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Welch’s Valentine’s Day Fruit Snacks are BACK!

Welch’s Valentine’s Day Fruit Snacks is back for this year’s Valentine’s Day! The limited-edition offering features custom Valentine’s Day-themed graphics and heart-shaped fruit snack pieces with fun emoji faces. Even better, these fruit snacks are perfect for Valentine’s Day classroom exchanges as each pouch features a “To/From” signable front panel.
Key Product Information:
  • Heart-shaped pieces with fun emoji faces
  • Valentine’s Day-themed “To/From” signable front panel
  • Made with REAL fruit
  • 28-count box // $4.99 on Target.com
  • 32-count box // $4.98 on Walmart.com
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SNACK BARS TAKE THE TAHINI CRAZE TO HEALTHY, DELICIOUS NEW HEIGHTS

The Mighty Sesame Company introduces TahiniBAR,
the Energy Bar Made From Sesame Seeds
Available in Three Exciting Varieties: Cocoa Nibs, Pistachio, and Vanilla

Sesame seeds are truly one of the most ancient foods on earth. In fact, sesame plants are the oldest known plant species to be grown primarily for their seeds (pods) and oils rather than for their leaves, fruit or vegetables.

TahiniBAR is leading the pack in many of today’s hottest food trends.

  • Demand for authentic Mediterranean food, particularly seed-based spreads like hummus and tahini, is on the rise in the United States, with even more growth in the forecast.
  •  The market for healthy portable snacks has seen dynamic growth; bars are more widely available and consumed on a more casual basis than ever before.
  • The gluten-free movement continues to gain traction as shoppers become more mindful of diets that support health and wellness. In fact, more than 30% of Generation Z and Millennials say they are willing to pay a premium for gluten-free products.
  • Finally, consumers are expecting intriguing new textures and flavors, and they want to indulge in ingredients like fruits, nuts, and chocolate.

Health Benefits – Sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, and selenium. These translate into a variety of health benefits including cholesterol-lowering phytosterols, heart health, improved blood pressure, hormone balance, as well as cancer fighting and fat burning properties. Sesame also helps boost nutrient absorption and energy levels, too.

TahiniBAR satisfies all of these demands in a novel new format. Like tahini and its decadent dessert cousin, halvah, the energy bars are made from all-natural roasted sesame seeds. Sesame seeds help boost energy levels and are a good source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and potassium.

A twist on classic Tahini. This Tahini bar with Cocoa Nibs excites your taste buds with the naturally chocolatey taste of cocoa nibs balanced with the delicate taste of finely ground sesame seeds. Absolutely perfect together!

Naturally indulgent Tahini bar with Pistachios is a fan favorite! You’ll love the melt in your mouth sweetness of finely ground sesame seeds perfectly topped with chopped pistachios. These are just too good to resist.

This Vanilla Tahini bar packs a naturally delicious vanilla flavor which partners perfectly with the delicate flavor of ground sesame seeds. This is true bliss!

This snack size bar is a perfect anytime snack. Great for on the go or a mid-day pick me up. A heavenly snack you don’t have to feel bad about, its only 100 calories! This snack bar offers simple indulgence you’ll crave without the ingredients that you’re trying to avoid! The natural sweetness of Tahini Bars pairs perfectly with the robust flavor of coffee.

This sweet and flakey bar is sure to please your taste buds. No Gluten, No Dairy, Nothing Artificial, Plant-Based and Vegan.

About Kayco/Kayco Beyond

Kayco is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kosher foods. Its expanded Kayco Beyond Division sources and distributes new products to the general market beyond kosher, to meet the demands of consumers looking for optional products that are healthful, convenient and/or for restricted diets and lifestyles. These brands include Dorot, Absolutely Gluten Free, Beetology, Mighty Sesame, Tuscanini Foods, Wissotzky Tea Co. and new Wonder Melon™. They are headquartered in Bayonne, NJ. (www.KAYCO.com).

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TAHINI IN SQUEEZABLE BOTTLES IS A GAME-CHANGER!

SIX WAYS TO MAKE YOUR PARTY
A HEALTHY HIT WITH MIGHTY SESAME
–THE SUPERFOOD FOR 
SUPER BOWL

Recently, a food journalist/influencer wrote about Mighty Sesame Tahini Dressings in squeezable bottles. The verdict: “I was ecstatic,” said the hummus lover enthusiastically. “Tahini you don’t have to mix is a game-changer.”

