Saturday, September 30, 2017

Food For the Holidays 2017

2017 Holiday Food Guide

What’s better than delicious (and healthy) snacking on-the-go? The Gluten Free Bar (GFB), a leading brand for fun and flavorful gluten-free snacks, is paving the way in growing the gluten-free “cluster” category with its new line of GFB Bites. Sure to excite you and your taste buds and available in six different flavors, including Dark Chocolate Coconut, Coconut Cashew Crunch, Chocolate Cherry Almond, PB+J, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut, and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, the Bites are available on shelves at club, grocery, mass merchandise, natural foods and supermarket stores nationwide.

Guatemala San Sebastian:
The Falla family of the San Sebastian farm in Antigua are known for their extreme attention to detail. Their coffees are evidence of that care, and we are proud to represent their family here at Ferris with this coffee. Utilizing the Slodry process draws out the sweetness and body in the coffee while also extending its green life. As a bourbon varietal from Guatemala, you’ll also find a gentle malic acidity, like in a red apple. This Tier 3 coffee from Ferris Nut & Coffee carries a great chocolate character along with a heavy body with lingering sweetness.

Costa Rica Sumava:
Finca Sumava de Lourdes in the West Valley region of Costa Rica is one of the most picturesque farms in the country. It is owned by our friend Francisco Mena, who we’ve worked with for a couple of years now. Francisco won 1st place in the 2016 Cup of Excellence competition in Costa Rica for one of the lots on Sumava! Our lot is a natural processed Caturra varietal, and it is probably the cleanest natural I’ve cupped. This coffee has some intensely sweet honey character along with notes of cocoa nib and dried fruits.

These are just a few of the wonderful collection of Ferris Coffee, which you can purchase by visiting them here.

Pasta snack brand Pasta Bow Ties has partnered with everyone’s favorite ugly sweater brand, Tipsy Elves to co-design festive packaging for bestselling Honey Butter, Meatball Parm, Creamy Ranch, and Smooth Cheddar flavors. Launching November 1, the bags are reimagined with your favorite holiday characters such as reindeer, elves, snowmen, and of course, Santa! Naturally, they had to take it a step further and carry these designs onto a limited edition ugly sweater you can wear to your holiday parties. Gently baked as a healthy snack alternative, Pasta Bow Ties are cholesterol-free, and contain 60 percent less fat than potato chips and 20 percent less fat than pita chips. Perfectly crisp, airy and craveable, Pasta Bow Ties are a stylish, fun bowtie-shaped pasta snack that's puffed to perfection and made with all-natural ingredients, non-GMO Project Verified, OUD Kosher certified, and offered in select vegan flavors.

Holiday 16pc Classic Tin #EM170188 Their signature Classic Collection is in a festive, collectible tin! this collection includes all the Ethel M favorites, the perfect gift for everyone on your list. including 16 of our original pieces from 1981, including lemon satin creme, milk chocolate peanut butter, chewy caramel, and more!

Holiday Cheer Double Hot Chocolate Tin #EM170193  make Ethel M's famous hot cocoa at home this holiday season! INTRODUCING: for the first time ever, you can now bring Ethel M's world-famous hot cocoa home with you this holiday season. They have taken the hot cocoa that we make at our chocolate factory and packaged it in a festive keepsake tin for your family this winter! each tin creates 10 cups. just scoop our REAL CHOCOLATE shavings into your cup, add milk, heat and serve!

Holiday Stocking Stuffer - DC Espresso #EM170186 Perfect for holiday party snacks and stocking stuffers! six ounces of premium roasted espresso beans wrapped in luscious dark chocolate. You can find these and many more amazing gifts from Ethel M here

Peppermint Treat: Enjoy a taste of the holidays any time of year with this delightful, whimsical blend. We took peppermint, white chocolate, pink peppercorns and safflower, and coaxed from those flavors the essence of what makes the holidays so warm and inviting. Curl up with a good book and a blanket and let these festive flavors linger on your palate.

My family loves to wake up on Christmas morning with a bowl of cereal so that we can get to the presents and fun faster than waiting for a long breakfast. I love that I can give my kids something healthy like Barbara's Puffins Cereal instead of something filled with sugar when they already have enough sweets in their stockings!

