) by KSA. WildThymes.com.
Wild Thymes Vinaigrettes
Intensely flavored, homemade vinaigrettes are a nice change from your own dressing, and zesty way to welcome the new year. Try Roasted Apple Shallot, Fig Walnut Balsamic, Mediterranean Balsamic, Raspberry Pear Balsamic or Green Goddess on salads, grilled or steamed vegetables as marinades for fish, poultry, meats, or tofu. They are low calorie (about 55 calories a tablespoon), low carbohydrate, low salt, and 100% natural. $5.99 per 11-ounce bottle, $5.39 each for 3 bottles. Certified kosher (pareve) by KSA. WildThymes.com.
4. Go Nuts
Ford’s Margarita Mix Nuts
If you haven’t yet tried Ford’s Margarita Mix Wine Nuts, celebrate the New Year with a six-pack (of nuts) and you’ll see why they’re one of our favorites. With the lime, salt, and sugary flavoring of a margarita and good peanut taste, you not only can’t eat just one—it will be tough to leave any for your guests! One 11-ounce can $8.99, five-pack, $35.99. Purchase online at TheNCStore.com. Kosher certification (U) pareve.
We love them all, but if you’re only going to have one, the standout is Margarita Mix.
The Exceptional Brownie
Made with Guittard dark Belgian chocolate in Butterscotch Blondie, Blondie Choc-Chip, Double Chocolate, Espresso Choco-Chip, Peanutty Swirl, Raspberry Swirl, Walnut Double Chocolate, White Choco-Chunk (shown in photo). The classic Double Chocolate brownie won top honors in a national competition to find the best brownie recipe held by COPIA: The American Center for Food, Wine and The Arts in Napa Valley. In both mini and maxi (regular) sizes, so you can have just a little bite or really indulge. Certified kosher (dairy) by KOF-K. Read our full review. ExceptionalBrownie.com
My Mother’s Delicacies Rugalach
We’ve tasted dozens, and for our money, the only better rugalach is OUR mother’s. A two-pound platter is $38.99, but unless it’s a gift, buy in bulk for $19.99 and use your own platter. (Other sizes and gift tins available.) Certified kosher (dairy) by the Orthodox Union. (OU). MyMothersDelicacies.com.
6. Candy & Sweet Treats
When you just want a little taste of something sweet, Trufflz hit the spot. In half a dozen favorite flavors including champagne, mocha, raspberry, and hazelnut. They also look great in a candy dish, and can be used to decorate ice cream, cakes and cupcakes. $7.95 a box. Certified kosher by Kof-K.