Posts Tagged ‘rustic bakery’

Product Description:

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We can’t get enough of these shortbread cookies from Rustic Bakery. Buttery and just the right amount of sweet, they’re outfitted with the best ingredients like Tahitian vanilla beans and Callebaut chocolate chips. We love them in the morning, dunked in our coffee, at night with a little ice cream or just on their own in the afternoon as a little snack.

Learn more about Rustic Bakery on their website.

Tea Suggestion:

I can think of no better pairing than shortbread cookies and tea, so really, any tea that you choose will go fabulously with these cookies.  I chose to eat my cookies with this Pure Bud Black Tea from Mandala Tea.  The rich, robust flavor of the tea went together very well with the buttery rich shortbread.

What I Think:

In this month’s Ski Lodge Cafe Tasting Box from Foodzie, I received not one but two different shortbread cookies from Rustic Bakery:  a vanilla cookie and a chocolate chip cookie.  I adore shortbread, so, I was very excited to try these.

But before I talk much about the cookies, I want to say how happy I was when I opened the box to see that these two cookies were placed in bubble wrap so that they did not arrive crushed.  As I have previously received cookies in my box that had been crushed, I was very glad that Foodzie is now taking precautions.  I like that Foodzie listens to their customers!

The chocolate chip cookie is LOADED with itty bitty Callebaut chocolate chips.  It is nearly impossible to bite into this cookie without biting into a chocolate chip … unless you’re taking mouse-sized nibbles.  I love how many chocolate chips are in this cookie, all too often when biting into a chocolate chip cookie it ends up being more cookie than chocolate chip, but that is NOT the case with these!

The cookie itself is rich, buttery and has that flaky characteristic that I love about shortbread.  You know what I mean, don’t you?  That flaky, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of shortbread?  And it’s so buttery that I can actually taste the butter!

And as much as I love chocolate and adored the chocolate chip shortbread, I think my favorite of the two shortbread treats was the vanilla.  It tasted so rich and decadent, and I could really taste a creamy note from the vanilla.  So amazingly good!

My Final Thoughts:

OK, so maybe I’m a sucker when it comes to shortbread because I love it so much, but that’s all the more reason that I should know the good stuff from the not-so-good.  And let me tell you, this stuff is GOOD!

OK… when it came to selecting this month’s Foodzie box, I was in a bit of a quandary, because I really did not know which to choose.  There was the Brooklyn Box which included some very intriguing choices like the rosemary onion crackers and bacon old bay peanuts and THE KING candy bar.  In fact, all of the items in the Brooklyn Box sounded very tempting to me, and I almost chose it.

But, then there was the Ski Lodge Box that is filled with treats (and you know my sweet tooth!) and … Masala Chai.  So, ultimately, I chose the Ski Lodge Box.  But, despite my sweet tooth, I didn’t choose this box because of the sweets inside, but because of the Chai.  For me, tea is one of the most important “food” groups, and masala chai is one of my favorite types of tea.  I already found myself second guessing my February choice because I didn’t go for the Chai cola, no way I was going to do that again.  So, as tempting as the Brooklyn box was … it was the tea that made me choose this month’s Ski Lodge Box.

And now that the box has arrived, I don’t regret it for a second!  What a wonderful array of goodies to enjoy!  This month’s box includes Fresh Marshmallows from Rubicon Bakery, two different types of Shortbread Cookies from Rustic Bakery, Java Rocks from How Do You Take Your Coffee?, Peppermint Mints from Vermints, two Hot Chocolate on a Stick from Ticket Kitchen and of course, the Masala Chai from Yogic Chai.

YUM!

OK, so I’ve tried and reviewed the Masala Chai from Yogic Chai, but, you know what?  It’s so good that I’m happy to have more of it.  It’s one of the best chai blends out there.  (So good, in fact, that it has won first place at the North American Tea Championship two years in a row!)  And I received the Hot Chocolate on a Stick in a previous tasting box (interestingly enough, it was the March box from last year!  Here’s my review of this product.)  And, I’m already a fan of Vermints – I always keep a tin of their Chai Mints in my purse!  But, I haven’t yet tried their peppermints!

As always, Foodzie also included their theme card in the tasting box which included brief description about this theme:

Fireplaces are the best parts of winter aren’t they?  You curl up beside it after a day outside skiing, snowboarding or sledding and feel your frosty fingers thaw around a soothing mug of something steamy.  This month we’re embracing the last month of winter and the warming flavors we crave during it.  A hot cup of cocoa topped with squishy tender marshmallows (and delicate cookies to dunk inside), spicy chai, chunks of chocolate-espresso, finished off with a little minty freshness for fireside cuddling and canoodling.  So don your best Nordic sweater, and imagine you’re at the base of the slopes, living it up at a ski lodge cafe.  Make the most of these last days of winter — spring is right around the corner.

Sounds good to me!