Dec 31 2010

top 5 foodie finds of 2010

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Hands down the best ice cream I have tasted. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams are hand-made every step of the way—they call it cow to cone. I love that Jeni thinks of her ice cream as a blank canvas before experimenting with flavor combinations because I truly believe she is an epicurean artist.



Read my full review of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream here.



s.a.l.t. sisters

Charmane Skillen began selling gourmet sea and mineral salts at area farmers markets in Shipshewana Indiana after learning about the incredible health benefits and unbeatable taste of unrefined sea salts. S.A.L.T. not only described her product, it was a symbol of her motivation – her four beautiful daughters, Sydney, Alexis, Lauren and Taylor.



Nutmeric Ultra

Turmeric + Almonds = Nutmeric Spreads

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and has been used historically to treat a wide variety of health ailments. It may have many favorable properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, heart healthy and much more.

Read tasting review for Nutmeric Ultra.



Sechuan Button

This little yellow flower R.O.C.K.S. When experiencing a sechuan button, it’s not just a flavor, it’s a physical sensations that happens in your mouth. It will actually change in taste from sweet, to sour, to spicy, to clean and refreshing. This tiny flower will have you asking: “Did I just lick Willy Wonka’s Wall? Because my tongue is, definitely, on a sleigh ride”!

Click here to read full review of the Sechuan Button.





Pure Inventions

a Revelation in Hydration

Pure Inventions is a revolutionary line of liquid extracts dedicated to promoting beauty and wellness from within. Developed by nutritionists, this unique line of liquid extracts turns ordinary water into something more – all without calories, artificial sweeteners, caffeine or preservatives.

Click here to read my full review of their calming elixir ~ Tranquility.


Dec 28 2010

sechuan button


We were asked to talk about a little, edible flower bud, that we sell, called the Sechuan Button; and to describe what it is like to eat one.

Our candied Sechuan Button will impart a physical sensation through-out your mouth. We are dubbing it “Nature’s Pop-Rocks”, after the popular 1970’s candy craze, because it sorta feels like that, but the sensation lasts a whole lot longer…10 minutes longer! It feels like you are holding a mouthful of champagne, only way more intense! Then along with the physical sensations, this candied flower will actually change in taste from sweet, to sour, to spicy, to clean and refreshing. This tiny flower will have you asking yourself: “Did I just lick Willy Wonka’s Wall? Because my tongue is, definitely, on a sleigh ride”!

This candied, crystallized flower can be paired with wine, chocolate, or spicy food. It will float effortlessly on top of any beverage and adds a special zing to sorbets and pastries. We promote the Sechuan Button as a palate cleansing flower.

The Sechuan Button was introduced to the United States several years ago and is native to South America. It is cultivated in Asia, as well as India, and now in the United States. The Sechuan Button gets its curious tingling and numbing sensation from the plants active agent spilanthol, a taste-active alkylamide. The Spilanthes aids in saliva stimulation and has anti-bacterial properties making it perfect as a palate cleanser!

Our company, the Crystallized Flower Company, actually turns naturally grown flowers (yes, from dirt) into candy. These flowers are then used on wedding cakes, pastries, chocolates or any creative food presentation desiring distinction. Our company offers the largest selection of Crystallized Flowers in the world. Our company’s goal is to make eating flowers vogue again!