Rollout: Best Products of December 2007

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Keebler Dipping Delights contain zero grams trans fat and come in two varieties -- Chocolate with Vanilla crème and Graham with Cheesecake creme. They come in six creative designs with dunking directions baked right onto the cookie.

"Sandwich cookie eaters love to dip and dunk," says Susan Kwolkoski, brand manager, Kellogg Co. "Dipping Delights offer elfin' rich, delicious taste and the opportunity for a magical experience."

Suggested retail price is $2.99.


A bit of bubbly

Australian sparkling red wines have an international reputation for excellence, but red bubbly from Down Under remains relatively unknown in the U.S. A unique wine choice for the holidays is Princess Royal Sparkling Shiraz from Burra Creek Wines, which is  located on the Princess Royal Station at the edge of the Australian Outback.

Created from 100 percent Clare Valley Shiraz grapes in the methode champenoise tradition, the wine has a pure fruit character with small, elegant bubbles that create a creamy texture on the palate. Best served cold, Princess Royal is a drier wine with fresh red cherry and berry fruits, hints of chocolate and spicy pepper on the nose, subtle yeast, silky tannins and a creamy mousse, a perfect accompaniment to turkey.

You can locate a retailer in your vicinity from Chicago-based JDI Imports, 773-276-7752 or 773-909 0676.
Suggested retail price ranges from $21 to $25.


Yöghund, for a better dog's life...


In response to a growing demand by discerning dog lovers for a healthy treat for their family pets, The Barking Dog Ltd., Exeter, N.H., introduces Yöghund organic frozen yogurt for dogs.

Jointly developed by pet care professionals with more than 25 years experience and a frozen yogurt professional, the treat is made only with organic yogurt (with all the benefits of live cultures), banana, peanuts and spring water. The ingredients are blended and frozen to create the treat. There are no additives, chemicals or fillers, and the environmentally friendly paper packaging is biodegradable and minimizes the risks of accidental ingestion by your pet.

Suggested retail price is $6 for a pack of four, plus shipping at www.


Baking is believing

Terre Haute, Ind.-based Clabber Girl Corp. changes the future of baking with Clabber Girl Sugar Replacer for Baking, which optimizes appearance, taste, texture and calorie reduction.

Clabber Girl partnered with Cargill to create this innovation in sugar-free baking, which contains Cargill’s SweetDesign sugar replacer. Unlike other sugar replacers on the market, Clabber Girl Sugar Replacer for Baking allows home bakers to make sugar-free baked goods that bake up with the same great taste and texture as they would have if they were made with actual sugar. Per serving, it has 70 percent fewer calories than sugar and you don’t have to change your recipes; it measures equally, cup-for-cup.
“People have said to us - wow - this is not just another sugar replacer, it really, truly works,” says Eric Gloe, vice president of sales and marketing. “Years of research and testing went into the creation of Clabber Girl Sugar Replacer for Baking,” adds Gloe. “For a long time, consumers wanting to eliminate sugar or reduce calories in their favorite baked goods have sought a product that can effectively deliver the functional and taste benefits of sugar. No other product can deliver what this one does – let people have their sugar-free cake and enjoy eating it, too.”

Suggested retail price is $7.99 - $8.49.


Side dishes for the holidays

Unilever, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., rolls out five limited edition flavors to its Country Crock Deluxe Side Dishes line, perfect accoutrements to your holiday menu.

Ready in five minutes, these hassle-free, fully prepared, chilled sides are available in four varieties: Cinnamon Apples, apples in a golden cinnamon sauce; Corn Medley, yellow and white corn in butter sauce; Cornbread Stuffing, Homestyle Stuffing and Mashed Sweet Potatoes, seasoned with cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg.
Packaged in 22-24-oz. tubs, suggested retail price is $4.69.



Bite-sized specialty cheese

Boursin, Stamford, Conn., introduces Toppers, a unique variation of spiced French Gournay cheese first in the New York tri-state area and New England markets, followed by other regions.

Attractively packaged in colorful mini-canisters, and resealable for freshness, convenient bite-size pieces of this creamy cheese are available in Garlic & Fine Herbs and Zesty Green & Black Olives. Also available is a limited-edition holiday variety – Apple, Cranberry & Cinnamon.

Suggested retail price is $5.99 - $6.99.


Chocolates enhance tea experience

Approximately 127 million Americans already count tea as their favorite beverage and tea industry sales have quadrupled over the past three years, from $1.6 billion in sales in 2003 to $6.5 billion in 2006, with continued rapid growth projected in the near future, according to the New York City-based Tea Association of the U.S.A.
San Francisco-based San Francisco Chocolate Factory is adding an extra drop of pleasure to tea drinking with the launch of Tea Lover's Chocolates, an exclusive line of sophisticated, premium chocolates crafted to complement one's own perfect cup of tea.

Shaped into bite-sized drops, a perfect nibble between sips, they are available in three varieties: 31% white chocolate for delicate green teas, 38% milk chocolate for chai teas (typically consisting of black tea combined with a blend of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, vanilla, and nutmeg); and 55% dark chocolate for robust black teas.

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