Part of my trip in Richmond found me in the oft mentioned Chocolate Store and Carytown. I found the Fiji Ginger snack (or to be 100% transparent – my better half found it). The crystallized ginger is SUPERB, it actually might be the best I have ever had. The exterior is firm, the interior light and slightly chewy with a concentrated burst of ginger juice.
My Richmond trip’s ginger finds did not end with ginger ale and ginger beer – it only started. My trip around Carytown found me in the store of For the Love of Chocolate. The store is filled from East to West – North to South with candies.
One of the corners of the store is devoted to ginger based candies. I perused the candy options, and found Ginger Extreme. The candies are made by Hillside Candy. Hillside Candy is a thirty year old boutique candy maker that makes Organic Hard Candies which are Gluten free. Hillside is also certified Organic and certified GMO free.
The candies are made with cane sugar, ginger oil, ginger powder, brown rice syrup and cayenne powder. Yes, you read correct – cayenne powder. The flavor is awesome. The hard candy is amazing. I would highly recommend the candies.
Maybe my fan-dom of Ginger has made it around the world and back? And others are just making these ginger treats for my benefit. I realize the reality that there are others that share the same passion.
LA Burdick, a small chain of shops, located in New England and New York City. One store, located in the Back Bay, I imagine is like the others – a chocolate lover’s haven. It is also a ginger fan’s dream – Chocolate Dipped Ginger.
I have had more than one Dipped Ginger in my Time – it’s normally hard and bitter and completely covered in chocolate. Frankly, I am rarely ever a fan. The Burdick dipped ginger only covers half of the crystallized ginger. It’s a high quality crystallized ginger as it firm to the initial bite, and then chewy once you get into it. Along with the chocolatier’s mastery of his medium, the ginger is a highlight.When you purchase the ginger, the ginger comes in a well presented bag.
Badge of Honor
As you can see I sneaked some Ginger treats before taking my snapshots, I highly recommend these amazing treats. I’ve had a number of bags of them, and I want more, as I am sure you will.
You can visit the shop in Back Bay, and experience it yourself.
For those familiar with Farmers Markets, there are some real hidden gems. Some of these hidden gems include Ginger, yum.
Saturday found me at the Natick Farmer’s Market. The Market is well attended by vendors and individuals even in November. I cannot deny it, the attendance surprised me – farms, soda vendors, local meat providers, and gourmet food vendors.
There are two that really interested me – Simpson Spring Soda and Q’s Nuts. I’ll save Simpson Spring Soda for another day, after all I am a Ginger Fanatic.
I found a tent for Q’s Nuts… if you haven’t heard about them, you have missed out on a killer episode from Phantom Gourmet. I embedded it here so you can appreciate the coolness of Q’s Nuts.
I saw a few flavors that interested me – Chocolate Cardamon, Rosemary Sea Salt, and Key Lime Ginger Almonds. I know you are thinking … only three? well I was interested in all of them, I just happen to purchase 3 for $10 at the market.
I got home, and stared at the bag. “Do I want to open it?”
Of course. I popped open the bag, and ate the one… then another…. then another… The candied coating was hard, not too hard, and flavorful. The lime ginger combination with almonds tasted great. As a spiced nut with ginger, I give them a 10 out of 10.
I’m going to have to make a special trip to their Davis Square haunts to see the operation.