Rollout: Best Products of December 2007

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"Today's tea lover has a discerning palate,” says founder Mike Litton. “While our customized chocolates have had a great reception with coffee lovers and wine lovers, tea drinkers deserve equally palate-pleasing chocolate experiences. These chocolates have been specially designed to pair with popular tea varieties, offering a point of discovery for tea aficionados and new tea drinkers alike.”

Suggested retail price for a 3.5 oz tin is $4.99, or three tin gift sets for $15.99.


A spicy twist to old classics

Portland, Ore.-based Oregon Chai’s seasonal concentrates, Oregon Chai Cider and Oregon Chai Nog, take both of these traditional favorites to a whole new level, and both varieties are made with certified USDA organic ingredients.
Oregon Chai Cider features light, crisp apple cider blended with black tea, honey, and chai spices. To enjoy this cozy treat, mix the concentrate with equal parts water, and heat. To spice things up even more, add a dash of caramel syrup and top with whipped cream, or include a festive cinnamon stick.
Oregon Chai Nog is an egg-free alternative to traditional nog. The concentrate is blended with black tea, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves and other seasonal spices. Just mix equal parts concentrate and milk or a milk substitute, and serve the drink hot like a latte, or frosty cold over ice. For an adult version of the beverage, mix in your favorite holiday spirits.
Suggested retail price for a 32-oz. box is $5.99.



Stuff your menu with new possibilities

The ingredients you turn to for moist and delicious stuffing during the holiday season can also be the source of culinary inspiration throughout the year thanks to San Antonio, Texas-based Mars Foodservices. With exciting recipes and special mix-in ideas for Uncle Ben’s Brand stuffing mixes, you can take the ultimate holiday comfort food to unusual and elegant new places year-round.

Varieties include Uncle Ben’s Traditional White Bread Stuffing Mix and Uncle Ben’s Classic Cornbread Stuffing Mix.

For more information, call 1-800-432-2331, or visit


A rare tribute

For the very special person on your holiday list, a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V from London-based Diageo is a rare tribute.

Produced in Scotland, this ultra-deluxe blended whisky celebrates the first Royal Warrant granted to John Walker & Sons to supply Scotch whisky to the British Royal Household in 1934. Only whisky from distilleries operating during the reign of King George V have been used to create this blend – some from stocks dating back to the early 20th century and many from distilleries which no longer exist.

“The blend is so rare it is only available on special allocation,” says Jonathan Driver, brand ambassador.

Suggested retail price is $500.

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