At Keeping Karma, we're foodies! We eat at ethnic restaurants around the world. We're lucky enough to live in Tucson, the first city in the U.S. to be recognized as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. And we make an annual trip to mecca (otherwise known as the Gourmet Food Show). Don't miss our musings on the foods we eat!
Of course, non of that matters if the chips don't taste good! Thankfully, that's not the case here: we LOVE them. They are made from a variety of whole grain, such as red rice, quinoa and brown rice, which makes them really crunchy. Add onto that the great selection of flavors including Cinnamon Sugar, Aged White Cheddar, and Sea Salt Rice Chips. Give them a try, we think you'll like them!
I confess it. I am an ice cream snob. As a kid, I was spoiled in the beginning by the amazing custard sold at this Washington D.C. institution. I see I'm not the only one with memories (read this!) of the creamy, delicious custard and the famous giant polar bears outside.
I know what you're thinking ... wow! She grew up with the Model T. LOL ... this was the only photo I could find of the place during the 40's, but it was around a really long time after this photo was taken.
In any case, I graduated to Breyers. Not the yukky Breyers you get now which is an "ice cream dessert", but good old fashioned Breyers. There is ONLY ONE original Breyers flavor that they still make and it is STILL delicious: Breyer Natural Vanilla.
Also, second to none is Baskin Robbins Pralines and Cream. Maybe it's the southern girl in me, but pralines in ice cream is amazing. Yum.
And that's it. Those are pretty much the only ice creams that get me jazzed. Until now.
Meet Jenis ice cream - my FAVORITE vendor at the San Francisco gourmet food show.
What's not to like? Fresh, real ingredients, like Breyers used to be in the old days. Not all full of oil, pectin, corn syrup and "natural flavorings" in other brands.
Seriously, I could rave for a really long time about this stuff. I kept going back to the booth getting sample spoonfuls. EVERY flavor was amazing. It is sooooooooo good.
And they sell an array of AMAZING flavors:
Juniper & Lemon Curd (my favorite, SO WONDERFUL, out of this world!)
Queen City Cayenne
Gooey Butter Cake
and lots more!
You can order it online or find a store nearby.
And, last but not least, being the enviro-friendly crazy that I am, I LOVE that they send you a label to return the styrofoam container - and they pay the cost. What's not to love?
After scouring the show, here are some of the trends we're seeing:
Sriracha - Wow! Saw a lot of chips, crackers, candy and other foods flavored with Sriracha. It's definitely become quite popular! Even so, while I like it here and there, I'm not a big fan, so I don't have any amazing finds on this category.
Honey - There were quite a few honey companies. For me the problem is each bottle of honey I buy takes about 10 years to use (lol) so it's just not a product I get excited about. That said, I find the variety of flavor fascinating and would love to be a bit more of a honey connoisseur.
The Standards - There are always massive amounts of popcorn and chip companies (bean, potatoes, quinoa, etc, etc.). We'll be doing some tasting on what we brought home and will let you know if there are any winners.
These hard candies remind me of a healthier version of Werther's Caramel Hard Candies. They are a few less calories than Werther's, but beyond that they are gluten free (Werther's has wheat in them) and are made with coconut milk instead of cream. They are also vegan!
I gotta say they are pretty yummy! I especially love the "sweet and salty" effect of the bit of sea salt added. Order them from Amazon and you even get free shipping!
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