Barbara's Puffins are: 
  • Low Fat
  • Non GMO
You can find them at stores like Whole Foods and Target. 

Barbara's Cheese Puffs are also a great snack to have on hand during the Holidays. We plan to serve these all day on Christmas to family and friends. They taste really good too!

Barbara's Cheese Puffs are:

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • RBGH/RBST Free
You can purchase them at Whole foods and Target, or other similar stores!

Homemade holiday liqueur. Pomegranate Green Tea Liqueur brings together the sweet taste of pomegranate and tea with Everclear ensuring holiday cheer is never in short supply. Combine with simple syrup and water, and within two hours it’ll be ready to bottle and enjoy with Holiday Road Punch (recipe below) or gifted in a mason jar with festive ribbons and labels.


  • 8 Pomegranate green tea bags 
  • 6 oz. Everclear® 
  • 7 oz. Filtered water 
  • 13 oz. White simple syrup 
Instructions: 1. Combine tea bags, Everclear® and water in a sealable container. 2. Steep 2 hours. 3. Remove tea bags and add simple syrup. Mix thoroughly. 4. Bottle and enjoy.


  • 15 oz. Pomegranate Green Tea Liqueur 
  • 5 oz. Vodka 
  • 5 oz. White rum 
  • 10 oz. Lime juice 
  • 10 oz. Champagne 
Instructions: 1. Combine all ingredients except champagne in a pitcher or punch bowl. 2. Mix and chill in refrigerator 8 hours or more (overnight works best). 3. Just before serving, add chilled champagne and stir carefully. 4. Add ice, along with 10 lime wheels. 5. Serve in punch glasses, ice optional. 6. Garnish with lime wheel (also optional).

Cheribundi Sleep Better Subscription:
This year give a gift that will be appreciated all year long, the gift of better health. The CDC says that millennial mom's number one complaint is that they don't get enough sleep. A Cheribundi tart cherry juice subscription would gift her deeper and more restful sleep as well as faster muscle recovery. Cheribundi tart cherry juice, which is an all natural, non-GMO, kosher and gluten free beverage, has been proven in over 50 scientific studies to support a wide range of health benefits.

· 8oz. bottles
· 36 bottles for $72

As seen on TV's "Shark Tank" Peaceful Fruits are made with love, and ACAI fresh from the rainforest. Instead of sweets that are full of sugar, give everyone you can the gift of Peaceful Fruits. 
  • all natural / non-gmo / vegan & paleo friendly
  • no artificial ingredients, flavors, or junk
  • Healthy, delicious, and rainforest-friendly!
You can order all the flavors here

Love Crunch Granola from Nature’s Path – Spread the love and share a bag of Nature’s Path’s delicious and indulgent, NEW Love Crunch Granola flavors that are perfect for satisfying a sweet craving – without the guilt! Perfect on top of yogurt in the morning or sprinkled over ice cream for dessert, the two new flavors – Chocolate Cinnamon Cashew and Double Chocolate Chunk– are USDA certified Organic and Non-GMO and of course, decadently delicious! Packed with fiber, each re-sealable bag of Love Crunch granola is packed with whole grain rolled oats, is rich in fiber and features premium ingredients including:

  • Chocolate Cinnamon Cashew: Fair Trade dark chocolate, cinnamon, and creamy cashews
  • Double Chocolate Chunk: Creamy chunks of fair trade dark and white chocolate

Each of the new Love Crunch granola flavors are currently available in stores and online for $4.99 per bag.

Also, Love Crunch products are not only delicious, but socially and environmentally responsible as well. For every bag or box purchased, Nature’s Path donates the equivalent in cash and organic food to food banks, up to $1 million a year, via the company’s Bite4Bite program. Through Bite4Bite, Nature’s Path has donated over $12.29 Million worth of food to local food banks.

Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites are an all natural snack packed with California grown, nutrient rich pistachios with moist antioxidant cranberries perfect combination: healthy & chewy roasted pistachios, blueberry infused cranberries with coconut. Nutrients: powered with nutrients in every bite. Health benefits: a good source of dietary fiber, no cholesterol, no additives/preservatives. Energy: great source of all-natural portable energy.