That got the people at The Mighty Sesame Company thinking. With the Super Bowl right around the corner, squeezable tahini is an MVP when it comes to making any party easier, tastier, and healthier. After all, unlike other brands, Mighty Sesame doesn’t separate, so it’s always perfectly blended and ready to use. No mixing, no stirring, no problem!

American foodies know there’s a tahini revolution afoot. The creamy, decadent condiment usually takes center stage in Middle Eastern dishes like hummus and falafel. But in fact, it’s perfectly at home in a variety of sweet and savory dishes.

We recently spoke to Vicky Cohen and Ruth Fox, authors of the popular cookbook Tahini and Turmeric, and asked why tahini is such a great ingredient to work with?  They told us, “One of the things we love the most about tahini, besides its incredibly addicting nutty flavor, is its versatility.  It can be used in sweet and savory applications.  Besides using it to make hummus, tahini is great in salad dressings, as a sauce for sandwiches or tacos, or simply spread over toast with your favorite jam or date syrup!

Tahini also adds fabulous flavor to cookies, cakes, shakes, bars, mousses, and even granola. The possibilities are endless!” (Cohen and Fox are the authors of Tahini & Turmeric, 101Middle Eastern Classics Made Irresistibly Vegan and Founders of the Blog Mayihavethatrecipe.com).

And that’s where Mighty Sesame comes into play at your Super Bowl party. This year, kick off the fun with tahini dips like Sweet ‘n Sour Tahini sauce served with crunchy cauliflower , then score with halftime soups and salads such as Cucumber salad with Miso-Tahini dressing, Marinated entrees like Fish Tacos with Tahini and Siracha,  or Chicken Breast Baguette Hero sandwich drizzled with Tahini are sure to be tahini touchdowns. Extra points, of course, for tahini-based desserts like Tahini-walnut brownies or Tahini cookies.

Best of all, tahini is a superfood. Made from one ingredient, 100% roasted sesame seeds, Mighty Sesame Tahini is loaded with plant-based protein, calcium and other vitamins and minerals. All varieties (Original fine and Whole seed) are, vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, kosher, and halal.

Find squeezable tahini and other Mighty Sesame products at Walmart, Whole Foods, Wegmans, and other retail outlets. They are distributed by Kayco, the top purveyor of kosher foods in America.

Sure to be a Super Bowl crowd-pleaser, serve up this Chicken breast Tahini Drizzled Hero to serve four or forty. Healthy and delicious! Chicken Breast Baguette Hero sandwich drizzled with Tahini

About Kayco/Kayco Beyond

Kayco is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of kosher foods. Its expanded Kayco Beyond Division sources and distributes new products to the general market beyond kosher, to meet the demands of consumers looking for optional products that are healthful, convenient and/or for restricted diets and lifestyles. These brands include Dorot, Absolutely Gluten Free, Beetology, Mighty Sesame, Tuscanini Foods, Wissotzky Tea Co. and new Wonder Melon™. They are headquartered in Bayonne, NJ. (www.KAYCO.com).

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Fall in Love in New York with MarieBelle Chocolates

In New York’s famous Soho District is the world-renowned, luxurious bean-to-bar chocolate company, MarieBelle Chocolates. This Valentine’s season, the flagship retail location at 484 Broome Street offers patrons a sumptuous shopping experience for the eyes and appetite with lavish window displays which aim to warm the heart. The perfect gift, MarieBelle Chocolates are artfully wrapped in luxury boxes with colorful ribbons. Relish in the sweetest gift for any occasion, available in-store or delivered same day anywhere in the Manhattan area.

MarieBelle New York Ganache Collection

9-Piece, $33.00

As a tribute to the city that never sleeps and the birthplace of MarieBelle New York, this collection is the perfect gift representing iconic images from the Big Apple. Flavors include, Passion Fruit, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Espresso, Caramel Salt, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Toffee and Dulce Leche.

MarieBelle New York Ganache Collection

16-Piece, $50.00

Flavors include, Passion Fruit, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Espresso, Caramel Salt, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Toffee and Dulce Leche.

