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.
Please Pass the Yacon!
Wednesday January 15th 2014, 10:07 pm
Filed under: Grocery
Peruvian yacon syrup. That’s yacon with a “Y.”
Two months ago, this dark brown syrup similar to molasses was relatively unknown outside of South America. Thanks to a famous television doctor, who we will refer to as “Dr. O” for anonymity’s sake, yacon syrup is now receiving the respect and reverence it justly deserves. This all natural sweetener contains about half the calories of honey and it barely impacts blood glucose levels, making it a great sugar-substitute for diabetics and people looking to cut calories and lose weight.
It all starts in the Andes Mountains in Peru where the yacon plant is grown. Unlike many tubers and rooty plants which store carbohydrates as a starch or glucose, the yacon plant stores carbohydrates as a “Fructo-Oligo-Saccharrides” (FOS) or fructose. The small difference in this plant makes a big difference in the human body: because our digestive systems have no way to break down FOS, it goes through our bodies with minimal caloric and blood sugar level impact. Luckily, the high amount of potassium and moderate levels of calcium and antioxidants yacon also contains do get absorbed. It is also thought that yacon syrup encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon while eliminating bad bacteria, which can lead to dramatic weight loss in some people.
The best news is that you can use yacon syrup in nearly the same way that you’ve been using honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, and plain or raw sugar. Depending on how it’s made, yacon syrup ranges in color and flavor from darker and molasses-like to lighter and caramel-like. The varieties from Essential Living Foods and SunFood, for example, are 100% organic and minimally processed and pasteurized, so they are lighter in color and have a sweeter than other brands. We highly recommend drizzling yacon syrup on your morning oatmeal and using a few drops of it in a homemade yacon salad dressing for dinner.
Be sure to check out the Get Fit Guide in your state to see other great products and recipe ideas that will nourish you, motivate you, and help you perform at your peak level!
Mad Picks: Holiday Wine Selections
With the holidays just around the corner, we wanted to let everyone know about some great wines we’ve got in stock that will make perfect gifts for anyone on your list!
Krug Grand Cuvee ‘Savoir-Faire’
Plum Price $129.97 List Price $200
95 Points Wine Spectator
This Grand Cuvee is a blend of 71 wines from 11 different years, the oldest being from 1988 and the youngest from 2001. The particularity of Krug Grand Cuvee ‘Savoir-Faire’ comes from the high proportion of reserve wines. The result is remarkable and shows the strength of Krug Grand Cuvee, going beyond the notion of vintage to offer the best pleasure experience every year.
“Such a glorious expression of Champagne, combining depth over vintages and complexity of sites to create a profound, multifaceted cuvée. Rich biscuit, ginger, coconut and citrus aromas are followed by gingerbread, baked apple and grilled nut flavors, all supported by a firm yet harmonious structure. Endless finish. Superb.” -Wine Spectator
1995 Ridge Monte Bello
1999 Ridge Monte Bello
Plum Price $179.97 List Price $250
Available for purchase in a wooden box with 3 bottles of each vintage or for individual purchase. First planted in the late 19th century, the Monte Bello property has long been one of the most storied viticultural sites in all of California’s vast wine country, and its signature offering, the Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello, is one of the most highly-regarded wines in the world. Nestled high up in the northern reaches of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and surrounded by these historic vineyards, our Monte Bello Tasting Room offers guests an un-paralleled opportunity to experience our exceptional single-vineyard wines.
2004 Moet & Chandon ‘Dom Perignon’ Brut Champagne
Plum Price $124.97 List Price $160
95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
“Lily-of-the-valley perfume and scents of lightly toasted brioche and almond rise from the glass of Moet’s 2004 Brut Dom Perignon, along with hints of the apricot, pear and grapefruit that then inform a luscious and creamy yet strikingly delicate as well as consummately refreshing palate. Sweet-saline savor of scallop – also already intimated in the nose – lends compulsive saliva-inducement to a ravishingly rarified and persistent finish, joined by alkaline, nutty, liquid-floral, and nori seaweed notes for a performance of head-scratching subtlety and intrigue” -Robert Parkers Wine Advocate
2010 Joseph Phelps “Insignia”, Napa Valley
Plum Price $149.97 List Price $180
95 Points Robert Parker Wine Advocate
“A gorgeously intense bouquet of lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, black currants, blackberries, and subtle smoke and foresty aromas jumps from the glass of this full-bodied, rich, concentrated wine with soft tannins, a multidimensional mouthfeel, and a long, rich finish displaying well-integrated acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood. This beauty is one of the top Insignias produced over recent years.” - Robert Parkers Wine Advocate
2011 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Plum Price $59.97 List Price $100
The wild raspberries, Asian spice, green tea and a mocha nose convey the classic Sonoma Coast Pinot characteristics. Your mouth will explode with flavors of ripe wild berries, cranberries, toasted marshmallow, graham cracker, toffee and white pepper. Rich tannins and acidity balance out the ripe, wild berry flavors with flavors of citrus peel and fresh herbs on the smooth finish.
