Sweets After V-Day!
If you need a little something to help you come down from your Valentine’s Day sugar-rush, we have two great ideas for you: Compartes Chocolatier and Heirloom Navel Oranges.
Well, this one won’t really help you come down as much as it will keep you flying, but if you’re still in the mood for chocolate, you’ll fall in love with Compartes Chocolatier. Compartes’ chocolates have been handmade in Los Angeles, California since 1950. These artisanal confections are made with only the freshest ingredients and never include any artificial flavors or preservatives. From single-origin South America cacao to fresh fruits from the Los Angeles Farmers Markets, Compartes sources the best ingredients to create amazingly rich flavors. From their gooey and decadent caramels, to the best praline nuts and uber-sophisticated chocolate bars, Compartes will not disappoint. Their chic packaging further elevates the whole chocolate experience, giving you eye candy to go along with their sophisticated, sensual flavors. Stop in our Ann Arbor or Old Town Chicago stores and have a taste for yourself!
If you’re looking for something sweet, but want to switch to something healthier, you can’t go wrong with this old fashioned flavor-bomb: the heirloom navel. “The heirloom,” as we call it, is the same fruit that got California’s citrus industry booming. It’s the original or “old line” Washington Navel. Over the years, the citrus industry bred the navel orange to produce more fruit, easier, and faster, but without considering flavor. What’s left is a watered down, uninteresting piece of fruit. It’s no surprise, on the other hand, that heirloom oranges maintain their original punch: the word heirloom means something passed down from generation to generation. In this case, it’s the bright flavors. Heirloom navels are grown using certain farming practices in which growers give special attention to the soil, just like they did when navels were first brought from Brazil to America in the 1800s. The secret is to use only the best sour root stock, but this practice isn’t commonly used anymore because the trees don’t produce fruit as heavily or as quickly as the newer root stocks. Doing things the right way is what gives these heirlooms their amazing taste.
Find the Perfect Gift for Your Valentine
The go-to gifts for Valentine’s Day are chocolate, wine, and flowers. But what kind of chocolate? Which wine should you pick up? Flowers? What?! Don’t get caught waiting until the last minute and having to get chocolates from the corner pharmacy! Tell us a bit about your Valentine and we’ll tell you exactly what to pick up on February 14th. Find a Plum Market location near you.
Once you know your Valentine’s style, use our guide below to find the perfect Valentine’s Day package:
Sweet & Sophisticated
Go with the Vosges Volupte Pink Heart Bon Bons, a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rosé Brut Impérial, and a dozen pink roses.
Classy & Refined
Go with the classic See’s Candies Red Heart, a bottle of 2010 Allegrini & Renacer Enamore, and you won’t go wrong with a bouquet of traditional red roses.
Glamorous & Irresistible
Your Valentine will devour the Godiva Chocolatier Gold Ballotin with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Design your own bouquet by selecting an assortment of exotic blooms, picked just for her.
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Behold the Mozart Kugeln
Behold the Mozart Kugeln.
This little confection was first made in Salzburg, Austria in 1890 to commemorate the birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Janurary 27th. It has since won a ton of awards, inspired a slew of imitators, gone to court for the use of its name, and then went back to settle an international dispute between Austria and Germany over both the use of the name and the shape of the chocolate shell. Needless to say, the Mozart Kugeln is no mere candy.
Made with dark chocolate, hazelnut nougat, and both almond and pistachio marzipan, these kugelns are as delectable as they are sophisticated. Reber Confectionary, a family owned Bavarian company that began making chocolates in 1865, has been producing some of the best Mozart-Kugelns of the past century. Their recipes are based on family traditions, meaning they only use the best, freshest ingredients and never use artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
Genuine Reber Mozart-Kugelns are a symphony of flavors in your mouth. Is that too baroque? Genuine Reber Mozart-Kugelns are a concerto of flavors in your mouth! The pistachio marzipan is earthy and slightly bitter, the almond marzipan is sweet with notes of cherry, and the hazelnut nougat is deep, like a strong cup of coffee. The dark chocolate exterior gives the confection a crunch and delicious brightness, holding together all the ingredients and making this treat utterly unique. Like nearly everything Mozart composed, these kugelns are true masterpieces.
As Reber’s motto states, “Alle Zeit Der Welt,” taking a bite of their Mozart-Kugelns is like taking “All the Time in the World” to enjoy their chocolates, to enjoy the escape from the everyday, to enjoy the indulgence and sophistication, and to enjoy yourself. So enjoy, with taste.
Win a Chicago Getaway | Perfect for the Holidays
Tuesday November 05th 2013, 4:47 pm
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Enter in-store at Plum Market Ann Arbor, Bloomfield, or West Bloomfield.
