New seasons, new reasons to satiate your sweet tooth
Do you smell those flowers blooming? Hear those birds chirping? Taste that sugar? A new season can bring back old memories, like that awkwardly beautiful time you had your first kiss...with a pair of wax lips. You already know about our favorite Brooklyn chocolate bars, but we know that the only real way to herald in springtime is through bags of candy, candy, and more candy.
A wise man once told us: if you plant a chocolate covered sunflower seed, you'll see a pastel garden sprout before your very eyes. These oblong-Easter-eggs pack a soft crunch, with that sunny aftertaste you knew and loved if you ever played Little League (speaking of which: Big League Chew anyone? We got that too). To prep you for baseball season, try pitching a few chocolate baseballs in your mouth, and see how your ball game improves (warning: not guaranteed to improve your batting avg.).
Similarly, our Draft Beer-flavored Jelly Belly beans are the right mix of crunchy and soft, and a flavor the company's been working on for years up until recently. Lap up a little hoppy goodness without worrying about a designated driver. If you want a harder crunch, try a bag of our cotton-candy flavored rock candy! They're iridescent, and irresistible. These blue sticks will bring you back to your first time at the county fair, when you saw your favorite pig win the blue ribbon (you know that we root for those Iberian porkers).
Fruit By The Foot be damned: our Joray Fruit Rolls will bring you back to your favorite kindergarten snack with half the guilt. Those were ticking cavity bombs, whereas ours are far less likely to stick to your teeth, due to the apricots they use to soften the roll's texture. All of those fresh and sunny fruit flavors are back: grape, watermelon, and orange, with just enough of a classic tartness to refresh your memory.
Last but not least, we have fancier caramel pretzels, white chocolate cashews, and the aforementioned mint-chocolate espresso beans. Personally, I can't get enough of those robin-egg lookalike beans, with their springtime appearance belying their smoky, minty finish and chocolate-y crunch. But those caramel pretzels are close competition, as they have the perfect balance of sweet, savory and salty. And frankly, what's not to like about white chocolate covered cashews? An already buttery nut, made even butterier and sweeter.
This sweet seasonal harvest is only available in store, and we'll be happy to recommend some beer and cheese pairings to go along with them!
Pasteurized Water Buffalo Milk, Washed Rind
This cheese starts out at the Gritti family farm in Bergamo, Italy, and is carefully washed right here in Brooklyn’s Crown Finish Caves. Woody, funky tones overlap milky, nutty flavors, and you can detect a floral sweetness in the mix. Brooklyn/Italy $32.00 (per pound)
Westbrook Siberian Black Magic Panther
Well that's a bold name. And this cat's got a HUGE flavor. Charred, malty tones dance with hoppy, fruity notes in this loud stout.
U.S.A. $14.00 (each)
Blue de Chevre Cendre Pasteurized Goat Milk, Blue
This is as creamy and mild as blue gets while still retaining its character. The goat milk adds a refreshingly tart finish to this unique cheese. France $30.00 (per pound)
Wading through a sea of new food start-ups, it can be hard to find a truly high-quality, affordable, and unpretentious dining establishment. We started slinging cheese in Cobble Hill over a decade ago to bridge the gap between gourmet and comfortable, so we try to take time to recognize others in the area with a similar vision. Josh Foster and chef Josh Grinkler founded Stone Park Cafe two years before we opened, and helped us pave the way to make Brooklyn the culinary hot spot that it now is.
Placing an emphasis on seasonal ingredients is laudable, yet often with its own set of challenges. That's why we're in awe of Stone Park's ability to switch up separate, full-fledged brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on the regular, along with maintaining a full wine bar and event space. Taking the nebulous concept of New American cuisine and honing it down into a singular vision, they manage to beef up options like their Stone Park Burger with Cabot Cheddar and Point Reyes Blue. The way they vary their approach towards a single vegetable, like Brussels sprouts, is staggering, as you can either have it as a salad with Pecorino Toscano and a grain mustard vinaigrette, or roasted with pancetta, among many other options.
Of course, how could we not highlight their cheese plate? Last week, manager Robert Voris worked with us to curate an inspired goat cheese plate: the sweet gouda goodness of Midnight Moon, the cakey, lemony Leonora, and the robust, ash-ripened rounds of Delice Des Deux-Sevres Poitou. Each week, he works hard with his team to ensure that his choices live up to the seasonal nature of Stone Park's menu, and we're honored to help them with their mission.
Order From Us on Amazon Fresh Can't make it to the store? In addition to ordering direct from our website, you can also order our cheese and meat from Amazon Fresh. There's free delivery on orders over $50 and if you place your order by 10 a.m., you can have it for dinner that night!