• I heart keenwah almond clusters
$3.99 for 4 oz.; various groceries including Corti Bros., www.iheartkeenwah.com
You’ve heard of quinoa – that super grain of South America, chock full of protein. For those unsure how to ingest its wholesomeness in a tasty fashion, look no further than these delicious little squares. In perfect bite-size bits for snacking, the almond cluster’s rich flavor tastes similar to brittle – crunchy, nutty and sweet.
• Sun & Soil Juice Co. Freezes
$5.50 for 16 oz.; 1912 P. St.; www.sunandsoiljuice.com
Not everyone considers kale and cayenne pepper refreshing. But don’t shun this new midtown juice shop just because ground greens aren’t your thing. Instead, pop in on a hot day for their fresh-made freezes with flavors such as lemon honey, watermelon strawberry or (if greens are your thing) orange, spinach and basil. They’re so cool and flavorful, you can’t help but want another sip.
• Ginger Elizabeth Frozen Hot Chocolate Parfait
$4.50 each; 1801 L St.; www.gingerelizabeth.com
Everyone knows this midtown chocolate shop sets the bar when it comes to locally made confections. But fewer connoisseurs know about the amazing ice cream the store churns out. A great place to start is the frozen hot chocolate parfait. Let it warm up just slightly and you’ll be rewarded with a light-as-air treat with a deep, intense chocolate flavor folded in a smooth, creamy texture.
• Moonstruck Chocolate Co.’s “Summer Collection”
$5 to $75; www.moonstruckchocolate.com
Moonstruck Chocolate Co., specializing in hand-decorated and hand-packaged confections, is promoting its summer collection.
We sampled the Exotic Citrus Truffle Collection (key lime, Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and orange), the Clownfish Collection (truffles resembling tropical fishin peanut butter, sea salt toffee, blackberry and raspberry), sea salt-spiced caramels in dark and milk chocolates, and a bar of milk chocolate studded with “crispy orange brulee.”
The key lime truffle was the head-and-shoulders winner with our tasting panel – nicely tart and crunchy from a sugar coating.
• The “Hold, Peel, Pop”
$8; Amazon.com and kitchen stores.
Our kitchen already has its share of what-is-it gadgets, but this new item is pretty useful. Called the “Hold, Peel, Pop,” this three-prong tool from Kuhn Rikon keeps vegetables and fruit securely in place for peeling while keeping your fingers at a safe distance. Once done, push the handle down and the peeled item pops off. In our test, it was strong enough to hold a large potato and made peeling faster (and safer). For carrots, just holding the vegetable was easier. But it proved handy for turnips and other veggies that get slippery when peeled.
— Bee staff
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