I wanted to not like them. Them, of course, is the Mango Ginger Chews from Gem Gem. The ginger chews are pleasant with a hint of tropical flavor. I found them to be exceptionally good.
As the Gem Gem team states, “At Gem Gem‛s, we think mango and ginger make the perfect blend. We’ve struck the right balance between the mellow sweetness of mango and the refreshing spice of ginger. Made of all-natural ingredients, this is a sumptuous treat your body can count on.” They found the right blend of spice and fruit.
There is a place, a place where the heart goes, and goes fondly – Yummies. I can’t recall the first time I went to Yummies, but I have been enough times to know the store very well. Yummies contains wall-to-wall candies, tons and probably metric tons of candies. You can get the same experience through a visit to the Kittery Maine location (one and only).
I did my standard shopping to find my favorites – Pez, Sweedish Fish, Mints and Candied Ginger. Yummies has two flavors of Candied Ginger, I picked the Australian Candied Ginger.
The ginger is firm to the bite, soft to the chew, and has great flavor. I highly recommend it
I do enjoy going into Whole Foods. The walk through the store is an experience akin to being Indiana Jones finding hidden jewels. Finding these hidden jewels is less dangerous, taste better and leave me wanting more. (It’s the snakes and lack of flavor that don’t help the hidden jewels of Dr Jones).
On my walk in Whole Foods, I found a new Ginger Candy, the Ginger Zest from Yum Earth. Yum Earth has an interesting story about two fathers wanting to provide healthy and safe treats to their kids. I picked up one and put it my shopping basket, it was a treat for later.
After purchasing and taking it home, the candies sat on my kitchen counter for a week. I have just opened them, and can tell you they are proper sweet (not too much, not too little) and come with a small fire. The Ginger has a ground spice flavor with a little fire. I wouldn’t say the candies are the best; I wouldn’t say the worst. They are just good, and for the price they might are the right price.
In life, one finds these small little shops, gems of a time gone by, specialty shops – the butcher, the bakery and the cheese shop. These gems are awesome, and unfortunately they are few and far between – big supermarkets are fast taking over the real estate, and making it difficult to find. There are many gems in Wellesley, Massachusetts – Wasik’s Cheese Shop.
Wasik’s Cheese Shop is a treat, right on RT135. You can find free parking during the holidays, and during the week you can pay the meter for some shopping time. If you plan to sneak in and out of Wasik’s good luck – put at least 30 minutes on the meter. Friday took 30 minutes in the store – long lines and lots of interest.
While the Cheese Shop is interesting, this blog isn’t about Cheese it’s about Ginger. Wasik’s has great gourmet products from around the World – Cheese, Goose, Cured Meats, Crackers, Chocolates, Candies. You know I can’t resist a delicacy when it has ginger.
Wasik’s shelves had a unique chocolate from jcoco chocolates – on dasher on ginger. It’s a nice dark chocolate with crisp and cruchy candied ginger in dark chocolate. It’s not too sweet – ginger or chocolate, and is nice to consume in small chunks of chocolate. I recommend going to Wasik’s for the experience of a gem, and I recommend the jcoco chocolates.
I am lucky. My luck is of the non-standard variety. People know that I am a Ginger fanatic, and cool Ginger things show up. A cousin of mine shares the Ginger fanaticism, and shared Simply Gum with me.
Simply Gum is so cool, as the website says, “no artificial flavors. no perservatives. no synthetics.” The gum is a fun, soft chew that releases a burst of mild ginger gum. If you are faced with nausea, this gum is for you.
It is… Dedicating a Blog to Ginger. I have such a hard time finding my favorite spice / drink and food when I want. What’s the best Ginger Beer? What are the cool recipes with Ginger? What are the best Ginger candies? What are the most interesting medicinal cures? What are the most interesting places to travel and have ginger?
Ginger (Ginger Root) is a spice found in the South East Asia and African nations. Per Wikipedia, 1.6 million tons were produced in 2008. 1.6 million tones of the beautiful flowering plant and spice were harvested, transported to market, sold, and consumed. I plan on consuming as much of that as possible. It’s delicious and spicy.
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