2006 Roederer “Cristal” Brut Champagne
Plum Price $199.97 List Price $275.00
94 Points Wine Spectator
“Refined in texture and beautifully balanced, this well-meshed version is framed by mouthwatering acidity, enlivened by flavors of yellow apple, pear, black currant, lightly toasted almond, kumquat and zesty ground spice. Drink now through 2023.” -Wine Spectator
NOTE: Prices and availability subject to change. Prices valid in Michigan stores only. Email Evan Barrett to reserve your selections in the Bloomfield store!
Holiday Tips you can Really Use
Let’s be honest, getting ready for Thanksgiving is always a challenge. Certain celebrities try to sugarcoat by suggesting you play fun music while you prep the bird, have a few drinks while you’re cooking, or maybe even start a few days early by chopping up vegetables and setting out silverware. Who has the time for that?!
Plum Market does. It’s why we are here. And while we enjoy listening to good music around the holidays (we recommend a heavy dose of Motown classics) and having a few drinks with friends and family (responsibly, of course), we have a few tips for the holidays that you can actually use.
First, use good ingredients! The better your ingredients, the less you have to do to them. We pride ourselves on our selection of natural and organic foods not only because we believe they are better for you, but also because they need less preparation. When you eat pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, for example, top it with fresh whipped cream made with Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream. Just whip it by hand or in a mixer, adding only a few sprinkles of powdered sugar and a drop of organic vanilla extract, and add a dollop right on top of your pie. 16oz containers are 25% OFF through December 31st, so you can enjoy delicious whipped cream all season long.
How about cranberry sauce? For fans of the canned variety, it doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than Woodstock Organic Whole Cranberry Sauce. 15oz cans are 2 for $7, so you’ll have another for the holidays in December!
Here’s another tip: buy local. The holidays are a time for friends and family, but they also mean a lot of traveling. When people come home, they want to be home, so buy them treats that remind them where they are. For our Michigan guests, we recommend Germack pistachios, which is as local and delicious as it gets. The pistachios are the most iconic treat, but we have other Germack items on sale in our Holiday Guide that everyone will enjoy. For our Illinois guests, indulge your friends and yourself on Lucila’s Homemade Alfajores. Six packs of these delicious confections made in Highland Park are on sale for $15.99, a savings of 20% off our regular price.
One last tip: If you want to host a holiday event, but don’t want the stress of preparing all the food, consider hiring Plum Market Catering to handle your event. Our team will work with you to create a custom menu that will be as delicious as it will be unforgettable. Please take a look at our reheating instructions for catered holiday events. For everyone else, please check our Holiday Guide for more great deals!
Grab the Germack for a Great Holiday
Friday November 22nd 2013, 10:11 pm
Filed under: Grocery
Whether you’re at the bar, celebrating with friends and family, or just loafing around the house, one thing will always hold true: sooner or later you’ll want a salty snack. And when that craving hits, The Germack Pistachio Company has exactly what you need. This Detroit-based company has been roasting pistachios and other nuts since 1924, making them the oldest roaster of pistachios in the United States. Germack continues to thrive because they only use the highest quality ingredients, they roast everything in small batches, and they consistently put out the freshest products on the market.
Germack has come a long way since 1924–they now make dried fruits and coffee, too–but they still use the same iconic paper-bag packaging and logo. “Paper bag?” you ask. “Yes!” we say. Similar to a sack of flour, the legendary Germack bag allows them to package up to three pounds of nuts at a time, which comes in handy around the holidays because these tasty snacks tend to go quickly!
If you have not had the pleasure of enjoying Germack products, please let us invite you the party. 3lb bags of Germack Mixed Nuts are currently on sale for $35.99/ea (20% off the regular price); 2.5lb bags of Pistachios are on sale for $19.99/ea (30% off the regular price); Assorted Nut Party Trays are on sale for $14.99 (25% off and a great way to try everything!); and 11-13oz bags of Germack Mixed Nuts, Cashews and Pistachios are on sale for $7.99/ea (saving you over 35%). These products can be seen on Page 8 of our Holiday Guide, just be sure to select the right guide for your state. Sale prices are good through December 31, 2013.