New York Caramel Collection

9-Piece, $28.00

Take a bite out of the Big Apple with our newest collection of chocolate caramels! Packaged inside a whimsical inspired, New York-themed box, take in the aroma of dark chocolate while tasting the creamy smoothness of caramel through three, all natural flavors: Fluer de Sel, Italian Espresso and Chocolate Caramel.

Featuring iconic images of distinct neighborhoods across New York and Brooklyn, they’re the perfect New York souvenir to transport you to the City That Never Sleeps in every bite.

MarieBelle Chocolates choose only the finest selection of Criollo cacao beans from all over the world. What the fine Arabica bean is to coffee, the even finer and rarer Criollo bean is to chocolate. Criollo cacao makes up less than 10% of worldwide chocolate production, and as such, is highly sought after by connoisseurs. Chocolate made from Criollo beans has a distinct reddish color, and an equally distinctive complex taste, which can include flavors of caramel, nuts, vanilla and tobacco.

Only the finest, seasonal and natural ingredients are selected to make our chocolates. MarieBelle Chocolates source local ingredients such as fresh berries and fruits, and travel the world to find the best exotic ingredients each culture has to offer. This includes European butter, English lavender, Tahitian vanilla, Florida lemons, Japanese matcha tea and Puerto Rican rum. These ingredients are slowly infused into MarieBelle chocolates as their freshness is essential to the complexity of their flavor.

MarieBelle chocolates are all hand-made by passionate chocolate artisans. Their startling creativity and gift for harmonizing flavors have been the source of continuous innovation in MarieBelle chocolate-making process and techniques.

The chocolate and natural ingredients are combined into ganache and tempered to remove air and ensure maximum freshness. The ganache is then settled overnight before being cut into bite-sized pieces. Each ganache is then coated in pure dark chocolate before each piece receives its signature cocoa-based design. MarieBelle designs are all paintings created by artisanal, culinary artists. Each design tells its own story.

This Valentine’s season, choosing a sweet gift from MarieBelle chocolates, and sending the deepest love to the person in your heart!

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PBfit Makes Healthy Eating EASY

With those New Year’s Resolutions right around the corner, healthy eating is definitely top of mind.  Whether you want to lose a few pounds or just clean up your diet, PBfit® will be a welcome addition to your daily eating plan.  For all you Weight Watchers followers out there, you will be thrilled to know that you can enjoy America’s favorite peanut butter product, PBfit for only one point per tablespoon. 

Check out the healthy peanut butter hack that everyone is talking about:

o   90% Less Fat than traditional peanut butter

o   1/3 the calories of traditional peanut butter

o   1 Weight Watcher point per 2 T serving

o   PBfit is made with 3 simple ingredients:  peanuts, coconut palm sugar & kosher salt

o   All natural and gluten-free

o   Available in regular or mouthwatering chocolate

o   Also comes in organic and PBfit Plus with added protein

Mix PBfit right into your smoothie or oatmeal for a healthy, delicious start to your morning routine.  Bake with it, blend with it, travel with it…this versatile product will be your favorite new addition to your kitchen.

Join the thousands of happy “PBfitters” who have upgraded their peanut butter to this delicious, and healthy alternative.  This is one upgrade to your diet that will be easy to stick with.. PBfit lets you keep the peanut butter taste you love, along with the nutrients, but you can ditch the fat and calories.

For more info check out: https://pbfit.com/. Also available on Amazon Prime.

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Sitka Salmon Shares bring wild Alaskan seafood straight from their fishermen’s collective to your doorstep

Are you looking for some recipes for your New Year Feast? How about making a nutritious and healthy dinner with wild Alaskan king salmon? I believe every guest on your list will be happy and thankful for a great dinner.

Sitka Salmon’s fish are wild-caught in Alaska and the North Pacific, by a group of equally wild (though extremely nice) fishermen. You won’t find any antibiotics or dyes here. Just pristine fish from one of the most pristine places in the entire world! Most of the world’s fish are caught by large factory boats that fish waters distant from their home ports. When you buy from their CSF, you are helping to put your dollars directly into the pockets of fishing families and their small-boat fishermen that depend on fishing as a livelihood.

