Grocery Great: Holiday Preview

It may only be August but in the magazine world, we are already hopped up on the holidays! Two brands of tasty products recently crossed our desks that are sure to get you in the mood for pumpkin and peppermint.

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For a way to indulge in chocolate without feeling too terribly guilty about it, barkTHINS snacking chocolate is–as you may have guessed by the name–thin pieces of chocolate bark that come in a variety of amazing flavors. Great for summer, the Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut and Almonds and the Dark Chocolate Blueberry Quinoa with Agave just made their debut this month. They feature natural, better-for-you ingredients (each piece is jam-packed with fruit and nuts) and just a small bark can satisfy a sweet tooth before heading for a candy bar. This holiday season, barkTHINS launches Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel. The fall variety offers a yummy crunch (and, again, doesn’t skimp on the quality ingredients) and is a good alternative to digging into the kiddo’s bag of Halloween candy. The peppermint-pretzel barkTHINS gives customers a welcome sweet and salty flavor combo that everyone loves so much. Put out a platter of pieces at your holiday party or stuff a bag in a stocking. Available at Whole Foods Market and Costco. www.barkthins.com.

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Capital Corn & Confections dishes up a plethora of flavors of gourmet all-natural popcorn (more than 12, actually): Cookies & Cream, Cinnamon Bun (pictured), Red Velvet, Garlic Basil, Salt & Vinegar, Dark Chocolate Truffle and Sour Cream & Chives, to name a few. What’s more, this holiday season two new seasonal flavors are returning. Though yummy, Pumpkin Pie has more of a kettle corn taste rather than that of the traditional Thanksgiving dessert. A more spiced flavor might make it more holiday-y. Peppermint Bark is sweet and crunchy, with little specks of candy cane and velvety chocolate coating the kernels. Plus, the slight saltiness of the popcorn prevents this flavor from being overly sweet. This is sure to be a huge hit with the kiddos. Three sizes are available for order. www.trentonpopcorn.com.

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