Crofter’s Organics Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

Crofter’s Organic Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

We’re welcoming the fall season with lots of deliciousness. The cooler season brings to mind harvest time and when we think of harvests, we’re reminded of the jams and fruit spreads that are ready to eat. While we can’t go traipsing through orchards or have access to farmer’s markets, we have the next best thing; delicious jams we’ve enjoyed since we were first introduced to them six years ago – Crofter’s Organic Jams and Fruit Spreads.

Crofter’s Organics Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

Crofter’s is the #1 organic jam in North America. The jams and fruit spreads are made with specific and heritage fruit varieties chosen for their superior flavor. They are certified organic, Non-GMO, vegan, and vegetarian, allergen-free, and have no added color or high fructose corn syrup. Crofter’s uses fair-trade sugar from the Green Cane Project to sweeten and support soil restoration; they support 8,500 acres of sustainable organic farmland; uses their own wastewater treatment plant to reduce water consumption by over 85%; and recycle 99% of raw materials’ packaging.

This small, family business has been tantalizing the palates of families since 1989. We’ve enjoyed Crofter’s Organic jams and fruit spreads in many ways: on crackers and bread but our favorite is with a spoon, right out of the jar. You see each of their scrumptious Premium and Just Fruit spreads features 33% less sugar than your average jam, so you can experience the full flavor, aroma, and health benefits of their specially selected varieties of organic fruit.

Crofter’s Organic Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

Crofter’s offers a vast offering of flavors of organic spreads, twenty delicious flavors to be exact. Out of those twenty, there are three superfruit offerings. Blueberry Blast and Pomegranate Power from their Premium Spreads, all bursting with more antioxidants than a bottle of red wine; and their original Superfruit Spread from their Just Fruit range. The rest of the offerings are a variety of organic spreads that includes Mango, Morello Cherry, Peach, Raspberry, Black Currant (our favorite), Strawberry, Blackberry, Apricot, Seville Orange, and Wild Blueberry. Fair warning, one taste, and you too will be reaching for a spoon to eat right of out the jar.

Crofter’s Organic Delivers More Fruit & Less Sugar in Every Jar

Crofter’s Organic products can be purchased online, as well as retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Safeway, Kroger, Walmart, and more!

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

Anyone who loves to travel knows how easy it is to fall in love with a different country’s food. You discover all kinds of snacks and goodies while you’re there, helping make your trip feel truly special. When you get back on your shores, however, you’re left feeling a deep disappointment after you realize that none of those treats are in the international aisle at your grocery store.

Danny Taing had this exact experience after living in Japan for many years. He fell in love with Japanese delicacies, as well as the community that formed around them. When he returned to America and could no longer enjoy those tasty treats and the culture surrounding them, he became one of the 400 million entrepreneurs around the world by starting a monthly subscription box for Japanese snacks.

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

Taing’s company is called Bokksu and its tight-knit team curates a box of gourmet Japanese snacks every month. Bokksu sources these snacks from artisan makers in Japan, so when you get a Bokksu box you know that you’ve supported local businesses in Japan and not international corporations. The company even partners with the artisans in Japan to create new Japanese snacks exclusively for its customers. This authentic touch, combined with the deliciousness of the snacks, has spurned the success of Bokksu, which sold half a million snacks to customers in more than 75 countries in its first two years of business.

To give customers a wide diversity in flavor and experience, the snack box revolves around a different theme every month. When a customer orders their first box, however, the team at Bokksu will handpick a variety of snacks that represents the four seasons in Japan so that you can get an authentic taste of the country.

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

Japanese snacks are made with high-quality ingredients. This is unlike many common American snacks, the unhealthy and processed ingredients in which have contributed to obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which are among the leading causes of preventable death. The high-quality, richly-flavored ingredients make the treats you can find in a Bokksu box ranging from traditional Japanese desserts, known as wagashi, to modern confections.

When you open up a Bokksu box, you’ll find a variety of sweet and savory treats. These include mochi, edamame senbei, red bean doughnuts, matcha chocolate stick cakes, rice crackers, and so much more. If you find a snack that you can’t get enough of, you can shop a la carte items at the Bokksu Market so that you can stock up on your favorites.

