Appetizers

Sometimes you feel like a nut – or a banana, or an apricot, or ...

The best of both snacks for ginger-lovers and chocolate aficionados.
The best of both snacks for ginger-lovers and chocolate aficionados. apierleoni@sacbee.com

Fifteen years ago, Tropical Valley Foods was a tiny company in Haiti, producing dried organic mango. Since then, it has grown into Next Organic, enrobing a long line of organic fruits and nuts in organic dark chocolate and distributing them internationally.

We came across a display at Mollie Stone’s market in Burlingame, and the choice was difficult. Let’s see ... Do we want cherries, bananas, apricots, walnuts or Brazil nuts?

We went with crystallized ginger and fell in love with it. A little sweet from the dark chocolate, a hot zing from the ginger. A five-ounce bag is $5.69. Find the product at Nugget and Safeway supermarkets around the Sacramento area. Visit the company at www.nextchocolates.com.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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