We also want to recommend Germack’s Motown Mix. A delicious blend of nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips, The Motown Mix is a definite crowd pleaser! Part of the proceeds from this product will also go to charity. Be sure to watch the new television ad for the Motown Mix online, too.
For our guests with nut allergies, please take a look through our Holiday Guide for your state. We have tons of other great foods, beverages and gift ideas on sale for you to enjoy.
Deep and Delicious Brown Rice Vinegar
Wednesday November 06th 2013, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Grocery
Please allow us to introduce you to our new favorite organic grocery product: Eden Foods Organic Brown Rice Vinegar.
This vinegar is unlike anything we have ever had before. It is sweet and sharp, tangy and complex, crisp and bright. It works perfectly as a finishing touch on all of our favorite Asian foods to give them added zip and depth—everything from plain rice to beef and veggie stir fries. We also use it in place of balsamic vinegar for a lighter, less sugary variation of oil and vinegar, or in this quick vinaigrette recipe:
In a medium bowl, combine 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, a drizzle of honey, 3 Tablespoons brown rice vinegar, and one-third to one-half Cup of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, plus a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like it spicy. Whisk ingredients until combined, then pour it over your salad just before eating.
Brown rice vinegar is believed to promote healthy liver function, aid in colon health, and improve blood sugar control for diabetics. It’s also less acidic than other vinegars and made using a centuries-old natural process. We’re confident that once you try this product from our international foods aisle, you’ll add it to your list of everyday grocery staples. And did we mention it’s organic? That’s right, this vinegar will definitely help you Live Well, with Taste.
Win a Chicago Getaway | Perfect for the Holidays
Tuesday November 05th 2013, 4:47 pm
Filed under: Apothecary
,Artisan Cheese & Deli
,Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits
,Meat & Seafood
Enter in-store at Plum Market Ann Arbor, Bloomfield, or West Bloomfield.
Official Contest Rules
Monday October 28th 2013, 6:31 pm
Filed under: Grocery
Did you know…
Chia Pods contain one full serving of sun ripened Chia seeds, mixed with coconut milk, and real fruit. Each Chia Pod provides 100% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3 and 25% of your fiber. The lid, cup and spoon are all recyclable and are made from 30% recycled content. Plum Market carries all four Chia Pod flavors, Blueberry, Mango, Vanilla Bean and Banana.
What’s on Tap
Now on Tap in the WineBar at Plum Market Old Town:
Imperial Red – Beer Camp #65, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Chico, California 8.1% ABV
10oz – 4 16oz – 6
This imperial red ale takes the intense hop profile found in traditional double ipa and turns up the malt. It has big aromatic hop notes of grapefruit, peach, and melon–balanced by a smooth and surprisingly robust malt body.
Dragon’s Milk, New Holland Brewing
Holland, MI 10.0%
10oz – 4 16oz – 6
A stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.
Patrick Bottex “La Cueille” Bugey-Cerdon Rosé, Savoie (France)
9 glass 4.5 half glass 21.99 btl
Gorgeous sparkling rosé with a touch of sweetness. Made by the oldest method of sparkling winemaking, Méthode Ancestrale; wine is bottled before the sole fermentation is complete. 90% Gamay, 10% Poulsard
Mauro Molino Barolo 2009, Piedmont (Italy)
12 glass 6 half glass 34.97 btl
Madeline’s Unreal Deal- A Piedmontese Stunner! The nose will put a smile on your face, with both ripe and dried berries and a waft of violets. Welcoming and generous, yet an intriguing Nebbilolo.
Wednesday October 09th 2013, 2:01 pm
Filed under: Apothecary
The change of seasons can be challenging on our immune systems as the Midwest summer-to-fall transition can feel as though it happens overnight. One way to keep your immune health going strong is with Gaia Herb’s Black Elderberry Syrup. These berries have been recognized for centuries for their immune supportive properties. The certified organic syrup includes natural vitamin c from Acerola cherries and provides the equivalent of 14,500 fresh elderberries AND it tastes good! You can find the traceability of these Black Elderberries including their cultivation, harvesting, extraction and validation at the Gaia Herbs website. Now that’s a “berry” serious product!
Save 25% on any of Gaia’s Elderberry products starting October 7, 2013 – December 1, 2013.