Bokksu Box Brings Unique Japanese Snacks To American Consumers

You have a few different options when it comes to choosing a plan for your Bokksu Japanese snacks subscription box. You could do a monthly rate, a 3-month rate, a 6-month rate, or a yearly rate. Whichever you choose, you can rest assured that your financial information is secure. Although researchers believe that 4 billion records were exposed in data breaches in the first half of 2019 alone, Bokksu keeps your sensitive information safe in their secure e-commerce platform. Invest in local Japanese businesses while getting a taste of authentic cuisine by signing up for your first Bokksu Japanese snacks today.

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

When you win Cosmopolitan’s Wine Award for Best Rosé Candy, you immediately become an expert in all things Rosé candy-related. So naturally, we look to luxury candy makers, Sugarfina to help us celebrate National Rosé Day on June 13th. Lord knows we could personally use sweet treats to take our minds off the daily assaults of our civil rights. And boy they Sugarfina did not disappoint! You are going to swoon over the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection. This beautiful candy bento box is exactly what you need to get you through the rest of the quarantine. But believe it or not, there’s more. To celebrate National Rosé Day, Sugarfina is partnering with Bodvar RoséMINNIDIP, and Native to host an Instagram giveaway that will slay this summer!

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy Collection

Sugarfina has several delicious options to help you celebrate all things rosé wine. Join us in drooling over these sweet rosé candy treats:

Rosé All Day Bears – Infused with real rosé wine, these gummy bears from Sugarfina are a delightfully rosy treat.
But First, Rosé Roses – With an infusion of Rosé wine from Provence in every bite, our newest rosette-shaped gummies are the perfect treat for any Rosé lover.
Sparkling Rosé Bears – Get sparkling with these grown-up gummy bears infused with rosé wine and dusted in tart sugar crystals.
Rosé Fruttini – Juicy, tiny fruit gems infused with real Rosé wine from Provence and rolled in extra-fine sugar crystals, plus these are vegan!
Rosé Bears Pink Chocolate Bar – Sugarfina sourced the finest white chocolate from Paris and topped it with Rosé Bears, our signature gummy bear infused with rosé wine from Provence. Because when it comes to rosé, too much is never enough!

National Rosé Day w/ the Sugarfina Rosé All Day Gummy CollectionRose gummies

The Sugarfina Rosé All Day gummies are available in a 3-Piece Candy Bento Box ($28.00) and 2-Piece Candy Bento Box ($20.00). You can stop and taste the rosé in every delicious bite. Our 2-Piece Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box features the But First, Rosé Roses and Rosé All Day Bears; while the 3-Piece Rosé All Day Candy Bento Box comes with the But First, Rosé Roses, Rosé All Day Bears, and Sparkling Rosé Bears (rosé bears dusted in tart sugar crystals). Either box you choose, you’ll be joyfully saying National Rosé Day.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

If you’re experiencing what we have been during this stay-at-home order, then you’re looking for groceries and pantry staples that multitask. With many basics still sold out or unavailable, it’s time to look to foods that are versatile. While this can’t be done with fresh fruits and vegetables, you can with pantry staples. Thankfully, Wissotzky Tea and Mighty Sesame Co. have come to the rescue. The shelf-stable products from these two brands will add variety and versatility to your meals and snacks.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Our go-to for stressful times have always been tea, so of course, we were excited about the Wissotzky Tea offerings. Whether you’re reading a book or catching up on your shows, nothing relaxes you like a delicious cuppa; plus tea is full of antioxidants. You may not know, but Tahini is teeming with great health benefits. It is full of healthy fats, is anti-inflammatory, protects over and kidney functions, has antibacterial properties, and like tea, is rich in antioxidants.