Founded in 2007 by Pic Picot, New Zealand-based Pic’s Peanut Butter is New Zealand's #1 selling peanut butter and is peanut butter worth eating.  Made from the finest quality Hi-Oleic peanuts from Australia that are fresh roasted and lovingly squashed in Nelson, Pic’s then quick seals its peanut butter to preserve freshness and flavour.  Pic’s is all-natural, is gluten and sugar free and has no additives – simply peanuts and a trace of Kiwi salt, the unsalted version containing 100% peanuts.  Pic’s Peanut Butter is NON GMO Verified .  Four varieties are offered -  Original (Crunchy), Original (Crunchy, no salt), Smooth and Smooth (no salt).  Suggested retail is $7.99-$8.99 (380g, 13.4 oz. jar).  A 1Kg, 35.27 oz. sized jar is also available in Original Crunchy at a recommended retail of $19.99.  For more information on Pic’s Peanut Butter visit

A pre-Christmas gift! How often do you wish there was something as an adult that you could enjoy the holiday just a little more. Heritage Distilling has come out with a Spirits Advent Calendar which is 24 days of mini adult beverages to celebrate the holiday season. The Spirits Advent Calendar includes 11 HDC products in random order. Each day pop open your mini of the day and cheers to a very spirited season. You can purchase this wonderful product here

Every year, the kids want to give their friends gifts, and I always go back to my staple of Krusteaz cookies. There are always fun new flavors to try, this year our favorite is the Oatmeal Scotchie! Since the kids tastes are growing and developing it's nice to see them branching out from the Sugar and Chocolate Chip Cookies. Though we have friends of all ages, so we usually make one of each kind, and package them together in cellophane with a holiday bow, and boom, instant Holiday gift for the kids to give out! My boys really enjoy helping out in the kitchen and I love that with Krusteaz they are so easy to make.

The makers of Felix Lingonberry Jam, the leading lingonberry Jam in Sweden and the USA, have a zesty new flavor:  FelixLingonberry with Spiced Apple and Cinnamon.  It’s sweet and tart, with  a hint of ginger and chili. The perfect complement to grilled and glazed meats, poultry and strong cheeses.

As familiar as Volvo, Ikea and Swedish meatballs, Felix has been bringing Swedish lingonberries to the American table for over 50 years and was recommended on the Dr. Oz Show as a super fruit with antioxidant benefits.  Felix Jams are made with pure, simple ingredients: wild lingonberries, many hand-picked, fresh fruits and spices, pure sugar and water, in a time-tested recipe.  With the recent introduction of three exciting new flavor combinations, the chefs at Felix are responding to current food trends and the tastes of the American consumer.

The Primal Kitchen brand is great for the holidays! So many choices to serve your family wholesome, good-for-them foods. We love the Avocado Mayo in deviled eggs, and the Ranch dressing is a staple for us so of course we will also use it in our holiday cooking. This year I am basting my turkey in the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette and Marinade,and expecting it to be delicious! The bars are great for the holiday cookers in the house, to grab a quick bite when you just don't have time.

At Flathau's Fine Foods, we believe the right blend of high-quality ingredients can create the perfect gourmet snack. Some of these creations are:

Sweet and refreshing Peppermint make a favorite. These 4, 6, 8 or 16 ounce boxes are packed full of your choice of flavor cookie and vacuum sealed for maximum freshness in an air tight foil-line pouch.

Key-Lime Snaps:
The essence of key lime, distilled into a shortbread cookie and blanketed in powdery sugar. Once you pick them up, they're hard to put back down. These 4, 6, 8 or 16 ounce boxes are packed full of your choice of flavor cookie and vacuum sealed for maximum freshness in an air tight foil-line pouch.

Cinnamon Snaps:
Sugar and spice! If it's on our Cinnamon Snaps, the cool light taste will keep you saying, "That's nice!" Comes in 4, 6, 8, & 16 ounce box, contains a vacuum sealed bag containing cookies

Butterscotch Snaps:
Savory Butterscotch candied flavor will have you eating the whole box! Other flavors include cinnamon, key lime, raspberry, all natural (plain), and peppermint.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned in this post to help facilitate my review. All opinions are mine and I was not influenced in any way. Please contact with any questions.

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