Desserts

Notes From the Grocery Buyer’s Desk

Here’s a run down of whats new and notable on our shelves this week!

We start off with plenty of sweets…

Chunky Pig Popcorn – Twice candied Niman Ranch bacon with Vermont maple syrup flavor this popcorn that won’t stick to the back of your teeth!  

Billington’s Demerara Sugar – This is from an old school sugar company from England, who created Wholesome Sweeteners back in 2001, the company that makes our corn syrup. Demerara is a crunchy, golden brown sugar with a sticky texture and rich aroma. The large sugar crystals make for a crunchy topping on desserts and create an eye catching swirl in yogurt or porridge.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is back! In five flavors: Ndali Vanilla, Milkiest Chocolate, Salty Caramel, Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Pistachio & Honey.

Coop’s Microcreamery Salted Caramel- This brand also makes a vegan chocolate sauce, and we’re excited to have both on the shelves. The jars are characterized by their melted wax top that looks like it’s been dipped in the delicious sweet sauce. The chocolate is even scented! The product itself is made by a family company. No GMOs, no gluten, no reason not to indulge to your heart’s content!

Salty Road Salt Water Taffy- These wonderful Brooklyn based candy mavens have introduced two new flavors! Pumpkin Pie Taffy, made with real pumpkin and spices, and Chocolate Chews, deep, dark chocolate and sea salt chewy candy.

Ethereal Confections – Lovely chocolate confections made in Woodstock, Illinois, including a sugar free bar, truffle-like chocolate “meltaways” and chocolate covered pretzels that are gluten free.

Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory– zzang Karamel Krunch and Peanut Crush candy bars- Delicious candy bars with simple ingredients that you can actually pronounce!

Askinosie Chocolate– 60% Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter – made with the crunchy peanut butter from another Greene Grape shelf standby Big Spoon Roasters- we love it when our vendors collaborate!

A little something savory… 

Roberta’s Pizza – New flavor, The Baby Sinclair. This is their next level flavor, dinosour kale, with cheddar, parmigiano and Calabrian chiles.

And one new product that we can’t define! 

Lark Fine Foods Scourtins – This variety from one of our longstanding cookie suppliers is making their grand return after a few years. Their shortbread cookies are studded with oil cured olives. Yes, olives in cookies. Sweet and Salty. They’re really delicious and adult.

Meg ChristmanNotes From the Grocery Buyer’s Desk
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I Got It For My Mama!

We have a number of ways you can treat the moms, mothers and mamas in your life this Sunday!

Send her some love- we’re offering a special Mother’s Day Gift Basket that can be shipped nationwide or picked up right here in our shop!

Make breakfast in bed- create a custom menu with all of her favorite treats, or look around for suggestions at each of our counters.

Decorate a coloring page– our beautiful Mother’s Day coloring pages are available at the registers. Get creative, get expressive and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines!

Pick up some flowers– we will have gorgeous fresh bouquets available from Stem and for those looking for a more lasting gift, take home a paper blossom branch by local artist Bespoke Brooklyn.

We’re wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mom’s we see each day here at the shop!

 

If love is sweet as a flower,

then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” —Stevie Wonder

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Chill Out

Springtime brings a whole batch of fresh ingredients, in the produce section (ramps! fiddleheads!), meat case (house made chicken sausages!), and in our deli (fresh Sfoglini pasta with pesto!). The Spring inspired flavors in the Ice Cream case are probably our favorite, though!

Jeni’s never rests, always re-inventing her luxurious frozen delights. We’re excited to introduce her Apricot Yogurt, Raspberry Yogurt, and a new sandwich, the Orchid Vanilla. Made with Ugandan vanilla bean ice cream and dollop of black currant jam, between two almond macaroons, these are flying faster than you can say “Mothers Day.” We’ll have someone from Jeni’s handing out tastes on May 1st!

Paul from Adirondack Creamery has announced a new version of their coffee flavor, High Peak Perk. With flecks of coffee bean, their pure, locally made ice cream will keep you buzzing with glee.

Lastly, we’re really excited to announce that any day now, we’ll have three new offerings from Phin & Phebes. Their re-worked version of Coconut Key Lime is packed with graham cracker chunks, and for those who like a little salt with their sweet, Peanutty Pretzel and Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel is sure to delight.

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Dairy Queens


In honor of Spring finally here, we’ve got a double whammy of free tastings this Saturday with three amazing ladies.