Wissotzky Tea (Nana Mint, $3.99; Chai $4.99)

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

Wissotzky Tea Company has dozens of varieties of teas to satisfy any mood on every occasion. Its Artisan Spiced Tea collection artfully pairs hand-selected premium black tea leaves with market spices, herbs, and other natural ingredients. Enjoy their Salted Caramel Chai, Ginger, and Turmeric, Spiced Nana Mint, Pumpkin Spiced Chai, or any of Wissotzky’s premium teas and infusions – hot or iced. With these pantry staples, you can indulge in a trip around the world without leaving your home.

Mighty Sesame Co.

Versatile Pantry Staples From Mighty Sesame Co. and Wissotzky Tea

The Mighty Sesame Tahini creamy spread is a game-changer for sandwiches, marinades, dips, baked goods, desserts, salads, and even cocktails. It’s great to use in soups or drizzled over meat and fish. Grab the 10.9 oz. bottle for 5.99.

The creamy Tahini spread isn’t the only must-try from Mighty Sesame. For those with a sweet tooth, the yummy TahiniBars are a great snack option. With three varieties of all-natural tahini bars, Pistachio, Cocoa Nibs, and Vanilla, you get a delicious snack that’s only 100 calories per bar. Like their squeezable cousins, these addictive grab-and-go treats are premium-quality snacks that are good for you. They are gluten- and dairy-free, vegan, kosher, halal, non-GMO, 100% guilt-free, and delicious. Grab your favorite flavor(s) for $3.99 per box of 6 individually wrapped 0.63 oz. bars.

The Mighty Sesame products and Wissotzky teas are distributed by Kayco, the leading Kosher food distributor in America. You may be familiar with other kosher brands they distribute, including Kedem and Manischewitz. Now that you’re familiar with these great pantry staples, how can they rev up your meals?

NEW for the Summer: The Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical Gift Set

Summer Must-Have: The NEW Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical Gift Set

Just because we’re currently stuck indoors, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the upcoming summer season. Believe it or not, we have found paradise. We’re celebrating the season of tropical temperatures with a must-have summer gift set from Sugarfina and COOLA. Sugarfina, known for its luxury candy, and COOLA, the award-winning skin and suncare brand, have teamed up to bring you an on-trend and limited-edition set bursting with sweet, summer-ready flavors. Join us in indulging our senses with the Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical gift set.

NEW for the Summer: The Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical Gift Set

The Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical gift set, housed in an exclusive reusable pouch, features tropical indulgences from both brands. Thanks to Sugarfina, you will yield to the most incredibly yummy Piña Colada Bears; bursting with rum, pineapple, and coconut cream flavors, you’ll think you’re on an island escape. Your palate will also thank you for their refreshingly tart and sweet Island Pineapple Gummies. The delectable pineapple-shaped gummies are made with pineapple puree for a vegan and delectable island-inspired treat. COOLA further gratifies your senses with its water-resistant, natural piña colada scented, organic Classic Body Sunscreen Spray SPF 30. This must-have sun protection comes in a travel-ready package perfect to take with you. Find your paradise with the Stay Tropical gift set, whether you’re heading to the park, backyard, or front porch.

NEW for the Summer: The Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical Gift Set

“We are thrilled to be partnering with our friends at Sugarfina, an innovative, like-minded Southern California brand whose treats we adore! Based on a shared desire to surprise and delight our fans, we’re excited to introduce our signature tropical scents in delicious gummy form. Yum!” said Chris Birchby, Founder and CEO of COOLA.

“We are consistently innovating and leading the marketplace in both packaging design and product in the luxury confections industry,” Said Scott LaPorta, CEO of Sugarfina “So when the opportunity arose to partner with our favorite sun care brand to deliver a sweet luxury experience in gift set form, we couldn’t resist!”

With gourmet candies and organic skincare, the Sugarfina x COOLA Stay Tropical gift set offers the perfect dose of summer extravagance. The gift set retails for $30.00 and is available now on www.COOLA.com, www.sugarfina.com, at Sugarfina boutiques, ULTA, and Nordstrom.

