I’m back in D.C., but I’m still savoring my three days at the Fancy Food Show. Here are 13 bites and sips that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? If they have, I haven’t seen it. This is simply a mixture of maple syrup and a flavorless gelling agent, so the maple really pops. This and a pat of butter on an English muffin would be a great way to start any day.
Yowser! This stuff is damn hot, but damn good. Its creator, Simon Llewellyn, devised the recipe while he was stationed aboard nuclear submarines on months-long expeditions.
You can’t beat this sweet heat. The bar is dotted with bits of sakay peppers from Madagascar, which is where this company’s founders all served in the Peace Corps.
Mac ‘n’ cheese with a Mexican accent. Anaheim chilies add a little kick to the rich, gooey mass of penne and Beecher’s signature Flagship cheese.
So delicate that you could sip it straight from the bottle, though it works well in martinis, too. I’m already plotting to use it in a spinach and walnut salad with citrus slivers.
Now you don’t have to cannibalize your jarred olives for their juice. Instead, top shelf Spanish olives are pressed, so their briny liquid can be bottled separately. If you’re wondering why the company is called 1888, it’s because that’s when the first martini recipe was published.
This clever confection is spiked with house-made Pop Rocks, which add snap, crackle, and, well, pop. If only movie theater popcorn was this good, we wouldn’t mind getting gouged at the concession stand.
Slightly woody, slightly coniferous, and totally winning. Great for cedar plank salmon or lightly sprinkled on French fries along with some rosemary (Dip those frites in some Sir Kensington’s spiced ketchup while you’re at it).
You can’t go wrong with the classics. This sweet, strong, super bubbly soda is the perfect pick-me-up at any time of day.
If I had a vending machine in my man cave, erm, basement, I’d stock it to the gills with this cheesy popcorn. Luckily, there’s an exercise bike down there, so I won’t feel too bad when I eat four bags of this in a single sitting.
Tuna you can feel good about eating. Pole or troll caught, it’s 100% sustainable and 100% delicious.
Smokey, sweet, and spicy, this seasoning mix hits all the right notes. Great for grilling, so fire up the Weber and get down to business.
Vanilla with a conscience. An excellent addition to any pantry.
Photo courtesy of Chuao Chocolatier.