Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dairy Foods Holiday Inspirations-Part 2

I hope all U.S. subscribers are having a lovely Thanksgiving holiday weekend!

As the end of 2013 quickly approaches and we all begin to get caught up in the holiday frenzy, The Daily Dose of Dairy Friday blog will tone down a bit until we welcome in the New Year. For the remaining Fridays in 2013, this blog spot will showcase dairy foods and marketing programs new to this holiday season. Hopefully these innovations will spark some ideas you can still implement this year or retain and use for next year.

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Give the Gift of Ice Cream

McConnell’s Ice Cream, a California dairy that has been making ice cream without any additives, preservatives or stabilizers since 1949, is promoting a gift of ice cream.

Winter Cranberry is new to the company’s holiday pint line.

Joining Egg Nog, Peppermint Stick and Pumpkin Pie, the holiday collection sells via the Internet for $40, plus $3 for shipping and handling. The collection ships overnight.

The ice cream is made from scratch with milk from local grass-fed cows and organic eggs from cage-free chickens.

These are the product descriptions:

WINTER CRANBERRY CHIP: Ripe, tartly sweet and slightly sour cranberries mated to the mouth-filling perfection of Guittard bittersweet and melted chocolate chip
PUMPKIN PIE: A seasonally delicious puree of roasted pumpkin, molasses, Sri Lankan cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and R.R. Lochhead vanilla
PEPPERMINT STICK: Organic peppermint candy infused with just a dash of R.R. Lochhead vanilla
EGG NOG: A savory, spicy mix of Sri Lankan cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, mated to caramelized R.R. Lochhead vanilla with just a smidgeon of rum-spiked sweetness

For more information, visit HERE.

Limited-Edition Cannella BellaVitano and Cognac BellaVitano Return for the 2013 Holiday Season

Sartori Company is releasing a limited quantity of Cannella BellaVitano and Cognac BellaVitano for the 2013 holiday season. Each cheese wheel is hand signed and numbered by a Sartori Master Cheesemaker.

Cannella BellaVitano was created by taking sweet, buttery BellaVitano, aged at least 15 months, and steeping it in a cinnamon liqueur.

“The smells and flavor of cinnamon give people a feeling of warmth over the holidays, which inspired me to create this unique holiday cheese,” says Sartori Master Cheesemaker Mike Matucheski. “Some small pieces on top of a slice of warm apple pie make for a mouthwatering experience.”

Cognac BellaVitano, the most premium Limited-Edition item, truly stands out as a cut above the rest.  The cheese itself is extra-aged; it matures for at least 18 months. After the aging process, it is submerged in a premium cognac and is only ready for sale when Sartori Master Cheesemakers believe it is just right. The end result is a unique and complex celebration of smoky, nutty, oaky flavors with toasted notes of vanilla and caramel from the cognac. In 2011, Cognac BellaVitano finished 3rd overall at the World Cheese Awards, the highest ever finish for an American artisan cheese.

These products are only available during the holiday season and can be purchased at select specialty cheese shops across the United States. Additionally, a limited supply of 4-ounce wedges are available for sale on the Sartori website cheese shop and will be included in an exclusive 2013 Sartori Limited Edition Gift Box this holiday season.

For more information, visit HERE.

New Artisanal Cheese Gifts

Hickory Farms, the specialty food and holiday gift retailer, opened more than 700 Holiday Market storefronts and kiosks for the 2013 holiday season.

This year is especially exciting as the company introduces Hickory Farms Reserve, a new collection that will delight even the most discerning foodies. These new gifts, available at and select stores, feature artisanal dry salami and eight all-natural cheeses handcrafted in Wisconsin by an award-winning master cheese maker.

These cheeses are:
  • Apple Smoked Cheddar with Paprika
  • Smoked Garlic Cheddar
  • Smoked Pepper Jack
  • Smoked Blue Cheese
  • Triple Creme Cheese
  • Classic Cheddar
  • 1-Year Aged Cheddar
  • 3-Year Aged Cheddar
In addition, Hickory Farms has expanded its offering of wine gift baskets at through a new partnership with One of these new gifts, Winter Wonderland Basket, features a balance of classic, savory favorites like Hickory Farms’ gold medal-winning Signature Summer Sausage and Smoked Gouda, complemented by some of their sweets, all paired perfectly with the lively character of Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay and the full, rich flavor of Parducci Small Lot Pinot Noir.

For more information, visit HERE.

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