First, from 11am-1, Jody from Kriemhild Dairy will be bringing their sun-drenched grass fed butter. Bright yellow from the grass’s natural beta carotene, and one of the highest butterfat contents we’ve ever seen (85%!), this butter is absolutely delicious shmeared on any of our local breads or fresh seasonal vegetables.  Come chat with the owner about the nutritional benefits this butter packs, and what it’s like to be a farmer in upstate NY!

After you’ve spent the day foraging around Brooklyn, come back at 3pm and cool off with a taste of Phin and Phebes  ice cream, made right here in our fair boro. Made with milk from the Quality Dairy Farms coop in NY state, these ladies offer some super creative flavors such as Banana Whama and Vietnamese Iced Coffee. And if you check out their site, you’ll discover some of their experimental ice cream float ideas with some of our favorite adult sodas. Yum!

 

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Blue Bottle for dessert?

If you find yourself craving for a little pick me up, you need Steve’s Ice Cream’s new flavor, NOLA Coffee and Donuts. Made with Blue Bottle Coffee, which is blended with chicory as in the New Orleans style, and organic sugar, for a distinct Southern style brew. Steve mixes in crumbled donuts for texture, Old Fashions, we think.

This pint’s probably got enough caffeine to keep the party going after a few pints of say, Brooklyn Chcoolate Stout, the star of BKLYN Blackout, another one of Steve’s creations.  Then visit The Annex for a hot cup of more Blue Bottle in the morning!

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Don’t Scream But….

…This is just a friendly reminder that in between shivering and fantasizing that it’s already spring, you should to stop into Provisions at 2pm this Saturday for a tasting of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. She painstakingly crafts her ice creams in flavors both classic (coffee, pistachio, pecan) and startlingly new (lavender, sweet potato, hot toddy, banana cajeta), but using ingredients like fine Askinosie chocolate and milk from Snowville Creamery.

Jeni’s creams are uniformly flavor-intensive, mostly gluten-free, and perfect with a cup of black coffee, so bring a friend!

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Have Heart….

….In fact, have a lot of it! For the next 10 days we’ll be featuring select items in advance of Valentine’s Day (that’s February 14th, 2013 A.D., fellas) such as this delectable red velvet sandwich cookie, from Brooklyn’s esteemed Butter + Love bakery, featured in New York Magazine’s Shop-O-Matic gift guide!

Check back in the coming days for more tips, and come into Provisions to order a gift basket – one of ours, or a custom-designed one of your own.

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Jeni’s Sweet Treats Truck Scoops Snacks!


We’re excited to announce the Jeni’s Sweet Treats Truck Tour of NYC! For frequent patrons of our frozen section, Jeni’s Ice Cream is a familiar name. Their super-premium ice cream comes in some wild flavors (how does dried cherry goat cheese sound?), and you’ll have a chance to sample these frosty delights right in front of Greene Grape Provisions! On Thursday 9/13/12 between 6-8pm we’ll be hosting the Jeni’s truck where free scoops will be given liberally to the locals. The truck is making a 5-day round of the city, so don’t miss your opportunity to see what they’ve got to offer! For more information, check out this New York Times piece or follow the Jeni’s blog. We all scream for….

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Toast To An Old Friend

 

When was the last time you ran into an old friend you’d not seen for a few years? It can be incredible, like you never missed a day. We’re feeling that way as we re-introduce an old staple in our frozen section – Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream. Some of our long-time customers may recognize the effervescent flavors like White Zinfandel and Raspberry Chardonnay, and anyone looking for a rich mouthful should try the Cherry Merlot and Chocolate Cabernet varieties. Rather than artificial flavors, this ice cream is infused with real wine, thus the resulting pints boast about 5{0886acb4f5be58b49bf4e022446f4168c3918f2aad77c1481cecb92c8f2156f3} alcohol by volume (a nice adults-only late night snack). So the next time you’re entertaining old friends (or new ones for that matter) toast to dessert with this boozy treat!

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Jeni’s Ice Cream Tasting!


Everyone’s favorite gourmet ice cream will be scooping samples here at Greene Grape Provisions! Join us this Friday 6/29 as Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream scoops seasonal flavors of their decadent frozen desserts. If you’ve ever wandered by our frozen case and wondered why Jeni’s pints are so pricey, here’s your chance to taste the Pink Grapefruit Frozen Yogurt, Whiskey & Pecan Ice Cream and other off-the-wall culinary creations. They’ll be here from 2-4pm, so save some room at lunch for a bit of dessert on us!

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