Everyday something creative, delicious and/or innovative is imagined and created. Here are a few I’m digging!
MilkMade Ice Creams! Former Charlottesvillian Jacqueline emailed me to ask if I wanted to sample some of the MilkMade flavors. Next thing I know, four pints were singing Christmas carols on my doorstep. MilkMade is a membership club for ice cream enthusiasts and features crazy good flavors like: Pop Tarts Ice Cream, Key Lime Pie, Maple Pancake, Salted Watermelon, Strawberry Shortcake, Spiced Apple Cider Donut, White Russian Chip. The milk is from grass-fed cows, and they use the best natural, sustainable, hand-crafted ingredients around. Right now membership/delivery is only available in NYC, but soon – if the Lickstarter campaign goes well – they will be shipping! You can learn a lot more on their Lickstarter, which ends on Friday!
So what were the flavors they sent me? I am WILD about the O Christmas Tree – pine and cranberry! It tasted like the smell of a pine tree and I totally loved it (no bitterness at all). The Red Velvet was amaaazing – like frozen frosting and cake. The Roasted Chestnuts and Pretzel were both some of the best ice cream I have had. I was so excited about these that I backed with a pledge myself, FYI!
Up next: Stack wines! Have you seen these? When they first came out I saw them in a magazine and almost bought some online until I realized how much I would pay in shipping. So I declined and waited patiently for them to be in stores. Just recently I found some at World Market! They are cute little single-serving wines that come in their own stemless glass. Perfect for picnics! Or for a night when you just one a few sips instead of a few glasses. I liked the Cab! Mazen loves the plastic cup when the wine is all gone.
A friend of a friend here in Charlottesville makes Wünderbars – pretty tins of amazing moisturizer and/or massage medium made from organic ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil and essential oils.
I don’t know about you, but my hands get SO dry in the winter, and so far my Wünderbar is keeping them soft. Astrid sent me the Rosemary and Peppermint flavors and they are both lovely, especially for winter. To use you put a little of the bar in your palm and rub it around to soften – then it goes on smooth. It lasts through hand washing too, which impressed me.
Sun Cups!! If you can’t eat peanut butter, give these a try. The company sent me these four flavors to taste and they were all delish. My favorite was the milk chocolate actually – like a classic sunflower butter “peanut butter” cup! The caramel and mint were both smashing as well though.
And finally, Rachel Hofstetter wrote to me that she is the author of the new book: Cooking Up a Business: Lessons from Food Lovers Who Turned Their Passion into a Career — and How You Can, Too. It profiles top food entrepreneurs and the lessons they learned in launching their business, including the team behind the blog-popular Love Grown Foods, Justin’s Nut Butters, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Vosges Haut Chocolate and Popchips. I’m curious to read it!