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Love Song Contest

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Launches Song Contest to Inspire and Spread Love

If there ever was a time to be inspired, this is it. As we spend more time at home with family, it can be tough to keep occupied throughout the day.  As a result, boredom, while we’re all staying at home, has led to some very interesting and creative results. So companies are thinking of new ways to keep the creativity going. Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt, the maker of the first and only 100% clean oatmilk yogurt, wants to inspire families and help spread some love with the launch of the Hälsa Summer 2020 Love Song Contest.

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt Love Song Contest

Hälsa wants to know, what does love mean to you? Your response may win you lots of money; something we can all benefit from as most are unemployed and many are still waiting on unemployment checks. In an effort to bring us closer together as a family, Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt is asking all households to share what love means to them through an original song contest for a chance to win up to $3,000!

“For us at Hälsa, love means making 100% clean and plant-based food – food that can truly nourish your body,” said Helena Lumme, Hälsa President and Co-founder. “Love is something we need now, more than ever. As we continue to offer consumers our nutritious, organic oatmilk yogurts nationwide, we’re excited to deepen our mission through our song challenge to spread love—for each other, for our bodies and for our planet.”

Hälsa Oatmilk Yogurt

The first-place winner will be awarded a grand prize of $3,000; the second place will receive $1,000; the third-place winner will receive $500. Ten honorable mentions will each win a Hälsa Love T-Shirt. To Enter the contest, write an original love song, and post it on YouTube or Vimeo before May 31st! Hälsa will judge on the basis of originality, creativity, and how well the song conveys Hälsa’s message of love (it being the most important ingredient).

For more entry details, visit www.halsafoods.com/halsa-love-song-contest. We wish you all lots of luck and may the best love song win.

The Great American Takeout: How You Can Help Restaurants During COVID-19

#TheGreatAmericanTakeout: How You Can Help Restaurants During COVID-19

Practically every industry across the globe is feeling the effects of the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. From entertainment to retail, this pandemic is causing businesses to shut down their operations for the foreseeable future. One industry, in particular, is likely to feel the effects of this global crisis for months — if not years — to come: the restaurant industry.

States and cities across the United States have mandated that restaurants must close their dining rooms in order to stem the spread of the dangerous coronavirus. Restaurants can offer takeout and delivery, but the regular revenue from these services certainly don’t equal what can be made with a fully-open establishment.

#TheGreatAmericanTakeout: How You Can Help Restaurants During COVID-19

That’s why a coalition of restaurants in the U.S. is asking consumers to participate in “The Great American Takeout” on Tuesday, March 24. This grassroots effort, led by the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout on social media, encourages consumers to order at least one pick-up or delivery meal on Tuesday. With many Americans practicing social distancing and making all of their own meals over the past couple of weeks, the push to order out is likely a welcome one. And with delivery options available, the effort is still accessible to the 10% of the world’s population who live with a disability and may not be able to go to a restaurant to pick up their food.

The Great American Takeout: How You Can Help Restaurants During COVID-19

photo courtesy of @edisonclarabarton

Some of the brands in the coalition promoting The Great American Takeout include California Pizza Kitchen, Panera Bread, El Torito, and The Habit Restaurants Inc. Many other restaurants, varying in size from large chains to local businesses, are joining in the effort as well.

“This is no longer about the survival of individual restaurants. It’s about the future of our industry. And time has run out. Together, we must act to support each other and our communities in unprecedented ways,” said Russ Bendel, CEO of Habit Restaurants, in a statement.

In addition to the obvious challenge of only being able to offer takeout and delivery, this campaign hopes to raise awareness of the other obstacles restaurants face in the time of coronavirus. Without the revenues that dining-in provides, many restaurants have been unable to keep their employees on the payroll. Tax season will also bring challenges to the restaurant industry. Corporate income taxes comprise about 11% of the taxes collected by the federal government, but this number might look very different when the government collects for 2020, as many restaurants will have been fully closed for a good portion of the year. Efforts like #TheGreatAmericanTakeout campaign hope to offset this future burden by generating revenue and awareness now.

photo courtesy of @falasophy

Participating in The Great American Takeout is easy, as well as tasty. To spread awareness of the campaign, the coalition is asking consumers to post on social media in advance of the event and encourage their followers and friends to take part in the campaign’s hashtag. The coalition is also asking consumers to engage their friends, family, and coworkers in the effort by directly asking them to order takeout meals from local restaurants.