Sitka Salmon’s fishermen follow some of the most careful quality handling standards in the industry, ensuring that the best fish is delivered to your doorstep. This includes shorter trips, bleeding, icing, and carefully handling to avoid bruising. Back on shore, the fish are flash­-frozen at the peak of their freshness at Sitka Salmon’s small processing plant in Sitka or at one of their trusted partner plants. This is why writers at Bon Appetit say Sitka Salmon is a “Best Way to Buy Sustainable Seafood” and ​Food & Wine magazine notes, “If you love salmon, you need to know about @SitkaShares.” (That’s them, in the Twitterverse.)

By efficiently bringing Sitka Salmon’s fish directly to you, Salmon Shares fishermen generally retain 10 to 30 percent more of the value of their harvest. Plus, many of them are owners of the company! With Sitka Salmon, you’re getting fish directly from sustainably minded, small­-scale family fishermen who are a driving force in the company.

Sitka Salmon’s relationships and selective sourcing ensure that your fish is traceable to the boats of their fishermen-owners or trusted community partners. The source of your fish is provided with each month’s seafood delivery, and members get to know their fishermen through newsletters delivered with their shares, blogs, videos and more. Sitka Salmon offset carbon emissions in our Alaska-to-Midwest distribution system, and they donate 1 percent of their revenue back to wild fish conservation. Right now, our 1 percent to the Wild fund is supporting a Wild Salmon Conservation and Restoration Internship at Knox College and helping a young filmmaker launch a film on small­-scale fishing called The Last Man Fishing.

You reserve your share of the harvest, Sitka Salmon’s fishermen catch your fish, and Sitka Salmon do home­-deliver. Sitka Salmon also send you recipes, host member events, and share cooking tips. Eating healthy, wild-caught fish couldn’t be more simple!

Alaska’s State Constitution mandates the sustainable management of fisheries. To accomplish this, scientists diligently study fish stocks, managers set strict catch limits to ensure the viability of wild fish populations, and fishermen abide by these limits. It’s why Alaska’s fisheries are the envy of the world.

Eugene’s Dill Smoked Salmon

Prep: 5 min  |  Total: 1.5 hours
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz wild Alaskan coho salmon
  • 1 oz dill weed
  • 1 alder wood plank
  • 3 oz spicy sesame seed oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

SEASON SALMON

Place the salmon in a large bowl and top it will all of the oil, dill and some of the salt. Let it sit for 20-35 min.

PREP THE GRILL

Fire up a grill or smoker and char the wood plank on both sides. If not using a smoker, place some soaked wood chips in a vented aluminum foil pouch on the hot coals. Set up the grill or smoker for low heat – 180° F for the smoker, or indirect heat with a small amount of coals on a grill.

SMOKE

Place the salmon on the plank then on to the grill or smoker. Smoke for 90 mins at 180° F in the smoker, or between 20-35 mins on the grill.

Eugene’s Tip: This smoked salmon is perfect to top salads with or to make into salmon burgers.

Quick-Cured Coho Salmon Appetizer Bites

Prep: 10 mins  |  Total: 40 mins

Ingredients

  • ½ lb coho fillet, skin removed and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp capers, chopped
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • 1 tbsp chives, minced
  • 1 tsp dill, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • crackers for serving

Directions:

Toss coho cubes with the salt and sugar. Cure the salmon cubes in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, shallot, lemon juice, capers, horseradish, chives and dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Spoon some sauce on crackers and place 2-3 pieces of salmon on top, or lay out a spread of salmon bites, sauce, and crackers for guests to build their own. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives.

Dara’s pro cooking tip: Have these appetizer bites ready when friends and family arrive, and serve with glasses of brut prosecco.

Joe’s Herb Grilled Lingcod

Prep: 24 hours  |  Total: 24 hours
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lingcod, cut in 3-4 pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 squeeze fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Cracked black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 container of sundried tomato pesto (We like Trader Joe’s)

Directions:

MARINATE

Combine fish, chives, thyme, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper in a 1-gallon ziplock bag. Marinate in fridge overnight.

GRILL

Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat. Oil grill grates well to prevent sticking. Grill for 3 min. a side for thinner pieces or 7-8 min. a side for thicker pieces.

SERVE

On the boat, Joe serves this with rice. We also love it with roasted potatoes and salad.

Joe’s pro cooking tip: Start grilling the thicker pieces of lingcod first. You’ll know the fish is done when it flakes with the gentle press of a finger.

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