Just like everyone else, I have my favourite holiday foods:
- Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce
- Mashed potatoes and gravy
- "Nibble Bait" (a kind of party mix my mom and little sister make each year)
- My mother-in-law’s gingerbread cookies
- Egg nog with nutmeg
But, you know, I’m adventurous and willing to try new things. So this year, when President’s Choice asked me if I’d like a selection of their new products for Holiday 2008, I willingly (and gratefully) accepted. I was so excited when the package arrived – almost as much for the PC "green" bag that it came in as for the contents of the bag!
The "green" bag was full of an amazing array of holiday goodies, and we’ve managed to sample nearly every one of them so far:
The Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix
Okay. It’s made with real chocolate shavings, and 65% rich dark chocolate and definitely lives up to its moniker! Only drawback? This ain’t your boil the kettle, stir in the chocolate hot chocolate. No, you have to brew this stuff in a saucepan on the stove with milk. But the result? Well, what else can be said? Decadent.
President’s Choice Lingonberry Sauce
Put up your hand if you’ve had lingonberry sauce anywhere other than the IKEA cafeteria. I thought not. So of course, the first thing I thought of when I saw the jar of lingonberry sauce was: Swedish meatballs. But the serving suggestion is as follows: Excellent as a topping for pancakes, crêpes, waffles, yogurt and
ice cream or as an accompaniment to meats and poultry. I tried some on pancakes and crackers (delicious) and we plan to try some on our turkey on the 25th.
Okay, okay, I did go out and buy a box of PC Swedish meatballs and kicked it old school, too. Also delicious.
President’s Choice Dark Chocolate Candy Cane Bark
Now I make a similar candy cane bark every year to ship off to
far-flung family and friends, so I was skeptical that a commercial
product could live up. But I gotta give the prez credit: this stuff is good!
President’s Choice Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels with Sea Salts
Ahhh, but the all-time favourite on the list this year has got to be the Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels with Sea Salts. They aren’t branded "The Decadent" but they truly are. The soft caramel on its own would be a treat, but covered with wonderful dark chocolate they are transformed. And just to please both sides of the palate (and the salty/sweet debate), they’re sprinkled with PC Memories of Sicilia Sea Salts. Yummm…If it weren’t for that pesky Jiminy Cricket warning me off after two caramels, I might have finished off the box. They’re just that good. Only drawback? 50% of the children we tested these on didn’t like the salt. Then again, that might just be considered a really strong benefit – if half the kids aren’t eating them, there’s that much more for the grownups.
And then there’s one thing that I picked up on my own at the grocery store. It didn’t come in Santa’s big "green" bag, but it looked so good I just couldn’t resist. And I’m glad I didn’t.
President’s Choice Candy Cane Egg Nog
The folks at the PC food labs sure do know how to do marvelous things with candy canes…the candy cane bark, PC Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge Crackle Ice Cream and now Candy Cane Egg Nog. I will admit, I bought it on a whim – I mean really…egg nog and candy canes? Together?? But it is, actually, a perfect combination. If it’s possible to make egg nog taste more like Christmas, this is how to do it.
There was a lot more in the goodie bag, including a bottle of PC Célébration Sparkling De-alcoholized Wine (blanc), which my Dad and I each drank two glasses of (he’s a tee-totaller, I was the designated driver – a job that’s hard to back out of when the other two people in the car are eight and five).
We liked it. It tasted, actually and surprisingly, like champagne. A bit more fruity, maybe, and without the giggles (although it had enough bubbles to blow the cork off the bottle while my sister was still untwisting the wire!) But certainly a respectable alternative to the Dom Perignon if (for whatever reason) you don’t drink the hard stuff.
Oh yummmmm! Dark chocolate? Sea Salt? I’m in!
We tried the PC Pralined Pecans – OMG!!!! They are delicious!
I love PC stuff! (And the Joe clothing line is swesome too)
Thanks very much for your article about PC Products. How are their teas?
I have bookmarked this page for any future posts you might add about this topic again.
I’m all for the PC products. I’m a sucker for Galen Weston.
And I had no idea they had lingonberry! Must go get some!! And here I was thinking I was going to have to wait until my next trip to IKEA…
Thanks for the reviews!
I love to read reviews of PC products because I always find myself looking at them in the store but passing them up for big name brands. So now I have a good reason to stock up on their chocolate treats!! LOL
Merry christmas and all the best in the new year.
All I can say is “why oh why can’t I get PC stuff here?!?” You’re right Kath those people over at PC are so clever!!
Have a wonderful Christmas & give hugs to everyone there for us.
Kath: Wow! Free PC stuff – I’m totally jealous. I picked up some of the Hot Chocolate Mix and the Candy Cane Egg Nog for our Christmas feast and now I’m really looking forward to trying them out. Have an awesome Christmas, and enjoy your turkey dinner!