The final part of participating in this delectable event is to order takeout or delivery for at least one meal on March 24. This means you could order your favorite coffee made from specialty beans, which account for just 3% of global coffee production, with a bacon, egg, and cheese for breakfast or get that curry you’ve been craving from your favorite Thai restaurant for dinner. Or do both! No matter what you order, the coalition wants participants to share the photos of the meal on social media and tag them with #TheGreatAmericanTakeout.

Of course, ordering takeout and delivery for just one day isn’t going to solve the restaurant industry’s problem. It’s still uncertain how long the COVID-19 pandemic will keep cities and states in lockdowns. To continually support restaurants during these troubled times, the coalition is also urging consumers to keep ordering takeout regularly in the weeks and months ahead. Community-based efforts like this just might be the key to keeping everyone healthy, fed, and funded for as long as the pandemic continues.

Will you help support the restaurant industry but participating in #TheGreatAmericanTakeout?

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

What’s the Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candy in Every State?

With 90% of Americans regularly treating themselves to a sweet, frozen dessert, it’s no wonder we go crazy for candy on Valentine’s Day. Chocolate is the old favorite, but there’s more variety than you might think when it comes to picking the perfect Valentine’s Day candy for your sweetheart.

For a long time, conversation hearts — those sweet candies with phrases like “be mine” and “xoxo” on them — won the battle of the sweets. But this year there’s a new top pick for Valentine’s Day candies. Here’s a breakdown of what’s sure to sell out when people are buying sweet treats for their sweethearts this year.

Which Candy Won Out?

For a long time, SweetHearts conversation hearts dominated the Valentine’s candy market. But they suffered a set back last year when they failed to appear on store shelves. That had a significant and lingering effect on conversation hearts.

In their place, treats like M&M’s are moving up. M&M’s claimed the number one spot in three states this year: Arizona, Kansas and New Jersey. That may be in part due to the drop off in conversation hearts. But M&M’s Cupid’s Mix and Cupid’s Message products also quickly became favorites since hitting the market.

Heart-Shaped Boxes Reigned in 2019 CandyStore.comSource: CandyStore.com

Of course, the old staples are still well represented. Things like heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, Hershey kisses and chocolate roses placed in the top three for several states. Don’t count on these longtime favorites disappearing any time soon. Alongside M&M’s and conversation hearts, gift boxes, chocolate roses, and general chocolates appear as frequent contenders for each state’s favorite Valentine’s candy.

Here’s one you may not have considered: Cupid corn. Often associated with Halloween, candy corn is also making a push during Valentine’s Day. While candy corn, in general, is falling off as a favorite among consumers, there are some places, like Michigan, where the candy is still incredibly popular on Valentine’s Day and other holidays.

Other Valentine’s Day Facts

Candy isn’t the only thing consumers are concerned about when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Many are ready to throw down some serious money to make their loved one feel special for the holiday.

In fact, consumers are expected to spend $30.19 on family members this year, which is up from $29.87 last year. Friends will get about $14.69 (compared to $9.78 in 2019) and co-workers will see an average of $12.96 spent on their gifts (compared to $7.78 in 2019). Even pets are getting some love, with people expecting to spend an average of $12.21 on pets, up from $6.94 last year.

Overall, consumers are predicted to spend about $101 this year, which is up from $93.24 in 2019. That’s still down more than 60% compared to a decade ago.

And where will all that money go? A lot, $5.8 billion, is expected to be spent on jewelry, with another $.43 billion spent on a nice evening out with a significant other. Candy is predicted to account for $2.4 billion, with flowers close behind at $2.3 billion. Smaller amounts will be spent on things like gift cards, greeting cards and experiences.

Source: CandyStore.com.

If you’re still thinking about what to get your special someone for Valentine’s Day, consider picking up the most-loved candy in their state (have fun with the interactive map directly above). After all, there’s a good chance they’ll also be a fan.