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Vosges Caramel Toffee Chocolate Chunk Brownie Mix
Do you prefer fudgy brownies or cake-like brownies? This Caramel Toffee Brownie Mix seeks to unite the great brownie divide by arriving at the perfect in-between. 62% cacao dark chocolate chunks, just the right amount of French sea salt and all natural ingredients set these brownies apart from the rest. Caramel Toffee is added at the last step in the baking process and melts into the dark chocolate brownie, adding a unique Vosges Haut-Chocolat touch.
Each box yields 16 (2″ square) brownies.
Includes: Recipe, brownie mix with dark chocolate chunks, toffee & sugar
You will need: Eggs, butter & vanilla extract
Okay, so we’ve all heard of SuperFoods, things like berries, nuts, honey and green foods, but did you know you can get the same kind of health benefits from chocolate? Yes, we said it. Chocolate! The newest trend in confections is functional chocolate. It’s about time, but it was well worth the wait. Chocolate with added health benefits is showing up all over the shelves, and we haven’t missed a beat.
Good Cacao is a prime example of how to promote overall health and satisfy your cravings for chocolate. They offer bars with coconut and Omega-3. These are all-natural, gluten free and vegan.
Good Cacao also has a Lemon Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar to support Immune health. It’s high in antioxidants and probiotics. Good Cacao is a product you can feel good about buying, with 97% certified organic ingredients and biodegradable packaging.
Xan Confections (pronounced Zan) offers a special collection of satisfying, all-natural chocolates, called CocoXan. They boast products like CocoHeart and CocoBrain, infused with CoQ10, an antioxidant that helps support healthy brain, heart and digestive functions. Xan even sells chocolate to help satisfy cravings while minimizing PMS systems! Hold your applause please, ladies.
Sacred Chocolate is slowly stone ground below 115 degrees Fahrenheit and hand poured in a small, certified organic, vegan, and carbon balanced factory in California. Why, you ask? Because unroasted cacao (raw chocolate) contains countless health benefits and traditional roasting methods can destroy these “sacred” properties. Sacred Chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and, with flavors like Mint and Coconut & Nibbs, this is one tasty Super Food!
Raw Chocolate by Gnosis is made from ethically sourced Raw Cacao from Bali, Ecuador, Peru, Grenada and Madagascar. These bars are certified organic, vegan, kosher and are free of gluten, soy and dairy. Because Gnosis chocolate is never headed above 118 degrees, all of its valuable nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins are protected. At Gnosis, they believe that chocolate is food, not candy, and it should be enjoyed regularly. No arguments there!
German-based Beauty Sweeties makes Pure White Chocolate Bars with Q10, Aloe Vera and Collagen. With flavors like pomegranate/raspberry, acai, and mango/peach, each bar has a purpose, providing Vitamin E, antioxidants and beta carotene. This beautiful treat is all-natural and good for you, and even claims to provide cellular energy and neutralize free radicals. Imagine eating chocolate and looking and feeling better! Guess you really can have it all…
Win Your Dream Gift Basket
Monday December 03rd 2012, 11:39 pm
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We’re thrilled to announce a local partnership with Lisa Samartino Designs. Lisa creates award-winning, exquisite stationary, and she has been working with Plum Market to launch a new card line. It is now available in all stores (stop by the Floral department) so you can top off that perfect gift with a modern or vintage-inspired card that has been creatively designed by our friend, Lisa Samartino. Check out Lisa’s Pinterest page to see what inspires her design: Lisa Samartino Pinterest
We have a fabulous selection of cards for every occasion. Have fun trying to decide:
From Mindo, Ecuador to Dexter, Michigan
We’d like to introduce you to our newest friends from Mindo Chocolate Makers. It all started in 2008 when Jose (Joe) took a trip to Ecuador with a plan to retire. His entrepreneurial spirit wasn’t prepared to rest, however, and he began roasting coffee and processing cacao on his property. Soon after, the chocolate-making process was imported to Dexter, Michigan with the help of an Ecuadorian farmer growing cacao trees intermixed with other plants promoting midge population (cacao pollinators) which also maintains habitat for birds and other animals.
The chocolate is made with 100% Ecuadorian “flavor” beans (these are often mixed with a lower cost and less flavor bean to make other chocolates) and they are never exposed to contaminants, fertilizers or pesticides. The flavor is pure, smooth, and absolutely decadent. You can find the Mindo Chocolate in our specialty candy department.
Learn more about the chocolate making process.
Quality Without Compromise
See’s Famous Old Time Candies are well known and loved throughout the West where the company was founded in 1921. See’s uses the finest grade raw ingredients from all over the world.
If you live east of the Mississippi, you can go to an airport or to the mall (only during the holidays) to get See’s Candies. But luckily we have a special partnership with See’s Candies, so you can head to your local Plum Market store anytime you please and pick up a box of your favorite chocolate varieties like the California Brittle, Pecan Buds, or Toffee-ettes (pictured above).