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
A few years ago, I ran across Kind bars. The Kind bars are a combination of trail mix and binder combination. I occasionally purchase new combinations that should good. If they peak my interest, I try it out.
Yesterday, I was walking down the aisle in our local store, and I found the Kind Bar – Cashew and Ginger. I purchased one, and went home to try it out. I unwrapped and took a bite. The bite was delicious, the bite was ginger-ry, and had a good chew. I highly recommend the Kind Bar.
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.
Like so many hobbyists, I have taken my hobby/passion from consumption to production. I did my research, I found many recipes and a wide range of time needed to create an amazing drink. I decided to select the simplest.
Simple is good. I picked the following approach – Simple Syrup, Ginger and Canadian Seltzer Water. I purchased the ingredients, and cheated a bit with one of them. Gourmet Garden has a prepared diced/ground Fresh Ginger, and the ginger has a consistency between liquid and paste. The ginger was peeled and prepared – how easy could it be.
To start, I measured one cup of water and one cup of sugar into a sauce pan (equal parts of a simple syrup which I found on AllRecipes). Into the sauce pan squeezed out all the Ginger in the tube. I turned the heat to medium, and prepared to wait for it to boil and dissolve the sugar. I also realized I need to dissolve the sugar, and whisked the sugar and ginger in the syrup regularly.
Looks interesting …. Don’t loose track of it like I did. It boiled over in 15 minutes, and created a small mess. I cleaned that up quickly.
I poured the mix into the a bowl to cool, and I waited until today to sample. I poured an ounce of the mix into a large glass, and poured in a seltzer water to top it off.
The Ginger Beer was delicious, yet slightly harsh, it needed to be cooked a bit more to limit the harshness of raw ginger . I was so close. I am excited to do experiment #2.
Walking through Wegmans in Northborough, my eye caught a view of a ginger beer. My first instincts were to buy the ginger beer, my second was to walk buy, and my final instincts ended with the ginger beer in my basket. I knew when I got home, I’d have some new ginger beer to sample.
The ginger beer was from Saranac Ginger Beer. I grabbed a bottle and poured a nice drink of ginger beer. Unfortunately, the ginger beer has high fructose corn syrup. I prefer to see cane sugar used, it does effect the flavor. I wouldn’t put it on the top of my list of ginger beers – it’s an average ginger beer.
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.
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.
Saturday found me again at the Natick Farmer’s Market. The Market has moved inside and is shockingly well attended even with the venue changed from the common. It’s moved across the way to the Common Street Community Church.
One vendor is particularly good – Simpson Spring Beverages. Simpson Spring is “the oldest independent bottling plant in the United States, providing pure spring water and old-fashioned, hand-mixed soda in a variety of favors, classic and new”. They vend soda from one of the tables in the market. I’ve purchased it many times, and today I am breaking out the Ginger Ale.
The soda is delicious. It’s slightly dry, not too sweet, and tastes great. It’s a 10 out of 10. The other sodas are worth it.
I enjoy ginger – ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger brew. I tend to accumulate random bottles and things to try. My secret backlog had Trader Joes Triple Ginger Brew and Fever Tree Ginger Ale. Does anyone else think “head-to-head taste-off”? I certainly didn’t… who wants to mix awesome flavors. I want to drink every incredible drop and taste every incredible ginger note.
I had chilled the Trader Joes Triple Ginger Brew for an hour. I popped the top and poured it into the glass. I took a sip, and I didn’t take another. A simple reason caused me to reject the Brew – Honey, Lime from Concentrate. They overpowers the Ginger. It killed the Flavor. I do not recommend it to drink straight, if you use it as part of a mix, it might be OK.
With the taste of the Brew in my mouth, I needed to wash away the flavor profile. I opened the Fever Tree Ginger Ale – Delicious. It’s a subtle ginger ale, and is nice to sip. Can you guess which ginger drink won? As you can see below, Fever Tree won my taste palette and saved the day.