I’M LOV I NG …
Well, yes, there is sugar in this tomato sauce – 18.5 per cent in fact – but none of it is the refined stuff. Simon Gault’s ketchup is sweetened with natural sugars found in vegetables, but I don’t expect any kids (or adults) will complain because it tastes really good. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to tell it apart from the regular red stuff that contains around 25 per cent sugar. $7.50 per 475g bottle from souschef.co.nz.
Artisan honey makers J. Friend and Co have combined the best of both worlds in their beautiful Chunky Honey – raw, chewy honeycomb pieces suspended in runny beechwood honeydew honey. Try it with slices of tart green apple and a wedge of salty sharp cheddar. $12.95 per 160g jar from jfriend.co.nz.
Thin sheets of organic dark, single origin chocolate studded with yummies like ginger and salted caramel brittle, or marshmallow, toasted coconut and raspberries. The Remarkable Chocolate Co makes these two flavours plus two others. $9 per 135g pack from gourmet stores and remarkablechocolate.com.
BLISS BALL MIXES
Just add coconut oil and rice malt syrup to these mixes, then roll into balls to make little mouthfuls of sweet goodness, sans refined sugar, dairy and gluten. There are six flavours including Espresso, Chocolate Raspberry and (my favourite) Salted Caramel. $15 a pack (makes about 15 balls) from cleanmixes.co.
The umami flavour of Mitey-Cheese Kettle Korn, created by top chef Michael Meredith for this local popcorn producer, makes it hard not to scoff by the bagful. Apparently he was inspired by that classic gourmet dish, cheese and Marmite on toast. $3.50 per 110g bag at supermarkets (and every bag sold benefits the wonderful Eat My Lunch charity for hungry Kiwi kids).
REAL SOUR CREAM
Lewis Road Creamery sour cream is made the way it’s meant to be, with just creamy milk and a lactic culture (no gelatine, thickeners or emulsifiers) – similar to how good yoghurt is made. The natural fermentation creates a lovely fresh tang and silken texture. $4 per 200g pottle at selected supermarkets.